Friday, October 27, 2017

Boston Book Festival

The Boston Book Festival is happening this Saturday, October 28 in Copley Square. A link to scheduled events can be found here:

There are lots of kids' and young adult events planned including story times with a variety of presenters, middle grade and young adult author panels, and an appearance from Elephant and Piggie! Several authors will be doing book signings and the Puppet Showplace from Brookline Village will be there.

This event is free to all and demonstrates the book-loving community of which we are a part! Don't miss it!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we have many books on display in the front lobby of the school and a larger number on a cart in the library. 
Here are some highlights:

Bravo: Poems about Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

"Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways."--Provided by publisher

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match by Monica Brown

Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness.

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh

A brief biography of nineteenth-century Mexican printer and artist José Guadalupe "Lupe" Posada, who was best known as the creator of the calaveras, pictures of skeletons doing various activities, that are an integral part of the Day of the Dead celebrations in present day Mexico.

Once Upon a Time: Traditional Latin American Tales by Rueben Martinez

A collection of seven traditional tales from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spain retold in English and Spanish. Includes notes about each story.

Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes

Easy to read, rhyming text about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words, from las brujas riding their broomsticks to los monstruos whose monstrous ball is interrupted by a true horror.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Resources for great read alouds

Sometimes families are looking for a great family read-aloud-- a chapter book, a picture book, some short stories -- there are so many possibilities! My go-to sources are listed below. I hope you will find them helpful to you!

Some print resources: 

The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

This classic treasury of titles includes annotated lists of books that your child(ren) may enjoy.

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell

Another thick and dynamic volume of books ideas that your family may enjoy.

Some online resources:

Marley Dias was discouraged by the small number of books she could find with black girls as the main characters. She set out to read and make a list of 1000 books with girls like her as the main character. You can find her list here:

The Children's Book a Day Almanac created by Anita Silvey, a well-respected expert in children's books.

Reading Rockets/ Colorin Colorado: A website in English and Spanish to help caregivers find great books for kids.