Reaching for the Moon book cover

 

Katherine Johnson was a talented mathematician in a field dominated by white men.

After graduating high school at the age of 15 in the midst of the Great Depression, she earned a full scholarship to West Virginia State Institute's math department. Johnson briefly taught high school and then in 1940 was one of the first Black graduate students chosen to integrate West Virginia University.

In 1953 she began work as a research mathematician for what would become NASA. Katherine Johnson shattered barriers for all women, but particularly for Black women, earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

To celebrate the inspirational life of Katherine Johnson, check out the resources below or explore NASA's website. Learn about her and other amazing barrier-breaking mathematicians and scientists.

This is Johnson's autobiography, but there are many books to introduce readers to her life in the Children's Biography collection.

 

Did you miss our Gray Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own colorful storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

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A day so gray by Marie Lamba

A winter's day is transformed from bleak to beautiful by warm friendship and a new perspective in a gentle story that encourages the appreciation and celebration of cozy pleasures and quiet joys. Use as inspiration to notice the colors around you.

 

The American Library Association announced its 2020 Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many recognize Dr. Seuss as an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue and improve on that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Geisel Award Winner

Stop! Bot! by James Yang

 

The American Library Association announced the top youth books and media of 2020, including the Coretta Scott King Awards. The Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table have issued awards to outstanding African American authors and illustrators since 1970. 

To find past award winners in our catalog to check availability, do a title search for Coretta Scott King Award. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

New kid by Jerry Craft
Also available in: e-book

 

Today the American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children awards the Newbery to the books deemed the most outstanding contributions to children's literature. 

To find past award winners in our catalog to check availability, do a title search for Newbery Medal Winner. For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Newbery Medal Winner

New kid by Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

 

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2020, including the Randolph Caldecott Award. This award goes to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

To find past award winners in our catalog or to check availability, do a title search for Caldecott Medal Winner. For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2020 Caldecott Medal Winner

The undefeated by Kwame Alexander

This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States, highlighting the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. 

 

Did you miss our Knitting Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own cozy storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

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Extra yarn by Mac Barnett

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

 

Did you miss our Community Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own neighborhood storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

 

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One day Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends discover a hollow tree in the middle of the forest. Join their forest community as the animals share their unique gifts and turn the ordinary tree into a special spot for everyone to enjoy!
 

 

Did you miss our Kindness Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own heartwarming storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

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South by Daniel Duncan

When a lonely fisherman finds an injured bird on his boat, he nurtures it back to health, and--since the bird can no longer migrate with its family--charts a course heading south for the winter. This one's a tearjerker.

 

Did you miss our Flowers Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own blooming storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

Caterpillar and bean by Martin Jenkins

What's that wedged in a crack in the ground, small and hard and wrinkly and brown? A bean seed! Soon it develops roots and leaves. And whats that on the leaf? An egg! The egg hatches a caterpillar, and the caterpillar eats the leaves, getting bigger until it forms a chrysalis. Meanwhile, the plant grows, too: it develops flowers, then bean pods as it reaches up toward the sun. 

 

SNAP SNAP WENT THE VENUS FLY TRAP (inspired by jbrary)

Snap snap went the venus fly trap one day, snap snap went the venus fly trap.

Snap snap went the venus fly trap one day, and they all went snap snap snap. But…

We know fly traps go [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms]

[clap] la de la de la [wavey arms], [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms]

We know fly traps go [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms], they don’t go snap snap snap.

 

Buzz buzz went the bee on the flower one day, buzz buzz went the bee on the flower.

Buzz buzz went the bee on the flower one day, and they all went buzz buzz buzz. But…

We know flowers go [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms]

[clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms], [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms]

We know flowers go [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms], they don’t go buzz buzz buzz.

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