February was a busy month in the library! We celebrated Black History Month all month, the Olympics, Valentine's Day, and Chinese New Year's Day. With nonfiction to satisfy curiosity and fiction to help us imagine what it's like to solve problems or overcome obstacles or enjoy celebrations, we had something for everyone.
I discovered a new favorite illustrator, Laura Freeman, who worked on two of the picture book biographies in our collection. I'm not a high-fashion person, so I had never heard of Anne Cole Lowe, but Deborah Blumenthal's text and Laura Freeman's carefully researched illustrations made me want to know more after reading Fancy Party Gowns. (As of 2/27/18, this book had been returned and is waiting to be checked out again!)
For our second title, you may already know third grade is deep into a unit on the space race and the first moon walk. Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race was a perfect fit for them, written by Margot Lee Shetterly and again illustrated by Laura Freeman. Besides being powerful books, both had vibrant color and beautiful background details. (As of 2/27/18, this book was checked out, but will return to the library so you can have a turn.)
This month's main display for Black History Month focused on people (all of the right), places (top left), poetry (mid-left), and historical fiction (bottom left). Next month I'll get a picture of March's display posted earlier so you'll know what treasures await you!
You may have heard the term "growth mindset" recently. It mostly means having the belief that you can learn something, even if it's hard--maybe especially if it's hard. Getting better at things and overcoming challenges is exciting. If you'd like to see some examples of this, check out the We Are Teacher's post "12 Perfect Read-Alouds for Teaching Growth Mindset." They provide a list of picture books with a range of subjects, fiction and nonfiction, with characters who persevere, learning from their failures. Whistle for Willie is a favorite of mine, and though I haven't yet read Drum Dream Girl, I know it's by a local author - hurray for California Writers this week!
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