Caldecott Illustrator of the Month is Trina Schart Hyman

  The Children’s Library is featuring an illustrator of the month in honor of the American Library Association’s Caldecott Award’s 75th anniversary.  This month’s illustrator is Trina Schart Hyman, 1939 – 2004 She wrote and illustrated her own books as well as those of other authors. She was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1985 and […]

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

  March 2 is the birth date of Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.  He was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts.  He started out as a commercial artist and film maker.  His first children’s book was And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street.  It was rejected by publishers 27 times before […]

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Duncan Tonatiuh Mural at Akron Art Museum February 9-August 4

Duncan Tonatiuh is an up and coming Mexican-American illustrator and artist.  The library owns his children’s books Dear Primo: A letter to my Cousin and Diego Rivera: His World and Ours.  He has worked with three Akron Public elementary schools: King, Leggett and Glover, plus The Lippman School to create an exhibit titled Draw Me […]

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Charlotte’s Web was Published 60 Years Ago

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White was published on October 15, 1952.  It is the story of Wilbur the pig and Charlotte, the spider who saves his life.  But it is also the story of a barn according to the author.  He and his wife bought a farm in Maine in the 1930′s and the story […]

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Fun with Big Nate!

  Did you know there is a website all about Big Nate?  There is a list of books about him, games to play, videos to watch and comics to read.  They are all at www.bignatebooks.com.    

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Remember author Jean Craighead George

Children’s author and naturalist Jean Craighead George died May 15 at the age of 92.  She introduced many children to the joy of nature.  It is appropriate on the day after Endangered Species Day to celebrate by reading one of Jean Craighead George’s books. Julie of the Wolves, about a 13 year-old girl who flees […]

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Have you heard of Hervé Tullet?

Although he has been publishing books since 1994, French illustrator Hervé Tullet has burst onto the American children’s book scene in the last year or so. His first book published in America was Press Here.  Known as “The Prince of Preschool,” his books combine play with the book form. The publisher introduces the book like this: “Press the […]

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Balloons over Broadway Wins Two Major Awards

    Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet won the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for the most distinquished nonfiction book for children from the American Library Association.  It had also won the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children from […]

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