It’s easy to learn new things at the library because ideas and books and knowledgeable librarians are all available! The people at Mental Floss wrote this article after learning some new fun facts about children’s books at their library.
Some of these fun facts include:
“Alice in Wonderland used to be banned in parts of China. “Bears, lions and other beasts cannot use a human language,” said General Ho Chien in 1931. “To attribute to them such a power is an insult to the human race.”
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar was almost called A Week With Willi Worm.”
“Before the Nazis invaded Paris, H.A. and Margret Rey fled on bicycles. They were carrying a rough manuscript for Curious George.”
Learn more from the article here!
Getting students involved and interested in STEM activities from a young age is so important! If you are a library person working with young people, this article from UCL Engineering lists some titles you may find useful to encourage an interest in STEM topics:
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
“For the early grades’ exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity.
Detective Dot by Sophie Deen
“Nine-year-old tech whizz Detective Dot has a dangerous new mission from the Children’s Intelligence Agency – investigate teenage trillionaire Shelly Belly. Dot’s going to have to use all her coding skills, cunning and gadgets to crack the case.”
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
“Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer.”
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
“Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?”
It Came in the Mail, by Ben Clanton
“For the thirteenth year, children have chosen the best read aloud picture books in the Minnesota State University Moorhead’s (MSUM) Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards program.
The 2017 winner of the Wanda Gág Read Aloud Book Award for the preschool to eight-year-old category is It Came in the Mail written and illustrated by Ben Clanton and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. This humorous book reminds us that imagination is a powerful thing, especially when a child’s desire for some mail encourages him to think outside the “mail” box. The Wanda Gág Honor books are The Darkest Dark written by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion and illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan, The Night Gardener written and illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan, and What to Do With a Box written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Chris Sheban. The Fan Brothers mark the first time that an illustrator team has won two Wanda Gág Read Aloud Honor awards in the same year.
Continue reading Minnesota State University Moorhead’s (MSUM) Comstock-Gág Read Aloud Book Awards
“ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee has updated our Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles!
The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four Summer Reading book lists are available for Birth-Preschool, K-2nd, 3rd– 5th and 6th-8th grade students.
Each list is available here to download for free. Lists can be customized to include library information, summer hours and summer reading programs for children before making copies available to schools and patrons.
Titles on the 2017 Summer Reading Lists were compiled and annotated by members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.
Birth – Preschool
Kindergarten – 2nd grade
3rd through 5th grade
6th through 8th grade
Passing this on from a library listserv:
“An author has written to me through one of my children’s book blogs and I am hoping to help him find children’s books about children who are jealous of the new baby in the family. I found a book called Geraldine’s Baby Brother on WorldCat, but do you know of any others? Books with non-human characters would be a plus for this author, but I’ll still take human characters as well. ”
Here were the suggestions offered; do you have others? Share them in the comments section!