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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 2, 2021 at 4:05 PM by Genesis Gaule
Need a little emotional pick-me-up? Something to melt away the winter blahs? If so, pull your little one close and snuggle up to these comforting and uplifting picture books. Like a cup of hot chocolate and a fluffy fleece blanket, they are sure to leave you feeling all warm and cozy inside.
Want to rediscover the wonder of winter? Try these heartwarming reads!
by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
After she finds a skein of colorful magic yarn, an unassuming little girl quietly transforms her community’s cold winter world into something beautiful. It’s a charming, beautifully illustrated story of generosity triumphing over greed that has a modern look but reads like a classic folk tale. // Ages 4-9 Years
by Uri Shulevitz
In a dull gray town, a boy and his dog spy a single snowflake and rush outside in gleeful anticipation of a wintry wonderland--despite predictions to the contrary by skeptical and grumpy grown-ups. The sparse words are perfectly chosen and compliment the charming illustrations depicting the joy and wonder of the first snowfall. // Ages 3-7
by Grace Lin
Ever wonder where snow comes from? This simple yet imaginative tale offers a fanciful explanation through a precocious little boy and his new feather bed. // Ages 3-5
by Jane Yolen
A little girl and her father go looking for owls late one night. When you go owling, sometimes there isn't an owl, but sometimes there is--all you need is a little hope. Wrapped up in familial bonds and traditions, this sweet and poetic story vividly takes you on a journey through the winter woods. // Ages 5-9
Need an escape from winter? These books are a perfect pick any time of year!
by Ilima Loomis and Kenard Pak
Tired of the cold and snow? This cumulative rhyme book will transport you to sunny Hawaii! Join the 'ohana, as they farm taro for poi to prepare for a traditional luau. Includes author’s notes about the significance of poi in Hawaiian culture. // Ages 3-6
by Sara O'Leary and Kenard Pak
Though warm vignettes of cherished sleepovers with her grandmother, Maud’s love and adoration for her “Grand-Maud” shine through every page of this gentle story. It’s a beautiful look at intergenerational relationships and it makes a great choice for a snuggly, bedtime read. // Ages 4-8
by Laura Gehl and Christopher Weyant
An enterprising little dog infiltrates its way into the home of an unsuspecting nearsighted man who is out shopping. It’s a delightfully silly case of mistaken identity and found family sure to bring a smile to your face. // Ages 3-7
by Sarah Kurpiel
Fluffy Pineapple’s comfortable kitty routine is upended by small, sleek newcomer Kiwi. Kiwi mimics Pineapple, following him everywhere--much to Pineapple’s annoyance. A familiar story of pet rivalry with a happy ending, it’s a purr-fectly cozy read for cat lovers. // Ages 3-7
by Cori Doerrfeld
Focusing on the gift of presence when things are rough, this lovely book feels just like a warm hug. When Taylor’s block tower falls down, they’re distraught and don't know what to do. One by one, all the animals try to tell Taylor how to get over it with no success. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen--which is just what Taylor needs. // Ages 3–5
by Oliver Jeffers
Notes for Living on Planet Earth // A dad's witty handbook to the world and its inhabitants for his new baby. The tongue-in-cheek text takes you on a quick “scientific” tour of earth--perfect for parents with a dry sense of humor. While the colorful illustrations are peppered with cheeky jokes and silly details to keep kids entertained and engaged. It’s loaded with positive messages without feeling preachy and ends on a heartwarming, hug-inducing note. // Ages 3-7
Tag(s): winter, traditions, snow, recommendations, picture books, Genesis Gaule, families, emotions, easy fiction, dogs, cozy, cats
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 4, 2021 at 4:32 PM by Genesis Gaule
In a perfect world, children would never be exposed to difficulties and hardships. They would never have to grow up too soon or feel unsafe. They could simply be kids. Unfortunately, life doesn’t discriminate. When these struggles arise, it can be difficult to find a way to answer questions or work through their feelings in an age appropriate way.
Books can be a great tool to help children (and adults!) find the words for their feelings and cope. Whether it is for more common obstacles like bullying and divorce or other sensitive issues like, poverty, domestic violence, immigrating to a new country, or death of a loved one, books can help provide advice and comfort. Picture books are also a great way to encourage empathy for others in children that may be living these situations.
These books are best read together with plenty of time afterwards for questions. With books that deal with sensitive subjects, it is always good practice for a grownup to read the book beforehand, and determine if there is a struggle that you or your child is facing, there is a book to help.
Tag(s): Vanesa Gomez, secrets, picture books, parenting, immigration, grief and loss, finances, families, easy nonfiction, easy fiction, domestic violence, divorce, disabilities, death, bullying, adoption
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on October 11, 2021 at 1:07 PM by Genesis Gaule
R.A.L.F. - Random Awesome Library Fun - is back! All students in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend. R.A.L.F.'s next meeting is October 19 at 4 pm. More information
Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford
A Memoir // This memoir steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she provides a poignant coming-of-age recollection that speaks to finding the threads between who you are and what you were born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them.
Unbound by Tarana Burke
My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement // This is the story of an inimitable woman's inner strength and perseverance, all in pursuit of bringing healing to her community and the world around her, but it is also a story of possibility, of empathy, of power, and of the leader we all have inside ourselves. In sharing her path toward healing and saying "me too," Tarana reaches out a hand to help us all on our own journeys.
Make Good the Promises edited by Kinshasha Holman Conwill and Paul Gardullo
Reclaiming Reconstruction and Its Legacies // An incisive and illuminating analysis of the enduring legacy of the post-Civil War period known as Reconstruction--a comprehensive story of Black Americans' struggle for human rights and dignity and the failure of the nation to fulfill its promises of freedom, citizenship, and justice.
Sister Secrets by Anne Frasier
A Brother's Reveal // Regional Author // The farmers of the Red River Valley of rural North Dakota and Minnesota don't often talk publicly (or privately) about mental illness. Lutheran pastor Matthew Valan's two sisters were diagnosed too late with bipolar disorder. One is dead. The other is in prison. Trying to understand what may have led his beloved sisters to act in the ways they did, Valan examines dark family dynamics he didn't fully comprehend when younger -- an often-absent father involved in politics, and sexual abuse. As he made his way through these dark places, a measure of wholeness and healing came to him, unearthing a passion to help people unlock the secrets of their own lives.
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Tag(s): US history, social justice, siblings, sexual abuse, regional authors, Red River Valley, racism, nonfiction, mental illness, memoirs, history, families, coming-of-age, Civil War, book notes, abuse