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illustrator spotlight: LeUyen Pham


so this is one of the books being talked about as a Caldecott Award contender. (This of course, is the award for best illustration of a children's book, and the winner will be announced January 27.) The illustrator happens to be one of my favorites - LeUyen Pham

Winter is the warmest season

"snow! snow! snow!, It won't be long until ..." well, actually, since we're in south Texas it probably will be a long time before we see snow, but in the mean time, how about some nice snowy stories?


They're here!

well, sort of, you're gonna have to get in line


House of Hades by Rick Riordan the Heroes of Olympus book 4 is finally here, as is book 8 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid-- Hard Luck!

October is Fire Prevention Month

but, instead of the usual fire safety books one might expect, I am going to suggest some historical fiction titles --


Mes de la Herencia Hispana


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month: September 15 through October 15 and treat yourself to some stories and crafts from Latin America.

The Emerald Lizard: 15 Latin American stories to tell by Pleasant DeSpain. This is a collection in both English and Spanish. The best one is "5 eggs" - a story from Ecuador.

More Ready to tell tales from around the world edited by David Holt and Bill Mooney. This collection includes several Hispanic stories, the  best one being "The Barking Mouse" - a folk tale from Cuba.

Making magic windows: createing papel picado/cut paper with Carmen Lomas Garza. This one is a craft book that teaches you how to make cut paper decorations.

Math is Fun


We've been getting in a lot of new books lately, including a bunch of math books,but they are not workbooks filled with boring pages of practice problems, they're funner books with real life stuff. One series,  Math on the Job, is for little kids (preschooler-1st grade). These  books cover counting, sorting, measuring, For a little bit older kids(grades 3-6), the Core Math Skills series also covers math concepts, but also word problems in real life settings, for example, in  Math on Halloween, one problem is how much money would you spend if you needed to buy three packages of makeup at $15 each. Finally, in the Math in Sports series , readers learn how to use math skills to find averages, percentages, and other stuff for football, baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, and auto racing. For example, you  might use touchdown to interception ratios to rank quarterbacks.

Oldies but goodies

These books were all written in the 1940s and 50s, but they still hold up as good reads. They are ones that parents and grandparents remember reading when they were children.


Moving from beginning readers to chapter books

So, when a new reader has mastered Dick and Jane, ...what's next? Harry Potter? umm, probably not.


Summer travel guide: Africa and Australia

Where will reading take you this summer?


Summer Reading Club !

It's time to sign up for the Summer Reading Club!

Sign up and log in whatever you read throughout the summer. When you read 10 books or 500 minutes, come to the library to get a free book and certificate. Remember you can read downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. So, wherever you are in the this summer - if you can get an internet connection, you can find something to read and log in to your summer reading club.

Where will reading take you this summer?

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