It doesn’t seem like 20 years have passed since I sat in my dorm room totally engrossed in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I remember this series as the first since my childhood that I just devoured. I couldn’t get enough. With each new title released, it felt like a homecoming of sorts as I was pulled back into the magical world J.K. Rowling had so carefully crafted.
Now I have kiddos of my own who have delved into these books and fallen in love with them the same way I did so many years ago. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of these books, they have now been released with new cover art by Brian Selznick. Selznick is a wonderful author/illustrator in his own right however his illustrations bring new life to this epic story for the next generation. If you want to check out the anniversary releases we now have them available for check out at MPL. Stop in for a look and fall in love with the books all over again!
New to our library is the great new poetry book Jabberwalking. This book is filled with enthusiasm and fresh ideas.
This book is both a guide on how to and poetry. The guide is not forceful and feels like a buddy is sharing information. The poetry is fierce and full of energy
I’ve read bits to my coworkers with gestures and full voice. They enjoyed it and want to know more about the book.
So very happy this book is in our library!
Have you ever seen monsters as adorable as these? Meet The Worry Woos!
These monsters each have a story to tell- about loneliness, not quite fitting in, getting too frustrated when things don’t go your way, letting worry get the best of you, envy, indecision and more. Written in beautiful rhyme, these stories are powerful social-emotional skill-builders all kids can relate to and empathize with. Designed by artist and author Andi Green to help children understand and embrace their emotions, these books have received rave reviews and awards for bringing higher concepts right down to a kids level. I love watching understanding dawn on my littles’ faces as they learn the lesson right along with the WorryWoos!
We have the storybooks available for checkout, and we have kits of the monster and it’s accompanying book available in our puppet collection. We also have a parent-teacher guide for teaching social-emotional awareness in our parent-teacher collection.
We’ve gotten enthusiastic feedback from parents and teachers alike who have used these stories with great success, and we hope you and your littles will fall in love with the WorryWoos too!
And don’t forget to check our Parent-Teacher collection for these valuable companion guides by noted Dr. John Irving, a pioneer in the social-emotional learning field.
For more information on the WorryWoos, classroom and parent lesson plans and more, check out their website: www.worrywoos.com
One of the perks of being a children’s librarian is that we sometimes, once in a while, get to meet some pretty amazing people in children’s-book land! Today I was able to join children’s book author Jill Esbaum for lunch here at the library cafe and learn a little more about her. Having read her books with my kids, and to groups of kiddos as part of our regular programming, it was so interesting to hear first-hand a little bit about how she became an author, her writing process, and just enjoy seeing her face light up as she described working with different publishers and illustrators- a special behind-the scenes glimpse at how the books my kids and I know and love were created.
Jill will be here at the library this Saturday, April 14th at 2pm at a special event celebrating her books, including her newest one, How to Grow a Dinosaur. We will have games, activities and fun crafts based on several of her books at this event for all ages.
Wondering if you’ve read any books by Jill? I bet you have, and you just may not know it! She’s written over 40 books, many of which are favorites here at the library. If you haven’t, be sure to come check these out next time you visit us! My kids absolutely LOVE Estelle Takes a Bath, and with its goofy rhyming it makes a perfect read-aloud. They were completely engrossed by Teeny Tiny Toady, and even got a little teary as the tiny toad struggled to find her bravery and get her mama out of the bucket, and cheered when she used her smarts to find a way. And of course, her work for National Geographic has been amazing!
There has been a boom in graphic novels for the middle grade readers! These are just a few of our favorites! Come in and check them out today!
New puppets are here and are in-process!