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Monthly Archives: February 2016
As an almost-adult, my experience with children’s literature has become fairly predictable: pick up a book, finish it in two hours (three max), and move on to the next one. At the most, it takes me two sittings to get to the final chapter. Pax, however, is not a normal children’s book. I recognized this when […] Continue reading
Having loved the softly falling snowflakes that covered campus in a beautiful white blanket, and understanding the excitement of thousands of Nashville school children when schools were unexpectedly cancelled, I was excited while perusing the bookshelves, to find a book that had both the word Snowflake in its title and a Caldecott Medal on its […] Continue reading
Written in 1976, Willy Bear is a book with the timeless theme of a young child overcoming the anxieties of the first day of school. The main character, a young boy, reveals his worries through projecting them onto his teddy bear, Willy, the night before the first day of school starts. The close relationship between […] Continue reading
In accordance with Black History Month, presenting a previous winner of the Coretta Scott King award seemed appropriate. The Coretta Scott King award is awarded to a particular children’s book that features an African American author and illustrator that creatively and accurately depict aspects of African American culture. In 2012, the illustrator award was given […] Continue reading
Each year, the Pura Belpré award is given to the Latin@ author and illustrator “whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.” In 2009, Yuyi Morales’ Just In Case not only won for its illustrations, but was also an honor book for […] Continue reading
Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese had me completely and totally enthralled from page one, and I finished it in one sitting. The book initially caught my attention because of the bright colors and the title’s promise of a diverse cast, but the book delivered much more than I had initially expected – using […] Continue reading
Gene Luen Yang weaves together the lives of three characters in his graphic novel, American Born Chinese.In their respective stories, the characters investigate their identities and explore what it means to be yourself in a Chinese context.
The first … Continue reading
A bear and a squirrel are friends…? It’s true! Bear and Squirrel are Friends by Deb Pilutti tells the story of two unlikely friends – a big bear and a little squirrel – that form a beautiful, loyal friendship. Bear and Squirrel, like true friends, help each other with things that the other can’t do […] Continue reading
Spring is on the way (thankfully), but there is still plenty of time to read a wintry story. Dear Yeti by James Kwan is a sweet, imaginative tale that will make these last few weeks of winter seem a little less dreary and a lot more fun. Told through a series of notes written […] Continue reading
Making a presence at baby showers, birthdays, graduations and the New York Times Bestsellers list, “The Wonderful Things You Will Be” by Emily Winfield Martin is a lovable story that spans ages and generations. It doesn’t tell the story of a particular character; rather, it tells the story of all of us. By saying, “This […] Continue reading