How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm
ericavoell

Shortly after we brought our daughter home, a friend recommended Mei-Ling Hopgood’s How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm. I wasn’t prepared for what a fun and wild ride I was embarking on with this book.

wickthomas

Due to the snow this event has been rescheduled for March 4th!

This is an all day trip where you will tour the capitol and meet with your representatives to make REAL CHANGE!

Librarians, library trustees and friends from across Missouri come together for the Missouri Library Association's Advocacy Day to meet with State Representatives and Senators to discuss the importance of all libraries and their contributions to the lives of Missourians.

Food will be provided and we are happy to verify the trip with your school administration.

A completed permission slip is required to attend.

For more information, please email wickthomas@kclibrary.org.

AnnaGarcia

What holiday coming up is filled with dragon dances, fire-crackers, long-noodles, and gifts of red envelopes filled with money? Chinese New Year! There multiple choices for those who want to celebrate this holiday via the power of books. Here are a few festive options:

According to Chase’s Calendar of Events, 2014 edition, the Year of the Horse begins on January 31st and the New Year's celebration lasts for fifteen days.

The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine and illustrated by Sebastia Serra. This is a tale of a young boy named Ming and his magical wok. This cooking pan looks rusty and lacks a handle, but it is definitely special. The story has elements that mimic the tales of The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Robin Hood. While the moral obviously warns against greed, the overall tone of the book is joyous. At the end of the book, Compestine writes that people celebrate this holiday, also known as The Spring Festival, in the ways described in the first paragraph of this blog. The author also includes a recipe for stir-fried rice.

March: Book One
AnnaGarcia

A personal memoir carries a glance into American history. Illustrate this story as a graphic novel. When these elements blend, it takes readers back in time. Here, we travel sixty years. We join those central to the Civil Rights movement, watch the sit-ins, and ask ourselves, “Do I have the courage that they did?”

Graphic Novel + Civil Rights History= March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

In this book, Congressman John Lewis tells about his youth, from a rural childhood preaching to chickens to leading a large anti-violence movement against segregation as a young college student. There are also flashes forward to the Million Man March in 2009 when Lewis, now a senior citizen and prominent congressman, prepares to march in the snow. It demonstrates both his role as a community leader and his perseverance. Nothing is going to keep him from acting on his beliefs, including frigid temperatures and snow.

A Study in Scarlet
bernardnorcott

Doyle did not invent the detective story or the mystery novel, but he did establish something of a template in his stories of the brilliant, but quirky, Sherlock Holmes.

My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams
lieslchristman

I still find myself fascinated with the correspondence between John Adams and his lady. While My Dearest Friend is not the first collection of their correspondence, the collection, covering the entirety of the relationship between John and Abigail, is one of the most complete selections.

AnnaGarcia

Multiculturalism is a complex concept, and a seven-syllable word, to boot. Little kids might not be able to say it, let alone understand it. How does a kid in preschool wrap his or her head around it? Luckily, there are a few books that take this abstract idea and make it really accessible. Here are three that I like.

Malala Yousafzai: Education Activist by Rebecca Rowell
AnnaGarcia

Can teens make a difference? Anyone who says “no” hasn’t heard of Malala Yousafzai. The sixteen year survived a bullet to her head a little over a year ago. Why? She spoke out about the importance of girls being educated, something that the Taliban did not allow. Now that she is out of the hospital and living in England, she continues vocally attesting to girls’ right to attend school.

The Maid’s Version
amymorris

Best known for Winter’s Bone, Missouri author Daniel Woodrell’s new novel, The Maid’s Version, contains all the elements that make his writing truly unique, powerful, and intriguing.

shaunteamer

Get ready to go an epic adventure with the Bone cousins in Jeff Smith’s graphic novel series, Bone.

Bone is the magical adventure of 3 bone-looking cousins — Fone Bone, Smiley Bone, and Phoney Bone — and their new misadventures living in the Valley, after Phoney gets them ran out their hometown of Boneville. All hope seems lost for the Bones, until Fone Bone runs into Thorn, a generous and kind human teenager who lives with her Grandma Ben on a small farm. Thorn and Grandma Ben eventually take in the Bone cousins, even against the Valley people’s wishes. Weird things begin to happen in the Valley upon the Bones arrival and no one knows who to trust. Word is that the evil Lord of the Locusts is back and for some reason interested in the Bone cousins. No one knows why, not even the Bones!

Columbus: The Four Voyages
JudyKlamm

School children throughout the United States learn about the "discovery" of America by Christopher Columbus, but what is the story of Columbus?

shaunteamer

What is your Chocolate Me! story? Everyone has one!

In Chocolate Me! written by Taye Diggs and illustrated by Shane W. Evans, a young boy is teased by the kids in the neighborhood for his darker skin color. The young boy, upset and confused, then inquires to his mom, who tells him that we are all unique in our own way and we should embrace our differences, it’s the thing that makes us all special! Love your chocolate skin, for it is part of you! Chocolate Me! is all about finding your own sweet inside. It is about individuality, positivity and accepting each other’s differences.

In June 2012, I got the chance to do some work with Shane W. Evans, and during that time he asked me, “What is your chocolate me story?”

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
lieslchristman

Allie Brosh hasn't cured cancer, climbed Mount Everest while fighting a bear, or achieved any other accomplishments that society would find inspirational and uplifting. Instead, she wrote a blog.

The Diary of Samuel Pepys
bernardnorcott

Samuel Pepys was a man of somewhat humble beginning, but he also had family in the British government and that had gone to Cambridge. These connections provided him an entry into the Admiralty where Pepys spent much of his working life.

Photo by Marty Umans
shaunteamer

I had many favorite cartoons growing up as a kid… Actually, I still do!

One of my favorites was the short lived, Sheep in the Big City, created by Mo Willems. Even though his first solo show, only lasted for two seasons, Mr. Willems has many other strong credits to his name that include television shows, Codename: Kids Next Door, Sesame Street, and for those watching cartoons in the 90’s, KaBlam! Mo Willems has since then, also created a line of hilarious easy reader children’s book that guarantee to make you laugh. Below are some of my favorite easy reads from Mr. Mo Willems, hilarity and lessons in all.



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