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Staff Picks: 2018 Award-Winning Children’s Books to Read Again and Again 

The highest accolade that a piece of children's literature can receive is a chorus of voices shouting "Again! Again!" when the story is finished. Measuring what makes a book stick out to children isn't always easy, but awards panels try their best to strike a balance between books that are most likely to be read front …

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Today in History: Roald Dahl Is Born 

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install A lovely bookshelf on the wall. Then fill the shelves with lots of books.” ― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Beloved British children's author, screenwriter, and fighter pilot for the Royal Air …

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Today in History: Happy Birthday, James Barrie! 

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up, was born on May 9th, 1860 in Kirriemuir, Scotland. He attended the University of Edinburgh and became a journalist, though later moved to …

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Staff Picks: Award-Winning Children’s Books to Read Again and Again 

Colorful bookmarks paired with new, acclaimed children's books display information about the awards represented in our collection. September is a month of new starts for many, especially those returning to school. What could be better than kicking things off with new books? At the beginning of the month, Kaitlin and I launched a collection featuring recent …

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Today in History: Christopher Robin’s Birthday 

“Then, suddenly again, Christopher Robin, who was still looking at the world, with his chin in his hand, called out "Pooh!" "Yes?" said Pooh. "When I'm--when--Pooh!" "Yes, Christopher Robin?" "I'm not going to do Nothing any more." "Never again?" "Well, not so much. They don't let you." Pooh waited for him to go on, but …

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Today in History: E.B. White’s Birthday 

Today is E.B. White's 117th birthday, for he is still very much alive in the hearts and minds of his readers, children through adults. Elwyn Brooks White was born on July 11, 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York; graduated from Cornell University in 1921; worked for The New Yorker magazine; and lived on a farm …

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See the ABC of It! 

Through March 23, the NYPL's Schwarzman Building is host to an illuminating exhibition on children's books: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. Although it's safe to say that most people in the TC community are already convinced that children's books matter, a peek at this show reveals the hidden historical context of many …

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Colorín Colorado…: Author study, Eric Velasquez 

About the Author: Eric is a native new yorker of Afro-Puertorican heritage.  He grew up in Harlem and uses much of his childhood memories as centerpieces for his books.  He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1983. Books at TC: Champion: The story of Muhammad Ali Curr GV1132.A44 H36 2002 (2nd, …

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Colorín Colorado…: Author study, Carmen Agra Deedy 

About the Author: Of Cuban descent, Carmen Agra Deedy is the author or many children's books and has won numerous awards for her work.  Although some of her books touch upon Latino themes, many of her books contain general themes interesting to children.  As a teacher, I can tell you that her book, "The Library …

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Colorín Colorado…: Author study, Pam Muñoz Ryan 

About the Author: Born and raised in California and encouraged by her college professor, Pam am Muñoz Ryan is the author of many children's and young adult books. Before becoming a writer, she worked as an early childhood teacher and after school coordinator. The following books are held at the Teachers College library: Amelia and …

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The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E. B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic 

Title: The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic Author: Michael Sims Publisher: Walker & Company; First Edition 3rd Printing edition (June 7, 2011) Call Number: PS3545.H5187 Z925 2011 From the Publisher: While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. …

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Just Checked In: Monsters Eat Whiny Children 

Although the load of juvenile books returned this morning was enormous,  Monsters Eat Whiny Children--with its neon green cover, thick, uneven black lettering, and silly title--stood out from the rest.  Intrigued, I started reading. It tells the story of Henry and Eve, two "perfectly delightful children …

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Should we burn Babar?: Essays on Children’s Literature and the Power of Stories 

Title: Should we burn Babar? : Essays on Children's Literature and the Power of Stories Author: Herbert Kohl Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., c1995 Check it out! PS153.M56 K65 1995 From the publisher: In “provocative and entertaining essays will appeal to reflective readers, parents, and educators” (Library …

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Dreams and wishes: essays on writing for children 

Title: Dreams and wishes : essays on writing for children Author: Susan Cooper Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c1996 Call no.: PN147.5 .C66 1996 From the Publisher: An informative book for young writers interested in the pursuit of writing and the writing process presents a collection of Susan Cooper's inspirational speeches, spanning …

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Revisiting the Civil Rights movement through multicultural children’s books 

With Martin Luther King Jr. Day recently past, I thought it was quite fitting that I came upon two picture books, Freedom on the Menu: the Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford (Call no. PZ7.W3535 Fr 2005) and Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles (Call no. PZ7.W6474 Fr 2001, both …

Posted 104 months ago by

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Bedtime stories and book reports 

Title: Bedtime stories and book reports : connecting parent involvement and family literacy Author: Catherine Compton-Lilly & Stuart Greene (eds.) Publisher: New York: Teachers College Press, c2011 Call no.: LB1048.5 .B436 2011 From the Publisher: This book brings together the newest research on parent involvement and family literacy--two strands of research that rarely exist in …

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The First Children’s Book 

As a TC intern and future librarian, I spend a fair amount of time looking for things at the library.  It will probably come as no surprise to any of you to find out that TC has an incredible collection of historical children’s literature.  Thinking you too may be curious to see what lives in …

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Reading Banned Books Out Loud 

As many teachers know, September is the time for setting classroom routines, meeting families and setting goals for your students. In the frenzy of all the things teachers have to do in a day, we hold on to the routines we enjoy the most, or feel are the most productive. With Banned Books Week running …

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Big Ideas for Little Kids 

Title: Big ideas for little kids: teaching philosophy through children's literature Author: Thomas E. Wartenberg Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Education, c2009 Check It Out: B52 .W378 2009 From the Publisher: Written in a clear and accessible style, this book explains why it is important to allow young children access to philosophy during …

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