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LGBTQIA Picture Books

Last week I posted about Pride Month and gave some recommendations for diverse young adult reads. This week we’re continuing the celebration by looking at some picture books that help bring LGBTQIA representation to our shortest shelves and youngest readers. These books are kind, funny, and heart-warming in turn. They're also really great for story time.  

 

 

LGBTQIA Proud

June is Pride Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the impact that LGBTQIA individuals have had and continue to have on our world. In the book world, it's still sometimes hard to find yourself in the pages if you identify as something other than straight, and while, thankfully, some orientations have become more prominent on our shelves, others haven't been given the opportunity. We all want to see ourselves in the books we read, and the need for diverse books is real and important. Here are ffiteen books that celebrate being LGBTQIA in humorous, heartfelt and honest ways-from L to A. 

 

Ready, Set, Rock!

Summer reading is here again and, as the theme suggests, it's going to rock! Registration starts in just 3 days on June 4th and La Porte will be kicking it off with a banging beginning of summer party at 3 pm with music, entertainment and snacks. You can check out our events calendar here, for a list of everything we're offering this summer, as well as information about the reading club itself and how to earn points towards cool prizes. We, as all as 16 other branches, will also be offering free meals provided by the Houston Food Bank.

Mental Health and Teens

May is Mental Health Awareness month, started in 1949 in order to raise awareness and educate the public about mental health, what it’s like to live with these conditions and strategies for getting help. Talking about mental health can be scary; there's a stigma around it that makes people want to shy away from the subject, but here's the thing: it's important. One way that stigma can be erased is by representation. We all want to see ourselves in the books we read, and some authors have worked hard to create compelling, rich characters that happen to suffer from mental illness. From depression, to schizophrenia, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, agoraphobia and more, here are thier stories:
 

The Big Picture

When we think of picture books a lot of the time we think of the story they tell: the words, the characters, the lessons they impart and how they make us feel when we close the cover. Maybe we remember certain phrases that we read, or had read to us. I certainly remember "I'll eat you up I love you so" from Where the Wild Things Are, or "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can" from The Little Engine that Could. But past that, I also remember the giant tree in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and the amazing purple drawings in Harold and the Purple Crayon. That's right-we're putting the picture in picture books today with ten of the most beautifully illustrated books to hit our shelves in the past handful or so years.

My Cup of Tea

teaTea, I think we can all agree, is a great, delicious thing. It's comforting, warming and pairs so well with a cozy blanket and a new book. The story behind tea itself, it's preparation and the culture surrounding it, is just as interesting and next Thursday, May 10th, at 11 am you can witness some of that history for yourself as we present a Chinese Tea Ceremony. You'll be able to experience this elegant tradition, as well as sample some Oolong tea from the high mountains. This program is intended for ages 18 and up, and you can register by contacting the branch. While you wait, here are some books to get you started on your journey. 

 

 

Financial Literacy

piggy bankI know, I know...financial literacy. Not the most exciting of topics I agree, but it is a worthwhile one. It's also Houston Money Week, an initiative designed to provide individuals and familes with financial knowledge.

Rhythm and Rhyme-Poetry to Make You Move

It's April once again which means baseball, rain showers, left-over Easter candy and yes, poetry. That's right it's National Poetry Month and while, sure, you could read some Keats or Frost or maybe even some Shakespeare, but I’m thinking a little younger-and a lot more active.

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