Thursday, November 29, 2012

Snuggle Up With a Story

The weather may be frightful, but new holiday books at GMPL are delightful!
Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli
Sing along as Baby gets prepared for Christmas.  Putting up a tree, singing carols, and making homemade gifts are all part of the season's charm.  A fun board book to share with little friends.

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
This book helps us remember that Christmas can be a quiet, reflective time too.  The soft, muted colors and the gentle illustrations go perfectly with the words in this story.  The lovely animals in the book share different activities that require hushed tones and near silence to complete.  Getting ready for the holidays doesn't have to be loud and full of blinking lights.  If you enjoy this book, look for Underwood's other bestsellers, The Loud Book and The Quiet Book.
 A Pirate's Twelve Days of Christmas by Philip Yates
Ahoy, mateys!  Even pirates dream of receiving presents at Christmastime.  From cutlasses to mermaids and parrots in a palm tree, this story will have you singing with a Yo Ho Ho by the end.  The plucky, colorful pictures are a real treat just like the hot cocoa you can sip on while reading these gems.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Read to Connect

Stories not only connect us with people, places, and symbols that are familiar and remind us of home, stories broaden our worldview by inviting us into the lives of others.  Travel back in time with these kids to learn about communism, explore other cultures, and best of all, have a dangerous adventure (or two):

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Lui and Andres Vera Martinez
In this graphic memoir, Liu takes us back to China after the death of Chairman Mao when she was just a small child.  In eight short stories, Liu concocts schemes to collect rat tails and rid China of pests, learns what her relatives ate to escape starvation (it’s gross!), and tells us the myth of the New Year’s dragon. 

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin
Sasha is about to become a Young Pioneer—a high honor for a ten-year-old boy living in the Soviet Union—when his father is arrested in the middle of the night as a traitor.  Sasha is left homeless and unqualified to become a Young Pioneer.  With his world turned upside down, Sasha is no longer sure Stalin is his hero…now he has choices to make.
(Sasha’s story is a great introduction to the Cold War.)

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
Peter Sis was born in Czechoslovakia on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain.  Find out how he risked his life, rebelling against the Soviet Union to achieve his dream of becoming an artist.

This picture book is full of beautiful illustrations that allow us a peek behind the Iron Curtain into Peter Sis's childhood.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Maybe you love reading great books, but have you ever considered writing one?  Now is the time!  NaNoWriMo (November is National Novel Writing Month) has officially begun and there is a great program just for young writers like you:

Visit the NaNoWriMo Young Writers website to set writing goals, talk to other kids about their writing, and get some great advice for making your stories the best they can be.

For even more inspiration, check out one of our information books on writing:

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(...and don't forget to share your finished novel with a favorite librarian!)