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A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Valentine’s Day Books

“All You Need is Love” Valentine's Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate not just love, but also kindness, thoughtfulness and consideration.  So, we’ve not only included books about the holiday itself, but several others that just seem to fit. Really, all you need is love … and a few good books! Click Clack Moo: I Love You! by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin Little Duck and her farm friends prepare for a big dance to celebrate Valentine’s Day. What will happen when an unexpected guest arrives? This is the latest in the Click Clack Moo books by Cronin and Lewin.   How Do I Love Thee? By Jennifer Adams, illus. by Christopher Silas Neal Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous sonnet is reimagined in this lovely picture book. Browning’s love poem is adapted to become a celebration of friendship among three diverse friends as they enjoy nature in a variety of settings. The mixed-media illustrations are imaginative and child friendly, bringing the poem to life. Browning’s original sonnet is included in the backmatter as well as a brief bio. This is really a quite lovely book. A Hug is for Holding Me by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Lisk Feng A father and daughter discover all the things a hug can be while taking a nature walk. A bird’s nest, a cocoon, and a seashell all provide hugs in their own way. The artwork, which has a retro look, is a perfect complement to the minimal text. I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home by Kathryn Cristaldi, illus. by Kristyna Litten Through a series of fantastical scenarios, love is expressed in immeasurable ways. The text is rhyming and lyrical and the illustrations whimsical. It’s a very [...]

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Winter Books

S’mitten with Books One of our all-time favorite winter stories is the Ukrainian folktale, The Mitten. This story about a lost mitten that provides warmth and shelter for a litany of animals has been retold throughout the years, and its various retellings are all available at the library. Jan Brett’s adaptation, perhaps our favorite, was originally published in 1989. She has continued to delight readers with her wintery tales and signature Scandinavian-style drawings. Her newest book, The Snowy Nap, does not disappoint. So, why not keep warm by snuggling up with a good book or two that your children are sure to enjoy. We’re s’mitten with snowy stories and hope that you will be too!   A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Winter Books All Right Ready! A Snowy Story by Jory John, illus. by Benji Davies Duck is very excited over the snow and can’t wait to get outside and enjoy it. He wants his reluctant friend Bear to share in his excitement. Will Ducks persistence prevail? The illustrations are expressive and should bring a few chuckles. Captain’s Log: Snowbound by Erin Dionne, illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler A young boy has just finished a school report about Ernest Shackleton's Endurance voyage when he and his family become snowed in due to a major storm. His imagination takes over as he records his adventures as though he were Shackleton himself. It’s a clever story with great illustrations by local artist, Jeff Ebbeler.   First Snow by Nancy Viau, illus. by Talitha Shipman The rhyming text and sweet illustrations help celebrate the first snowfall of the season.   Good Morning, Snowplow! by Deborah Bruss, illus. by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson A snowplow [...]

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about School

August is here, and so begins the start of a new school year. For many children this can be an anxious time. We’ve included lots of books to hopefully make the transition a little easier and calm those first day jitters. And for the seasoned pro, we’ve included some school stories that are just for fun!   All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illus. by Suzanne Kaufman This picture book celebrates diversity in the context of going back to school. The rhyming text and colorful illustrations help to deliver this important message.             Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes, illus. by Vashti Harrison This picture book provides a fun introduction to scientific method. The illustrations depicting the science classroom are detailed and interesting. Kids are sure to admire Cece and her tenacity.             Click, Clack, Quack to School! by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin The farm animals are excited to go to school until they learn of the rules. This is the latest from the creators of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. It’s another fun adventure for Farmer Brown and his cast of animal characters.               Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, illus. by Chris Raschka Through a series of letters, a student realizes that having a substitute isn’t so bad after all. The watercolor illustrations by Caldecott medalist Chris Raschka are expressive and whimsical. The story works well as a read-aloud but is also appropriate for early readers.             Did You Hear What I Heard?: Poems about School by Kay Winters, illus. by Patrice [...]

Hello, Summer!

“Hello, Summer!”   June 21 marks the beginning of summer, and in our opinion, the best season of all. We spent many childhood summers swimming in the ocean, playing in the park, and just enjoying being outdoors. Now, though we spend most summers working, we still love this time of year and all that is has to offer.  Get your summer off to a great start with some great books that capture the essence of the season.  Our suggestions of books will hopefully make you want to explore and enjoy summer all the more.   A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Summer   New Summer Books Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway by Tim McCanna, illus. by Tad Carpenter Bitty Bot the robot is bored at the beach until he and a few new friends build a submarine and take it on an underwater adventure. This is a very playful story told in rhyming text.         A Campfire Tail by Sarah Glenn Marsh, illus. by Ana Gómez Though Dragon doesn’t fit in at summer camp, he comes through in the end, teaching a valuable lesson about friendship. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and should keep children engaged.           Celebrating the Fourth of July by Maddie Spalding A new book featuring the traditions associated with this patriotic holiday. Instructions for a craft activity are included as well.         Day at the Beach by Tom Booth Building sandcastles at the beach makes for a fun afternoon, but Gideon soon realizes that there’s more fun to be had by working together rather than alone.  The artwork is rendered in animation style.     [...]

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books by Becca

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books by Becca Becca Stadtlander is a rising star in the world of children’s illustration, and she lives right here in her hometown of Covington, Kentucky. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her work has been featured on stationery and greeting cards, home decor products, and editorial publications, as well as both young adult and children's books. Becca describes herself as “a freelance illustrator and fine artist, inspired by the beauty of everyday objects, the comforts of home, and the lush colors and landscapes of far-off places." Cecilia and I have had the recent pleasure of getting to know Becca. We’ve visited her studio and have heard her speak at various venues, including the prestigious Mazza Children’s Literature Conference. Many months ago, the Kenton County Public Library approached Becca about creating the artwork for this year’s summer reading club. That artwork is currently featured on our summer calendar as well as the t-shirts that children can earn by reading. We think Becca is fabulous. Take a look at her books and check out her website, www.beccastadtlander.com . We’re sure you’ll agree! Meet Becca at the Erlanger Branch Monday, June 18, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Meet the Illustrator 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Art with Becca* Meet Becca at the Durr Branch Monday, July 30, 2018 6:00 PM - Art with Becca* 7:30 PM - Meet the Illustrator *Registration Required  Becca’s Books Look! What Do You See?: An Art Puzzle Book of American and Chinese Songs by Bing Xu, illus. by Becca Stadtlander When you first glance at this book, Becca’s lovely folk art illustrations appear to be accompanied by Chinese [...]

Springtime in Paris – Children’s Books About Spring

  A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Spring We’ve all heard the expression, “I love Paris in the springtime,” and the images it stirs up are those of trees blossoming, city parks bursting into bloom, and café terraces buzzing with activity as Parisians head outside to embrace spring’s soft warm days. Who wouldn’t love to enjoy spring in the City of Light? But if your budget won’t stretch to travelling abroad, why not indulge in some books to evoke the feeling? Florette and Ooh-la-la (Max in Love) are two new books that may be just the ticket. There are many other great “springtime” books as well. Ça sent le printemps … Spring is in the air! New Books About Spring The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates Spring showers require an umbrella, and in this case a big, red umbrella that seems to make room for anyone and everyone. Themes of diversity and inclusion are also at work in this lovely picture book. Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland This exquisitely illustrated book describes the different nests built by various bird species, highlighting different bird habitats throughout the world. The text is accessible to emerging readers. Crayola Spring Colors by Jodie Shepherd Children can discover the colors of spring and then explore their creativity by making art based on the colors around them. Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm by Jonathan London, illus. by Andrew Joyner Duck and Hippo are best friends. When they decide to go for a walk during a spring rainstorm, they have a little trouble sharing an umbrella. But they soon figure out how to share the umbrella as well as their adventures. This is a great [...]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Children’s Books About Baseball

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Baseball With Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds, sitting practically in our backyard, and with Opening Day upon us, paying tribute to books about America’s favorite pastime seems especially fitting! Our bases are loaded with a few good reads. No bloopers here, all are sure to be a home run New Baseball Books Anybody’s Game: Kathryn Johnston, the First Girl to Play Little League Baseball by Heather Lang, illus. by Cecilia Puglesi In 1950 girls weren’t allowed to play the game. Kathryn cut her hair, disguised herself as a boy, and made the Little League team. This picture book biography tells her story and introduces young readers to an admirable young woman.           Baseball by Jill Murray Kids are introduced to the basic rules of the game in this easy-to-read volume in the Sports How To series.           Baseball’s Best and Worst: A Guide to the Game’s Good, Bad, and Ugly by Drew Lyon This Sports Illustrated publication includes the game’s best and worst hitters, moments, uniforms, mascots and much, much more.             The Everything Kids’ Baseball Book by Greg Jacobs This book is now in its tenth edition. Just like the title suggests, it includes everything … from baseball’s history to today’s favorite players with lots of fun packed in between. Puzzles, games and activities are included as well.           42 is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rappaport This biography brings to life the story of Jackie Robinson, the first man to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball.         [...]

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Woman’s History Month

  Women's History Month: Her Story A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Women's History Month Women’s History Month is celebrated annually each year in March. As many new books have recently been published recounting the accomplishments of women, we’d like to share some of those with you. Some names will be familiar while others may be relatively unknown. Enjoy learning about women’s history!   Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus, Illustrated by Erin McGuire This is the true story of Nellie Harper Lee who grew up to become one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Though young readers will most likely be unfamiliar with her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, they should still be able to relate to the young child full of dreams for her future.        Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong's Life in Jazz by Mara Rockliff, Illustrated by Michele Wood Lil Hardin was born in 1898 in Memphis, Tennessee. She loved music and went on to become a famous bandleader and composer, working with many of the greatest early jazz musicians, including her husband, Louis Armstrong! The acrylic illustrations are vibrant and engaging.           Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou, Illustrated by Jen Corace This is a brief biography of one of the best known writers of all time who forged a way for women writers. The stylized illustrations effectively evoke the time period during which Austen lived and worked.         A Lady Has the Floor by Kate Hannigan, Illustrated by Alison Jay Belva Lockwood was a teacher, lawyer, and presidential candidate [...]

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about African American History Month

First recognized in 1976, African American History Month or Black History Month celebrates the vital role African Americans have played in American history. Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The theme for 2018, “African Americans in Times of War,” marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day. One of the books that we are including in this post ties in nicely with this theme, so, we’ve decided to feature it here:   The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illus. by R. Gregory Chrisite Most people know that Jackie Robinson broke barriers in the world of baseball but few may know his story as a soldier during World War II. He experienced prejudice and segregation every day. When ordered to move to the back of a military bus, he refused and was later court-martialed. However, he challenged the segregation laws and won. All of this took place long before anyone had ever heard of Rosa Parks. This biography includes dramatic illustrations by Christie, a Caldecott Honor winning illustrator. A timeline and author’s note are included as well. Our blog post this month also includes many other books that explore historical issues of importance to people of African descent as well as race relations in America.         Be a King: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by James E. Ransome This book introduces and reinforces many of the principles taught by MLK. The illustrations alternate between important moments in Dr. King’s life [...]

A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Winter

As we write this blog, it’s below zero outside and the entire Eastern seaboard is being slammed by a major winter storm. But the season is delivering more than just cold temps and snow. There are lots of new books about winter that your children are sure to enjoy. So, if you’re hibernating already, why not settle in with a good book or two. We’ve got the best books of winter! A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Winter Books New Books Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri The illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Dragons Love Tacos has created a quiet, gentle story of the friendship between an unlikely set of companions. Beautifully illustrated!           Blue Corn Soup by Caroline Stutson, illus. by Teri Weidner As Mouse watches the snow fall in the canyon, she knows just the thing to warm her up! As her soup cooks, her neighboring friends show up, hoping to share. A few Spanish words are embedded in the text giving the book a little Southwestern flare.       Brrr! Brrr! by Sebastien Braun This lift-the-flap board book introduces a number of animals, including a penguin, a fox, and a walrus, in their wintry homes. Children are encouraged to imitate the noise that each animal makes.         Chirri and Chirra: The Snowy Day by Kaya Doi This is the third book in this charming little series. Two rosy-cheeked little girls, Chirri and Chirra, set off on a bicycle adventure through an icy winter setting. They meet various animals, join in their fun, and fall asleep under the stars. The colored-pencil illustrations are soft and delicate and add to the appeal [...]