In 1979, President Jimmy Carter decreed that the month of June would be a celebration of African-American music. Continue the tradition by exploring CDs, books, and movies by and about African-American artists. 

Books

The American Library Association recognizes June as GLBT Book Month. Check out a picture book that explores the lives of the GLBT community.  

Red : a crayon's story by Michael Hall

Red's factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.

Stella brings the family by Miriam B Schiffer

Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother's Day.

Describes how to plant and grow a variety of colorful vegetables, including red corn, yellow watermelons, and multicolored radishes.

Provides step-by-step instructions for twenty-eight indoor or outdoor gardening adventures, including a salad garden window box, a spiral flower garden, and a butterfly paradise in a patio pot.

An introduction to gardening for children aged three to six that features fifty activities with simple instructions and easy-to-find materials.

These picture books featuring budding artists will get your creative juices flowing!

A piece of chalk by Jennifer A Ericsson

A little girl creates a colored chalk drawing on her driveway.

Emily's blue period by Cathleen Daly

After her parents get divorced, Emily finds comfort in making and learning about art.

Cooking the Australian way by Elizabeth Germaine

An introduction to the cooking of Australia, featuring such recipes as egg and bacon pie, Anzac biscuits, pumpkin soup, and glazed kiwi tart. Also includes information on the history, geography, customs and people of the "land down under.".

The cooking of Brazil by Matthew Locricchio

"Introduces the different culinary regions of Brazil and presents many kinds of recipes for traditional Brazilian dishes"--Provided by publisher.

A Chinese cookbook for kids by Rosemary Hankin

Shows children how to cook a variety of simple dishes and desserts. Features characters from the Disney PIXAR film Ratatouille.

Sesame Street let's cook! by Susan McQuillan

"From the author of the incredibly original Knitting Mochimochi comes a delightful collection of supersized, quick-and-easy knitted toy creations sure to please knitters of all ages. Bigger sometimes does mean better. In Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Anna Hrachovec charmed knitters with her adorable miniature Mochimochi Land creatures. In Huge + Huggable Mochimochi she gives us knitted toys with even more to love. With 20 large-scale projects, from a massive monster truck to a pirate pillow pal and a super-cute bag buddy that converts from knapsack to shoulder bag, these playful knits make wonderful gifts and whimsical decorations. Anna also explains how to size the projects up or down so the knitter can customize each piece as desired"--.

Field & Stream editor-at-large T. Edward Nickens has fished, paddled, backpacked, hunted, and camped from the rainforest to the Arctic Sea. Winner of more than two dozen national writing awards, he is TV host for the Total Outdoorsman Challenge.

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