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TLA 2014-15 Reading Lists Are Here!

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Every year the Texas Library Association compiles a number of reading lists comprised of the best of the best books for children, teens and adults as chosen by Texas librarians. As always, this year's lists contain big name titles everyone's talking about, as well as hidden gems you might have missed.

2014-15 TxLA Reading Lists

Such Devoted Sisters

A Sister More Like MeDo you have a little one who is all about Frozen?  Will they not stop singing “Let It Go”?  Are they suddenly asking for a pet reindeer? Introduce them to some more stories that feature spirited sisters!

 

 

 

Picture Books

Bedtime Zzzzzzzz's

Have you ever tried to take a snooze, but the sounds of someone else's snoring, snorting, or wheezing keeps you awake? Arghh! When you are dealing with it in real life it's not a fun situation! However, it can offer humorous scenario when writing a picture book. Have you ever been kept awake by snoring? If so, how would you describe this sound? 

 Stop Snoring, Bernard! Zachariah OHora

Tick-Tock Goes the Clock

Fingerplays and rhymes are a great way to encourage early literacy. Here is one that I have done in storytime, and  both toddlers and children enjoy. 


illustrator spotlight: LeUyen Pham

 

so this is one of the books being talked about as a Caldecott Award contender. (This of course, is the award for best illustration of a children's book, and the winner will be announced January 27.) The illustrator happens to be one of my favorites - LeUyen Pham

2013 Staff Picks in Graphic Novels, Part One

Interested in what graphic novels HCPL staff enjoyed this year? If so, you're in luck. Listed below are staff favorites in the Juvenile and Young Adult collection.

Juvenile Picks

legends of zita the spacegirl bill the boy wonder astronaut academy bake sale

Winter is the warmest season

"snow! snow! snow!, It won't be long until ..." well, actually, since we're in south Texas it probably will be a long time before we see snow, but in the mean time, how about some nice snowy stories?

      

Frosty Tales

I just checked the weather and it is currently 75°F in Houston. Anyone else, wanting to feel the brisk winter air?  Melt away our warm winter weather by picking out a few of these frosty tales. 

 The Adventures of a South Pole Pig 

 

Psst...Have You Seen These Yet?

About this time of year, I begin to see several booklists  for "best books" of the year. You can find these lists on blogs, websites and journals, and many are outstanding resources for anyone who is interested in discovering more about books.  However, occasionally, I feel that items are overlooked and not given the due recognition that they deserve.

Below you will find a few of the picture books that have not been acknowledged on multiple sites, but  I feel are worth your time to discover. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have. 

Snuggle Up with a Good Book

The weather is going to be bitter cold this weekend; sounds like a perfect excuse to snuggle up with your little ones and enjoy a good book  

 Me Too! Valeri Gorbachev.

Warmth and humor fill the snowy day adventures of two friends, a bear and a chipmunk, who, despite their physical differences, share work and play and true companionship.

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