Book Weekend – NYT Best Illustrated Books of 2013

Each fall the NYT Book Review picks their favorite illustrated children’s books. Unlike the Caldecott committee, they are specifically from New York City.  This year, some very lovely classic authors have been honored that I think all children will enjoy. (Not just the art gallery Guggenheim NYC children).

17262290Journey by Aaron Becker (Candlewick).
A wordless picture book about the limitless bounds of the imagination.  Captivating for children age 6 and up.

15790852The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illus. by Jon Klassen (Little, Brown).
Lemony Snicket meets Jon Klassen!

My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins/di Capua), J 811.54
A final book of poems and sketches from the late Maurice Sedak.
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Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer (Phaidon) OVERSIZE E
I love this adventure story of a brother and sister who get lost on a forbidden island.  The story turns from haunting and stark to friendly and magical, making this a nice read for even younger children.

17334578Locomotive by Brian Floca (S&S/Atheneum/Jackson) OVERSIZE J385
All Branches have copies of this beautifully illustrated ode to the history of trains.  Brain Floca turns his crisp vivid watercolors to the original steam-powered vehicle of children’s hearts.

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Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson (HarperCollins/Tegen) JB MANDELA All branches have copies.
Kadir Nelson pays homage to a great man in his classic rich glowing paintings.

This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (Nov. 25 – Dec. 1, 2013)

All SLPL locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th.  Join us for some of these great programs during the rest of the week at your favorite St. Louis Public Library location:

Ready for a story? Join us for storytime:

  • Monday at Cabanne, Machacek, Kingshighway, and Walnut Park Branches
  • Wednesday at Buder and Carpenter Branches
  • Friday at Central Library

Feeling competitive?

  • Board Games at Baden Branch, Go Fish at Kingshighway Branch and Game Time: Catchphrase at Schlafly Branch on Tuesday

Ready to make something awesome?

  • Scratch Art at Julia Davis Branch on Wednesday

Interested in learning a new language?

  • Let’s Speak French at Walnut Park Branch on Monday

Want to relax and enjoy a movie?

  • Late Afternoon at the Movies at Julia Davis Branch on Tuesday
  • Family Movie Day at Baden Branch on Wednesday

Celebrate Thanksgiving!

  • Thanksgiving Party at Divoll Branch and Thanksgiving Celebration at Walnut Park Branch on Wednesday

 

Have a Great Week!

Book Weekend – Thanksgiving

13544434This holiday season, find time to sit down as a family and read together.  These short funny books will charm a wide range of ages.

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson.  Bear is alone and hungry in his cave when he’s visited by each of his friends bringing gifts of food.   Bear wants to share something in return, and discovers the most unlikely gift.

Duck for Thanksgiving by Jacqueline Jules.  Tuyet is dismayed to discover her Vietnamese-American family won’t be serving turkey on Thanksgiving.  Is it still the same Holiday without the same food?

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3624805One is a Feast for a Mouse by Judy Cox.

One little mouse creeps out of his hole after the Thanksgiving feast to find some scraps to eat.  At first he thinks “One is a feast for me!” But he keeps spotting another and another delicious morsel, piling them up until he can’t carry any more!  Wobbling back to his hole he doesn’t see that the cat has woken up and noticed him.  As he scrambles back to safety,  Mouse lets go of his greed and keeps only what he needs.

1000173Dan Gutman‘s My Weird School series has a Thanksgiving day themed addition.  Dr. Carbles is Losing His Marbles features A.J. and his buddies trying to save their favorite bald principal (and his drawer of candy bars) from getting fired!

13330545And of course, spunky Junie B. Jones, has a story about Thanksgiving, too, Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and other thankful stuff) by Barbara Park.  When her teacher asked the class to think about what they are each thankful for, he gets a load of answers, some sillier than others.  But if the kids truly feel thankful in their hearts, who’s to say what should count and what should not?

The author Barbara Park died this week, at at 66.  All of us here at St. Louis Public library are thankful for the many funny short chapter books she gave the world.

This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (Nov. 18 – Nov. 24, 2013)

Join us for some of these great programs at your favorite St. Louis Public Library locations all week long:

Ready for a story? Join us for storytime:

  • Monday at Baden, Kingshighway and Machacek Branches
  • Tuesday at Buder Branch
  • Wednesday at Julia Davis and Buder Branches
  • Thursday at Buder, Carpenter and Schlafly Branches
  • Friday at Central Library

Feeling competitive?

  • Video Games at Central Library on Monday
  • Board Games at Carpenter Branch on Tuesday
  • Video Games at Baden Branch Thursday
  • Board Games at Kingshighway and Julia Davis Branch on Thursday

Ready to make something awesome?

  • Matisse Collage at Walnut Park Branch on Monday
  • Fall Craft Cleanout at Barr Branch, Stress Ball Balloon at Cabanne Branch, Airplane Wars: Paper vs. Plastic at Divoll Branch, and Turkey Time at Kingshighway Branch on Tuesday
  • Paper Cranes at Buder Branch and Paper Airplane Contest at Central Library on Wednesday
  • Button Indian Corn at Machacek on Thursday

Want to relax and enjoy a movie?

  • Disney Movie Mania at Carpenter Branch on Monday
  • Family Movie at Barr, Carondelet, Divoll and Walnut Park Branches on Thursday
  • Be sure to check out Friday’s post (below) about St. Louis International Film Festival, Cinema for Students showings at Central Library throughout the week!

Have a Great Week!

St. Louis International Film Festival, Cinema for Students

film-stripThe St. Louis International Film Festival will be screening four movies at Central Library during the week of November 18th.  All films will be shown in the auditorium at 10am Tuesday-Friday, don’t miss this opportunity to see some great movies!
Registration is required; to register contact Sarah Haas, CinemaForStudents@gmail.com (314-805-4547) or brian@cinemastlouis.org (314-289-4153).

 

Tuesday:
Tom Sawyer and His Friends
Appropriate for grades 6-12 (mild language)
Web site for more info: Tom und Hacke (in German)

Wednesday:
Michael Sporn: By the Book
Appropriate for grades 3-6
Web site for more info: Michael Sporn

Thursday:
Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth
Appropriate for grades 10-12 (discussions of alternative sexuality and disturbing human-rights abuses)
Web site for more info: Alice Walker

Friday:
I Learn America
Appropriate for grades 9-12 (mild language, discussions of alternative sexuality)
Web site for more info: I Learn America

For more information about these films (including trailers) and other screening locations, visit http://cinemastlouis.org/cinema-students

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

November’s Family Theater Series event at Central Library is All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 (performance on Saturday, Nov. 16th at 2pm).   All is Calm is an a cappella musical based on the true story of soldiers during World War I who for one night, put down their arms and played soccer instead of exchanging bullets.  Presented by Fontbonne College’s Mustard Seed Theater; for guaranteed seating, pick up free tickets (while supplies last) at Central, Carpenter, Julia Davis or Walnut Park (limit 4 per family).

To learn more about the full version of Mustard Seed Theater’s musical, listen to the Cityscape story from St. Louis Public Radio.  (The presentation at Central Library will consist of excerpts from the full scale production that are suitable for younger audiences).

To learn more about the Truce of 1914, check out one of these great books:

TruceTruce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy
Describes how, at Christmas, 1914, during World War I, in defiance of their officers’ orders, a truce was declared by soldiers on opposing sides, who stopped fighting to engage in a spontaneous Christmas celebration with their “enemies”.

And the Soldiers SangAnd the Soldiers Sang by Patrick J. Lewis
A young Welsh soldier fights along the Western Front during World War I, experiencing the horrors of trench warfare before participating in the famed Christmas Truce of 1914.

This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (Nov. 11- Nov. 17, 2013)

All SLPL locations will be closed on Monday the 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day.  Join us for some of these great programs during the rest of the week at your favorite St. Louis Public Library location:

Ready for a story? Join us for storytime:

  • Tuesday at Divoll Branch
  • Wednesday at Carpenter and Buder Branches
  • Thursday at Buder Branch
  • Friday at Central Library

Feeling competitive?

  • Video Gaming at Kingshighway Branch on Tuesday
  • Video Gaming at Walnut Park Branch on Thursday

Ready to make something awesome?

  • Rockets at Schlafly, Teddy Bear Caves at Carondelet and Popsicle Puzzles at Baden Tuesday
  • Fall Leaf Art at Central on Wednesday
  • Turkey Paper Plates at Carpenter, Fairy Jars at Baden and Glowbirds at Carondelet on Thursday

Ready to explore more books?

  • Book Nook Club: Walter Dean Myers at Julia Davis Branch on Wednesday
  • Family Night: Turkeys at Schlafly branch on Thursday

Want to see a performance?

  • Puppetfest with the Puppet Guild of Greater St. Louis at Buder on Saturday
  • Family Theater Series: All is Calm – The Christmas Truce of 1914 at Central on Saturday

Have a Great Week!