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Smörgåsbord Booklist

Most people, even children, know exactly what type of books they like.  Some adore series, while others will follow specific themes, genres or authors.  That being said, there are times in one’s life that you have a desire for something out of the ordinary…Something unfamiliar and fresh.

Unveil the Ocean's Deepest Secrets

Susan Casey is an author that you may not know, and that is why I want to tell you about her books. This author has a journalistic wrting style that pulls you into her travels, and the world that she has observed.  Her writting makes you feel like you are actually there with her,  seeing objects in vivid color. Thus far, Casey has two books published and I hope to see more of her work in the future.  

Tsunami

 

 

 

 

News images of the recent tsunami may leave children with more questions than answers. Some children will be courious, while others may be dealing with fear. Luckily, in both cases sharing information is the key that will support their needs. 

Fun with Play Dough

Do you have plans for this weekend? A wave of my magic wand and I have the solution for keeping the kids busy.  

 Mudworks: Creative Clay, Dough and Modeling Experiences  by MaryAnn F. Kohl. 
Simply put, the suggested activities are awesome. This book offers a delightfully messy range of creative activities for children, and the projects won't cost you a bundle of cash.   

Into the Wild West

Have you ever wondered what it was like living during the American Wild West?  If so, check out these books.  Bulls-Eye: a Photobiography of Annie Oakley by Sue Macy  is one of my personal favorites.

Is there a Golden Ticket?

It has long been a trend for film makers is to create films based on children’s literature.  I am sure you have heard the saying, “the book is better than the movie.” In my opinion, that is certainly true. In order to make a movie, they must cut or expand the content of the original story which causes it to become distorted. Consequently, movies rarely match the experience that you have created in your mind while reading.
 

Spring will come early this year.

According to Punxsutawney Phil, America's most famous groundhog, spring will come early this year.   Since, most of America is covered with ice and snow, this is welcomed news that brings  a pinch of hope for warmer weather and sun filled skies. 

 

Booklist

Texas Bluebonnet List 2011-2012

The Bluebonnet Award is a project of the Texas Library Association and is co-sponsored by the Children's Roundtable and the Texas Association of School Librarians, both of the Texas Library Association from suggestions from librarians, teachers, parents, students, and others. Students in grades 3-6 vote in January for the winner.

Great Day for Children's Books

 

Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children.

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