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More Picture Book Gems of 2012

 Here are a few more picture book gems that you may or may not have heard of.  I used several of these in my storytime, and they received rave reviews from children.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have.   

My Dad Is Big and Strong, But... : A Bedtime Story

So Many Books, So Litte Time. What Did You Miss?

 

 

 

During the course of one year, the library receives many wonderful picture books.  So, I want to highlights some of the items that you may have missed during 2012.  I will be continuing this process during the next few weeks. If you had a new favorite, please post a comment below to share with others. 

Merry Christmas

I have always loved  children's Christmas books, and at one point, I had a rather large collection. Incorporating books into holiday celebrations is a great family tradition.

I am excited to tell you that this has been an amazing year for holiday books.  All of the books listed here were published during 2012. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised at how many wonderful authors have shared their creative talents. I hope that you enjoy reading these items as much as I have. 

Walt Disney

  We all know of his work, but how much do you know about the life of Walter Elias Disney?  Find out more about this amazing man by checking out the items below.
Discovering Walt: The Magical Life of Walt Disney  by Jean-Pierre Isbouts.

Book an Adventure @ the Library

One of the great things about becoming a reader is that you have the ability to go anywhere, be anyone and learn anything you desire.

This week I have booked readers on a trip to discover lands far from Texas. You better dress warm because here the  frigid temperatures have dipped well below freezing and you are in a race against time.  

 

Elementary Reads

 

Akiak: a Tale from the Iditarod  Robert J. Blake.

Safe Sleep for Baby

According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, "On average, almost 400 Texas babies die in their sleep each year - suddenly, unexpectedly, and without a clear explanation or due to accidental suffocation or strangulation. That's why it is so important to always give babies "Room to Breathe."

There are several simple steps that parents can take that will help ensure the safety of their infant. Additional information can be found on the links below.  

Women's Suffrage Movement

In less than twenty four hours, election day polls will open and women will help determine who our next President will be. Sadly, his was not always the case, but  we can thank women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth and Carrie Chapman Catt for leading the Women's Suffrage Movement. Due to their actions the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was added allowing women the right to vote.  

Day of the Dead

"Día de los muertos <<DEE ah deh lohs MWEHR tohs>> is a Mexican holiday that honors the dead. Many Mexican American communities also celebrate it. Día de los muertos is a Spanish phrase meaning day of the dead. On this day, families gather in churches, at cemeteries, and in homes. They pray for and remember loved ones who have died. The celebration is usually on November 2, the Roman Catholic religious festival of All Souls' Day. Some people celebrate over several days, including All Saints' Day on November 1.

 

Rolling with Reading

When I began this post, I was going to write about kid friendly forms of transportation such as; bikes, scooters and skateboards. I changed my focus, after I had a discussion with a friend about how books have the ability to change our lives. 

 

 

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