Tuesday, May 19, 2009

War and Peace

Memorial Day is fast approaching. It's a bittersweet holiday for me. I look forward to the unofficial start of summer the holiday provides, but I'm always so moved by the thoughts of the men and women who have served our country, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The holiday provides an opportunity to talk with children about war, peace, and courage, and the library has some books that might help you start a dialogue with your child.

In Flanders Fields: the Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield
Memorial Day by Trudi Strain Trueit
The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
War Game by Michael Foreman
Patrol by Walter Dean Myers
I Am I by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
The War by Anais Vaugelade
The Big Book for Peace (various authors)
A Little Peace by Barbara Kerley
Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz
Wangari's Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter
Why War is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker
Manneken Pis : a Simple Story of a Boy who Peed on a War by Vladimir Radunsky

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Butterflies in the Library!

The butterfly hatchery in the Children's Room is now housing 5 Painted Lady butterfly pupae. We're hoping for lively butterflies in a week or so. In the meantime, keep track of their development by visiting us often and checking out a book about butterflies. Here are some suggestions:

Bob and Otto by Robert Bruel
Becoming Butterflies by Anne Rockwell
Butterflies in the Garden by Carol Lerner.
Butterfly & Moth by Paul Whalley
The Butterfly by Anna Milbourne
Caterpillar, Caterpillar by Vivian French
Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing Butterflies & Moths by Jim Arnosky
From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman
From Egg to Butterfly by Shannon Zemlicka.
Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths by Nic Bishop
Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert.