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Children's Book Week

November 14 through November 20 is Children's Book Week. Try some folktales from around the world and celebrate with us. From Persia try Three Princes, or Rose's Smile.

Children's Book Week

November 14 through November 20 is Children's Book Week. Try some folktales from around the world and celebrate with us. From Russia try Russian Folk-Tales, Matreshka or Tale of the Tsar Saltan.

Children's Book Week

November 14 through November 20 is Children's Book Week. Try some folktales from around the world and celebrate with us. In the "What a Doll" program the following stories were featured. The story "Grateful Statues" is from Japanese Children's Favorite Stories and Juan Bobo and the Pig.

The School is Not White! A True Story of the Civil Rights Movement by Doreen Rappaport

"The School is not White it's brown brick" is a statement spoken by Mae Bertha Carter to her children after their first day at an all white school. The eight Carter children suffered humiliation, prejudice and intimidation for five years in their attempt to integrate a Mississipi school. A good choice for teaching young children about civil rights and the courage of those who fought for equality.

Ziggy's Blue Ribbon Day by Claudia Mills

On track and field day Ziggy knows he won't win a blue ribbon for running or jumping. He wishes there was a ribbon for what he loves most, drawing. Ziggy finds that doing what you love is the key to success. Claudia Mills writes this simple book with a winning message for young children. The brightly colored illustrations capture the innocence of childhood.

Mice Sing in the Presence of Mates

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Scientists have discovered that mice sing in the presence of mates. Other animals that sing to attract mates are birds, whales, and frogs. Visit these books and others to introduce your child to musical animals today!

Riddle Me This: Riddles and Stories to Challenge Your Mind

What is it that the more you take away the larger it becomes? What has a bottom at the top? What is it you will break, even when you name it? If you want an answer to these riddles and many more, plus riddling stories to bend your mind, take a look. Riddle Me This! Riddles and Stories to Challenge Your Mind by Hugh Lupton is full of surprises and watch out, it might even make you think about the world in new ways.

Wild Things

After 15 years, pre-production is finally under way for a Hollywood version of Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's classic Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak, now 77, will serve as producer on the film, with Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) directing a screenplay he's co-written with Dave Eggers (A Heart-breaking Work of Staggering Genius). "I don't know what to make of it, exactly," Sendak is quoted as saying in The New York Times, (10/23/05) "but I am so for it. I am in love with it. If Spike and Dave do not do this movie, now, I would just as soon not see any version of it ever get made."

Good Old Fashioned Fiction

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall is a great trip back to the past of children’s literature, and a perfect family read-aloud. It is the story of four sisters and their dog Hound, who have funny, innocent adventures on their summer vacation. The book is also a nominee for the National Book Award in Young People’s and it definitely has my vote!

Other wonderful kid adventures would include the Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome, and Carol Brink’s Caddie Woodlawn and Baby Island.

Papa Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse

A Maasai father tells his son how much he loves him in a style similar to the classic tale The Runaway Bunny. Babara Joosse, author of the bestselling book Mama Do You Love Me?, sets this tender tale in Africa.

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