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.

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!

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