Yeh-Shen A Cinderella Story from China // Ai-Ling Louie

Title: Yeh-Shen A Cinderella Story from China Retelling by: Ai-Ling Louie Illustrator: Ed Young Publisher: Puffin Books Year of Publication: 1982 The modern reissue of this story is retold in the original block printed page format. The oldest European Cinderella story is an Italian tale from 1634. The Yeh-Shen telling predates that version. Yeh-Shen is … Continue reading Yeh-Shen A Cinderella Story from China // Ai-Ling Louie

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The Kissing Hand // Audrey Penn

Title: The Kissing Hand Author: Audrey Penn Illustrator: Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak Publisher: Tanglewood Press Year of publication: 1993 The Kissing Hand is a story about anthropomorphic raccoons. Young Chester is nervous about heading off to school. He doesn't want to leave his mother, his toys, his friends, and his books. The … Continue reading The Kissing Hand // Audrey Penn

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress // Christine Baldacchino

Title: Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress  Author: Christine Baldacchino Illustrator: Isabelle Malenfant Publisher: Groundwood Books Year of publication: 2014 A Canadian picture book, Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress deals with non-traditional gender roles and bullying in a very casual manner. Morris is a creative, imaginative kindergartner who loves his mother Moira, his cat … Continue reading Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress // Christine Baldacchino

Discussion Scenario: Diversity

SCENARIO: Imagine you are working in a public library as a children's librarian. You are setting up a display of books with diverse characters and a parent starts talking to you about your choices. This person tells you: "In this library/neighborhood, we don't have many people of color. I don't think we need this display/these … Continue reading Discussion Scenario: Diversity

Makerspace Program: Binary Code Jewelry

Technology and computer skills are increasingly important in this interconnected world.  Makerspaces provide a creative environment perfect for inspiring interest in activities like coding and computer programming.  It is a common misconception that maker activities have to be expensive and complicated.  Not every Makerspace requires 3D printers or pricey electronic components.  Simple maker activities can … Continue reading Makerspace Program: Binary Code Jewelry

Blood and Chocolate // Annette Curtis Klause

'Vivian, I'd like to give you my heart,' Rafe said, suddenly serious, then immediately grinning again. 'But since that might be inconvenient, I've brought you someone else's.' Title: Blood and Chocolate Author: Annette Curtis Klause Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library Year of Publication: 1999 When I began reading Blood and Chocolate I was a bit apprehensive.   … Continue reading Blood and Chocolate // Annette Curtis Klause