Everyone had a great time at our Family Maker Fun program last night. We played with Zoob tubes, K'Nex, Keva planks, Snap Circuits, and built marble roller coasters. Our next session is Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30 PM (registration is March 23rd) -- come join us!
Earlier in the month, the winners were announced for the John Newberry Medal, The Caldecott Medal, and the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award. These are some of the most prestigious awards given to works of children's literature.
Newberry Medal Winner 2016:
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. Newberry Honor books:
A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.
Decades after a man is entwined in a prophecy-based quest involving three mysterious sisters and a harmonica, three individuals from different areas of the world confront daunting challenges involving the same harmonica. Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner 2016:
A picture book adaptation of the story of the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh describes how the author's great-grandfather, a veterinarian from Winnipeg, rescued a bear cub and took her with him to an English army base during World War I. Caldecott Honor Books:
A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremâe and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.
Five toy animal friends sit happily together on a windowsill, patiently waiting for anticipated weather changes that are orchestrated by their young human companion.
Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena (See Above) Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award Winner 2016:
Spending the summer with their grandmother in the rural South, three sisters from Brooklyn discover the surprising reason behind their mother's estrangement from their aunt. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer.
The Children's Department has over a dozen databases that are geared for pre-school through elementary grades.
Sesame Street E-Books, TumbleBooks and TumbleBookCloud Jr. are just a few of the databases that encourage children to read through various early literacy activities.
Elementary students have the opportunity to research accurate and current material for their school reports by using such sites as Biography in Context, Facts on File Modern World History, Searchasaurus, Kid InfoBits, Scholastic Go! and many more.
Tutor.com provides free online homework help everyday from 2pm-10pm.
My favorite is NoveList K-8 which is a great site if you want to read reviews on books or find read-alike titles.
Sad news came yesterday morning, when it was announced that
Alan Rickman, had passed away. While Rickman has been known by many as a seasoned actor, his loss hits children's literature particularly hard.
Generations of young readers grew up to see the complicated character of Severus Snape expertly portrayed by Alan Rickman. It was said that J.K. Rowling kept only Rickman in the loop when it came to the character's childhood friendship with Harry's mother, Lily, and the motivations of Snape's character throughout the series.
Several of Alan Rickman's fans, co-stars,as well as Rowling herself, used social media to mourn his loss.