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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: May Update

May 29, 2012

I finally caught up on some nonfiction picture book reading at the end of the month. As usual, history and biography dominated my efforts for the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky and illustrated by Yuyi Morales is a feast for the eyes. This […]

Award-Winning Books Challenge: Great Britain

May 9, 2012

The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are probably the foreign book awards American children’s librarians know best (I’d like to pretend it’s the Governor General’s Awards what with Canada being right next door and all, but alas in my experience that is not the case). The 2010 Kate Greenaway winner, Harry & Hopper by Margaret […]

Book Blogger Hop: TBR pile

May 8, 2012

The Children’s Room intern, Prairie Librarian, often participates in the Book Blogger Hop. I’ve often thought, “I should do that.” This week’s question couldn’t be easier so I’m finally participating as well. What are the next five books in your TBR (to-be-read) pile? Across the Universe by Beth Revis. YA scifi title that I’ve been […]

Award-Winning Books Challenge: Australia

May 2, 2012

The Children’s Book Council of Australia grants Best of the Year awards in five categories: Older Readers (secondary school-age), Younger Readers (independent elementary readers), Early Childhood (pre-reading to early reader), Picture Book and the Eve Pownall Award for Information Book.  The latter two awards are for any age up to 18. I choose two of […]

Nature Adventures by Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom

April 30, 2012

Nature comes alive in springtime and with it many families resolve to spend more time outdoors in the coming year. Nature Adventures by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom is an effective field guide for family nature explorations. In heavily illustrated fashion, they show the plant and animal life found in a variety of settings such […]

Chinese Children’s Book Purchases

April 12, 2012

On a recent trip to China I picked up these books for the library at the Wangfujing Bookstore. None of the staff spoke English, but I grabbed a bilingual customer who assured me my choices were good ones and added the five Tutu books to my pile. Tutu’s a familiar cartoon and she says our […]

Nonfiction Picture Books: Chinese History, Culture & Folklore

March 12, 2012

In preparation for an upcoming trip, I’ve been enjoying many books about Chinese history, culture and folklore. This is just a sampling that fits in with the Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge, but please leave suggestions for others in the comments! Mao and Me is a beautiful autobiography by Chen Liang Hong (author/illustrator of Little Eagle […]