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As the end of the year draws nearer and nearer, more and more FANTASTIC picture books keep coming to our attention. Here are a few more that we think may have a chance at winning the coveted Caldecott Medal in January 2014. They will be added to our long list of Mock Caldecott nominees — and it’s getting very l-o-n-g at this point.
We’ll be narrowing down our long list in the next couple of weeks – if there are books you think should stay on the short list, let your voice be heard! Leave a note in the comments on this post or send us an email.
|Beautifully detailed and life-like illustrations help bring to life the story of an Italian-American immigrant, as he shares with his great-granddaughter a lifetime of memorabilia he’s saved in matchboxes, all contained within an old cigar box. Bagram Ibatoulline’s illustrations add so much to the story of The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman..the warmth evoked by the golden-colored tones of the present contrast perfectly with the sepia of the past.|
|Another picture book that also uses color very effectively is Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Mr. Tiger is a bright orange creature in a drab and dreary world, and he’s very unhappy. So he leaves, runs away to the green wilderness, but then he misses his friends! What will Mr. Tiger do? Read the book…and find out! You won’t be disappointed.|
|I cannot imagine anyone reading Battle Bunny without at least cracking a grin and snickering. Me? Belly laugh. Absolutely. Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matthew Myers (and Alex) have teamed up to create a picture book unlike anything I’ve seen — at least in its brand new state. Many a child (including yours truly) have taken pencil to book, however, and made it their own. Read this one, share it with your children, and let us know what you think!|
|Suzy, the youngest in her family, tries to make sense of her dad leaving to fight in Vietnam in Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins. James Proimos’ illustrations contrast cartoon-style scenes of Suzy and her family through out the year of her father’s deployment with double-page spreads depicting her changing understanding of “the jungle”. Poignant and not at all patronizing, this book takes the complicated feelings of a child and puts them in a format that’s accessible.|
|A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin is a picture book biography, written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Great picture book bios bring real people to life at a child’s level of understanding, and the art in this book does that superbly. Children will learn that Pippin loved to draw and paint as a child and young man, but injuries sustained in WWI made it impossible for him to continue his art…..or did it? Read find out!|
|Travel back in time to early-20th-century Muskegon and a nearby lakeside neighborhood called Bluffton where a young Buster Keaton and his family spend several summers. Matt Phelan tells this fictionalized story through the eyes of Henry, a Muskegon local, who befriends Buster and gets to know the world of vaudeville….and at the same time learns quite a bit about himself. Most of this story is told via Phelan’s delicate but striking art; the framing and the pacing of the story are near-perfect, and the emotions conveyed via color and expression are very real.|
Fourth graders are invited to a special storytelling presentation about Abraham Lincoln. Professional storyteller Doyne Carson transports students thru time to meet Abigail Gollaher, a childhood friend of Abraham Lincoln. Abigail recounts the childhood adventures of her brother, Austin, and his best friend, Abe. Each story is based on actual events from the life of Abraham Lincoln. This program is designed for students fourth grade and up; curriculum connections include United States, Indiana history, US Presidents, and social studies.
Through these stories, students come to know the one-of-a-kind personality and humor of Abraham Lincoln. Kids will learn how childhood events shaped and strengthened the character of our nation’s 16th President. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the boy behind the man who led the United States away from slavery and toward unity. As Abigail states, “Behind every man is the boy he used to be.”
The program takes place in February, but advanced registration is going on right now. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear storyteller Doyne Carson as she shares stories about Abe’s experiences growing up in Illinois and Indiana. This event is FREE and open to the public, but due to space limitations in the theater, pre-registration is required. Call Children’s Services at 260.421.1220 to register.
What: Meet Abe Lincoln’s Friend — A Dramatic Presentation
When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:30 or 1:00 AND Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 9:45 or 12:45 (Registration for this event is now open)
Who: This program is designed for 4th graders (teachers and/or parents are also welcome but must pre-register)
Where: Main Library Theater in downtown Fort Wayne
The Field Trip Friday program at the Hessen Cassel Branch Library meets mostly on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. But in January they will meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays. In November we studied the Arctic using the Magic Tree House Book Polar Bears Past Bedtime as the jumping point into the subject.
During the first session we do an introduction to the subject, read aloud from the Magic Tree House Book, and do an activity. While the students work on the activity, like making an Arctic food chain, I book talk other books available on the subject including fiction, non-fiction, chapter books, early readers, and picture books.
After our first meeting in November the students went home with two assignments.
1. Finish reading Polar Bears Past Bedtime
2. Work on making an arctic scene
When we came together again on the 3rd Friday we added to our arctic scenes, already in progress, and created icebergs with Styrofoam.
We had a ton of fun carving out the ‘ice’ and inserting it into our dioramas.
For the month of December we’ll start with Tigers at Twilight and study India and it’s endangered animals.
The rest of the year for Field Trip Fridays are:
January 10th & 24th – Dingoes at Dinnertime – Investigating the country and continent of Australia.
February 7th & 21st – Good Morning Gorillas – Whisking back to Africa to research the mountain regions.
March 7th & 21st – Eve of the Emperor Penguin – Tackling the southern cold region of Antarctica.
April 4th & 18th – A Perfect Time for Pandas – Focus our inquiry on China’s culture, art, and animals.
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This fall, the Library offered a poetry contest for children and young adults with the theme “To Whom It May Concern.” In this 31st annual Allen County Public Library Poetry Contest, judges evaluated the nearly 700 entries received, and on Saturday, December 7th, family, friends, teachers, and librarians celebrated the winning poets.
Congratulations to all the winners:
|Grade||Place||First Name||Last Name||School|
|K||3rd Place||Gavin||Hoover||Canterbury School|
|K||Honorable Mention||Maya||McMillan||Canterbury School|
|Grade 1||1st Place||Grant||Paxson||Homeschool|
|Grade 1||2nd Place||Adderly||Surack||Canterbury School|
|Grade 2||1st Place||Arden||Meeks||Emmanuel St. Michael|
|Grade 2||2nd Place||Cassidy||Marden||Emmanuel St. Michael|
|Grade 2||3rd Place||Isaac||Maurer||Homeschool|
|Grade 2||Honorable Mention||Emily||Milholland||Emmanuel St. Michael|
|Grade 3||1st Place||Ren||Moore||Weisser Park|
|Grade 3||2nd Place||Cole||Gram||Horizon Christian Academy|
|Grade 3||3rd Place||Amber||Choi||Canterbury School|
|Grade 3||Honorable Mention||Lucy||Gongaware||Central Lutheran|
|Grade 4||1st Place||Ella||Hildebrand||St. Paul’s Lutheran|
|Grade 4||2nd Place||Ian||Ripple||Homeschool|
|Grade 4||2nd Place||Meghan||Beverly||Concordia Lutheran|
|Grade 4||3rd Place||Leah||Marquell||Canterbury School|
|Grade 4||Honorable Mention||Emma||Hildreth||Canterbury School|
|Grade 5||1st Place||Isabel||Adamson||St. Jude Catholic|
|Grade 5||2nd Place||August||Grube||St. Jude Catholic|
|Grade 5||3rd Place||Shelby||Schlicker||Holy Cross Lutheran|
|Grade 5||3rd Place||Louis||Tippmann||St. Jude Catholic|
|Grade 5||Honorable Mention||Abby||Hodges||Holy Cross Lutheran|
|Grade 6||1st Place||Olivia||Grande||Holy Cross Lutheran|
|Grade 6||2nd Place||Ariana||Layton||Summit Middle School|
|Grade 6||3rd Place||Israel||Robles||Memorial Park Middle|
|Grade 6||Honorable Mention||Nicholas||Myles||Holy Cross Lutheran|
|Grade 6||Honorable Mention||Liberty||Barton||Memorial Park Middle|
|Grade 7||1st Place||Zoe||Moore||Memorial Park Middle|
|Grade 7||2nd Place||Sarah||Hobson||Hobson Homeschool|
|Grade 7||3rd Place||Christian||Lucas||Holy Cross Lutheran|
|Grade 7||Honorable Mention||Grace||Shollenberger||Holy Cross Lutheran|
|Grade 8||1st Place||Evan||Cole||Canterbury Middle School|
|Grade 8||1st Place||Camden||Lytle||Canterbury Middle School|
|Grade 8||2nd Place||Annabella||Cobos||St. Jude|
|Grade 8||3rd Place||Hannah||Pitzer||Holy Cross Lutheran|
|Grade 8||Honorable Mention||Elisha||Scott||Canterbury Middle School|
|Grade 8||Honorable Mention||Austin||Fergusson||Canterbury Middle School|
|Grade 9||1st Place||Brianne||Boone||Boone Academy|
|Grade 9||2nd Place||Hannah||Hobson||Hobson Homeschool|
|Grade 9||3rd Place||Julian||Ford||North Side High School|
|Grade 9||Honorable Mention||Lily||Schenkel||North Side High School|
|Grade 10||1st Place||Alexys||Copeland||New Tech Academy @ Wayne|
|Grade 10||2nd Place||Kaytlin||Callaway||New Tech Academy @ Wayne|
|Grade 10||3rd Place||Keelan||Koehne||Carroll High School|
|Grade 10||Honorable Mention||Sylvia||Tyra||New Tech Academy @ Wayne|
|Grade 11||1st Place||Erin||Kilbane||Bishop Dwenger High School|
|Grade 11||2nd Place||Alea||Wagner||Bishop Dwenger High School|
|Grade 11||3rd Place||Maria||Welch||Bishop Dwenger High School|
|Grade 11||Honorable Mention||Jenny||Roach||Bishop Dwenger High School|
|Grade 12||1st Place||Emilee||Parke||New Tech Academy @ Wayne|
|Grade 12||2nd Place||Preston||Owens||Hoosier Academy|
|Grade 12||3rd Place||Cameron||Pernell||New Tech Academy @ Wayne|
|Grade 12||Honorable Mention||Quatinya||Ellis-McCall||New Tech Academy @ Wayne|
The winning poets each received a booklet containing all the winning poems and a trophy. The Awards Ceremony, featuring the poets reading their poems, was also videotaped for airing on cable access TV. The booklet containing all the winning poems will be bound into a hard cover book and become part of the permanent library collection.
Nelson Mandela, words and pictures by Kadir Nelson, will appeal to all ages. The amazing paintings depict Mandela from childhood to adulthood.
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, abridged by Chris van Wyk, illustrated by Paddy Bouma is the official picture book of the bestselling autobiography.
Other books for children on Nelson Mandela:
Many thanks to the anonymous artist who left this love letter at the Library.
I couldn’t agree more!
Does your family love the library this much? We would love to feature you on our blog’s Fan Friday posts. Interested? Please contact Mary Voors at 260-421-1220 or email Mary at email@example.com.