Later this month, the popular Big Nate character from the Lincoln Peirce books will make his debut on television. Paramount will begin showing Big Nate episodes on February 17th. Appealing to the Wimpy Kid and Bart Simpson crowd, Big Nate is an appealing character for a wide audience. Created with a team from Nickelodeon, there will also be original music (22 songs). Check out some of the Big Nate books to get ready for the new series.
Plan a fun, child-friendly day out in NYC this year. The much beloved marionette theater at The Swedish Cottage in Central Park is reopening in February 2022 with shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December. In the heart of the park, the marionette theater hosts fairy tale puppet shows for the younger set. Children will love the old-fashioned dolls and colorful sets. Now playing is ‘Wake Up, Daisy!’ -a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Round out your trip to the theater with a visit to Central Park’s 100+ year-old merry-go-round which opened in 1871 (and reopened after being pandemic-closed for 18 months). The 57 horses are being restored and upgraded. If the kids are still awake, wander over to the Central Park Zoo before grabbing a hot chocolate and heading home with a day of great memories.
The latest issue of American Libraries Direct highlights an 8 year old boy who wrote and illustrated his first book: The Adventures of Dillon Helbig’s Crismis. After doing so, he slapped a homemade spine sticker on it, and added it to the shelves at the Ada (Idaho) Community Library’s Lake Hazel branch. He told a local TV station that he has been wanting to do that since he was 5 years old. His parents called the library to ask for it back, but the branch manager said that they added it to the collection, since it met their criteria for book selection. There is currently a waiting list to read it. So you are NEVER too young to publish your first book. Go, Dillon!
The American Library Association announced the winners of the Youth Media Awards this past Monday. The Newbery Medal was given to The Last Cuentista by Donna Higuera, and the Caldecott Medal was awarded to Watercress, illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang. More information on all of the awards can be found here.
If you are looking for a good read aloud for the kindergarten to grade two set, have I got a book for you! Bob Shea will dazzle you with his zany humor and cheery tropical palette in his latest offering. So Bob the lazy alligator decides to open a restaurant for birds on his snout, figuring it’s an easy-peasy way to get some quick food. But he didn’t take into account that the birds might become his friends. Such a dilemna: to eat or not to eat! The heart warming ending makes this- a sure-fire hit!