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Ernest J. Gaines was born outside of Baton Rouge, LA in 1933. At age 15, Gaines moved with his family to California, where he encountered greater equal access to education. After attending San Francisco State University, he was awarded fellowship at Stanford. Gaines returned to Louisiana in 1963 and garnered critical acclaim with his 1971 book The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. That book and his 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, were both made into feature films. You may find these titles and other powerful works by Gaines in our collection.

Storytime was a great place to chat about being brave. Don't worry kids, it can be hard for grown-ups to be brave in the face of something scary, too! Just know that it takes work and family to help you grow brave. Courage rocks!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Even though the snow is falling fast outside and the temps are very chilly, we can still have fun inside at Storytime learning about birds! Tweet, Tweet, everyone!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Maybe you want to read Sisters. Or maybe you love her work on The Baby-Sitters Club. Maybe you have no idea who Raina Telgemeier is, but you want a bright and fun graphic novel, and the ones your friends talk about are always checked out. Here is a list of Telgemeier's books (including alternative formats to check out), the popular titles that are just like Telgemeier, and some other suggestions for when those aren't available. Good luck, and happy reading.

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, the author describes her childhood anxiety, in a story about growing up and gathering the courage to face and conquer her fears.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

If you enjoyed reading about Blaire Wilson, the American Girl of the Year 2019, you might enjoy these other books about local farming and food, and community service.

Fiction

Gabriela Rivera is a sixth-grader with a serious peanut allergy, lots of artistic talent, one friend at her school, and a total lack of self-confidence--but when she meets Daisy, the owner and baker at Daisy's Desserts, who makes allergy free treats, she finally starts to gain some confidence in her own considerable abilities.

Even though Halloween can be a scary time, storytime is a great place to explore Spooky but not Scary stories. There are so many great options out there. Be sure to check them out and watch out for ghosts!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Sometimes we can't just travel to another place instantly. However, thanks to Storytime, we can travel to many other places just by turning the page and reading a book. Enjoy taking your next trip with these great books!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Anne Frank was 15 years old when her family was discovered hiding from the German Nazi's in 1944. Sadly, her whole family perished in concentration camps with the exception of her father, Otto, who later had her diary published.  She was a bright, effervescent teenager and I often wonder what she would have been like as an adult. I imagine she would have continued writing and making an impact on the world.

The cat who lived with Anne Frank by 1955- David Lee Miller
Anne Frank by Stephen Krensky

A Biography is a book that tells the true story of a person's life.  Storytime is great place to explore beginning Biographies as a way to introduce young readers to non-fiction.  Enjoy!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Bees are amazing and beautiful! They are pollinators and honeymakers, workers and queens, and so much more! 

"One part science, one part cultural history, and countless parts fascination, Bees celebrates the important role that these intriguing insects have played in our ecosystem throughout the ages. From Athena to Alexander the Great and from Egypt to Ethiopia, Bees explores different methods of beekeeping and uncovers the debt that humans owe this vital species. With beautifully accessible illustrations depicting everything from bee anatomy to the essentials of honey making, readers will be captivated by the endless wonders of this seemingly small speck of the animal kingdom."--.

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