July 24, 2013

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The mind reels! Please check out these amazing ideas for celebrating Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" collected on this Pinterest.

Best. diaper. cake. ever.

Posted by at 07:00 PM

July 23, 2013

Ringgold: Feminism and Civil Rights

If you're in downtown DC tomorrow afternoon, check out
the National Museum of Women in the Arts Gallery Talk on Faith Ringgold.

We have many of Ringgold's picture books in our collection. She is an important artist who works with the folk art of quilting to tell stories. Much of her work is for all ages.

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July 22, 2013

What my daughter wore

I came across a dreamy blog in my plans for a library fashion design program.
I wish I could draw like this! These drawings are so inspiring. What amazing looking kids!
There's something very calming about these images. Maybe it's the colors and the supercool expressions. Let it guide your fashion choices and liberate you.

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July 16, 2013

Books for the Beast

Raina Telgemeier's "Smile," a really sweet graphic novel about childhood dental drama, has been very popular lately.
Telgemeier, who also updated The Baby-Sitter's Club in graphic novel format, will be one of the speakers at the annual Books for the Beast Conference in Baltimore this October. Our sister library Enoch Pratt Free Library is the sponsor for this Young Adult Literature event. Teens are welcome at no charge and there is still time to sign up!

Hope to see you there.

Posted by at 06:54 PM

July 15, 2013

Tomi Ungerer's books and a new doc

"Moon Man," "The Three Robbers," "No Kiss for Mother." Tomi Ungerer is a writer of many gifts. His work ranges from his autobiography to "Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear" to the illustrations of "Flat Stanley" to adult work like political posters and erotic drawings.

His words and pictures are sensitive but provocative, serious but funny.

A new documentary about Tomi Ungerer has just been released and is playing locally at E St Cinema. I haven't seen it yet but it addresses his children's books being banned from libraries because of his controversial adult material.

Happily, our library has an impressive collection of Ungerer's work!

Posted by at 06:05 PM

July 10, 2013

Fort Reno

Tomorrow is the second night of Fort Reno's all ages musical awesomeness! Head over to Tenley for a three-band show for babies to their great-great-grandparents and everyone in between.

I'm excited about seeing Feed the Bird. They are some impressive kids!

Which reminds me, I just read the book "Want to Be in a Band?" by Suzzy Roche and Giselle Potter. Technically it's a picture book for children but it's really feminist and inspiring. I don't remember reading a book like that when I was a young lass.

Posted by at 07:09 PM


For many years Ayun Halliday has written a hilarious zine about her children and their adventures called "The East Village Inky"

Good news for graphic novel and zine lovers! She has just published a new graphic novel for middle grade readers called "Peanut" about a girl named Sadie who concocts a peanut allergy to attract attention at her new school. Along the way she finds true love and lots of trouble. Kids, don't try this at home. This is a cautionary tale about lies and trying to be someone you're not.

To read about real allergies, check out local writer Sandra Beasley's "Don't Kill the Birthday Girl!"

Posted by at 03:11 PM

July 08, 2013

Sarah Dessen's Latest

If you're a fan of the realistic fiction that Sarah Dessen writes for teens, you'll definitely want to read her latest novel, "The Moon and More. " Here's a look at that book and at Dessen herself: Children's Corner: Sarah Dessen keeps counting her lucky stars - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Posted by at 01:59 PM
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