African American Children's Fiction

February is National African American History Month, and we've put together a series of suggestions for children's reading materials. These are chapter books featuring African American characters. Several titles are distinguished by being honored with or winning the Coretta Scott King Award, which is given annually to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Also on this list are several authors that have been honored or won the Newbery Award, awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in the previous year.

NOTE: Children read at different levels at different times in their lives. It is up to the child and their parent to determine which of these suggestions are appropriate for them.

 

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Winner of the 2015 Newbery Award and recognized as a 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, this novel in verse follows twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

African American Month Picture Books

February is National African American History Month, and this is the first in a series of suggestions for children's reading materials. First up are picture books featuring African American characters. Several titles are distinguished by being honored with or winning the Coretta Scott King Award, which is given annually to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. 

Knock knock: my dad's dream for me by Daniel Beaty ; illustrated by Bryan Collier
Winner of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, this picture book details how a boy deals with his father's absence.

I'm not moving by written by Wiley Blevins ; illustrated by Mattia Cerato
Keesha's family is moving from the suburbs to the city, and she is worried and not happy about this turn of events.

Sequels and Prequels to Classics for Adults

It was just announced yesterday that Harper
Lee will be releasing a sequel this summer to her Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a
Mockingbird
published over 50
years ago. We've already received requests for the book, titled  Go Set a Watchmanso hop on the hold
list now before you forget. In the meantime, To Kill a Mockingbird 
isn't the
only book the received a sequel or a prequel years after the first book was published. Check
out some of these delayed delights while you’re waiting.

To Kill a Mockingbird Alternatives for Teens

It was just announced yesterday that Harper Lee will be releasing a sequel this summer to her Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbirdpublished over 50 years ago. We've already received requests for the book, titled Go Set a Watchman, so hop on the hold list now before you forget. In the meantime, we've compiled a list of books that reference and draw inspiration from the classic.

Mockingbird: (mok'ing-bûrd) by Kathryn Erskine
In this National Book Award winning title, ten-year-old
Caitlin, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, references
To Kill a Mockingbird as she struggles to come to grips with her
grief after her brother is killed in a school shooting.

Newbery Award Winners 2015

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the Newbery for over 90 years for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, commonly given to a chapter book. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

The John Newbery Medal for 2015 has been awarded to:


The crossover by Kwame Alexander

The John Newbery Honor Books for 2015 are:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

African Tales and Crafts

Children ages 5-11 can celebrate African American History Month. We'll share African inspired crafts and folktales on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the Purple Room. Make necklaces based off of the Samburu and Rendille tribes of Kenya, create your own mancala board, and take home a puzzle. Registration required.

Building, Construction, Demolition, etc.

Beginning in January 2015, the library will embark on phase two of a renovation project to update the building, make the library accessible to all users and to fulfill our core values of Relevance, Access, Integrity and Leadership. Phase II will include a complete renovation of the public restrooms located in the lobby with new tile and fixtures, making them ADA compliant. During this phase of the construction, patrons will be asked to use the restrooms located in the Children's Library. The Cafe will be inaccessible, as well as the main doors of the Community Room. While adults might be interested in the details of the project, kids will also have questions, and we've compiled a list of recommendations of some construction themed books.

b1547133.jpgDemolition by Sally Sutton ; illustrated by Brian Lovelock

Sometimes you have to get rid of the old to make way for the new, and that is shown here through the use of numerous sound effects. Don't forget the last page, where the machines and their jobs are identified.

Dress for December

Froggy%20Gets%20Dressed%20London.jpgFroggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London is the ultimate of cold weather checklists. Excited Froggy repeatedly gets called out of the snow and back into his house by his mother because he forgot to put on an important article of warm weather gear. But there are plenty more picture books highlighting all those extra layers you need to stay warm. Here's your own checklist of corresponding books.

Hat%20by%20Brett.jpgThe Hat by Jan Brett

While Jan Brett’s The Mitten is more well-known, don’t miss this equally entertaining story. Brett’s signature illustrations relay the trouble Hedgie the hedgehog faces when he gets stuck in a discovered hat.

Mitten by Aylesworth.jpgThe Mitten by Jim Aylesworth

Jim Aylesworth’s rhyming retelling of the tale is complemented by Barbara McClintock’s expressive characters.

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