Are you a Babymouse fan? Or love Sisters by Raina Telgemeier? Brother and sister writing team Jennifer and Matthew Holm have a new graphic novel out called Sunny Side Up. Sunny has been sent to Florida to visit her grandfather for the summer. But he lives in a retirement community with old people and Sunny is afraid the summer will… Read more »
Today would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday. Learn more about the man and his influence on music and culture. Here are some great books to start with! John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth: a Photographic Biography by Elizabeth Partridge The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer … Read more »
Harold and the Purple Crayon was published 60 years ago today! Look for activities to celebrate at the website Inspire Imagination with Harold and the Purple Crayon. Also, take a look at other famous illustrators celebrating Harold’s special day.
Courage and Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark by Deborah Hopkinson Using interviews and extensive research, the author reconstructs the lives of those who lived in and fought against the Nazi occupation of Denmark. Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose At the beginning of World… Read more »
Caps For Sale is 75 years old! This is one of my favorite read-aloud books. I also vividly remember it from Captain Kangaroo! There is also a sequel written by Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer and illustrated with art that Slobodkina created before her death in 2002. Watch the book here!
The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne At age twelve, grave robber Thomas Marsden discovers a boy who looks just like him in an unmarked grave and begins a journey of discovery as he learns of faeries trapped in London and their hope that he can return them to their realm. Wonder at the Edge of… Read more »
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she… Read more »
When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis by Simon Winchester The author explores how and why these natural forces shape the earth, from the infamous volcanic eruption at Krakatoa and the earthquake that flattened San Francisco, to the 21st-century tsunamis that devastated Indonesia and Japan. Richly illustrated with fascinating historical and stunning contemporary photographs. The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the… Read more »
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 »
Creatures of the Night by Camilla De La Bedoyere A spectacular collection of animals who are at home in the dark. Creatures of the Night features more than a dozen extraordinary animals that live in the dark. These are mammals, birds, insects and spiders whose unique physical features help them to survive in the pitch-black darkness of jungles, fields and in the… Read more »