Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners!

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
“The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing.
Three Newbery Honor Books also were named:
 “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan,” written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division
 “The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog,” written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly and published by Dutton Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC 
 “Wolf Hollow,” written by Lauren Wolk and published by Dutton Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
“Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe is the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Javaka Steptoe and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
 Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Leave Me Alone!” illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership
 “Freedom in Congo Square,” illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Little Bee Books, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Group
 "Du Iz Tak?" illustrated and written by Carson Ellis, and published by Candlewick Press
 "They All Saw a Cat," illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel and published by Chronicle Books LLC.

Check one out today!

2017 Best STEM Books

A Global Warming Primer
by Jeffrey Bennett
A Global Warming PrimerAGES 11-16 
A thought-provoking question and answer format summary of the most . . .more
Ada Byron Lovelace & the Thinking Machine
by Laurie Wallmark
Ada Byron Lovelace & the Thinking MachineILLUSTRATED BY: April Chu 
AGES 4-8 
Long before the computer age, Ada Lovelace developed the code . . .more
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer
by Diane Stanley
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer ProgrammerILLUSTRATED BY: Jessie Hartland 
AGES 3-8 
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer. Long . . . more
Ada’s Ideas
by Fiona Robinson
Ada’s IdeasAGES 6-10 
Ada was the world’s first computer programmer—who knew? Ada’s Ideas . . .more
Ben Franklin’s Big Splash
by Barb Rosenstock
Ben Franklin’s Big SplashILLUSTRATED BY: S.D. Schindler 
AGES 8-11 
A delightful tale of a famous American as a young . . .more
Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World
by Jake Andraka
Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the WorldAGES 14-18 
An inspirational story for all teens, fifteen year old Jack . . . more
Emmet’s Storm
by Ann Rubino
Emmet’s StormILLUSTRATED BY: Ann Rubino 
AGES 9-13 
Quirky Emmet’s community has a problem during a huge storm. . . . more
Fearless Flyer
by Heather Lang
Fearless FlyerILLUSTRATED BY: Raul Colon 
AGES 8-12 
Ruth Law, 1916 biplane pilot, improves and redesigns flight equipment, . . . more
Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology, Engineering
by Michael Burgan
Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology, EngineeringAGES 10-14 
Delve into the field of genetic engineering and discover what’s . . . more
Green City
by Allan Drummond
Green CityAGES 4-8 
Told from a child’s point of view after a 2007 . . . more
Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding
by Linda Liukas
Hello Ruby: Adventures in CodingAGES 3-8 
This fanciful look at the logical processes that underlie coding . . . more
Inventions That Could Have Changed the World…But Didn’t!
by Joe Rhatigan
Inventions That Could Have Changed the World…But Didn’t!ILLUSTRATED BY: Anthony Owsley 
AGES 8-12 
A flying car, a bed that can ejects its sleepers, . . .more
Red Madness
by Gail Jarrow
Red MadnessAGES 10-15 
Pellagra, a mysterious disease, affects millions until a public health . . .more
Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb
by Neal Bascomb
Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic BombAGES 12-18 
Faced with the German invasion of Norway, nine Norwegian commandos . . .more
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille
by Jen Bryant
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis BrailleILLUSTRATED BY: Boris Kulikov 
AGES 3-8 
The story of how Louis Braille turned a problem for . . . more
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
by Robert Burleigh
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean FloorILLUSTRATED BY: Raúl Colón 
AGES 3-8 
As a young scientist in the late 1940s, Marie Tharpe . . . more
Steve Jobs: Insanely Great
by Jessie Hartland
Steve Jobs: Insanely GreatAGES 12-18 
Creative genius, curious innovator, temperamental tinker, imperfect person, yet inspiring . . . more
Super Gear: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up
by Jennifer Swanson
Super Gear: Nanotechnology and Sports Team UpAGES 9-13 
Stronger – lighter – safer – faster: Innovative improvements through . . .more
by Steve Light
Swap!ILLUSTRATED BY: Steve Light 
AGES 4-8 
A young fellow dressed as a peg-leg pirate uses ingenious . . . more
The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford
by Suzanne Slade
The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry FordILLUSTRATED BY: Jennifer Black Reinhardt 
AGES 6-10 
Using persistence and curiosity to find answers to questions as . . . more
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
by Gilbert Ford
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the NationILLUSTRATED BY: Gilbert Ford 
AGES 3-8 
Imagine discovering one of the most iconic toys in American . . . more
The Most Magnificent Thing
by Ashley Spires
The Most Magnificent ThingILLUSTRATED BY: Ashley Spires 
AGES 3-7 
A young girl engages in the engineering and design process . . . more
The Secret Subway
by Shana Corey
The Secret SubwayILLUSTRATED BY: Red Nose Studio 
AGES 3-8 
Vividly relevant illustrations accompany the story of Alfred Ely Beach, . . . more
Ticktock Banneker’s Clock
by Shana Keller
Ticktock Banneker’s ClockILLUSTRATED BY: David C. Gardner 
AGES 7-9 
A young Benjamin Banneker perseveres as he explores how a . . . more
Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World
by Rachel Swaby
Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the WorldAGES 10-16 
Woman were and continue to be important STEM thinkers in . . . more
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees
by Franck Prévot
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of TreesILLUSTRATED BY: Aurélia Fronty 
AGES 6-10 
Strong and fearless, Wangari Maathai engineered both peace and environmental . . . more
Welcome to Mars
by Buzz Aldrin with Marianne Dyson
Welcome to MarsAGES 8-12 
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin shares ideas about failures, successes, and designing . . . more
What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?
by Rana DiOrio and Emma D. Dryden
What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?ILLUSTRATED BY: Ken Min 
AGES 3-8 
Innovation and open-minded thinking is the focus of this story, . . . more
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
by Chris Barton
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of InventionsILLUSTRATED BY: Don Tate 
AGES 7-11 
The personal and professional challenges that face a diverse group . . .more
Women of Steel and Stone
by Anna Lewis
Women of Steel and StoneAGES 12-16 
The personal and professional challenges that face a diverse group . . .more
Women Who Launched the Computer Age
by Laurie Calkhoven
Women Who Launched the Computer AgeILLUSTRATED BY: Alyssa Petersen 
AGES 6-9 
Told from a historical and technological perspective, this factual story . . . more

February 16th is World Read Aloud Day!

Mark your calendars for the World Read Aloud Day celebration, taking place on February 16, 2017!
On World Read Aloud Day, readers of all ages celebrate literacy and the “pure joy and power of reading aloud.”

Click here to download the free WRAD Activity Packet!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Last of the 66 Essential Preschool Books to Read this Year!

Preschool Books to Support Sand and Water Sensory Play

A Handful of Dirt by Raymond Bial
Jump Into Science: Sand by Ellen Prager
First Nature Encyclopedia by DK Publishing
Messing Around with Water Pumps and Siphons by Bernie Zubrowski
Sail Away by Donald Crews
All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon
Water Dance by Thomas Locker
The Sandcastle Contest by Robert Munsch
Different Kinds of Soil by Molly Aloian

Preschool Books to Support Grinding Table Play

Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris
Bread Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat by George Levenson
See Inside How Things Work by Conrad Mason
Mr. Santizo's Tasty Treats by Alice Flanagan
Everybody Bakes Bread by Norah Thornton Dooley
Grains to Bread by Inez Snyder

Hope you enjoyed these suggestions! Supporting STEM learning in your home
is easy and fun. If you need any suggestions for STEM activities, please ask
any of the librarians in the Children's Department!

Happy Holidays! ☃☃❄❄❅❅❆❆⛄⛄⛄⛄
~Miss Elena

Thursday, December 15, 2016

More Essential STEM Preschool Books to Read This (or Next!) Year

This post continues the list of books that are recommended to support STEM learning.

Books to Support Studio Art

Chalk by Bill Thomson
Happy by Miles Van Hout
A Piece of Chalk by Jennifer A. Ericsson
Andy Warhol's Colors by Susan Goldman Rubin

Books to Support Play with Physics

Move It: Motion, Forces and You by Adrienne Mason
Roll, Slope and Slide: a Book About Ramps by Michael Dahl
Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Newton and Me by Lynne Mayer
Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Inclined Planes to the Rescue by S. Thales
Rolling Rose by James Stevenson
Motion: Push, Pull, Fast and Slow by Darlene R. Stille

Books to Support Light and Shadow Play

All About Light by Lisa Trumbauer
Light and Color by Peter Riley
Pantone Colors by Pantone
What is a Scientist? by Barbara Lehn
All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt
Oscar and the Moth by Geoff Waring
The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons

Check some of these wonderful resources out!
Next week I'll be listing books about sand and water sensory play and grinding table play!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Essential STEM preschool books to read this year

I came across a list of 66 essential STEM preschool books to read this year and I wanted to share them with you.

This post will list books recommended to support construction and engineering, wind science, and systems thinking. I will have future posts on books that support Studio Art, Play with Physics, Light and Shadow Play, Sand and Water Play and Grinding Table Play.
Enjoy and share these titles with your budding scientists!

Construction and Engineering

Build It Up and Knock It Down by Tom Hunter
Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
What Do You do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada
The Wonderful Towers of Watts by Patricia Zelver
Bridges Are To Cross by Philemon Sturges
Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting
Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds
Roxaboxen by Alice McClerran
Architecture Shapes by Michael J. Crosbie
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons
Building a House by Byron Barton

Wind Science

The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
Like A Windy Day by Frank Ashe
I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman

Systems Thinking

Because a Little Bug Went Kachoo by Rosetta Stone (Dr. Seuss)
Gong Places by Paul H. Reynolds
Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea by Anna Humphrey
What is a Pulley by Lloyd G. Douglas
Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry by Mike Venezia
Rosie, Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

10 Holiday Children's Books With Rich Latino Holiday Traditions

Whether you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for your budding bookworm or a gift that will teach your kids about their cultural roots, look no further than these holiday-themed books.
Here are 10 books that celebrate diverse Latino families and their rich holiday traditions.

  • A Piñata In A Pine Tree, by Pat Mora

    In this Latino twist on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” a little girl recounts the gifts her amiga gave to her, including doce angelitos celebrando (twelve angels rejoicing) and a piñata in a pine tree. The book includes both English and Spanish phrases, and features a handy glossary and pronunciation guide. 

  • ‘Twas Nochebuena, by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas and the jovial Latino family in this book is stirring up hot chocolate and decorating the house in preparation for a traditional Latino celebration known as Nochebuena

  • Merry Navidad, by Alma Flor Ada

    This book contains a collection of English and Spanish Villancicos (Christmas carols) from Peru, Chile, Argentina and many other Latin American countries.

  • When Christmas Feels Like Home, by Gretchen Griffith

    After moving from Mexico to the United States with his family, Eduardo’s family promises him that he will feel at home by Christmas. Though initially doubtful, Eduardo soon realizes his family was right.

  • Feliz Navidad, by Jose Feliciano

    Set to José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad,” this book teaches children about traditional Puerto Rican parrandas, a holiday tradition in which households are visited by a group of dancing and singing friends, family and musicians.

  • Pablo’s Christmas, by Hugo C. Martin

    When young Pablo’s mother announces that she is going to have a baby, his father decides to find work in America to support them. Pablo tries his best to fill his father’s shoes during the holidays by finding and decorating a Christmas tree and making his own gifts. In the end, Pablo receives a surprise gift of his own.

  • The Miracle Of The First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story, by Joanne Oppenheim

    Poinsettias are native to Mexico, but they can be found in households around the world during the holidays. This book tells the tale of how this beautiful red plant came to be.

  • Mimi’s Parranda, by Lydia M. Gil

    Parrandas (Puerto Rico’s version of caroling) are Mimi’s favorite holiday tradition. But when she finds out she and her family won’t be able to make their annual Christmas trip to Puerto Rico, she becomes morose and decides to spend the holidays in bed. That is until Mimi hears the familiar sounds of guiros, maracas and tambourines outside her bedroom door. Could it be that her family brought the parranda to her? 

  • Too Many Tamales, by Gary Soto

    Maria and her cousins offer to help her mother make tamales for Christmas Eve. Things were going well until Maria accidentally drops her mother’s diamond ring into a giant batch of the holiday staple. Children will enjoy reading about how Maria and her cousins attempt to eat their way out of trouble.

  • The Night Of Las Posadas, by Tomie dePaola

    Sister Angie always leads Las Posadas — a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter. But she’s too ill to attend this year. Making matters worse, the people who were supposed to play Mary and Joseph in the procession are caught in a snowstorm. But thanks to a mysterious couple who step in at the last minute, the show goes on and the town is able to celebrate this cherished religious tradition.