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Waiting for your copy?


Enjoy this article about author Kevin Henkes and his lovely new book, Waiting:


If you remember Goosebumps, your childhood was awesome

It Came from Ohio

How many of you remember reading Goosebumps, and how many of you are now sharing them with your own kids?  There’s a new treat this fall for fans of either generation, and the Wall Street Journal has an article for you about R.L. Stine and the new Goosebumps movie:


Misty Copeland makes another milestone

It’s been a big year for ballerina Misty Copeland, as you can see in the news stories below:



When discussing the news, NPR replayed an interview with Ms. Copeland, which you can listen to here:


Among other things, the interview discussed the ballerina’s picture book, Firebird.

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers (winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for 2015).

Here are a few more books that feature Black ballerinas:

Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, pictures by Caroline Birch
Grace loves playing pretend, but she’s not sure whether to try out for the role of Peter Pan because her classmates tell her, “You can’t be Peter– that’s a boy’s name” and “He isn’t black.”  Her grandmother encourages her by taking her to see a performance of Romeo and Juliet featuring a ballerina from Trinidad.

Ballerina Dreams
Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer by Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince ; illustrated by Frank Morrison.
“At the age of three, Michaela DePrince found a photo of a ballerina that changed her life. She was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone at the time, but was soon adopted by a family and brought to America. Michaela never forgot the photo of the dancer she once saw, and quickly decided to make her dream of becoming a ballerina come true.”–Amazon.com.

Beautiful Ballerina
Beautiful Ballerina by Marilyn Nelson, photographs by Susan Kuklin
Poetic language is paired with photos of students at the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

A Dance Like Starlight
A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first “colored” prima ballerina.  This title is one of the nominees for the Monarch award in 2016.

Dancing in the Wings
Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen, pictures by Kadir Nelson
Sassy dances in the wings until she tries out for a summer dance festival and gets to dance on stage.

Who needs Poetry Month?


Fans of Greg Heffley probably already know about wimpykid.com, but if you haven’t visited the site in a while you may not know that April is Wimpy Kid Month!   Kids and teachers can find fun things like posters, games, and trivia.  The website is also featuring daily giveaways during the month of April.  You can also sign up to see a live webcast with author Jeff Kinney on April 27, during which he will reveal the cover for book 10 (coming out November 3).  (Just keep in mind– due to legal requirements, a parent or guardian needs to enter for prizes for kids under 18 and register for the webcast for kids under 13).

Saying Good-bye Norman Bridwell

We'll miss you, NormanClifford, the Big Red Dog lost his best friend this week

Author and creator of beloved storybook character Clifford, Norman Ray Bridwell was born in Kokomo, Ind., on Feb. 15, 1928.  He always loved to draw.  “I was not good at sports and my high school shop teacher, after a few days of class, took my tools away, telling me ‘Here’s a pad of paper instead.  You seem to like to draw: stick to that,’” Bridwell remembered.  After art school he labored as a commercial artist working on filmstrip illustration when he decided to attempt to earn some extra income.  In 1962 he showed an editor some ideas he had been working on and she suggested he add a story to his pictures.  From there and with some help from his wife, he developed the Big, Red Dog we all have grown to know and love.  Over the years, Clifford has become a household name with more than 150 Clifford titles, 129 million copies in print, many translated into 13 languages.

Besides Clifford, Bridwell wrote A Tiny Family and The Witch Next Door, which were also quite successful.

In 1969 Bridwell and his family moved to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.  He lived there with his wife, Norma, up to the time of his passing, December 12, 2014, at the age of 86.

Writers’ Workshop

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Are you an aspiring young writer? Would you like to become one? Join us for the Young Writer’s Workshop and release your creative side. We will put away our inner editors, explore our creativity and discover the writer in us all.

Children going into grades 3-5 can join us for this series of four workshops Monday July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28 from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

“But Miss Chris” you say “it is summer…I don’t want to do anything  like school work…”

Well I know it says Writers’ Workshop but perhaps we really should change the name because it’s a lot more fun than it is work. Cloud watching, mystery writers CSI, writer’s charades and writing and performing a short plays are just a few of the things we’ve “worked” on.

Here’s a fun example of one of our warm up games you can try yourself.

“What if….”

Where do writers come up with such wonderful ideas?  What made them think up the story in the first place?  There are as many different ways of writing and getting ideas for writing as there are writers.  One of my favorites is just to think “What if…”

What if a boy found out on his birthday that he was a wizard?

What if there was a magical land where animals could talk?

What if you woke up one day and found that you were invisible?

All these ideas might have sounded silly when the authors first thought of them but they became some of the most memorable stories of all time.  Take some time and write your own list of “what ifs”. The sillier they are the better.  You’ll be on your way to your own amazing story in no time.

So come join us and see how much fun creative writing is in the Writers’ Workshop.  Bring your list of “what ifs” if you like.

Hope to see you there.

– Miss Chris

2014 ALSC Media Awards – Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

2014 ALSC Media Awards – Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).