Celebrity Readers are coming to your library!

On Saturday, February 18, we’ve invited celebrity readers from around the community to help kick off our Coretta Scott King Award Festival by reading from award-winning books.  We’ll start with a drop-in storytime in the morning, at 11:00, and continue with an Open Mic style program in the afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30.  You might see your principal or maybe even the mayor!

What are some of the books you might hear?  These are a few the Children’s Services staff have been reading, with our thoughts:

All the Colors of the Race
All the Colors of the Race: Poems by Arnold Adoff illustrated by John Steptoe

In this lovely collection, the speaker talks about being bi-racial — of Eastern European Jewish and African American stock.  She says we all come from different races, but we are all one race — the human race — and we all flow together.  John Steptoe’s dramatic woodcut-like illustrations (the book won the Illustrator Honor Award for 1983) strongly support the poems.  I loved this book and recommend it for its multicultural theme and striking imagery.

Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals
Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals
illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Let it Shine by Ashley Bryan is about three spirituals.  My favorite one was called “This Little Light of Mine.”  This story is based on a song I used to sing.  The light keeps shining no matter what obstacles get in the way.

My Family Plays Music
My Family Plays Musicby Judy Cox, illustrated by Elbrite BrownThis very colorful book describes the types of music played by various members of a young girl’s family.  She accompanies each performance by playing an appropriate instrument.  The kinds of performances, attractively illustrated by Elbrite Brown, are country-western, string quartet, marching band, rock ‘n’ roll band, jazz combo, big band, bluegrass, polka, church pipe organ, cafe, even pots in the kitchen.  The young percussionist narrator plays tambourine, triangle, cymbals, cowbell, woodblock, maracas, rhythm sticks, handbell, wind chimes, and a soup kettle!  The book is a vibrant introduction to musical genres and instruments.  For this book Elbrite Brown won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. 

Are you going to be one of the Celebrity Readers?  Please share this with your friends!

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