Childrens

Embracing the Spirit of a Champion

This year, the  Lifetime Network and the American Library Association's, Campaign for America's Libraries have created a partnership to promote Black History Month.  On February 1,  "The Gabby Douglas Story," a Lifetime® Original Movie will premier; as  a two time gold medalist the story of Gabriella Douglas is sure to inspire the champion in all. 

"There are no limitations if you broaden your horizons. If you don't succeed you haven't failed, because you cannot fail if you have tried your hardest." ~ Carl Lewis

Expand your learning experience by checking out one or more of these books! 

 

Who's going to win?

On January 27, at the American Library Convention in Philadelphia, the winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal will be announced. (You can actually watch the announcement if you want to!)

So who's going to win? Here are some titles that people are saying are contenders:

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?

      

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