Monday, January 31, 2011

Looking for great children's books? Check out these suggestions from one of our librarians!

Want to start 2011 with something OUTSTANDING to read aloud to your children? 
Try either or both of the following titles.

"The Secret River" by Pulitzer Prize winner, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Remember that name? You probably read her award winning novel, "The Yearling"  when you were an adolescent. Remember how it made you feel? But, you may have never known about her other award winning story for children.  

"The Secret River" was first published in 1956 and was awarded a Newbery Honor back then.  Guess what? We're the lucky ones! It has just been republished in 2011 in a new format with those masters of artwork, Leo and Dianne Dillon.  (Yes, they have won the Caldecott award two times for the best children's illustrations and guess again, you are going to fall in love with their artistic interpretation of this magical story.)

"All the World" by Liz Garton Scanlon with artwork by Marla Frazee has gotten starred reviews from just about all the important review sources--School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews.  The Washington Post Book World calls it "Perfect".  I could not agree more.

It’s a story about a family. The pictures are made with black Prismacolor pencil and watercolors. You just have to see what these special illustrations and rhyming words do together. Cozy is the word that comes to mind. 

A family and their approach to the world.  Not an easy topic.  And, the best part?  You've got to read the last two pages. Perfection.

Both books are in the CARL collection in the children's room.  Come soon to read them and borrow them.

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