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a few best books of the year

In my mail today, I got the New York Public Library's Children's Books 2009 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list.

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a few of my favorite books

So. I have lots of favorite books. But today I will just talk about, oh, maybe my top three all time favorites. (these have been favorites since I was a kid, I have other favorites which are more recent)

     an old fashioned girl    Over and Over

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more Native American Heritage month

Well, while I was trying to decide what to blog about this week, Bruce beat me to the topic I finally decided on (see below). Oh well. But that's ok, I'm still gonna blog about it, and so now we have two posts on books about Native Americans (and actually, some prefer to be called American Indians).

Lest some of you think that Indians are just history lessons--umm, there are still Indians in America (just not that many in the Houston area--not like if you were in, say, Oklahoma, for example)

So here are some (more) books:

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Ain't nobody here but us chickens

 hoboken chicken emergency roosters gift bad boys get henpecked chicken feathers chicken dance

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More to try while waiting for Wimpy Kid

well, okay, you've already tried the books Miss Mary suggested in her blog for you to try while waiting for Wimpy Kid #4 to come, so here are even more to try while you're waiting (yay!). A couple of these are so new they still say "on order" in the catalog.

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October author birthdays

Let's talk about birthdays. There are too many authors who were born in October to talk about all of them, so I'll just mention a few. RL Stine's birthday is October 8. He of course is the author of Goosebumps. Did you know RL Stine used to write joke books?

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Books as Art, pt 2

More watercolors. Another of my favorite artists is Marc Simont.

He won the Caldecott medal in 1957 for A Tree is Nice. All the pictures in this book are not in color. It was too expensive back then to do every picture in color, so publishers just printed every other spread in color when they made picture books.

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Books as art, part 1

So. Today's entry is about one of my favorite artists: Hiroe Nakata. She illustrates with watercolors. Sometimes she also uses gouache (which is basically a thicker watercolor) or ink.

Most of the characters she paints are humans, but she's done three duck books.

duck skates Are those ducks cute, or what?

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Picture Books for Big Kids, part 2

I totally forgot to list two of my absolute favorite picture books (for big kids. Some of my favorite picture books *are* for little kids). Me and My Cat? is not very long, but its humor just won't be fully appreciated by little people.

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Picture Books are for Big Kids, too

Once upon a time, a little girl, about 8 years old was walking down the picture book aisle, when her mother said, “get out of those baby books.” ACK! How's a kid supposed to learn to love reading if she can't read what she wants.
Picture books are not *baby* books. Picture books are basically stories with pictures. Some picture books are for babies. Some picture books are for preschoolers.  There are even lots of picture books which are for kids in elementary school, even 4th or 5th grade--even junior high--even high school!
Think of it this way--are ice cream cones *just* for little kids? No, of course not. But will little kids appreciate rum raisin ice cream, or coffee ice cream? No, those flavors are for bigger people. It is just the same with picture books--some are for little people and some are for big people.

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