Happy Birthday to Paul Fleischman

Birthdays are a time to celebrate. Since, Paul Fleischman's birthday was this month, I thought that it would be a great time to share a few of my favorite books by this author.

Paul Fleischman was awarded the Newbery Medal for his book: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices in 1989Undoubtedly, this is his most famous work. I admire this book, but it may surprise you that it is not one of my personal favorites. 

We Love You, Books!

Baby eating ToyA well loved book…. As a librarian, it is wonderful to see a returned book that has worn edges, broken binding, and, dare I say it… some added illustrations! To me, all of those images portray a book was used often, handled by kids, and just well loved.

Life in the Middle Ages

What would it be like to live in Europe sometime between five- and nine-hundred years ago? We now call that time the Middle Ages between the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome and our own modern age. It was a time of knights and castles of elegant ladies and traveling minstrels, but it was also a time of great poverty and warfare.  What would it be like to be alive then and there? Here are some aids for your imagination:

Knights & Castles Through Art    Knights & Castles: Exploring History Through Art by Alex Martin

Wild World of Knitting

Girl KnittingTonight marks the first night of the Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Children’s Knitting Club! So, I thought I could inform all of our young readers about the fun you can have with two needles and a ball of yarn. Now, some of you might be thinking that knitting is for our Grandmas and Grandpas, but, knitting is coming back into fashion. Dakota Fanning, Cameron Diaz, and Julia Roberts are just some of the celebrity knitters out there! Join in on the craze and learn how to knit!

True Stories About Real People

 Here are a half dozen new picture book biographies 

 Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek     Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: a Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend) / Deborah Hopkinson ; pictures by John Hendrix

When he was seven Abraham Lincoln fell into Knob Creek near his home in Kentucky.  He might have drowned. Luckily for him his friend Austin got him out of the water in time.  What would it be like to be there then?  Would you fish him out with a fishing pole, or jump in after him?

Afterschool Treats

Now that school is back in session, I’m sure everyone is looking for the perfect snack to help them relax after a hard day at school. (Well, maybe it wasn’t a hard day at school, but, everyone is always hungry after sitting in a classroom all day, right?!) As a slight health nut myself, I cannot endorse cookies or candy as good after school snacks, but I can give some ideas for healthier options. (Don’t get mad at me kids… I love cookies and candies! Just make sure to throw in healthier foods, too!) Here are some of my afternoon treat favorites:

Karla Kuskin, Children's Author has Died

Karla Kuskin, author of many children's books has died at age 77.  Harris County Public Library has many of her books:

Yo Ho Ho!

School’s just started and already you’re thinking of running away to sea to get away from it all?              

Girl Detective, Hard-Boiled Variety

What do you do when you’re playing with your grandmother’s binoculars, looking out the window at the hotel across the street and you see a burglary in progress—wait, don’t answer yet—and the burglar looks up and sees you watching him?

Spotlights @ Your Library

A great way to find new books is to check out your library’s book displays. Displays highlight authors, themes, new purchases, award winners, or anything else the librarians think their customers would like to read.  Here at the Freeman Library in Clear Lake City, we have monthly displays advertising a wide range of topics. Each person in the children’s department is responsible for a book display that changes each month! This month, the librarians have chosen to exhibit books discussing animals, the solar systems, board books, and much, much more! Make sure to look at your own library’s displays. What is your library showcasing this month?

If you could have your own children's book display, what would your theme be? We'd love to hear your suggestions! And, you never know... maybe your display will show up at your own library!

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