Childrens

February/March Kids Newsletter

The February/March edition of the Kids Newsletter is available and features interviews with Akhila Bhat of the Barbara Bush Branch Library and Ms. Anna of the Katherine Tyra @ Bear Creek Branch Library.  Both of these ladies love their jobs and really enjoy presenting programs for the kids in their communities.

There is also an announcement for the upcoming Read Across America Day on March 2 which will be celebrated at all of the Harris County Branch Libraries.  And there is a list of some of the new Children's books and audio that we have recently added to our collection.

More for Lightning Thief lovers

so you've seen the trailers for The Lightning Thief, or maybe you went to see it already, and now you want to read it , but whaddya know, the whole series is checked out. Now what? Here are some other books that you might enjoy that are retellings of, or are based on Greek myths, or just have characters from Greek mythology.

 

Mystery, Magic and Adventure with the Scent of Medieval Japan

Station of the Tokaido by Hiroshige
Sword Fighting Skills, Samurai, Spirits and Ninja

Mardi Gras

What is Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras is French for “fat Tuesday.” Fat Tuesday falls on the day before Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. For people who celebrate Lent, it usually means they give up something. It could mean giving up your favorite food or even not using a computer until Easter Sunday. Mardi Gras allows one last day of celebrations, festivities and delicious food! This year, Mardi Gras is February 16, 2010.

Exciting News!

 Jerry Pinkney is the first individual African American to win the Caldecott Medal award! 

The Magic of Mythology

With The Lightning Thief coming to theaters this President’s Day weekend, I thought this would be a good chance to cover mythologies. Myths are part of every culture and society. According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary 'myth' is defined as “a usually traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon.” To put it in plain English, a myth is a story that helps to explain events, both real and imaginary. Myths might help to explain why you should listen to your parents or how lightning is produced.

Celebrate Black History Month with Books!

I have created this booklist to include both non-fiction and picture books for elementary school students. Often, picture books are discouraged for children who are past pre-school. This booklist demonstrates that picture books are an effective tool for children of every age, and especially when teaching historical material.  

 

 Africans in America, 1619-1865  by Kay Melchisedech Olson

 

2009-2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award

 

2009-2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award  Winner:

 

All-Time Classic Comics: Calvin and Hobbes

Just recently Bill Watterson, creator Calvin and Hobbes, was interviewed for the first time in 15 years. This reminded me of how the beloved series served as comical and refreshing bibliotherapy when I was frustrated with pre-tween woes. I have my brother to thank for my first exposure to comics with a copy of Calvin and Hobbes. You can read the Bill Watterson interview here.

good books for grown-ups

This week I was asked, "Are there any kids' books that an adult might enjoy?" Hmmm. and the answer would be: Duh. Let me quote the great author of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," C.S. Lewis, "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond."

You know, when I buy books as Christmas presents for my mom and sister, who are older than me, and I *am* a grown-up, (even though the waiter at dinner tonight accused me of being a kid 'cause I ordered chicken tenders), I don't buy "adult" books, I get them kid or teen books. In fact, I hardly ever read "adult" books. Out of the last 132 books I have read, only nine were "adult."

So, you ask, what kid books would a grown up like? Here are a few, which I will personally guarantee.

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