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Winter Solstice: 16 Pictures Books About Snow

21 Dec

 

Happy Winter Solstice today (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere). I’m one of those people who love the idea of snow, but if it makes it difficult for me to do anything, than I get cranky. I think it’s beautiful to look at and it’s so quiet when it’s snowing – but the reality of shoveling, clearing off the car and driving in it, makes it much less fun! Regardless, because it’s winter, I’m sharing some picture books all about snow! Enjoy!

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  1. Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
  2. The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming
  3. Red Sled by Lita Judge
  4. No Two Alike by Keith Baker
  5. The Thing About Yetis by Vin Vogel

  6. Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
  7. The Mitten by Jan Brett
  8. Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

  9. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
  10. Big Snow by Jonathan Bean
  11. Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
  12. Snow by Manya Stojic
  13. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson
  14. Blizzard by John Rocco
  15. Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones
  16. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr
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Director’s Thoughts #9 – Telling Stories

17 Jun

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I’m trying something new with my staff as of the end of this week. I’ve been asking the question lately, “How do we make people care?” People being our staff, stakeholders, supervisors, etc. I want our staff to know that we’re making a difference every single day, I want our stakeholders to know about all the great things we’re doing and I want the township supervisors to see how we impact our community.

Statistics work great – how many people walk through our doors, how many items are checked out, how many people attend our programs, but these statistics don’t tell our story. So, this week I taped a piece of posterboard to the wall in our staff hallway (we don’t have our own break room). All I wrote on it was “Our Impact” and now I’m asking staff to share patron stories – nice words at the circ desk, a kind comment after a program or a word of thanks for help using the computers.

I’m hoping to show our staff just how much our community values the work we do. I’m hoping for great stories to share on our social media. And I want these strong stories to share with our Board in the hopes that they are not only impressed by our numbers, but also see just how much we do to impact our community in a truly positive way.

How do you collect and share your stories?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/20/17

20 Feb

25203675I didn’t get to quite as many books this week, but I enjoyed the ones I did get to read!  Wish is a sweet story about family and friendship found in unexpected places (and a small spoiler alert – although there is a dog on the cover of the book, the dog does NOT die!) hour of the Bees is a story of magical realism that reminded me a little of The Lightning Queen with stories and folklore woven into the story.  Finally, The Star-Touched Queen was not what I was expecting at all, but in a good way. A fantasy story seeped in Indian folklore – I read the whole thing in one day, I couldn’t put it down!

This week, my plan is to read the other books I didn’t get to last week:

  1. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  2. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Book Review: When the Sea Turned To Silver

27 Dec

28449045I just finished When the Sea Turned To Silver by Grace Lin this morning.  And I’m not surprised at how lovely it is.  Grace does an amazing job at integrating Chinese folklore seamlessly into a tale all her own.  This is the third companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky. And what I like most about these novels is that you could easily read them as stand alone stories, but if you pay close attention they are all woven together with characters, stories and locations.

Pinmei’s grandmother is taken away by soldiers of the emperor and it is up to Pinmei and her friend, Yishan to save her because without her grandmother’s stories, Pinmei’s world is in a forever state of winter.  Pinmei and Yishan travel to the City of Bright Moonlight, to the Sea Bottom and to the Emperor’s palace to save her grandmother all the while folktales bring to light more of the story than you would know otherwise.  The beautiful and lyrical storytelling is brought to life by gorgeous illustrations that call to mind the ancient art of China.

This would be a beautiful series to share aloud as I can only imagine the stories would be amazing to listen to and as I said you can read each book individually or read them together for an even richer experience. What I also love is that Grace provides a bibliography of where she found her stories, which leads me to believe that this is not only a gorgeous book to discover, but that it is also historically and culturally accurate.

Twitter Booktalk (14o characters or less): It’s up to quiet, little mouse Pinmei to save her storytelling grandmother from the emperor in When the Sea Turned To Silver by @pacylin

Title: When the Sea Turned To Silver
Author: Grace Lin
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 2016
Page Number: 370pgs.

“Ten Best Sentences”

28 Mar

The American Scholar posted their list of the 10 Best Sentences ranging from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Charles Dickens and while all are very interesting and debatably the best, I would love to see a similar list for children’s literature.  What would be on it?

Most likely something from Dr. Seuss, Margaret Wise Brown, C.S. Lewis and maybe others especially from the Newbery list, but what about those books that slide through the “best” list?  What about those books that make you pause and think because the words and rhythm and imagery is so amazing you just have to stop and think?  A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd is one such book.  Lloyd uses beautiful language to create an amazing story to read.

“The way he said her name made my heart cramp. In all my years of word collecting, I’ve learned this to be a tried and true fact: I can very often tell how much a person loves another person by the way they say their name. I think that’s one of the best feelings in the world, when you know your name is safe in another person’s mouth. When you know they’ll never shout it out like a cuss word, but say it or whisper it like a once-upon-a-time.” – A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Lloyd

Who (or what sentences) do you think would make the list?

 

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