If you know a child who is having difficulty adjusting to life in middle school, here are 12 books to recommend, as per an article in the August 24 issue of American Libraries Direct from Book Riot. The latter is an independent editorial book site, with podcasts, newsletters and more. You can find the list here.
A new picture book recently released tells the poignant story of two best friends, a koala and a tiger. On a long car ride home, the koala friend is reminiscing about the good times they’ve had together in the past. But as the car ride ends, it turns out they had lived next door to one another, until the tiger moved away. A sweet children’s story about separation, just in time for the angst of starting school…
I recently read an article in Children & Libraries about the importance of play in early literacy development. You needn’t spend a fortune on toys to support this learning for babies and toddlers. Find out how to make some simple tabletop activities in a blogpost by a new youth services assistant, Kirsten Caldwell. She suggests a simple sorting activity for younger children, and making tangram shapes to laminate and use as puzzles, or a Mr. Potato Head made from felt for older kids.
I came across this book recently and it reminded me of the Lisa See novel The Island of Sea Women, about the female South Korean divers who harvest a variety of sea life to sell for their income. This story is the children’s picture book version, with wonderful illustrations by Jess Snow and informative text by Tina Cho. There is a brief explanation of haenyeo on the back pages, and I found it to be a fascinating subject.