Nan Johnston our resident librarian keeps up with the latest trends in Children's Literature and has prepared a presentation to help you find the perfect gift for your grandchildren.
Time/Place: Thursday January 31, 2019, 1-2:30pm, Ballroom
Speaker: Nan Johnston, Children's Librarian in Akron and Canton, Ohio, as well as Master Librarian for the Solivita Book Circle. The Children's Room in the Stark County Library was named honoring Nan. Nan is the former Chair of the Rotary Literacy committee in Kissimmee,
No Reservation Required! Free to Book Circle Members, otherwise $5 at door.
Nan’s presentation will cover the following recent changes in children’s literature:
- Topic Changes: Older books described ways for children/teens to cope with growing up. Newer books focus on the immigration experience, transgender issues, dysfunctional families, and the life of a special-needs child.
- Trend changes: Older books featured teenagers like Nancy Drew and Tom Hardy solving mysteries in their home towns. Newer trends have teenagers acquiring superpowers, working alone, and trying to survive in dystopian worlds.
- Format Changes: Older-style comic books have been replaced by graphic novels, ebooks and audio books. It starting in France but enjoys popularity and critical attention around the world are graphic novels or “bandes dessinees” - the retelling of classics. The illustrated classics include Anne Franks, Diary, Don Quixote of La Mancha, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Have you heard of young adult novels in miniature form? Look carefully in the children’s section at Books-a-Million and you will find books the size of an iPhone but designed to be read tipped on their side, like a slider phone. Look for the snug new series, Penquin Minis..
**Books-a-Million will have many of these newer books available before and after the lecture.
New Children's Books for Christmas Gifts
For all you treasured readers out there wanting to pass on the pleasure of reading here’s a few recommendations:
In a remarkable collaboration, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton celebrate the sea in all its changing moods — and the place it holds in our hearts and minds.
Ours is a blue planet. The oceans cover more than two-thirds of its surface and constantly calls to us to play, explore, and dream. Our fascination with the sea is as endless as our means of enjoying it — whether building sand castles, navigating by the stars, or observing strange and beautiful marine creatures. In a volume brimming with information, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton capture the magic and majesty of the ocean with stunning words and pictures. Poems about manta rays, flying fish, and humpback whales mingle with verses about harbors, storms, and pearl divers. Glimpses of life in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans flow into spreads about tropical islands, coral reefs, and ancient shipwrecks on the seabed. Teeming with colorful details, this treasure trove of knowledge will be pored over by adults and children alike, and its exploration of the vast mysteries of the sea will captivate readers for years to come.
The newest title in the Welcome to the Museum series focuses its attention on the impressive beasts that once ruled the world: dinosaurs.
With artwork from Chris Wormell, this stunningly curated guide to dinosaurs gives readers the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the pages of a beautiful book. Featuring a wonderful range of dinosaurs, from the much-loved triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex to lesser known species such as coelophysis and tsintaosaurus, Dinosaurium is a fascinating display of the impressive beasts that once ruled the world
Animal lovers ages 6 to 13, : Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli
Children’s Book Award–winning author Katherine Rundell pens Kipling estate–approved Jungle Book origin stories
This wise and witty companion to Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 classic is likewise a series of connected stories about the man-cub Mowgli and his adventures among the animals in the Indian jungle. It includes all the original favorites like Baloo and Bagheera and gives female characters, like Mother Wolf, a more prominent role in Mowgli’s upbringing. The timely theme of the possibility of understanding and empathy across species, cultures, and genders will resonate with contemporary readers
A History of Pictures takes young readers on an adventure through art history. From cave paintings to video games, this book shows how and why pictures have been made, linking art to the human experience. Hockney and Gayford explain each piece of art in the book, helping young minds to grasp difficult concepts. The book tracks the many twists and turns toward artistic invention, allowing readers to fully appreciate how and why art has changed and includes an illustrated timeline of inventions. All new illustrations by Rose Blake add a personal perspective on a wide variety of images. A History of Pictures will inspire creative minds and help them to understand the legacy of the pictures we see today. The book also includes a bibliography and index.
Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels are some of the most acclaimed and awarded works in literature—they have received prestigious accolades such as the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, the Nebula Award, and many more honors, commemorating their enduring place in the hearts and minds of readers and the literary world alike.
Now for the first time ever, they’re all together in one volume—including the early short stories, Le Guin’s “Earthsea Revisioned” Oxford lecture, and a new Earthsea story, never before printed.
With a new introduction by Le Guin herself, this essential edition will also include fifty illustrations by renowned artist Charles Vess, specially commissioned and selected by Le Guin, to bring her refined vision of Earthsea and its people to life in a totally new way.
[Stories include: “A Wizard of Earthsea”, “The Tombs of Atuan”, “The Farthest Shore”, “Tehanu”, “Tales From Earthsea”, “The Other Wind”, “The Rule of Names”, “The Word of Unbinding”, “The Daughter of Odren”, and “Earthsea Revisioned: A Lecture at Oxford University”.]
With stories as perennial and universally beloved as The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of The Rings—but also unlike anything but themselves—this edition is perfect for those new to the world of Earthsea, as well as those who are well-acquainted with its enchanting magic: to know Earthsea is to love it.
Sing a Song of Seasons is a lavishly illustrated collection of 366 nature poems — one for every day of the year. Filled with familiar favorites and new discoveries written by a wide variety of poets, including William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, John Updike, Langston Hughes, N. M. Bodecker, Okamoto Kanoko, and many more, this is the perfect book for children (and grown-ups!) to share at the beginning or the end of the day.