Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Display: Votes For Women

Women Win the Vote!: 19 for the 19th Amendment
By Nancy B. Kennedy

A bold new collection showcasing the trailblazing individuals who fought for women's suffrage, honoring the Nineteenth Amendment's centennial anniversary. Women Win the Vote! maps the road to the Nineteenth Amendment through compact, readable biographies of nineteen women who helped pave the way. From early feminist activist Lucretia Mott to radical twentieth century suffragist Alice Paul, this vibrant collection profiles both iconic figures like Sojourner Truth and those who may be less well-known, like Mary Ann Shadd Cary. Vividly illustrated with an eye-catching design, Women Win the Vote! celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and the intrepid individuals who broke through barrier and upended tradition to fight for gender equality and the empowerment of future generations.

Give Us the Vote!: Over 200 Years of Fighting for the Ballot
By Susan Goldman Rubin

For more than two hundred years, people have marched, gone to jail, risked their lives, and even died fighting for the right to vote in the United States. Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin chronicles the corruption, activism, heroic efforts and ongoing struggles for equality that have historically characterized U.S. electoral politics and continue to do so. From the Founding Fathers to the Nineteenth Amendment, from the Snyder Act of 1924 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and today's voter-suppression controversies, Give Us the Vote! is a thoroughly researched account of suffrage, complete with archival images and extensive back matter for readers who want to know more about this keystone of our democracy.

Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote
By Susan Zimet

The United States of America is almost 250 years old, but American women won the right to vote less than a hundred years ago. And when the controversial nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution - the one granting suffrage to women - was finally ratified in 1920, it passed by a mere one-vote margin. The amendment only succeeded because a courageous group of women had been relentlessly demanding the right to vote for more than seventy years. The leaders of the suffrage movement are heroes who were fearless in the face of ridicule, arrest, imprisonment, and even torture. Many of them devoted themselves to the cause knowing they wouldn't live to cast a ballot. The story of women's suffrage is epic, frustrating, and as complex as the women who fought for it.

When You Grow Up to Vote: How Our Government Works for You
By Eleanor Roosevelt
Illustrated by Grace Lin

In the voice of one of the most iconic and beloved political figures of the twentieth century comes a book on citizenship for the future voters of the twenty-first century. Eleanor Roosevelt published the original edition of When You Grow Up to Vote in 1932, the same year her husband was elected president. The new edition has updated information and back matter as well as fresh, bold art from award-winning artist Grace Lin. Beginning with government workers like firefighters and garbage collectors, and moving up through local government to the national stage, this book explains that the people in government work for the voter.

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble
By Doreen Rappaport
Illustrated by Matt Faulkner

The story of women across the nation who stood together and demanded equal rights, including the right to vote.

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera
By Candace Fleming
Illustrated by Eric Rohmann
New York: Holiday House, 2019. Informational picture book.

The life cycle of a honeybee may not seem like new ground for an author/illustrator to cover - there are hundreds of great informational books about this very topic. Yet, Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann are both able to breathe new life into a familiar subject - casting the humble worker bee in an intimate new life. Fleming manages to build suspense (in an informational book!), teasing readers with all the things our worker bee, "Apis," needs to do before she can do the thing we know bees do -- fly! Rohmann matches the suspenseful tone with incredibly close-up, full page illustrations that follow Apis from her beginnings in the dark, warm hive until she finally emerges into a brilliant blue sky. A larger-than-life honey bee peeking into an open sky opens onto a full, double-page spread as Apis takes her first flight. A little bit of drama, some impeccably researched bee-facts, and lush illustrations make for a stunning bee-read.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Cats Are A Liquid

Cats Are a Liquid
Written by Rebecca Donnelly
Illustrated by Misa Saburi
Henry Holt and Company, 2019. Picture book.

If you've ever owned a cat, or been around one, or even just looked at pictures of them on the internet, you know that cats are basically a liquid. Not really, of course. Technically speaking, they're solid matter. But they manage to wiggle their way into spaces and containers that really make you wonder if cats might have defied the laws of physics and are liquids after all.

Donnelly and Saburi present cats to us in all their different forms, both solid and liquid, cute and mischievous. We've got tabbies and calicoes, and solid-colored cats galore. The cats are sweet and colorful, and the text is simple and fun. This book displays the quirks that make us love cats so much, including their proclivity for doing exactly what they want to, despite our many protests. But we adore them anyway, no matter their form. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

The Button Book

The Button Book 
By Sally Nicholls
Illustrated by Bethan Wollvin
Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, 2019. Picture Book.

A bunch of animals find a red button—so they decide to press it. When they do it makes a “Beep!” noise. Then they start finding other colored buttons that do other things. This is a fun picture book that shows different colors (though learning colors isn’t the main purpose of the book) and invites readers to actively participate in the various responses to button pressing. Story times will be lively and noisy when this happy book is read aloud.

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Okay Witch

By Emma Steinkellner
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, 2019. Graphic Novel. 

Moth is an ordinary 13 year old girl that loves anything to do with witches and magic. On Halloween, when some bullies tease her, something explainable happens. When Moth tells her mother about it, she discovers that her mother's past isn't quite what she expected. Moth has inherited magical powers and she must learn how to navigate through life with her newly found abilities. A series of unexpected events occur as Moth works to uncover the secrets of the town in which she lives, learn more about her family's history, and discover her true potential. 

This graphic novel is perfect for anyone who loves fantasy and magic. It is a spooky coming-of-age story in which Moth discovers who she is and what talents and abilities she possesses. An element of mystery is evident throughout the entire novel that keeps readers engaged until the end. 

From Story Time: The Letter "S"

Read in Monday Book Babies

Written by Amelia Hepworth
Illustrated by Tim Warnes
Little Tiger Press Ltd., 2015.  Small Picture Book.

The sun rises, and a bear and cub begin their day together. They splash in the water, climb mountains, and watch the shimmering sky. They show their love by touching noses, playing chase, and of course, hugging. A sweet, gentle rhyme, perfect for sharing with a special little one!  --Publisher

Read in Monday Cuentos

David se mete en líos
Escrito por David Shannon
Traducido por Teresa Mlawer
Everest, 2011.  Spanish Picture Book.

Cada vez que David se mete en líos siempre tiene una respuesta: "No es culpa mía". Pero en la hora de acostarse pide perdón de su madre querida.  --Publisher

Read in Toddler Time

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
By Julia Sarcone-Roach
Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.  Picture Book.

By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened. So let me tell you. It all started with the bear...

So begins Julia Sarcone-Roach’s delicious tale of a bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, it’s not until the very end that we begin to suspect this is a TALL tale.

The wonderfully told story, spectacular illustrations, and surprise ending make this Julia Sarcone-Roach’s best book to date. You’ll want to share it with your friends (and keep a close eye on your lunch).  --Publisher

Read in Preschool Time

Swim Swim Sink
By Jennifer Harney
Disney Hyperion, 2020.  Picture Book.

Three tiny ducks. One straight line. New happy flock. All feeling fine. Until, that is, the last ducking sinks when she should swim. Let's try that again...and again and again. All this sinking is ruining the rhyme!

Little ones will love following the antics of these adorable ducklings, and parents will enjoy the way the book goes off the rails halfway through. Everyone will laugh at the tiny ducky's string of failures and cheer when it comes up with the best solution of all.  --Publisher

Read in Preschool Time

Snakes on a Train
By Kathryn Dennis
Feiwel & Friends, 2019.  Picture Book.

The conductor takes the tickets as the snakes start crawling on. The tracks are checked, the whistle blows. It's time to move along. Hissssssssssss goes the sound of the train. An adorable picture book full of sibilant sounds and other word play, Snakes on a Train is as fun for parents as it is for kids, and sure to be a read-aloud hit.  --Publisher

Read in Friday Book Babies

Written by Margaret Wild
Illustrated by Jan Ormerod
Little Hare, 2009.  Picture Book.

This itsy-bitsy baby sucks her thumb.  That itsy-bitsy baby bangs on a drum.  Itsy-Bitsy Babies is the ideal book for babies and toddlers.  The rhythmic text is perfect for reading aloud, and the charming illustrations will inspire endless fun and imitations.  This classic picture book for the very young, by two leading creative talents, is a must-have for every baby's bookshelf.  

Read in Friday Cuentos

Counting Ovejas
By Sarah Weeks
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006.  Spanish (Bilingual) Picture Book.

Una oveja blanca./One white sheep. ¡Adiós, oveja blanca!/Good-bye, white sheep!

What do you do when you can't sleep? Count sheep in Spanish and English, of course! But what happens when those rascally sheep get a little too close for comfort? Well, if you're anything like the sleepy little hero in this clever tale, you might just tire yourself out trying to get rid of them!

From the talented duo of Sarah Weeks and Caldecott Medalist David Diaz, Counting Ovejas is the perfect way to say good night (and learn colors and numbers) in English and in Spanish. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Written and Illustrated by: Robert McCloskey
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring. 

Written and Illustrated by: David Wiesner
The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat and the fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon.

Written and Illustrated by: Matthew Cordell
When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm they must find their way home by helping each other.

Written by: Lindsay Mattick
Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall
A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War l, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

Written and Illustrated by: Kevin Henkes
When kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.

Written by: Philip Stead
Illustrated by: Erin Stead
Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his friends who live at the zoo until the day he stays home because he is sick.

Written and Illustrated by: Eric Rohmann
Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.

Written and Illustrated by: Nonny Hogrogian
After the old woman cuts off his tail when he steals her milk, the fox must go through a long series of transactions before she will sew it back on again.

FebruaryGirls/Guys Read

Did you know that we have two parent/child book clubs every month at the Provo City Library? They are for children ages 9-12 and a caregiver. This month, they will meet February 25 (girls) and February 27 (guys). Preregister under the Kids Corner/Program Registration tab on the library website. We have two great books to discuss this month:


Brown Girl Dreaming
By Jacqueline Woodson
New York: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014. Verse.

As a child, Jacqueline Woodson never felt settled at home. In the 1960s and 1970s she lived in South Carolina and New York, in the midst of the Civil Rights movement and with the dark shadow of Jim Crow era laws looming overhead. As she searches to find herself, Jacqueline finds her voice as a writer and she begins to tell stories that will shape her future. Told entirely in verse, this memoir is a touching and thoughtful story about growing up and finding your way. A National Book Award Winner, Newbery Honoree, and Coretta Scott King Award winner, this unique book of poetry reveals Jacqueline Woodson's passion for storytelling by telling her own story.

By Michael Morpurgo
New York: Scholastic, 2007. Historical fiction.

In 1914, in the midst of World War I, Joey, the horse, is sold to the British army and sent to the Western Front. As he struggles to survive the war, Joey longs to return to the farm where he was raised and the boy, Albert, who loves him. This unique look at the tragedies of World War I is narrated by Joey, a farmhorse who leads a cavalry charge, is taken as a prisoner of war, pulls gun carriages for the Germans, and so much more. Joey's courage and determination to return home acts as a beacon to the human soldiers on the front with him and his hope for a return to home is deeply heartfelt. This emotionally effective war novel, made famous as a play and movie, is also on the 2019-2020 Battle of the Books list.

Scary Stories for Young Foxes

Scary Stories for Young Foxes
By Christian McKay Heidicker
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2019. Fiction.

Seven young foxes wander deep into Antler Wood in search of an old storyteller who tells tales scary enough to "put the white in your tail." What better way to hook a bunch of kits in need of adventure? The Old Storyteller begins to spin the story of two fox kits, Mia and Uly, who are separated from their families and lost, alone to face the horrors of the woods. At first, their scary stories seem separate but as the tales become progressively scarier, Mia and Uly's paths begin to cross. And of course, as each story gets scarier the seven fox kit listeners begin to leave the Storyteller's cavern one by one.

This horrific Newbery Honoree is certainly for the brave - for those looking for their next scary story to tell in the dark. What makes this book so unique is that, as the title suggests, these are scary stories for young foxes meaning the horrors in the book are specific to foxes. Mia and Uly face poisonous snakes, rabid animals, hunters, trappers, a taxidermy-crazed Beatrix Potter, and others. And, though the fears and behaviors of Mia and Uly are fox-specific, they are based in all the tropes of classic horror.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The bell rang

By: James E. Ransome
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2019. Picture book.

A week long story about a slave family who lives and works on a plantation where each work day begins with the ringing of a bell. After the bell rings daddy gathers wood, mama cooks and then everyone leaves for the fields except for the youngest girl who is sent each day with the other "young'uns" to be watched by Miss Sarah Mae. One day the oldest son, Ben takes a chance at freedom. The family is left behind with sadness and hopefulness for the new life Ben may have.

This is a beautiful poetically told story with stunning illustrations about the hard life many African Americans had in the 1800's. Its a look at the difficult decisions many made in choosing freedom over leaving their family behind. A story that will cultivate empathy for families and children who were enslaved.