October is Fire Prevention Month

but, instead of the usual fire safety books one might expect, I am going to suggest some historical fiction titles --


Apple Season

 In Houston, we do not yet see the autumn leaves change in color, but we certainly have the ability to enjoy the fall harvest.

One of the things that I truly look forward to in the fall are apples.  I hope that you enjoy the selection of books below; you will find that some focus on a more traditional theme  and others are lighthearted and playful. 

Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John Appleseed Chapman Esmé Raji Codell

The Life of a Book

 Where the Wild Things Are , by Maurice Sendak, was one of my favorite books as a child. Not only did I love the story, but I found the illustrations to be magical. 

Libraries are not only a great place for the newest books, but they also provide an opportunity for us to experience and discover classics, such as this. 

In 1964, Where the Wild Things Are, won the Randolph Caldecott Medal. This award is named in honor of nineteenth century English illustrator, Randolph Caldecott, and is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children. It is sponsored by the Association of Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Observed by numerous cultures throughout Asia, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival was on September 19th this year.  I was lucky enough to hear about this holiday from someone who was planning to celebrate, and I also had the opportunity to sample traditional Chinese moon cakes (pictured below).

Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Grace Lin    

This simple, young, and satisfying story follows a Chinese American family as they celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Each member of the family lends a hand as they prepare a moonlit picnic with moon cakes, pomelos, cups of tea, and colorful lanterns. And everyone sends thanks and a secret wish up to the moon.

Celebrate U.S. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day




We the people
of the United States, in order to form a more
perfect union, establish justice, insure
domestic tranquility, provide for the
common defense, promote the general
welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty
to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain
and establish this Constitution for the
United States of America...


Read the full Constitution of the United States of America (1787) by clicking here
Constitution Day   Molly Aloian

In 1787, a handful of Americans signed a historic document that helped organize a structured government for the United States and recognized the rights of its citizens. This national holiday celebrates the most important document in the history of the United States-its Constitution. Learn more about this crucial turning point in American history.


Betty Skelton a Women of Character

I just finished reading Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton Meghan McCarthy, and wanted to share it with you. This picture book biography has fun illustrations that children will enjoy, and it's well worth your time to check out.

Mes de la Herencia Hispana


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month: September 15 through October 15 and treat yourself to some stories and crafts from Latin America.

The Emerald Lizard: 15 Latin American stories to tell by Pleasant DeSpain. This is a collection in both English and Spanish. The best one is "5 eggs" - a story from Ecuador.

More Ready to tell tales from around the world edited by David Holt and Bill Mooney. This collection includes several Hispanic stories, the  best one being "The Barking Mouse" - a folk tale from Cuba.

Making magic windows: createing papel picado/cut paper with Carmen Lomas Garza. This one is a craft book that teaches you how to make cut paper decorations.

New Book Picks -- September 2013

Toddlers (Ages 1-3)

Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
While his mother is away finding food, a newborn  owl  falls out of his nest and anxiously tries to find her, receiving help from various forest animals.

Math is Fun


We've been getting in a lot of new books lately, including a bunch of math books,but they are not workbooks filled with boring pages of practice problems, they're funner books with real life stuff. One series,  Math on the Job, is for little kids (preschooler-1st grade). These  books cover counting, sorting, measuring, For a little bit older kids(grades 3-6), the Core Math Skills series also covers math concepts, but also word problems in real life settings, for example, in  Math on Halloween, one problem is how much money would you spend if you needed to buy three packages of makeup at $15 each. Finally, in the Math in Sports series , readers learn how to use math skills to find averages, percentages, and other stuff for football, baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, and auto racing. For example, you  might use touchdown to interception ratios to rank quarterbacks.

Highligh Historial Fiction for Tweens

Tweens, have you read The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine? Did you enjoy it? If so, you might like might enjoy learning more on this topic.  There is also a link for teachers at the bottom of this post.  








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