Snuggling up to read a good book together is always fun. And this week celebrates the Children's Authors and Illustrators who make it all possible. Here are the 2012 Geisel Award Winners representing the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year and the 2012 Caldecott Medal Award Winners awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Enjoy!
Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Shelley Miles
AUGUST 5 - Robert Bright Birthday, Maud Petersham Birthday
Maud Fuller Petersham was born on August 5, 1889 in Kingston, NY and grew up to be part of a Caldecott Medal-winning husband and wife team.Their illustrations for reading texts during the 1920s made them leaders in the field. They went on to be create seventy books for children. They won a Caldecott Medal in 1946 for The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles. Other titles include The Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg, The Box With Red Wheels, and The Christ Child. Introduce your child to some of these American Classics. The Rooster Crows : A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles
The Box with Red Wheels
The Christ Child: As Told By Matthew and Luke
Robert Bright's first children's book, ''Georgie,'' was published in 1944. Its title character was a friendly little ghost. Twelve more ''Georgie'' books including ''Georgie's Halloween,'' ''Georgie to the Rescue'' and ''Georgie and the Robber. Hmmm - was Georgie the inspiration for Casper? Head out to the hammock and enjoy these with your kids.
Georgie and the Robbers
Summer Reading List
Monday, May 31, 2010 by Shelley Miles
There is nothing better than sititng under a tree or on the beach with a great book.
Here is a list of top picks for kids to enjoy this summer. You'll enjoy these books too! So read aloud and share. These books are all available at your local library.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and Honors winning titles
Siblings Benny and Penny encounter trouble when curiosity about a mysterious neighbor leads them into unexpected adventures. Benny and Penny is a perfect example of a graphic novel designed just for young readers. The characters' emotions are revealed in the rich artwork within each panel. Children will connect with the realistic dialogue and page-turning appeal of the story. They will be thrilled to enter the world of graphic novels.
When Fly Guy and Buzz play hide-and-seek, Fly Guy hides in his favorite place--the garbage can. But as Buzz finishes counting, the garbageman drives away with the garbage and Fly Guy, too! A very worried Buzz follows the truck to the dump, where he sees zillions of flies. Where is Fly Guy?!
Time after time, Buzz thinks he spies Fly Guy, only to be snubbed, boinked, or bitten. Then he realizes they've been playing a game. He yells, "I give up. You win!" And Fly Guy leaves his new hiding place--he was on top of Buzz's hat all along!
It is a blustery spring day, and Mouse and Mole are very excited. They are going to go bird watching! They are planning to make bird books! Mouse and Mole pack paper and crayons and hurry outside. It turns out, birds are not so easy to watch. Splashing in puddles scare them away. Stepping on crunchy leaves does too.
Mole rubs his snout. Mouse twirls her tail. Together, they come up with a plan to get closer to the birds. A plan that includes glue and feathers . . .
Join Mouse and Mole on another high-flying adventure in which teamwork, brainstorming, and good ideas always make for a fun day out!
Picture Books Caldecott Medal and Honors winning titles
In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.
A boy, his younger sister, and their parents experience a farmer's market, a lakeside pavilion, a soaking rain, a warm meal in a cozy café, a gathering of musical kin, and a quiet night at home.
Each season is explored in terms of how it encompasses colors.
Newbery Medal and Honors winning titles
Shortly after sixth-grader Miranda and her best friend Sal part ways, for some inexplicable reason her once familiar world turns upside down. Maybe it's because she's caught up in reading A Wrinkle in Time and trying to understand time travel, or perhaps it's because she's been receiving mysterious notes which accurately predict the future.
Nine months before Rosa Parks’ history-making protest on a city bus, Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old Montgomery, Alabama, high-school student, was arrested and jailed for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. Hoose draws from numerous personal interviews with Colvin in this exceptional title that is part historical account, part memoir.
Living in the shadow of the Fruitless Mountain, Minli and her parents spend their days working in the rice fields, barely growing enough to feed themselves. Every night, Minli's father tells her stories about the Jade Dragon that keeps the mountain bare, the greedy and mean Magistrate Tiger, and the Old Man of the Moon who holds everyone's destiny.
When his older brother gets conscripted into the Union Army, Homer runs away from his uncle, "the meanest man in the entire state of Maine." He sets out after Harold but has multiple misadventures along the way. He survives thanks to courage, luck, and his talent for telling lies when needed
Batchelder Award and Honors winning titles
Stephie and Nellie, two Austrian Jewish sisters, are evacuated in 1938 from Vienna to a Swedish island and placed in separate foster homes. Twelve-year-old Stephie has promised her parents that she will try to ease her younger sister's way, a burdensome promise to keep
Big Wolf lives alone under a tree at the top of a hill until one autumn day when Little Wolf comes along. At first he is wary of this stranger who silently joins him for exercises at the top of the tree, lunch at the base, and sleepy time against the trunk. But when Big Wolf goes for a walk and comes back to find Little Wolf gone, he realizes that "a little one, indeed a very little one, [has] taken up space in his heart. A lot of space."
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