Picture Book Selection: Salsa

In this new cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa. A young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while. In English and Spanish. Ages 4-7.

Picture Book Selection: A Poem in Your Pocket

A poet is visiting Elinor's school to celebrate National Poetry Month and every student will be sharing one of their pocket poems.  Elinor has a hard time writing the “perfect” poem and soon everyone in the class has a poem in their pocket except Elinor.  When the visiting poet arrives, Elinor reveals that she could not get her poem right.  With the help of the poet, Elinor learns that real poetry comes from the heart.  Recommended for Grades 1 and above.  

Introducing Mr. Wuffles

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David Wiesner has already won three Caldecott medals for his superior illustrations.  His newest book follows the adventures of a cat, some aliens, and the creatures who live in the walls of a house.  Will  he win an unprecedented 4th medal?  

Picture book selection: Nobody

This straightforward picture book tackles the issue of bullying.  Kyle, the bully in this story, keeps putting Thomas down and making him feel bad about himself. The situations described are realistic and will provide opportunities for discussion among students.  Kyle is portrayed not just as a bully, but as someone who needs help with his feelings.  The story ends on a hopeful note with Thomas deciding to stand up for himself and Kyle realizing that his behavior is alienating himself from the other kids.  Included in the back pages is information for adults on how to start a conversation on bullying.  (Gr K-2)

Check out these award winners!

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Yesterday, the American Library Association announced the winners of the best children’s and teen books published in 2013.   Copies of all these wonderful books can be reserved in our catalog.

If you like well-illustrated books, check out the Caldecott winner, “Locomotive” by Brian Floca. 

The Newbery award for outstanding writing went to “Flora & Ulysseys: the illuminated adventures” by Kate DiCamillo.

Parrots Over Puerto Rico” by Susan L. Roth was recognized with the Robert F. Sibert Informational Award.

Beginning readers should check out “Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli, the winner of the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award.

For the complete listing of awards, their winners, and honor books, visit ALA’s website. (http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/american-library-association-announces-2014-youth-media-award-winners)

Picture Book Selection: Plants Can't Sit Still

Do plants really move? Absolutely! You might be surprised by all the ways plants can move. Discover the many ways plants (and their seeds) move. Whether it's a sunflower, a Venus flytrap, or an exotic plant like an exploding cucumber, this fascinating picture book shows just how excitingly active plants really can be. Recommended for Grades K-2.


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