Day: September 16, 2016

This Weeks Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Woo hoo! Broke 11,000 tweets shared on Twitter!

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

I tried everything to get to sleep last night. Well, everything except closing…:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

“Book talking by the stack opens up so many possibilities” – Read more over on the :

Bringing It ‘Home’: Chris Raschka Completes Vera Williams’s Final Book

Disney Announces New Rick Riordan Imprint

Gloriumptious, word-guzzling genius of Roald Dahl

Heathy diet linked to improved reading skills in children

Here Are Some of the 18th Annual Intl Latino Book Awards Winners

How Diverse Is Children’s Literature? This Infographic Tells The Disturbing Truth

My Favorite Read-Aloud Books Right Now: September 2016 – GeekDad

Never stop reading aloud to your kid

Reading Aloud Will Create a Better Reader · Guardian Liberty Voice

Residential school memoir set to become new Canadian children’s classic

Scrumdiddlyumptious to Oompa Loompa: Roald Dahl’s splendiferous words are now in the Oxford dictionary

Temple Grandin Inks Deal With Penguin Young Readers

This Boy’s Dream Of Being A Princess Inspired An Innovative Kids’ Book

Transgender Books for Kids and Teens

‘Trombone Shorty,’ 4 others receive $250,000 Heinz Awards

LIBRARIES

First Woman, African-American Sworn In as Librarian of Congress

How you can help India’s first free public library for the Tibetan exile community

Pew Research Shows Public Libraries Remain Vital to Communities

"Reading forces you to be quiet in a world that no longer makes place for that."…:

TEEN READS

8 Book Recommendations From an Unexcitable Reader

Challenge your perceptions with these 9 groundbreaking YA novels

Graphic novels that grab you — The Horn Book

YA author Amy Zhang: My books are there so people won’t feel they’re alone –

YA Books with a Male Point of View – The Hub

Young adult authors stress importance of strong stories

What a Beautiful Morning by Arthur A. Levine

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What a Beautiful Morning by Arthur A. Levine, illustrated by Katie Kath (InfoSoup)

When Noah visits his grandparents, Noah and his grandfather start the day with a song. They head outside with the dog even if its raining, singing all the way. At breakfast they made plans for the day. But lately, Grandpa has been forgetting to ask about making plans. Then one day when Noah woke him from a nap, Grandpa didn’t know who he was. His Grandma explained that sometimes Grandpa got confused and that it was better to focus on what he still had rather than what he lost. So Noah set out to do the things alone that he had done with his grandfather, until he discovered that Grandpa still responded to music and songs. It was a way to start once more having special mornings together.

This book is so beautifully done. It is about the very special relationship that children have with their grandparents, the delight of staying with them, and how each morning can be special just because someone cares for you and spends time with you. It is also about the power of music to connect people and experiences as well as its special quality with those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Throughout, the character of Grandma is there, at first secondary to the strong relationship between grandfather and grandson and then stepping up to fill some of the gaps left behind. She is warm and loving and very special.

Kath’s illustrations are bright colored and friendly. When Grandpa is confused or feeling separate, she uses a visual device to indicate the change by having his face lose color. If he is particularly confused, the colorlessness spreads on the page, taking up his entire body. In this way, children will see visually the change coming over Grandpa and understand that it is deeply affecting him and his personality.

It is rare that I tear up when reading a picture book, but this book is particularly moving. Have tissues ready. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from library copy.