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Noted author Ann Bausum will receive the Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C.'s Non-Fiction Award on Saturday April 29 at a luncheon at Clyde's restaurant. There will be an opportunity to purchase her books and have them signed as well as hear Ann talk about her work. The event is at Clyde's Gallery Place from noon to 3 p.m. . Tickets are $35 and may be ordered through the Guild web site childrensbookguild.org or by mail with a check to the guild c/o Terry Jennings, 1836 Post Oak Trail, Reston, Va. 20191.
Please note that three of our exceptional members are on the ALSC section of the American Library Association Ballot that should have been received by all ALA members. Kathie Meizer is on the ballot for ALSC Board, Theresa Cain is on the ballot for the Caldecott Committee and Sandra Eklund is on the ballot for the Newbery Committee.
A journey of the imagination, starting and beginning at home, looking out a window, at a river, wondering where it goes, hither and yon. The language is full and rich, as are the illustrations, reflecting the various landscapes of the River's journey. The river slides and murmurs. A window view expands to lush double page spreads. Lots to see and talk about on every page or just quietly enjoy. Edie Ching (up to 7).
With his lively art and careful prose, Reynolds creates a dreamer who is quiet, loud, colorful, unique. Not always happy or in step with expectations, his lively child always finds a way back, letting us know "I'm really good at being me". The main character is "unisex" and almost always in motion. While there is clearly a message her, it is an important one and you can't finish this book without feeling good about the character and hopefully yourself. Edie Ching (up to 7)
Bold multimedia illustrations and rhythmic repetitive text capture the separate, unique world view of each of the cat observers: a child, assorted creatures and the cat itself in a mirrored lake. Sure to produce giggles and discussion.
A young reader overcomes the disappointment she feels upon discovering a special book from her teacher is wordless when a “whisper” tells her to imagine the words. Beautiful mixed media artwork sparks the imagination and magic of story.
After Henry’s stuffed rabbit disappears, his grandfather suggests pretending it’s still there. Clothespin crocodiles, saltshaker snow, and sparkling gem collages contrast with outlined characters on butcher paper as Henry’s imagination learns to see.
In this wordless book, a child dives beneath a raucous crowd overfilling a pool to explore a silent underwater world filled with mesmerizing creatures that range from warmly whimsical to coolly creepy. Delightfully illustrated in graphite and pastels.
Two boys and their dog dig with determination to find something amazing and, unexpectedly, something pretty spectacular happens. Digital and colored pencil illustrations provide subtle clues about the outcome of their project.
Wondrously strange digital and colored pencil scenes and short, descriptive phrases invite enjoyment in numeral hunting and counting: look, for instance, for the three musketeers who become six as their reflections appear in a lake. Quirky fun.
A winter moon and a snowy hill form the serene backdrop for this almost wordless tale of a bear who co-opts a child’s sled and takes his animal friends on a wild midnight ride . . . only to have the sled’s owner join them in the end.