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Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs by Jack Perlutsky and illustrated by Jui Ishida

Poetry does not need to be lofty. It does not need to be revolutionary. It does not need to rhyme or follow a particular form. It can do all of these things, but it doesn’t have to. When we celebrate National Poetry Month every April, sometimes we forget that it is for all ages. That’s right; even tiny babies can enjoy poems.

The poems in The Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs by Jack Perlutsky and illustrated by Jui Ishida are song lyrics. There is sheet music in the back of the book for four songs and you can download the musical notation for the rest at Jack Prelutsky's website.

Camp Fire's Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Kids are amazing! They all bring something unique and interesting to the world. We wouldn't be able to see things the way that we do without the perspective that they provide.

Unfortunately, children may not know how great they are. Sometimes we forget the importance of telling them the fantastic ways that they improve our lives. Luckily, Camp Fire has made a day to remind us to declare how much we appreciate them.

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day is on Thursday, March 19th this year. At any of the Kansas City Public Libraries, you can pick up forms to write letters to them. You can express how lucky you are to know such wonderful young people. It will mean a bunch to the kids you admire

To find out more, you can "like" Camp Fire's Facebook page. Just by clicking "like" any time during March 2015 up to the 19th, you will be entered to win two Southwest Airlines tickets. You can also follow the campaign on twitter at #AIKD.

Thank you for letting these incredible kids know how special they are to you. It means a great deal to them. We support your active connection to these kids and their lives.

Sheep Beauty by Li Jian

The Chinese New Year, with a cycle based on the moon, began on the 4th of February, 2015 and will continue through February 3, 2016. Among other personality traits, people born during this year are said to be selfless.

The folktale in The Sheep Beauty by Li Jian emphasizes the self-sacrificing nature of sheep. When a horrid monster threatens a village, the sheep transforms into a beautiful girl and uses cunning to lead the beast away from the townspeople. When danger reappears, the sheep turns into a rock to again save the community. This explains why the name of the place is “Sheep Horn Village.”

This lovely book includes muted watercolor illustrations. In addition, it is entirely bilingual with both English and Chinese versions of the story. It would make a fantastic book for elementary students to read with the adults in their lives, both as an introduction to Chinese culture and as demonstration of the beauty of benevolence.

About the Author

Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas. She has worked in public libraries in Nevada and Missouri for a decade. Currently, Anna Francesca is Kansas City Public Library’s Education Librarian.

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