123 Si!: An Artistic Counting Book in English and Spanish by San Antonio Museum of Art
Colores Everywhere!: Colors in English and Spanish by San Antonio Museum of Art
Hello, Circulos!: Shapes in English and Spanish by San Antonio Museum of Art
The San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Antonio Library Foundation and Trinity Press have worked together to create a new series of books for children. The first book, 123 Si!, was published in 2011 and the next two books followed in 2012. There are plans for a series of 9 books with two more titles being added in the spring of 2013.
All three books combine art from the collections at the San Antonio Museum of Art with concepts that toddlers can relate to. The result are books that are bright and colorful but that offer a wonderful depth of subject matter too. The books are fully bilingual, giving terms for numbers, colors and shapes in both English and Spanish. Fully embracing early literacy, the books offer ideas for questions on each page, giving parents cues as to what to talk about in each picture. It is done in such a way that it’s simple, easy and non-threatening. Additional information on the art is available at the end of each book.
Three very successful board books that combine bilingual content, great art and basic concepts, these books belong at any library serving a Spanish-speaking population. Appropriate for ages 1-3.
Reviewed from copies received from Trinity University Press.
Every year VOYA (The Voice of Youth Advocates) offers a list of the top books of that year for middle school readers. Middle school can be particularly difficult to purchase for, since students in that age range are transitioning to full teen reads, yet not everything in the teen collection may be appropriate for them. So here are the best books of 2012 for that age selected by VOYA:
Almost Home by Joan Bauer
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Buddy by M. H. Herlong
The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy
Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank
Chomp by Carl Hiassen
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A. J. Hartley
Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Double by Jenny Valentine
Eva of the Farm by Dia Calhoun
Fighting for Dontae by Mike Castan
Jump into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall
Kepler’s Dream by Juliet Bell
Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Pip and the Wood Witch Curse by Chris Mould
Poison Most Vial by Benedict Carey
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen
Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus
Sway by Amber McRee Turner
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The film version of Maze Runner by James Dashner has been given a release date. Director Wes Ball was announced last summer. Now we know that the movie will be released on February 14, 2014. This puts it a month earlier than the film version of Divergent, another teen dystopian film based on a book. Should be quite a year!
Dashner has a new series starting this fall too!