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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.

An Exciting Day for Children's Books

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the 2011 Caldecott and Newbery awards.

2011 Caldecott Medal Winner

A sick day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead

Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests."--Dust jacket.

Happy New Year 2011

I hope that everyone is enjoying your New Year's celebrations.  My black-eyed peas are already cooking and I am looking forward to spending time with my family and friends. If you would like to learn more about this holiday checkout the books listed below. 

Each year, at the Atascocita Branch Library, we celebrate the Lunar New Year with children and their families.  Therefore, I will be highlighting some of my favorite Asian New Year books in future blogs. 

Happy Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a is a weeklong celebration that begins on December 26th, which honors the importance of family, community and heritage to African-Americans. 

Seven Spools of Thead: A Kwanzaa Story, by Angela Shelf Medearis  

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