Childrens

Barbara Park, author of Junie B. Jones, has passed away

Barbara Park, beloved creator of Junie B. Jones, has passed away after a battle with ovarian cancer.  She was 66 years old.

Park was the author of over 50 books, more than half of which starred the incorrigible Junie B. Jones.  Park and Junie have been entertaining children for 20 years; from 1992's Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus to last year's Junie B. Jones, First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and other thankful stuff).

School Library Journal has posted a complete obituary on their website.

Experience Art in Houston

Are you new to our community? Or, maybe, you are looking for a fun activity to do with the family? Houston has so many wonderful places to visit;  one of my favorites is the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Before your visit the museum, stop by the library, and pick up a few of the book suggestions that I have provided. Sharing books together with your child, provides a great  opportunity to reflect upon that they think and to make fine art more relevant to them. 

According to the MFAH website, there are several ways you can enjoy the museum without having to pay admission. 

They're here!

well, sort of, you're gonna have to get in line

 

House of Hades by Rick Riordan the Heroes of Olympus book 4 is finally here, as is book 8 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid-- Hard Luck!

A Satisfying Smörgåsbord of Picture Book Choices

It's nice to have options; in fact, I think that one could say that it's actually quite satisfying. So, this week, I am highlighting a little bit of everything.  Have you read a book lately that you really enjoyed?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  Like others, I have found some of my favorite books from suggestions made by my friends. 

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.

 

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