It's awards season: we've seen the Grammys and the Golden Globes and the Oscars take place tonight in Hollywood. But did you know it was awards season for kids' books, too? The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of its annual youth media awards for 2017, including the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott medals for children's books.
Since 1922, the John Newbery Medal has been awarded to the author of the most distinguished American children's book by the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA. This year, the Newbury Medal goes to The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, published by Algonquin Young Readers. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a coming-of-age fairy tale that tells the story of Luna, a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a tiny dragon. When the people of the Protectorate endanger the Xan, the kind, gentle, and unfortunately misunderstood witch who lives in the forest, it's up to Luna to save her. Find it at a local Marin library here.
My kids have always loved to go to the library and check out a big stack of books that relate to the current holiday or season. Valentine's Day of course is no exception, so here are some of our choices for great kids' books to read this week. Find them at your local library or bookstore. The links on each title take you to that book's listing on the Marin County Free Library website.
Llama Llama I Love You by Anne Dewdney In this board book, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. It's a perfect introduction to Llama Llama for babies and toddlers.
Groggle's Monster Valentineby Diana Murray Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world. Will Groggle's monster impulses foil his plans? (The library doesn't have this book yet, but you can suggest it to them.)
Fraydo the Dragon: A Very Big Problem! is a new picture book by local author Courtney Aragon. This popular, local favorite has already brought serious giggles and chuckles to children of all ages—from silly to super silly. After all, kids have lots of fun trying to figure out why big, lovable and goofy Fraydo the Dragon thinks he is a DOG!!
The holidays are here, and great books always make fantastic gifts for kids! Clare Doornbos, the children's book expert at Diesel bookstore in Larkspur, saves us all a lot of time and stress by highlighting her picks for best kids' books of 2016.
You can join Clare for storytime at the bookstore every Thursday morning at 10:30 am, where she reads classics, new kids' books, and hidden treasures. It's perfect for families with children 5 and under. Diesel is located in Marin Country Mart at 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle in Larkspur. For more information about Diesel and a complete schedule of events, visit www.dieselbookstore.com/larkspur or call the store at (415) 785-8177.
Younger Picture Books (ages 0–4)
Touch Think Learn ABC by Xavier Deneux
A modern graphical alphabet book with luxurious thick board pages. What makes this book so extraordinary are the cut-outs from one page which correspond with a raised part of the facing page. It's almost like a pop-up book for the very young.
Fall is here, and what is a better way to celebrate its arrival than with a good book? My kids and I love to go to the library and pick out some great Halloween children's books to read together, and fall is definitely one of our favorite times of year.
Here are some of our favorites that we've enjoyed over the years. All of these books should be available at public libraries throughot Marin. You can look to see if your local library has these titles available at marinlibrary.org.
Babies & Toddlers
Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino: This Halloween version of the traditional counting rhyme features bold and colorful illustrations that little ones will love.
When it comes to personal happiness, sometimes we all could use a little inspiration. In her new book Moments: Magic, Miracles, and Martinis($11.95, Turtle Spirit Press, 2016; 112 pages) local Marin author, mom, and tech company VP Amy Van Atta Slater shares the inspirational story of her unexpected journey to self awareness and the things she learned along the way.
Amy's story is personal and inspiring, and follows her struggles in the wake of her divorce and diagnosis with chronic Irritable Bowell Syndrome (IBS), as well as her role as a single parent and her father's battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Along the way, she shares how she learned to deal with each of these obstacles to make her journey a life-changing one. Some of the points she touches on that really resonated with me was her personal challenge to not complain about anything for 24 hours (try it some time—it's harder than it sounds!), slowing down and appreciating life, being authentic in your life and dealings with other people, gratitude for what you have in life, and what it means to really be happy.
Moments is a short and easy read, but dense with inspirational moments. You'll probably find yourself flipping back through it to re-read parts that are relevant to what's currently going on in your life. As a mom and fellow Marin resident, much of what Amy writes about in Moments really resonates with me, even if our lives aren't that similar. It's a highly recommended read for anyone looking for a little inspiration during moments of uncertainty in life. You're not going through it alone!
It's hard to believe that the end of the school year is almost upon us. You can keep the learning—and fun—alive this summer by participating in the Marin County Free Library's 2016 summer learning program, Read for the Win. This summer's learning program, with an Olympics-inspired theme, encourages kids not only to read, but to play games, participate in outdoor activities, and learn by doing. The program is packed with fun activities and events for the family, so get to the library and start reading now—Read for the Win kicks Saturday, June 11.
Marin Mommies presents a guest article highlighting some fantastic summer reading selections from Clare Doornbos, the children's book expert at DIESEL bookstore in Larkspur. Diesel is located in Marin Country Mart at 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. Visit their website at www.dieselbookstore.com or call them at (415) 785-8177.
School's almost out and summer is almost here! Your kids are booked into camp, the trip to Grandma's house is all planned out, and the beach is calling. Now you just need to get some books together. There are so many great books to choose from for toddlers to independent readers. You already know many of the classics, so Clare from Diesel bookstore in Larkspur has picked out some new books that will keep your kids reading all summer long.
Picture Books for ages 2–4
Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz
You all know that Old MacDonald has a farm, did you also know that he loves monster trucks? This super fun re-imagining of Old MacDonald has dynamic artwork and a range of construction vehicles, all working to transform the farm while the animals help out too.
It's awards season, with the Golden Globes taking place last Sunday and the Oscars coming up next month. But did you know it was awards season for kids' books, too? This week the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of its annual youth media awards for 2016, including the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott medals for children's books.
Since 1922, the John Newbery Medal has been awarded to the author of the most distinguished American children's book by the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA. This year, the medal goes to Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2015). In this book, a young boy name CJ rides the bus with his Nana, where he discovers music, nature, and the people around him. Find it at a local Marin library here.