This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

Reading <3:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

9 Hanukkah Picture Books For Children That Adults Will Love, Too http://buff.ly/1OOlhaG #kidlit #hanukkah

21 Children’s Books Every Black Kid Should Read http://buff.ly/1N9V8QY #diversity #kidlit

Bringing books to children in Thailand’s remote mountain districts http://buff.ly/1ID1j1b #kidlit

C.S. Lewis’ Greatest Fiction: Convincing American Kids That They Would Like Turkish Delight http://buff.ly/1XMwM82 #kidlit

Meet the Artist Behind the Animorphs Covers That Destroyed Your Mind as a Kid | VICE | United States http://buff.ly/1lMJtOJ #kidlit

A Piggle-Wiggle for a New Generation http://buff.ly/1NY8tzo #kidlit

Publishers Crack Coding for Kids http://buff.ly/1NIS93w #kidlit

A Roundup of 2015’s Best Book Lists for Kids and Teens http://buff.ly/1QyrQ0L #kidlit #yalit

Top 10 unlikely friendships in children’s books http://buff.ly/21RFSQp #kidlit

What are the best children’s books to read at Christmas? http://buff.ly/1TzheOH #xmas #kidlit

Why I want more disabled characters in books http://buff.ly/1ID1sls #kidlit #diversity

Wisconsin School Board Member Tries to Ban Muppets Book http://buff.ly/1TDjX9U

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LIBRARIES

Artist in Residence Program at Appleton Public Library http://buff.ly/1NXOWPG #libraries

How to Make 3D Printed Stuff Without Owning a 3D Printer http://buff.ly/1jQIBaF #libraries

N.Y. Public Library to Host a Reading Recommendation Booth #daily #feedly http://buff.ly/1NFDgLc #libraries

WATCH: 600 People Pack Wisconsin Library for Reading of ‘I Am Jazz’ http://buff.ly/21CAaBP #lgbt #libraries

Review: Ketzel the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman

Ketzel the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates (InfoSoup)

Moshe Cotel enjoyed his noisy apartment since he heard all of that sound as music that he added to his musical compositions. Each day, Moshe would compose in the morning and then he would head out into the city for a walk to listen to all of the noises outside. One day, he discovered a tiny kitten and took it home. There he discovered that the cat loved music. When he got notice of a contest at The Paris New Music review, Moshe despaired since each composition could be no more than sixty seconds long. It was then that Ketzel walked across the keyboard, creating a song that took only 21 seconds to play. Moshe and Ketzel received a Special Mention in the contest and both of them attended and even took a bow together on stage.

Based on a true story, this picture book shows the beautiful bond that a composer had with his very talented cat. More than that though, it shows a very special man who could hear music everywhere even in his cat stepping on keys. The story is written in a very engaging way, allowing the reader to fall for both Moshe and Ketzel. The Author’s Note at the end offers more information, including what CD has the song on it so readers can hear it.

Bates’ illustrations are done in watercolor, gouache and pencil. They have a subtle coloring and distinct warmth to them. From the cluttered apartment of Moshe with coffee cups, papers and his glasses strewn about to the vibrant streets outside, this book is like entering a memory. Ketzel herself is a rich ball of black-and-white fur who owns each page she is on, filling it with her personality if not her size.

An engaging true story, this picture book is an inspiring look at the gifts that animals bring to all of our lives. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from library copy.