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Notable Native American Children’s Author: Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac Author Study

They say that history is written by the victor.  In the case of the Native Americans, I will say that while the victors may allow the Native Americans a voice, the winners seem to get a better distribution deal.  And it’s strange that we, who grow up in the United States and even study history in college, know so little about the Native American heritage. Read more…

3 Life Lessons From Picture Books…

Picture Books Teach Life Lessons

This is a nice blog with tagline: Where Grandmas Bond, Brag and Benefit. Don’t you just love that? Here Pam Allyn shares her love of books with her granddaughter — a love that helps teach her grandchildren a sense of empathy, a sense of community, and ignites a child’s imagination. Thanks for the great post and great picture book picks! Read more…

From Kids Lit: TD Canadian Children’s Lit Awards (ages 2-16)

This is from Kids’ Lit which is from the Menemsha Library and is a really awesome blog.  You know, the kind that put you to shame?  Yeah, it’s that good!

These make great gifts to the Canadians in your life.

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

Dragon Seer by Janet McNaughton

Home Free by Sharon Jennings

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson

Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

The Delicious Bug by Janet Perlman

Me and You by Geneviève Côté

Our Corner Grocery Store by Joanne Schwartz

Timmerman Was Here by Colleen Sydor

You’re Mean, Lily Jean by Frieda Wishinsky

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road by Priscilla Galloway

Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors by Charis Cotter

Follow That Map! A First Book of Mapping Skills by Scot Ritchie

A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson

Whispers from the Ghettos by Kathy Kacer

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

Bitter, Sweet by Laura Best

Crusade by John Wilson

Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard

Vanishing Girl by Shane Peacock

Watching Jimmy by Nancy Hartry

To examine any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

2010 Children’s Book Award Winners

Best Books for Kids: Newbery, Caldecott and More

This is from the Association of Library Services for Children. Read more…

2010 Africana Awards for Best Children’s Literature

Best Multicultural Books for Kids

I found this great site called Africa Access, founded in 1989 to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their children’s collection on Africa.  Africa Access Review, the online database, contains over 1000 annotations and reviews of children’s books written by university professors, librarians, and teachers most of whom have lived in Africa and have graduate degrees in African Studies.  Their award, Children’s Africana Book Awards, has presented more than forty awards since 1992.  These are the winners for 2010 with reviews by Africa Access. Read more…

Top 100: Best Children’s Books

Top 100 Best Books for Kids

This list of Best Children’s Novels from the School Library Journal was selected in 2010.  There are classics from 100 years ago as well as contemporary favorites.  The list is chock full of Newbery Award winning favorites that have stood the test of time.  Some of these selections are also available FREE through the Borders Summer Reading Program.  Enjoy! Read more…

Coming-of-Age Chapter Book as Appealing as Ice Cream in Summer

Chapter Books for Kids With Special Needs Characters that Teach Compassion

I  live in a city that is composed of about a dozen villages.  Most of the villages have a small town center and most of the town centers have an ice cream shop.  My village has a town center but it’s a small one so it’s not really a draw.  The town center lacks, well, a center.  It’s more of a town perpendicular than a town square.  There is an ice cream shop but it was one that we rarely visited, opting instead to drive further to the center of town with the bad parking to another ice cream chain store because our ice cream store wasn’t much of anything.  Even the ice cream there tasted a wee bit like freezer burn. Read more…

Chapter Book for Lacrosse Players: The Warriors (ages 8-14)

 Best Chapter Book for Boys Who Play Lacrosse

For anyone who loves the game of lacrosse, this is a must-read book.  To the Iroquois nation, lacrosse is a game that is spiritual and helps to connect their community through the act of playing.  In this novel by gifted Native Indian author Joseph Bruchac, Jake Forrest leaves his reservation for a posh boarding school in Washington D.C.  The two worlds could not be more different, and the only thing in common in the game of lacrosse.  But at boarding school, lacrosse is played with a very different attitude than at home. Read more…

Teach Gratitude with A Small Child’s Book of Prayers

Book of Prayers for Kids

I wish we went to church more often.  My husband worships at the church of 18 holes.  I do think it is a place of spirituality for him and it certainly does reveal man’s true nature.  My husband says that after a round of golf, you see the person for who his or she is … cheaters, lies to self, lies to others, poorly mannered, can’t-control-your-temper, etc.  It’s enough spirituality for him. Read more…