Category Archives: Staff Picks

Birmingham Sunday

        In light of the tragic events in South Carolina, I wanted to share this wonderful book, Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner.   Racial bombings were so frequent in Birmingham that it became known as “Bombingham.” Until September 15, 1963, these attacks had been threatening but not deadly. On that Sunday morning, however, a blast in the… Read more »

Marcia Brown

          Marcia Brown has passed away at the age of 96. She was a three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal. Her most famous book was Stone Soup, a favorite of mine on Captain Kangaroo!  Once a Mouse, Cinderella, and Shadow all won Caldecott Medals. She also won six Honor Medals. She also won the Laura Ingalls… Read more »

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow

Interested in medical mysteries? Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow is the story of a woman who was identified in the early 1900’s, as a carrier of the deadly disease, typhoid. Mary Mallon worked as a cook and  unknowingly exposed thousands of people to this disease.  When officials tracked her down, she refused to cooperate and became known as… Read more »

Pura Belpre Award Winners 2015

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: Viva Frida illustrated by Yuyi Morales, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner.  The book was written by Yuyi Morales. Frida Kahlo, one of the world’s most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with… Read more »

Sibert Award Winners 2015

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. This years winner is: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet Peter Mark Roget, whose boyhood passion for list-making and finding… Read more »