The youth have a hold on some of the most lively and energetic imaginations, so it's only right that children's books should reflect that same enthusiasm. No matter the subject at hand, children's books not only seek to teach, but value change, wonder, and dreams. Below are a few hand picked selections of titles that just might insight, explore, and inspire imagination.
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan, is a simple, yet amazingly grand and eloquent story about two brothers and a summer they’ll never forget. First, to enjoy summer you have to follow the rules. Fortunately big brother knows all of the rules: Don’t leave a red sock on the clothes line, don’t eat the last black olive, never forget the password. But if your older brother is making all of the rules, no matter how absurd,when will you finally get to enjoy summer? A relationship will be tested and the story is told beautifully through its layout and approach. The clean, repetitive phrasing mixes with fantastical, darkly themed illustrations more breath taking than the last. This story makes for some truly inspiring imagination.
I was astounded by this book. Madeline Miller's achievement with The Song of Achilles cannot be overstated. Here's a novel that's absorbingly readable for a modern audience, but that still has the poetry of Homeric sagas. What's most impressive to me is the balance she finds between exploring the universality of human nature throughout the ages and maintaining the innate alien-ness that I experience every time I read The Iliad - the culture of archaic Greece was so very different from this world we live in today. She lets the truth of that age live and breathe without trying to tame or update it.
Looking for an interesting new book to add to your fall reading list? Then consider The Drop by Dennis Lehane.
Set to be released on September 2, 2014, The Drop is part love story, part crime novel, part mystery, and part faith-based fiction. Add in a lonely bartender, the Chechen mafia, an abused puppy, a vengeful ex-con, a rogue cop, a sketchy bar owner, and a mentally unbalanced woman and your picture of The Drop begins to form.
Some say that The Long Goodbye is too loosely constructed, and too sentimental, and they may be right. But Chandler was never much for tight plotting, but could scarcely be beat in setting up a scene and for the crispness of his language.
A masterful first novel challenges readers. Regional author Laura McHugh's debut, The Weight of Blood, has received much acclaim since publication last March, and FYI Book Club readers praised it as a "brilliant first novel."
Reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell made me long for the old-fashioned landline phone – for the days when a phone fit your hand perfectly and your ear with the warmth of the voice at the other end, for the excitement a phone ringing and not knowing who was calling.
TEDxYouth@KC invites those 25 and younger to be a part of our annual TEDxYouth event that will take place in November. We are looking for passionate and engaged individuals that are putting their idea worth spreading into action. We are also looking for those youth interested in event planning, set design and construction, and video production for TEDxYouth@KC.
Join us on Saturday, August 16th at 1 p.m. to learn more, give input, and participate in the creation of an amazing TEDx event. The presentation will be hands-on and interactive and attendees should expect to be there for two hours. So come out and have an impact on this event. If you don’t show up, you can’t be heard.
Show Me Missouri!
Just because we live, work, and play here does not mean that we are experts on Missouri. The library is full of resources about your state. Learn more about it, and fall in love with the many interesting facets of this place we call home.
In the middle of the United States, Missouri is where famous people like author Mark Twain, scientist George Washington Carver and President Harry S. Truman were born. Call us stubborn like the Missouri mule (our state animal), but you can’t fault us for wanting to see the sources. To verify where I found this information, go to the Kansas City Public Library’s America the Beautiful database which is full of facts about all of the states.
Other than being in it, KC is also home to the Country Club Plaza, the Steamboat Arabia museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. In addition, we boast the first sizable museum focused on the history of jazz.
Melanie Griffey is a petite woman with a warm presence and a ready smile. A 43 year veteran teacher of Kindergarteners, and first and second graders, on Tuesdays she offers her considerable skills at the Plaza branch.
In this 1932 classic mystery, an elderly and wealthy Greek art dealer dies, and his will has gone missing. Inspector Richard Queen of the NY Police is brought in to investigate.
Great, by Sara Benincasa
Teen Reviewer: Keely McLouth
What would your life be like if your mother was famous? Most of us think Life would be amazing!, but that is not the answer for Naomi Rye. Not only are her parents divorced, Naomi has to spend a whole summer with her uptight, famous mother. In this intruiging story, Naomi is prepared for her usual summer of famous people and fake friends.
The Library is full of movers and shakers, unafraid of change, who are devoted to finding new and innovative ways to make the Library experience better. Our journey begins with the lovely people who choose which books go on the shelf—Collection Development.
Awaken, by Katie Kacvinsky
Teen Reviewer: Keely McLouth
Imagine a world full of technology, but not like what we have now. Imagine something more, a lot more, different. Where people can't remember what it's like to have human contact with people other than their families. Yes, they are in each other's presence, but they aren't connecting.