12/6/13: The entire world mourns the passing of one of its greatest statesmen ever, Nelson Mandela of South Africa, yesterday. We have a couple of titles that will help explain to young readers who Mandela was and what he accomplished.
Nelson Mandela, by Kadir Nelson, published by HarperCollins in 2013, ages 4-9, BTSB# 670476, 38 pp. $19.99, good reviews by Kirkus+, SLJ, Bulletin and Booklist. A picture-book biography about the inspirational anti-apartheid activist and former president of South Africa.
Nelson Mandela and His Struggle for Freedom, by Sarah Ridley, published by Sea-to-Sea in 2013, ages 7-10, BTSB# 752990, $19.97, good reviews by SLJ. Chronologically details the life of Nelson Mandela from childhood to his retirement through the use of a timeline, showing his great accomplishments and his struggle for freedom in South Africa.
12/5/13: The Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the Civil Rights Movement, started on December 5, 1955. We have several really good children's books that explain that event and look at the main people involved in it.
Freedom Walkers, by Russell Freedman, published by Holiday in 2006, ages 8-12, BTSB# 352788, 114 pp. $20.67, good reviews by Kirkus+, SLJ+, Booklist+, Bulletin+ and Horn Book+. Discusses the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a yearlong struggle and a major victory for civil rights.
Montgomery Bus Boycott, by Marty Gitlin, published by Cherry Lake in 2014, ages 9-14, BTSB# 380731, 32 pp. $21.37. Presents the factual details of the Montgomery Bus Boycott through multiple accounts of the event.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip M. Hoose, published by Farrar in 2009, ages 10-14, BTSB# 462697, 133 pp. $6.25, good reviews by Kirkus, SLJ+, Booklist+, Bulletin+ and Horn Book+. This fresh take on Montgomery's history-making bus protest introduces a brave teenager who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus.
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation, by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, published by Greenwillow in 2008, ages 5-8, BTSB# 719000, 39 pp. $19.29, good reviews by Kirkus, SLJ+, Booklist+, Bulletin and Horn Book. Describes the December, 1955, bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama.
12/4/13: The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results are out for 2012 and U.S. student scores are not improving. These tests rank the performance of 15-year-old students in 65 countries every three years in math, science and reading. It is discouraging that the U.S. continues to score down in the middle of the pack despite spending more per pupil than all but four other countries.
12/4/13: The latest adult book we've reviewed that we think librarians might be interested in is Salman Khan's One World Schoolhouse. He discusses how he came to create his online school based on instructional videos that are used around the world. The review is with dozens of other book reviews under the Professional Shelf tab in the Library Corner section of our website.
12/3/13: Congratulations to Jackie French, the author who has just been named the Australian Children's Laureate for 2014-2015. As one who has dealt with dyslexia all her life, she has much to offer as she promotes reading throughout Australia.
12/2/13: David Macaulay was born on December 2, 1946. This British-born and American raised illustrator has received most of the major awards available in children's literature for his drawings that explain how things work. He has been busy lately. He is updating the black and white drawings of his early books by adding color, such as Cathedral, published by Houghton in 2013, ages 10-14, BTSB#592027, $21.39 and Castle, published by Houghton in 2013, ages 10-14, BTSB# 592024, $21.39. He is also taking much more narrowly defined subjects and illustrating and explaining them for a younger audience in his How It Works series for Macmillan. These new books include Castle and Eye in 2012, and Jet Plane and Toilet in 2013, $11.48 each.
11/29/13: Samuel Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. Three cheers for the University of California Press! Their second volume of The Autobiography of Mark Twain was published last month, all 776 pages of it. Mark Twainers lovers, and there are many of them, are all celebrating but will soon be impatiently waiting for the third and final volume.
11/29/13: The American Folklore Society has announced their 2013 Aesop Award for excellence in children's folklore. Deborah Ellis was the winner this year for her book Looks Like Daylight. We have the winners for this year and the past several years, as well as the honor books, in our Bookstore under the Awards/States Search.
11/27/13: Winston Churchill was born on November 30, 1874. He served as Prime Minister of Great Britain during the supremely challenging years of World War II. Given how famous he was for his stirring speeches it is striking to find that he had a speech impediment he fought to overcome early in life. Here are a couple of recent picture books that introduce this historical figure to young readers.
War Dogs, by Kathryn Selbert, published by Charlesbridge in 2013, ages 7-10, BTSB# 796427, 42 pp. $19.97, good reviews by SLJ and Booklist. The offbeat story of Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister during World War II, and his faithful miniature poodle, Rufus.
Franklin and Winston: a Christmas That Changed the World, by Douglas Wood, published by Candlewick in 2011, ages 6-10, BTSB# 962376, $19.29, good reviews by Kirkus, SLJ, Booklist+, Bulletin and Horn Book. Winston Churchill's holiday visit to President Franklin D. Roosevelt that steered the course of World War II.
11/27/13: The Book Thief movie, based on Markus Zusak's young adult novel about a young girl in Nazi Germany, should be starting in theatres across the country today. It has already received good reviews in the limited release it has already had in a few cities.
11/26/13: Bound to Stay Bound Books' office and customer support will close at 3:30 pm CST on Wednesday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holidays. We will reopen on Monday, December 2 at 7 am CST. The website of course is always available for ordering and to find out more about BTSB.
11/26/13: Albeart ready for a snorkel and a chance to swim with sea turtles.
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11/26/13: Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She grew up with her three sisters among the Transcendentalists such as Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. She wrote numerous adult novels and then became very successful with the publication of Little Women in 1868, a semi-autobiographical novel about sisters growing up in Concord, Massachusetts.
Here is a recent picture book that imagines her experiences during the Civil War and her motivation for writing children's books.
Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women, by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Carlyn Beccia, published by Walker in 2013, ages 6-9, BTSB# 533293, 43 pp. $19.29, good reviews by Kirkus, SLJ and Booklist.
11/25/13: The National Science Teachers Association has announced its 2014 Outstanding Science Trade Books for K-12 Students. Our version of the list is available on our Bookstore within the Series Search.
11/25/13: The Public Library Association is having a webinar on how schools and public libraries can work together on youth literacy. The example that will be focused on is Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Parma School District in Ohio. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 4 from 1 to 2 pm CST. The deadline for registration is next Monday, December 2.