Else Holmelund Minarik, who recently died at the age of 91, began her career as an elementary school teacher. When she couldn't find good books for her students, who were just beginning to read, she decided to write one herself. Thus the Little Bear books were born. Since then generations of children have learned to read with the help of these gentle adventures. The first of the Little Bear books was published in 1957; that book and several others in the series have never gone out of print, and remain very popular with beginning readers at our library.
Else Holmelund Minarik, Childrenâ€™s Writer, Dies at 91 - NYTimes.com
Join us this coming Monday evening, July 16, at 7 p.m. for a special program focused on the antics of Frances, the badger star of Russell Hoban’s classic picture books. Local parent and theater artist Gretchen Weigel Doughty will lead our program, reading several of the "Frances" books, including: "Bread and Jam for Frances," "Bedtime for Frances" and more! Will Frances eat anything but bread and jam? Can Gloria eat a whole Chompo bar? Will Frances ever come home from under the sink? Is "no boys" baseball better than "no girls" baseball? Find out, learn some of Frances's songs, make your own "Chompo bar," & have fun with us! All are welcome, but probably best suited for ages 4-9 because the books’ lengthy texts require a longer attention span than other picture books. Come in your PJs if you want! Registration is encouraged, but not required. Call us at 301-891-7259 or register online: Program Registration - Takoma Park Maryland Library