Children’s Books

Stories of the past

Children’s Books | Four historical picture books
by Susan Olasky
Posted 8/13/20, 01:12 pm

Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford: Poet Weatherford tells in a series of poems the true Job-like story of Henry Brown, a slave who shipped himself in a wooden box to freedom.

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Dust off the bookshelf

Children’s Books | Classics for tweens and teens
by Emily Whitten
Posted 7/29/20, 05:24 pm

Watership Down by Richard Adams: Before becoming a full-time author, British war veteran and civil servant Richard Adams invented this tale of talking rabbits for his two daughters. In 1972, he published it in book form, soon selling more than a million copies and earning a Carnegie Medal. The story of rabbits seeking a new warren will appeal to tweens and teens, but even mature readers can appreciate the skillful storytelling. Winsome characters like Hazel, the leader, and his muscle, Bigwig, display a complex view of human personality and politics.

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Lighthearted reads

Children’s Books | Picture books for summertime imaginations
by Mary Jackson
Posted 7/02/20, 05:43 pm

The Little Blue Cottage by Kelly Jordan: All year long a quaint blue cottage on the bay sits unoccupied until a little girl and her family arrive in the summertime, filling the house with the smells of pancakes, bacon, and sunscreen. Each year, the girl boats, fishes, flies kites, and shelters from summer storms inside the little cottage.

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