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Lee Bennett Hopkins

August 15, 2019

Time to Shout: Poems for You  My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States

Children’s poet and editor, Lee Bennett Hopkins, died this week at age 81.  Having published his own books of children’s poetry and more than 100 anthologies, Hopkins also has two awards named after him including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.  His titles include anthologies of Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman.  Hopkins’ titles “Time to Shout Poems for You” and “Faces and Places” were two of my favorite books growing up.  His books are sure to be found in every children’s library.   Click on the picture above to find a title in our library system. There’s sure to be one for the special child in your life.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

August 1, 2019

The first moon landing, Woodstock, Stonewall uprising,  Chappaquiddick, the Manson murders and two very special children’s books: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and ‘Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.” You can celebrate these two fifty year-old books now by visiting the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Exhibitions are currently ongoing that highlight both Eric Carle and Willliam Steig’s classics that should be shared with the important child in your life.      

50 Years Ago: The Moon

July 18, 2019

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11   If you’re looking for a great introductory book to share with someone describing the first human journey and landing on the moon, check out Brian Floca’s “Moonshot.”   This 56 page picture book tells the story while mixing in the facts for an audience of ages 4 and up.  The excitement builds towards blast-off and the reader goes along on the journey.  

Cover image for The first men who went to the moon  Rhonda Gowler Greene’s newer title is also perfect for first time readers and children who are being introduced to the topic.

Cover image for Destination : Moon  Another best pick for early readers is reliable Seymour Simon’s “Moon.”

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A book a day for Cielo

July 11, 2019

Zurbo gets some writing done during a break at the oyster farm.  Down under in Tasmania, oyster fisherman Matt Zurbo is finding time to write one children’s book a day in honor of his four year-old daughter, Cielo. If you visit his web site you’ll be able to read the stories he’s completed so far (none have been officially published beyond this although he has several other published children’s books).  With about 40 days left to go to meet his 365 book goal, Zurbo finds the time to write his daily homage.

Those People

July 6, 2019

Those People ‘Those People’ begins with the death of an elderly woman (by natural causes) on a nice street in a well-to-do neighborhood in London. When the woman’s relative moves in with his girlfriend, chaos ensues with his playing of loud music at all hours, construction causing noise and unsightliness, rudeness bordering on intimidation, and general disregard for the other well-behaved neighbors living on the street.  When the newcomers (those people) start a business selling used cars from out of their home and park the vehicles all over the street, the neighbors begin banding together to devise a way to either push him to leave or reduce his disruption.  When someone ends up dead, the police get involved.  ‘Those People’ is interesting in that it pits conforming people against others who cannot be controlled and disciplined.  The negative effects of these new neighbors severely changes the culture of tranquility of the street to the point of breaking up families and causing tension and despair.  While not as good as her previous work, “Our House,” ‘Those People’ is entertaining.

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