A Week of Kids’ Reads

Looking for a fun book to share with your child or little sibling? Well, don’t stop at one – get one for every day of the week so you can have a daily reading time! Whether you’ve got the midweek blues or feel like celebrating the weekend, we’ve got a book for you (and your family)!

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  • Monday
    If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff
    Sure, Monday is the dreaded start of the school week – but look on the bright side and enjoy this story of the hilarious escapades of a mouse in the schoolhouse.

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  • Tuesday
    Tuesday by David Wiesner
    A zany wordless tale of a very unusual day involving a flying frog invasion!

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  • Wednesday
    The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting
    On Wednesday nights when Grandma stays with Anna everyone thinks she is teaching Anna to read. But the two have a different surprise up their sleeve for Dad’s birthday. A beautiful story about a loving family and the joy of literacy.

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  • Thursday
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
    While Wednesday is often hailed as the awfullest day of the work week, everyone knows that Thursday really takes the cake. It’s near enough to the end of the week for you to be exhausted, but not quite near enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel (see Friday). Commiserate with Alexander’s unfortunate day by reading this book to your overtired kids.

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  • Friday

Friday means it’s time to have fun! School has let out for the weekend. Check out Family Fun Nights: 140 Activities the Whole Family Will Enjoy for tons of games and ideas for a great night with your children.

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  • Saturday
    Saturday Market by Patricia Grossman
    Join Ana and Estela as they sell their handmade goods at a Saturday market in Mexico. Enjoy the colorful illustrations and learn a few Spanish words along the way.

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  • Sunday
    The Lord’s Prayer illustrated by Tim Ladwig
    The text of the Lord’s prayer is presented along with beautiful oil-painting illustrations about a father and daughter. May the words of this treasured prayer stay with your family as you head into a new week!

Top 5 Award-Winning Children’s Books

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The library strives to obtain award-winning children’s books for our Family Room. Education students and parents alike should have access to high quality stories for their kids. This list describes just a few of the best award-winners that the library has available.

*all descriptions courtesy of WorldCat*

Julie of the Wolves

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Author: Jean Craighead George

Award: Newberry Medal

Description: “While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.”

 

Jumanji

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Author: Chris Van Allsburg

Award: Caldecott Medal

Description: “Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.”

 

Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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Author: Mildred D. Taylor

Award: Newberry Medal

Description: “A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.”

 

The Giver

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Author: Lois Lowry

Award: Newberry Medal

Description: “Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.”

 

Where The Wild Things Are

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Author: Maurice Sendak

Award: Caldecott Medal

Description: “Max, a naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.”

 

Fun Facts You Might Not Know About Anne of Green Gables

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This month marks the 110th anniversary of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. The beloved classic has sold over 50 million copies worldwide — more than The Odyssey, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Pride and Prejudice — and has been adapted for stage, film, television, and radio over 35 times. Here are some facts you may not know about the world’s favorite spunky red-headed orphan:

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She was an instant hit.

Many works that are now considered classics and must-reads were initially met with mixed to terrible reviews. Even J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, now the third-highest on the all-time best sellers list, was initially called “death to literature itself” by a New York Times reviewer. Montgomery’s work suffered insignificant amounts of public criticism, if any, and was popular enough to be translated into other languages within a year of its release.

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She encouraged resistance against Nazis.

Anne of Green Gables was banned in German- and Soviet-occupied Poland during World War II because the main character embodied individuality, loyalty to family, and resistance to authority. The Polish resistance movement issued unofficial Polish translations of the book to it soldiers to remind them of the values they were fighting for.

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She inspired great writers.

Popular writers have drawn inspiration from Anne ever since the first copy was published. Novelist Margaret Laurence credits Montgomery with starting women’s literature in Canada, and Mark Twain called Anne “the dearest and most moving and delightful child since the immortal Alice.” Margaret Atwood, author of recently popular books such as The Handmaid’s Tale, has written essays about Montgomery’s works and cast Megan Follows (Anne in the well-known 1985 movie) as the lead in her play, the “Penelopiad.”

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She is a cultural icon in Japan.

Akage no An (Red Haired Anne) was introduced to Japan during the educational reforms of 1952. The series and its authorized prequel have both been adapted into anime, and two schools in Japan (the Anne Academy in Fukuoma and the School of Green Gables in Okayama) teach their students how to speak and behave as the admired character would. Green Gables Heritage Place estimates that over 8,000 (5%) of its annual visitors are Japanese, and it is partly thanks to the generosity of Japanese fans that the house was able to be restored after a fire in 1997.

Want to check out the Anne of Green Gables series? Find it here in our catalog!

Featured Author: Eoin Colfer

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Born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1965, Eoin Colfer first became interested in writing through stories about Vikings and adventure. He taught primary school before penning his first book, Benny And Omar. But it was the arrival of his second book, Artemis Fowl, that brought Colfer the recognition he now has as a talented author of children’s books. The Artemis Fowl series follows a preteen boy with criminal genius and the fairy world that he uncovers.

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Colfer has now written over 15 books for young adult audiences. He plans to keep writing as long as possible.

I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon.

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For a list of Colfer books that the library has available, click here.

Back To School Story Time

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Story Time for Union children is back! Faculty and staff, bring your children and grandchildren to The Logos for a back-to-school story time on September 9th.

Spotlight on The Family Room

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The Family Room is one of the most unique spaces in The Logos building. Designed with children in mind, the Family Room houses children’s literature and nonfiction complete with colorful displays and creative furniture. A sizable section of the books is classified through the Dewey Decimal System, which differs from the rest of the library’s collection; most of the main library books are classified through the Library of Congress System. There are 3 sections of books in the Family Room: middle grade fiction, children’s nonfiction, and “easy” or early reading fiction books.

Students of the School of Education may find books for their student teaching assignments here. Parents, older siblings, and babysitters may want to take advantage of the Family Room as well, and bring their younger charges along.

 

 

Featured Author: Jean Craighead George

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The author of such classic childhood favorites Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain was born on this day in 1919. Jean Craighead George was a reporter, author, and, above all, a nature-lover. George published over 100 novels during her writing career, most of them about and for children. Her research in Alaska inspired her Julie of the Wolves trilogy, the first book of which won the Newberry Medal, and George won over 20 different awards for her literature.

George died in May 2012 and was posthumously inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame in November 2016.

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The library holds several of George’s most famous works. They are located in the Family Room in the Logos. A complete list of the library’s holdings written by Jean Craighead George can be found here.

Featured Art: Katherine Crutcher Motta

The Family Room is currently featuring an art installation by Union alumnus Katherine Crutcher Motta. The pieces combine bright colors and unique typography with quotes from famous children’s books. The artwork will be on loan for the Spring 2016 semester.

Most of the artwork is available for purchase; please see Janice Baumgardner (Room 107) or Melissa Moore (Room 105) for pricing and availability. Katherine Crutcher Motta also has an Etsy shop and takes custom orders. She can be reached at katherinemottadesigns@gmail.com.