Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas Picture book author Jan Thomas has done it again (A Birthday for Cow!). Simple, adorable humor. Three dust bunnies are trying to show us their rhyming abilities, while a fourth is trying to show us his survival instincts. What are the dust bunnies in your house up to? Fun family read ages 2-8. Check availability
Sammy Keyes and the Cold Hard Cash by Wendelin Van Draanen.
As Sammy is sneaking into our grandmother's apartment in the senior's only building where she lives, a stranger is on his way out. Really out, but before his last breath he gives Sammy a bundle of money and tells her to throw it away. But, how can Sammy throw away money, but then how is she going to explain her sudden wealth? And who is this guy and where did the money come from? For mystery lovers in grades 4 and up. Check availability
This story is about the power of friendship. An unlikely friendship between a young girl who is afraid to step off her porch into the wintery Colorado world, and an injured dog who is not ready to trust, or to come in out of the cold. Together they figure out a way to take care of each other. This story will tug at your heart and leave you wanting to pass it on to another lucky reader. Grades 4-6
On January 26 the winner of the 2009 Caldecott Medal will be announced. The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually "to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children".
Now the committee that decides who gets the award is generally made up of librarians, and they usually pick well, but we at the WPL also like to see who the children would have picked. To that end, our Stories and More crew, all in kindergarten through third grade, took a look at some 30 or so of the potential nominees. Looking carefully at the pictures, the kids selected their favorites and voted. Here are this year's picks:
Winners (it was a tie!): Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements
Honor Books (aka the runners up): Swing! by Rufus Butler Seder We Are the Ship: the Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
I'll Pass For Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War by Anita Silvey
Long before women were officially allowed to serve in the armed forces of this country, they did anyway! During the Civil War, there were dozens of examples of girls and women who donned soldier's gear to join the fight--on both the Union and Confederate sides. This short history looks at the female soldiers we know about: why they did it, their battle experience, and how they managed to conceal their gender from their comrades in arms. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Check availability
We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States; illustrations and foreward by David Catrow
David Catrow, who specializes in illustration of the hilarious variety, makes the Preamble of the Constitution accessible to everyone, except perhaps people with no appreciation for freedom, happiness or humor. He has plenty and it shows in the riotous depiction of a backyard camping trip that also underscores the deeper meaning of the words. Recommended for all ages! Check availability
The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman
A lonely Pencil creates some friends--a whole world, in fact. Everything goes swimmingly until the complaints start rolling in, someone wants different ears, someone else wants better sneakers. So Pencil creates ERASER. Then things really start to wipe out! Recommended for grades K-3.Check availability