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New Passover titles for children

April 18, 2019

The JTA (Jewish Telegrapic Agency) suggests these five new titles for children this Passover.

A Seder for Grover, Pippa’s Passover Plate, The Best Four Questions, Matzah Belowstairs, and Shimri’s Big Idea: A Story of Ancient Jerusalem. Recommended for ages 1-4, share these colorful stories this season to celebrate the spring holiday with the little ones in your life. Grover from Sesame stars in “A Seder for Grover.” Miriam Mouse and family stars in “Matzah Belowstairs.” Marcy in “The Best Four Questions” is excited to ask the four questions for the first time at this year’s family seder. Pippa mouse in “Pippa’s Passover Plate” explains some of the Passover rituals in rhyme. Ancient Jerusalem is the setting of “Shimri’s Big Idea” when young Shimri is put off by his elders who tell him he is too young to help his people. Enjoy!

Dolly Gray Children’s Book Award

April 11, 2019

 The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award is given every other year (in even years) since 2000. Sponsored by the CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) and DADD (Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities)  “to recognize effective, enlightened portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities in children’s books.” Both picture and chapter books are eligible to win this award.  Previous winners include “The Someday Birds,” “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin,” and “Rain, Reign.”  According to the  web site’s information, the award has had a positive impact on the public acceptance, recognition, and understanding of people with developmental disabilities. Link to the entire list of award-winning Dolly Gray titles using the award picture above.

There are some terrific titles to discover on the list.

Muscoot Farm for kids

April 4, 2019

After you’ve read all the farm books to the kids, why not get everyone into the car and head for the real thing? Muscoot Farm in Katonah will bring ‘Old MacDonald’ to life with plenty of chickens, cows, pigs, horses, turkeys, sheep, and goats. Great for picnics (the concession stand is kid-friendly, too), Muscoot provides family fun for all ages.  Special events include magic shows, storycraft hour, Birds of Prey programs, Fairy House projects, and a farmer’s market.   Don’t forget to read Margaret Wise Brown’s “Big Red Barn” before you head out! [Click the book cover below to listen to it being read to you with pictures!]

Title: Big Red Barn, Author: Margaret Wise Brown


March 28, 2019

Refugee A middle school novel that connects both historical fiction and the current crisis in Syria, Gratz has tied together three refugee stories.  We meet Josef, a Jewish boy in 1940’s Nazi Germany who is fleeing the possibility of being captured and sent to a concentration camp; we meet Isabel, a girl from 1990’s Cuba who sets out on a raft hoping to make it to the United States and a better, safer life; we meet Mahmoud, a boy from Syria in 2015 who is fleeing the danger and violence of his country for safety and survival.  Three refugees from different parts of the world at different times in history tell their story of seeking refuge and a new homeland. Each story vastly different. Each story shockingly the same. Recommended grades 4 and up.

2019 Carnegie and Greenaway Medals Announced

March 21, 2019

Selected from volunteer Librarians, these short lists of titles reflect the best in children’s literature published in the UK. The announcement on March 19th, 2019 includes three novels in verse and a Jon Klassen book.  This would be a second win for Klassen if he is chosen.

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