Kids at the library make the news!

Make sure to check out Shuswap Market News and Lakeshore News  this weekend because they both feature the Harry Potter Party from last week!

Kids who attend library events are sometimes lucky enough to get in the paper, not to mention all the fun of the activities and books.

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Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin

cover art of ducj & gooseI find myself enchanted by Tad Hill’s Duck & Goose books. The characters are so cute I want to paint them on the library wall (I would put them on a nursery wall if I had a baby). This adorable story of a duck and a goose trying to find a pumpkin for Halloween is simple and elegant, with the illustrations saying more than the words. I love when the two birds look at each other and realize their mistake.

This is the only Tad Hills book I own but they are all so wonderfull I’d like the whole collection.

It’s a Book

It's a bookI love technology, I have every intention of getting an e-book reader, I play gameboy on long bus trips, I have an iPod,PS2, Wii, and I spend way too much time on the computer. That said, I have an old-school love for books. I love the way they look, the way they feel, and there are certain books that I will always prefer to have in print. With everyone in a panick about how the print book will do with the growing popularity of e-books I want to say that Lane Smith is brilliant to write It’s a Book

This picture book is amazing! I’ve laughed each time I’ve read it and I bought it after reading it at the library. There is a video version of the book that cuts out the conterversial swear at the end, although because he is referring to a donkey kids may not understand the reference.

Spork

cover art of sporkWhat it is

A picture book about a spork who has a spoon and fork as parents and doesn’t feel like he fits in with the other dishes.

Why I read it

I was browsing bookstores in Vernon (waiting for a library meeting, since there aren’t buses very often from SA) and I came across it in a display.

Why it is awesome

  • A story about not fitting in
  • A story about being of mixed heritage
  • Adorable art
  • Not too much text, kid friendly
  • A happy ending that the kids will enjoy

Who will like it

  • 4-6 year olds
  • Librarians and teachers
  • Parents of children who are of mixed race or visibly different from their peers.

Sugar Plum Ballerinas

cover art of perfectly primaI wasn’t sure what to expect in a novel by Whoopi Goldberg about a girl who is a triplet and wants to be a ballerina. I am often skeptical of celebrity authors but it was written. An obsessively clean girl who wants to be the perfect dancer isn’t a great match for me, since I’m a slob and I have no coordination.

I was pleasantly surprised with Perfectly Prima, I actually really enjoyed the narrator. She was delightfully neurotic, juvenile (in a good way! I dislike when kids aren’t kids in books) and a good role model, a lot to fit into one character.

My favourite character in the book is her brother. He steps outside traditional roles and uses unusual teaching methods. His use of basketball to demonstrate how to be successful in multiple areas of her life is admirable. His annoying bad habits made him more than just a tool for the plot, and more like an authentic, believable young boy.

100 Years of Canadian Children’s Books: 1830 to 1930

children's books on display  If you are interested in Canadian children’s literature you may want to take a trip to McLennan Library, Lande Reading Room, Fourth Floor, 3459 McTavish Street because McGill University has an exhibit

“providing a sampling of the books being read in eastern Canadian towns and villages during a one hundred year period, beginning in the 1830s.  Items on display include a selection of children’s literature, school primers and textbooks written by Canadian authors or published in Canada”

I wish I could go check it out!

Book to Film

romona and beezus movie poster

Tonight I went to see Ramona and Beezus, it was a really cute family movie. There was the inevitable cheesy predictable parts but there was also laughs and almost tears.

The movie did a good job of showing that kids are effected by their parents financial problems and fights. It encourages kids to be themselves and not be discouraged from having an imagination.

Parents and kids are encouraged to see the movie and librarians are encouraged to use the movie to promote the books.

If you enjoyed the movie Ramona and Beezus, be sure to check out Beezus and Ramona, Ramona & her Father, Romana Quimby, age 8, Ramona Forever, Ramona the Brave, Ramona the Pest and Ramona and her Mother.