Springtime Stories

Well, it looks like it is finally Spring with no more cold snaps headed our way. Warm up after our cold (for Houston) winter with some of these springtime tales.

and then its spring  fletcher and the springtime blossoms   hurray for spring   i see spring  in like a lion out like a lamb

*Sam* and *Benny* books author wins prize!

Swedish author Barbro Lindgren has won the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the largest award for children’s literature with a prize of five million Swedish crowns. (This is about $774,000.) 


The Summer Book is now online!

Hey parents! Are you looking for things to keep your child busy this summer?  In addition to our Summer Reading Program and activities, there are lots of great things to do in Houston.  In past years, many of these activities were compiled in The Summer Book, which was available in our branches. Now it's even easier since The Summer Book has gone online.  Whether your kids are interested in robotics, dance, or anything in between you can find it in this searchable database of over 200 day camps and activities for kids in the Houston area.

Book Hunters in Brief: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Book Hunters Graphic: Diary of a Wimpy KidIf you’re a fan of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Harris County Public Library’s Book Hunters recommend:

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce.
Why? This is also a hybrid of text and comics featuring a middle school student.

Picture books are for big kids, too

In case you haven't heard, Ten Rules You must absolutely not break if you want to survive the school bus by John Grandits is the newest winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award. 

Some school librarians around Texas, for some reason, were not too happy with this. Apparently, they thought one of the chapter books should have won. Of course, they weren't voting, were they? I am thinking that maybe those disgruntled librarians are a member of that group of grown-ups who think that picture books are only for little kids.  

I say "phooey"! Some of my favorite books are picture books, and I am a grown-up.

The Real Pot O' Gold

 jamie o'rourke and the big potatoWe’re getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by getting the green out and baking some yummy Irish Soda Bread.  But the best way to prepare for St. Patrick’s Day is to search for Ireland’s real pot o’ gold-its stories.  The Irish love to spin a yarn or two, so come take a look through some of these treasures.

Legos Are Awesome!

the lego movieOk, how many times have you seen the Lego movie already?  Feeling inspired to make some of your own awesome creations?  Check out these books to learn how!


Scott O'Dell Award winner

So while we wait for the announcement of the Bluebonnet Award, let's take a look at the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, which goes annually to the author of a distinguished work of historical fiction for young people published by a U. S. publisher and set in the Americas.

What is the 2x2 Reading List?

 You may have heard about the Texas Bluebonnet list; for, many schools in the Houston area include these books as part of their curriculum. On the other hand, library costumers are confused about the 2x2 booklist.  I hope to clear up any questions you may have in this post.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to write a comment, and I'll be happy to answer it for you. 

"The 2X2 Reading List is a project of the Children’s Round Table, a unit of the Texas Library Association. The 2X2 Committee‘s charge is to produce a list of 20 recommended books for children, age two to grade two."

From Russia With Love

It’s Olympics time again and this year the Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia.  In honor of this year’s host country, sample some of Russia’s rich history of folktales with these titles:

russian Folktales Russian Folk-Tales retold by James Riordan

 A collection of classic Russian folktales.




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