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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.  

Teacher Recommendation: Miss Paul and the President

When Alice Paul was a child she saw her father go off to vote while her mother had to stay home. But why should that be? So Alice studied the Constitution and knew that the laws needed to change. But who would change them? She would! This beautifully illustrated picture book brings to life the story of a tireless suffragette and the president she convinced to change everything. (Recommended Ages: 1st-2nd Grade)

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?  

Teacher Recommendation: The U.S. Constitution: Discover How Democracy Works

Learn about the foundation of democracy and how the documents crafted hundreds of years ago still have an impact today. Explore the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, among others.Through hands-on projects, colorful illustrations, interesting sidebars, and links to online primary sources readers investigate how American democracy works and how it shapes the country today. (Recommended Ages: 4th-8th)

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)

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