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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  

Christmas is Almost Here

Christmas is a special time of year for many. It is a time to honor family traditions and also create new ones.  My booklist is reflective of this; for I have included several books that I read every year, and also some new additions that are sure to become favorites among my nieces and nephews.

Fun with Snowflakes

This year, as part of our winter wonderland theme, we decorated the library with snowflakes.  The teen volunteers helped me create many of the decorations using recycled white copy paper.  

We have received so many positive comments that I thought you might enjoy see the websites/blogs that inspired our decorations. 

Pokemon Club, Thursday, December 30th

So you like Pokemon.  Do you know that the Atascocita Branch has a special club for children ages 7 to 10 years old? The next meeting is Thursday, December 30th at 4:00 pm.  Make sure to bring you DS and anything else that you would like to share. 

 

What to Do with the kids After The Holidays are over?

Do you have children home on holiday vacation looking for something to do?  Come to family game night, play a few board games and meet new friends. 

When: Monday, December 27th @ 7:00 pm

If you can't make it to the library for game night, you might want to try a family game night at home.  Checkout the books below for new and fun games that children can create and play.

 

 

Light Snow Flurries, and a Dash of Holiday Cheer will continue @ the Library

 
 
 
Throughout the month of December, we have been celebrating winter during storytimes. 
Ms Susan and I have enjoyed sharing books with families about snow, artic animals, and the winter holiday season. The children have also created various winter crafts. Photographs can be viewed on our Flickr account.
 

Winter Books and More

I was born and raised in Colorado, so I’ve experienced more than my share of frigid winters, and even a few major blizzards.

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