Monday, June 23, 2014

22nd June Michael Hall

I have just found a new birthday to celebrate courtesy of Eric at Happy Birthday Author. Today is the birthday of  Michael Hall, the author/illustrator responsible for  Perfect Square and Cat Tale, two wonderful and popular picture books in our library. I have also just found out he has a new book, It's an Orange Aardvark! which I will need to order!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

11th June Eric Hill (1927 - 2014)

At lunch time today I had a quick glance at the new's headlines, only to be met with the sad news of Eric Hill's passing. For my library's clientele that was very sad news because every child in a Prep School library knows Spot and has a definite view about him. Currently there is a poster of him right in the entrance, put there to celebrate Library Week a couple of week's ago. The toy Spots are never in the library and the box of books would be visited every day despite his age!

The obituary published in the Guardian gives a good overview of Eric Hill's remarkable life.

This is a photo of  the wonderful poster in the doorway of the library. Kindergarten children line up there and point to each word as they read them.

Friday, June 6, 2014

7th June Butterfly Day

In the UK today is designated Butterfly Education and Awareness Day, a day to make people aware of the role of butterflies in pollination and what they can do to ensure there are butterfly habitats close to them. Butterflies are certainly fascinating creatures because of their beauty and delicacy.

Many children's books focus on butterflies, but the ones here, I have included because of their illustrations and/or stories rather than their factual information. They will certainly cover a wide range of uses.

1. Butterfly by Petr Horacek.
2. A Butterfly is Patient  by Dianna Hutts Acton and Sylvia Long.
3. Caterpillar Butterfly by Vivian French and Charlotte Voake.
4.  Caterpillar and Butterfly by Ambelin Kwaymullina.
5.  Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jnr and Lois Ehlert.
6.  I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe and Ed Young.
7. Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes.
8.  Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle and Julie Paschkis

For more butterfly titles including expository texts see Pinterest here.

6th June Doughnut Day

In the United States the first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day and in England there was a whole week from 10th to 17th May designated as National Doughnut Week, yet here in Australia we haven't gone to those lengths to celebrate doughnuts. Children here certainly like them and eat them, but should we celebrate  a very sugary, deep-fried, doughy 'ring' ? I don't know. I did go looking in the library for doughnut books though, and found just as many with the 'donut' spelling. I wondered why there were two spellings and found an explanation here.

We only had five books that feature doughnuts/donuts:
Daisy the Donut Fairy by Tim Bugbird. This is by far the most popular and you can see why when you look at the cover. The 'fairy/pink-loving' girls make sure it is always borrowed.
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff is part of the popular 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie' series.
The Donut Chef by Bob Staarke.
The Doughnut Ring a short chapter book by Alexander McCall Smith
Doughnut Danger by Anthony Masters, a reader from the I Am Reading series.
And a picture book where the word 'doughnut' is used as a name
Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase  by Bruce Whatley.

After a bit of research I think that probably the ones I should have are:
Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller
The Case of the Missing Donut  by Alison McGhee

Oh well, maybe by next year I will have enough titles to put together a display!