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The Children's Room

May 14, 2015

Chronicles of Claudette

Graphic novelist Jorge Aguirre will present his newest book for kids, Dragons Beware!, on Monday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.


In Dragons Beware!, author Aguirre and illustrator Rafael Rosado continue the tale they begin in Giants Beware!, which focused on a trio of characters: feisty Claudette, who is ready to take on any foe; her younger brother Gaston, a culinary prodigy; and Princess Marie, who is a master negotiator. In their first adventure, the trio defeated the Baby-Feet Eating Giant; now they face the task of confronting a deadly dragon who has eaten the sword needed to defeat an evil wizard. Kirkus Review said of Dragons Beware!: "This rowdy adventure is sure to be a crowd pleaser."

At our program, Aguirre will read from Dragons Beware! and talk about how he came to write graphic novels for kids. Politics & Prose will sell copies of the books, but no purchase is required to attend this fun program, which is great for kids in elementary and middle school and their parents.

Additional Dragons Beware book trailers:
What is your favorite thing about dragons?
What should be Claudette's battle cry?
What’s do you like about dragons?
How would you fight a dragon?


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May 09, 2015

Find Your Own Monster

Marilyn's MonsterWednesday May 13th at 7, author Michelle Knudson and illustrator Matt Phelan will introduce their new picture book, Marilyn's Monster.

Knudson is also the author of the YA novel Evil Librarian, which won the 2015 Sid Fleischman Humor Award.

Matt Phelan has won numerous awards including 2010 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. He also illustrated the 2007 Newbery Medal winner, The Higher Power of Lucky. Take a studio tour.

Marilyn's Monster activity kit.

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May 06, 2015

School Trip Horror

Dave Barry introduces his new book The Worst Class Trip Ever tonight 5/6 7:30 in the auditorium next door. More information.

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May 04, 2015

Bedtime Stories & Crafts, Tues. 5/5

Join us at 7 pm on May 5 for Bedtime Stories. The theme is Superheroes!

Wear your PJs and bring your teddy bear or other stuffed animal as we read some stories and sing some songs.
Afterward, we will decorate simple masks and enjoy superhero scratch art.

Perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups.

Registration is optional, but allows us to notify you of schedule changes.

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Caldecott Club May 11

Our next Caldecott Club will take place Monday May 11 at 7 p.m. Please join us then for our fun family book club at which we read and discuss some great new picture books. All ages are welcome, no registration required, and lemonade and cookies are always served!

April 29, 2015

LEGO Club, Sunday, May 3

Our monthly LEGO Club will be on Sunday, May 3 from 1:30-300.
Drop in and enjoy free play or try out the optional theme for May: FOOD!

We also have many LEGO books and LEGO Club Magazine that kids can use for inspiration.

For kids ages 3-10. Registration is encouraged.

Please don't bring your own LEGO! We have plenty of LEGO for everyone to use. We have Duplos for younger children.

Thank you to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for generously supplying us with the materials for this event!

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April 27, 2015

Petites Chansons/French Circle Time

The next Petites Chansons is SATURDAY, MAY 2 at 10:30.

Welcome, bienvenue, babies, toddlers, preschoolers and your grown-ups! Join Madame Marie as she leads us in French songs and rhymes. You don't need to know French to enjoy this program.
Registration optional. If you do register, we can let you know the next date for the program, and also contact you in case of cancellation.

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April 21, 2015

Gail Carson Levine on Mon. 4/27!

Join us on Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. when Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine will talk about her new book, Stolen Magic. Levine won a Newbery Honor for Ella Enchanted and is known for her fantasy books featuring strong girl protagonists. Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Levine's books, but the program is free and no purchase is required.

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Children's Book Guild Event

The Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C. will be celebrating Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights and its author Steve Sheinkin on Saturday, April 25 at Clyde's Gallery Place Restaurant.
This book was one of Karen MacPherson's favorites for 2014!

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April 15, 2015

Andy Griffiths and The 39-Story Treehouse

39-Story TreehouseAustralian kids' author Andy Griffiths will present his newest comic novel for kids, The 39-Story Treehouse, on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Griffiths' books are filled with both zany comedy and many illustrations in the style of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and are popular with kids ages 8-12. Griffiths himself has a reputation as a hilarious presenter, so we expect this event to be particularly fun! Politics & Prose will be selling copies of Griffiths' books, but the program is free and no purchase is required to attend.

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