Book Weekend

Black History Month may be winding down,16075954 but the legacy of African American achievement enriches us throughout the year.  These two award winning books shine light on different moments in history in a fun engaging way for children ages 5-8.

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop traces the story of a Bronx teen whose summer party spawned a music revolution.  Written by Laban Carrick Hill, the warm energetic illustrations Theodore Taylor steal the show. He won the Coretta Scott King award for new talent this year.

13623795Kadir Nelson illustrated and wrote this lush pictorial biography of Nelson Mandela, just in time to memorialize his death earlier this year.   Kadir Nelson’s rich photographic painting breath life into historical figure, drawing readers into moments in history.

Kadir Nelson has twice been honored by the Caldecott committee for his outstanding illustrations, and this year was honored by the Coretta Scott King award for best illustrations by an African-American.

Wild and Wonderful Wombats!

Are you a wombat?  If you’re not sure, take this easy test from How to Scratch a Wombat to find out:

  • Q: Are you covered in fur?  A: No?  Then you’re definitely not a wombat — unless you’re a bald wombat.
  • Q: Do you come out mostly at night?  A: Yes? Then you might be a wombat — or a vampire.
  • Q: Do you have a large egg-shaped brown nose?  A: Yes?  Then you might be a wombat — or a kid who’s stuck his nose in the peanut butter jar.

Still not sure if you’re a wombat?  Then check out some of these cute books about our furry marsupial friends:

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Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
In his diary, a wombat describes his life of eating, sleeping, and getting to know some new human neighbors.

Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields
When six brave little wombats decide to take a walk in the Australian outback, they must be careful when they encounter other native animals along the way, including a hungry dingo, golden wattles, billabongs, and others, in this adventurous, read-aloud counting tale with rhyming verse and colorful illustrations.

Batter up Wombat by Helen Lester
An Australian wombat joins the Champs baseball team, and even though he is disastrously ignorant about the game, his innate talents save everyone when a tornado suddenly strikes.

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill
A little wombat has an active day running, jumping, and playing in the mud, but his favorite time is when he can find a soft, cozy spot to curl up into a ball and go to sleep.

How to Scratch a Wombat by Jackie French
A combination of a memoir and natural history overview provides readers with an in-depth look at these unique creatures of the Australian bush as they live, eat, and play in their natural habitat.

After you’ve enjoyed some wombat-filled books, fold your own origami wombat!  Instructions available at Moo-Cow Fan Club.

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This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (Feb. 24, 2014 – March 2, 2014)

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 Machacek and Kingshighway Branches
  • Wednesday at Buder and Carpenter Branches
  • Thursday at Buder Branch
  • Friday at Central Library

Want to explore more books?

  • Black Poets: An Introduction at Walnut Park on Thursday

Ready to make something awesome?

  • Jubilee Quilting Bee at Divoll and Dots ‘n Spots at Kingshighway on Tuesday
  • Jubilee Quilting Bee at Julia Davis, Unity Bracelets at Cabanne, Civil Rights Buttons at Central, and Black History Month Quilt Blocks at Buder on Wednesday
  • Thing One and Thing Two at Carpenter on Saturday

Feeling competitive?:

  • Game Time: Mall Madness at Schlafly on Tuesday
  • Got Game? At Baden on Thursday

Want to relax and enjoy a movie?

  • Black History Month Film Series: Akeelah and the Bee at Carpenter on Monday
  • Family Movie Day at Baden and Black History Month Film Series: Long Walk Home at Buder on Wednesday
  • Family Movie: The Princess and the Frog at Barr, Family Movie: Wreck-It Ralph at Carondelet, Black History Month Family Film Series: Ruby Bridges at Divoll and Family Night Movie: Remember the Titans at Schlafly on Thursday
  • Friday Family Films: Remember the Titans  at Central on Friday

Have a Great Week!

This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (Feb. 17, 2014 – Feb. 23, 2014)

All SLPL locations will be closed on Monday, February 17th in observance of President’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 Buder Branch
  • Wednesday at Buder and Julia Davis Branches
  • Thursday at Schlafly and Buder Branches
  • Friday at Central Library

Want to explore more books?

  • Artist and Illustrator, Shandra Strickland at Carpenter on Wednesday

Ready to make something awesome?

  • Heritage Boxes at Walnut Park on Tuesday
  • Diversity Wreathes at Central and Black History Month Quilt Blocks at Buder on Wednesday
  • Snowy Window Clings at Carondelet on Thursday

Feeling competitive?:

  • Got Game? at Kingshighway on Tuesday
  • Game On! At Julia Davis and Got Game? at Walnut Park on Thursday

Want to relax and enjoy a movie?

  • Black History Month Film Series: 42 at Buder and Pride at Cabanne on Wednesday
  • Black History Month Family Film Series: Pride at Divoll on Thursday
  • Friday Family Films: Ruby Bridges at Central on Friday

Have a Great Week!

You Gotta Have Heart

valentinesdayisWho is the boy with the bow and arrow and what does he have to do with Valentine’s Day?  Discover the answer to this and more as you read Valentine’s Day Is…  by Gail Gibbons.

After exploring the history of Valentine’s Day, get creative with wagon wheel pasta and glue.  Complete instructions can be found here. Thanks to Mom2toPoshLilDivas for the cute idea!

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While the little love bugs are completing their hearts, share a story to two.  You can find these titles and more at the St. Louis Public Library.

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Slugs in Love, by Susan Pearson
Marylou and Herbie, two garden slugs, write love poems in slime to one another but have trouble actually meeting.

Froggy’s First Kiss, by Jonathan London
As Valentine’s Day approaches, Froggy thinks that he is falling in love with the new girl in class, but his feelings change when she gives him a kiss.

Henry and the Valentine Surprise, by Nancy Carlson
When Henry and his first-grade classmates notice a heart-shaped box on their teacher’s desk the day before Valentine’s Day, they try to find out if he has a girlfriend.

Turtle and Snake’s Valentine’s Day, by Kate Spohn
Turtle and Snake have plenty to do as they prepare Valentine’s Day surprises for each other. Includes directions for making a valentine.

Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine, by Barbara Park
When Junie B. Jones receives a mushy gushy “valentime” on Valentine’s Day, she tries to find out who in her kindergarten class is her secret admirer.

This Week at the St. Louis Public Library (Feb. 10, 2014 – Feb. 16, 2014)

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 and participate in the African American Read-In Chain:

  • Monday at Machacek, Kingshighway, and Barr Branches
  • Tuesday at Kingshighway, and Divoll Branches
  • Wednesday at Buder and Carpenter Branches
  • Thursday at Buder Branch
  • Friday at Central Library

Want to explore more books?

  • Family Matters at Julia Davis on Monday
  • School Age Book Club at Carpenter, and Book Nook Club: Civil Rights at Julia Davis on Wednesday

Ready to make something awesome?

  • Unity Bracelets at Barr and Gnome Sweet Gnome at Carondelet on Tuesday
  • Valentine Craft at Baden, My Heart is Like a Zoo at Central, Black Board Hearts at Machacek, Valentine Origami at Barr and Black History Month Quilt Blocks at Buder on Wednesday
  • Freedom Mural at Julia Davis, Valentine’s Day Crafts at Buder and Happy Valentine’s Day! At Schlafly on Thursday

Feeling competitive?:

  • Got Game? at Baden on Tuesday

Want to relax and enjoy a movie?

  • Black History Month Film Series: Ruby Bridges at Carpenter on Monday
  • Black History Month Film Series: Raisin in the Sun at Buder on Wednesday
  • Black History Month Family Film Series: Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story at Divoll  and Ruby Bridges at Walnut Park on Thursday
  • Friday Family Films at Central on Friday

Feel like celebrating?

  • Black History Month Celebration at Divoll on Monday

Want to see a performance?

  • Talent/Variety Show at Cabanne on Wednesday
  • Family Theater Series at Central on Saturday

Have a Great Week!

Caldecott Picture Book Winners!

locomotive Each January, a new Caldecott Medal Winner is chosen by teachers and librarians from all over the country.  They spend a year pouring over picture books to find the best illustrations for children.

This year the award was given to Brian Floca for his book, Locomotive.   A family from 1869 boards the train in Omaha and travels all the way to Sacramento.

“The committee was impressed with Floca’s ability to creatively capture the immensity and inner workings of the early locomotive and combine it with a family’s adventurous journey west,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Marion Hanes Rutsch.

Three honor books were named.

journeyJourney by Aaron Becker.

Finding a magical red crayon, a bored and lonely girl draws a door on her bedroom wall that opens a colorful new world. Her adventure leads her into trouble, but with the helps of a new friend, she finds her way home again.

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Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

An enthusiastic yet awkward girl wants to dance with the flamingo, and is snubbed.  But her charming persistence wins over the bird and in the end, they two create a beautiful duet of movement.

mr-wufflesMr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles is a very bored house cat who one day discovers a surprising new toy – one that gets away! This new toy is actually a space ship of little green aliens, who with the help of some ants, and ladybugs, are able to escape the clawed clutched of Mr. Wuffles.