Monday, January 6, 2014

New Children's Books!

My Snake Blake is the hilarious story about the friendship between a boy and his rater exceptional pet is brought t life by the delightful drawings of award-winning artist Serge Bloch.

Oliver is a curious explorer so he asks a lot of questions. Then one day in the bathtub he hears a strange gurgle. “What lives down the drain?” he wonders. Soon Oliver is headed down the drain in his homemade submarine. But will this clever inventor be able to discover a way back?

Maia and her best friend, who happens to be a monster, are both becoming big sisters. This is NOT good news! (But this funny and heart-warming story celebrates friendship, family, and new siblings!)

Livi thinks baths are boring. In fact, she thinks EVERYTHING is more fun than baths and that’s why on her way to the  bathtub… Livi is a snake slinking and sliding. She is a gymnast perfecting her cartwheels. Livi is a jungle cat stalking her prey…. the only thing Livi isn’t… is in the bath… yet!

Garmann has joined forces Hannah’s twin Johanna, who takes him into the woods to show him a surprise, and the two find a secret world full of imagination and discovery.
When Dinos Dawned, Mammals got Munched, & Pterosaurs Took Flight: a cartoon prehistory of life in the Triassic. Ok. Ok. It’s a long title but this book is hard to resist. Full of terrific artwork and clear prose, your grade school student will really take a fancy to this fine text from National Geographic kids.

Zepher is a girl with a passion and a dream and a a soaring imagination. So fasten your seatbelts for a fun filled flight of fancy as Zepher does triple loop-de-loops off her living room couch and is sent to her room… and a great adventure!

What’s that sound? The back door squeeeaks open, sounding like a noisy mouse nearby — eeek, eeeek, eeeek! Big trucks on the highway rrrrrrrumble, just as hunger makes a tummy grrrrumble. Ringing with exuberance and auditory delights, this second collaboration by world-renowned jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis and acclaimed illustrator Paul Rogers takes readers (and listeners) on a rollicking, clanging, clapping tour through the many sounds that fill a neighborhood.

A grandfather and grandson share a special love
Zach’s grandpa loves the same things as Zach . . . except the roller coaster. His grandpa once rode it one hundred times! But Zach doesn't like the roller coaster. So when Grandpa goes on it every summer, Zach goes on the Big wheel with Grandma. She understands. But one summer, Grandma is gone and Grandpa is not the same. He misses her terribly. So does Zach.
But he also wants his grandpa to be happy again. What will it take?

Get ready for giggles and ghouls in this celebration of hard-working mommies who happen to be mummies! There’s a doctor mummy curing raspy spooks with coffin syrup and fang-filled dentist completely wrapped up in her dangerous work. There’s a mummy librarian with her hands full dealing with book worms, and a writer mummy conjuring spells for readers. With tons of visual puns and verbal repartees, these tall tales will be sure to delight!

Bat and Rat are two best friends living in the big city. Together, these nocturnal pals enjoy their favorite things, like riding the subway, writing songs, and playing in a jazz band. One hot summer night, while tasting their favorite flavors of ice cream, they find the inspiration for a new tune. The result is a perfect duet and a lyrical tribute to their friendship.

Growing up in Washington, DC, at the turn of the twentieth century, Florence Mills knew she was blesses with a gift——a sweet, birdlike singing voice that everyone loved. But she also knew firsthand the profound ache of racism. When she moved to New York City, the stages were bigger, the lights brighter, and offers that could make her an international star were hers for the taking. Instead, Florence Mills chose shows that promoted other Black performers and she sang songs that were calls for civil rights. Harlem’s Little Blackbird is the delightful story of one of the Harlem Renaissance’s little-known but extraordinary performer is gorgeously illustrated by Christian Robinson’s glorious mixed-media artwork.

Praise Song for the Day was commissioned for the inauguration of President Barack Obama and these inspiring words by poet Elizabeth Alexander celebrate all that has made America what it is today. The poem also challenges us as individuals and as a nation to continue to work for equal rights and protections under the law and towards realizing the dream of a better world for all of us.

Hand in Hand: ten Black men who changed America, is an excellent collection of the biographies of  ten extraordinary men whose individual work combined to form a chain spanning American history from Colonial times to the 21st-century and the election of America’s first Black president. Includes profiles of Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass,  Booker T. Washington, A. Phillip Randolph, W.E.B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr., and more.

By May of 1963, African-Americans in Birmingham, Alabama had had enough of segregation and the brutality of Birmingham police. Most African-American adults faced severe repercussions if they protested the city’s racist culture but teenagers and children took up the banner and marched. They were beaten, harassed, and jailed but they didn’t give up. Combining research and in-depth interviews with the protesters, Cynthia Levinson has recreated the events and outcomes of the Birmingham Children’s March.

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