Crown An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes Come to the barber shop and experience this celebration of the confidence, self-esteem and swagger that boys feel when they leave with a fresh cut. “A fresh cut does something to your brain, right? It hooks up your intellectual.” Everybody notices and even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. That cut makes boys feel sharper, more visible and aware that great things could happen to them. Beautiful! Feb., 2018 This book was just named as an honor book for BOTH the Newbery and the Caldecott Medal!
Hey Black Child by Useni Perkins Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins. Hey black child, Do you know who you are? Who really are? Do you know you can be What you want to be If you try to be What you can be? Perkins, in his own words says he “wanted to inspire and motivate all black children to achieve their God-given potential, regardless of the challenges they face in life.” Speak these words of power to the children.
Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner with illustrations by the talented Vanessa Brantley-Newton Joy, love, jubilation, family and glorious song fill this book about getting ready for church on a special Sunday morning. June, nervous about her solo in the choir, gets advice from family members. The ritual of getting her hair done and donning a dress from her aunt prepares her to shine. Daddy, who won’t be coming along tells her that he will be there is spirit. Later during the service as she talk a breath to sing the first note, he walks in the door calling , “Sing, baby!” And she lifts her mighty voice and does just that. “And the church shouts, “Amen!”
A Night Out with Mama by Quvenzhane Wallis From Academy Award–nominated child actress Quvenzhané Wallis comes a story the glamour of attending the Academy Awards. The day begins with her Dad making a special breakfast before the pampering begins. Siblings help as she and her mom put on the glitz. A fall on the red carpet doesn’t dampen her spirits and the sparkling evening ends with a tired mama and daughter return home where Nazie (her nickname) ends the day with “It’s just me, Mama.” With illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, little girls everywhere can picture themselves on a night out with mama.
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is trying to get people to focus on pet personalities instead of breeds when adopting. As part of that initiative they're sorting their dogs into Hogwarts Dog Houses: Hufflefluff, Slobberin, Ravenpaw, and Gryffindog. You can take their online quiz to find out which house your dog belongs in. I did it for my dog Archie (picture above) and he landed in Hufflefluff. Find out more and take the quiz at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando: https://petallianceorlando.org/pawgwarts/
A new chapter?
The people over at Botnik have fed the complete works of Harry Potter into a text generator and used its predictive text feature to write a new chapter of Harry Potter. It may not make as much narrative sense as the original, but it is far funnier with its absurd non-sequiturs and funny takes on familiar characters. Read the whole thing over at Botnik: http://botnik.org/content/harry-potter.html
We have added a new section to the first floor of the library. The juvenile fiction section has books that are 3rd - 4th grade reading level that are appropriate for 1st - 2nd grade audiences, making them excellent choices for read-alouds or advanced student readers. Situating them on the first floor makes it easy for students to access these books during library time.
These books have the same subject labels as the other first floor fiction books from picture books to easy chapters. This should make it a seamless experience browsing the new section. We've added another subject label that we'll be putting on the relevant books downstairs, the rodent label. It's great for all the juvenile fiction about mice, gerbils, rats, rabbits, and more (we have a lot of these!)
We previously had 3 chapter book sections: easy chapter books on the first floor, middle grade fiction and young adult fiction on the second. The middle grade fiction encompassed a wide range of interest levels and it meant that our 1st and 2nd grade students who had graduated from easy chapter books had to go upstairs and sort through the middle grade fiction for books that had a higher reading level but were appropriate for younger audiences. To fix this and make it easier for our advanced students to find appropriate books, as well as parents or teachers looking for read-alouds for this age range, we've pulled those books from the middle grade fiction section upstairs and created a new juvenile fiction section. Let us know what you think and come and browse soon!