Summary: With the help of her grandfather, a little girl makes a house for a larva and watches it develop before setting it free, and every summer after that butterflies come to visit her.
Summary: Davey is dubious about having a new adopted brother from Korea, but when he finds out that his parents still love him, he decides that having a baby brother will be fine.
Summary: A raccoon and his friends go to great lengths to make sure they will always have a library from which to borrow books.
Summary: Billy is disappointed when his father doesn't show up to help him catch a frog for the frog-jumping competition at school, but the one he and his mother catch wins the championship and Billy begins to accept his father's absence.
Today we celebrate Emily Dickinson since its her birthday!
Emily was born on December 10, 1830 in Massachusetts. She spent much of her life in her home, rarely venturing out.
"Dickinson's poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends.
Although most of her acquaintances were probably aware of Dickinson's writing, it was not until after her death in 1886—when Lavinia, Emily's younger sister, discovered her cache of poems—that the breadth of Dickinson's work became apparent" (according to Emily Dickinson Wiki) Sadly, Emily passed away in 1886, seeing very few of her own poems published.
"My Uncle Emily" by Jane Yolen (2009) Summary: In 1881 Amherst, Massachusetts, six-year-old Gilbert finds it both challenging and wonderful to spend time with his aunt, the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, who lives next door.
"My Wars are Laid Away in Books" by Alfred Habegger (2001)
Summary: Emily Dickinson, probably the most loved and certainly the greatest of American poets, continues to be seen as the most elusive. One reason she has become a timeless icon of mystery for many readers is that her developmental phases have not been clarified. In this exhaustively researched biography, Alfred Habegger presents the first thorough account of Dickinson’s growth–a richly contextualized story of genius in the process of formation and then in the act of overwhelming production
"Secret Life of Emily Dickinson" by Jerome Charyn (2010) Summary:What if the old maid of Amherst wasn't an old maid at all? The poet dons a hundred veils, alternately playing wounded lover, penitent, and female devil in this extraordinary adventure that will disturb and delight.
Happy birthday to past Marceline resident Walt Disney!
"Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago Illinois, to his father Elias Disney and mother Flora Call Disney. After Walt's birth, the Disney family moved to Marceline Missouri, Walt lived most of his childhood here," according to justdisney.com
Walt is best known for his iconic character, Mickey Mouse, his first feature length movie, "Snow White" and building the Walt Disney theme-park.
Disney passed away on December 15, 1966 in Florida. His work lives on through his studios and his company continues to create movies in his honor.
In celebration of children's author Jan Brett's Birthday, I thought we would share her books today on the blog.
But first, a bit about Ms. Brett from her website: "With over thirty six million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books.Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, 'I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real.' "
The books below are just a small sampling of the books that Jan Brett has done and continues to write. All of these books are available at Little Dixie Regional Libraries...stop by or check out our website for more information!
Summary: When Bo spots what he thinks is a "rip-roarin', rootin'-tootin', shiny red armadillo," he knows what he has to do. Follow that armadillo! Bo leaves his mother and three brothers behind and takes off for a two-stepping, bronco-bucking adventure. Jan Brett turns her considerable talents toward the Texas countryside in this amusing story of an armadillo on his own.
Summary: Hedgie, the hedgehog, helps Henny, the speckled hen, trick the Tomten who has been eating all of Henny's eggs for breakfast.
Summary: A band of trick-or-treaters and a mother cat and her kittens spend a very scary Halloween.
Summary: In an underground den on Mount Baldy, a family of trolls longs for a dog. When young Treva heads up the mountain with her skis--and her dog Tuffi--her troubles with trolls begin. Beautiful landscapes filled with snow-laden trees reveal the underground home of this mischievous troll family.
We would like to celebrate Lucy Maud Montgomery's birthday today. Lucy Montgomery is also known as the author of the ever popular children's series, "Anne of Green Gables"
Lucy Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 at Prince Edward Island. She was known as "Maud" to her family and friends. She spent her childhood writing hymns and poems. Gradually, in her adulthood, she put pen to paper and wrote newspaper articles and eventually full-length novels.
A L.M. Montgomery biography details her fist publishing experience. "in the spring of 1904 Anne was born. “....she soon seemed very real to me and took possession of me to an unusual extent.” ibid. After several rejections by publishers, Maud was much discouraged and Anne was stored in “an old hat-box” for four years. As she wrote in her journal “I wrote it for love, not money, but very often such books are the most successful, just as everything in the world that is born of true love has life in it.” Finally, on 20 June 1908, she held the first published copy of Anne of Green Gables, her first of many novels to come"
Maud passed away on April 24, 1942 in Canada. Her books were published in many languages throughout the world and millions of copies have been printed to date. Her books have been made into plays, television shows, musicals, and even full length movies. Her characters have appeared in short stories and have even been made into dolls for her readers to cherish in the years to come.
We would like to extend a very happy birthday greeting to famous author, C.S. Lewis!
Clive Staples Lewis (C.S. Lewis) was born on November 29, 1898 in Ireland. He is best known for writing The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy.
According to C.S. Lewis' website, "His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year"
On November 22, 1963, C.S. Lewis passed away in England at the age of 64. Lewis' books have become plays and even feature length million dollar movies created by Disney.
Reading Order of the Series "Chronicles of Narnia:"
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician's Nephew
The Last Battle
We'd like to send a special Happy Birthday message to "Peanuts" creator, Charles Schulz today.
Charles was born on November 26, 1922, the son of Carl and Dena Halverson Schulz in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He created the iconic comic strip "Peanuts" that we all know and love around 1950. According to a Schulz biography, "In 1950 the United Feature Syndicate of New York decided to publish Schulz's new comic strip, which he had wanted to call Li'l Folks but which was named Peanuts by the company. In 1950 the cartoon began appearing in seven newspapers with the characters Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Snoopy. Within a year the strip appeared in thirty-five papers, and by 1956 it was in over a hundred. The Peanuts cartoons were centered on the simple and touching figures of a boy, Charlie Brown, and his dog, Snoopy and their family and school friends. Adults were never seen, only hinted at, and the action involved ordinary, everyday happenings"
Appearing in thousands of newspapers worldwide, Peanuts became a global phenomenon. Beyond the comic strip, characters from the strip have appeared on television, commercials, and merchandise. How many times have you watched "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" or "A Charlie Brown Christmas?"
Sadly, Mr. Schulz passed away on February 12, 2000.
There are a ton of websites and print material out there with great information on Charles Schulz and his comic strip, Peanuts.
Today is November 13th...and it's Robert Louis Stevenson's birthday!
Robert Stevenson is best known for writing some of the best known classic books from the 19th century including, "Treasure Island," "Kidnapped," and the "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde."
"Treasure Island" Originally published in 1883
Summary: When a boy and his mother search the belongings of a deceased sailor who owed them money, they find a treasure map. An Interested family friend outfits a ship to sail to the location on the map but discovers too late that half his crew is comprised of pirates.
"Kidnapped" Originally published in 1886
Summary: The adventures of 16 year old David Balfour, an orphan, who after being kidnapped by his villainous uncle manages to escape and becomes involved in the struggle of the Scottish Highlanders against English rule
"Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" Originally published in 1886.
Summary: It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic Edward Hyde.
These books and all of Mr. Stevenson's other works
Happening every year on the second Tuesday of November, National Young Reader's Day highlights the importance of reading to young people. Began in 1989, in conjunction with the Library of Congress and Pizza Hut's "Book-It Program," this special holiday has created an awareness for reader's of all ages about the importance of literacy in our communities.
What can you do to celebrate this holiday?
Read to a child, any child, today. Beyond creating lasting memories, reading aloud to a child has many real world applications. Children learn new words, new auditory sounds, discover new concepts and new ideas, relate pictures to real items in their lives and foster lifelong creative thinking.
Reading a book can take you to a world you never could have imagined.
For more information or to find a fun book to share today, come by to see us at the library or check out our website, www.little-dixie.lib.mo.us
The editors of LIFE Books have collected a richly illustrated biography of presidential candidate Barack Obama. This work includes intimate pictures from Obama's childhood and his time as editor of Harvard's Law Review, and culminates with the historic Democratic National Convention
"Dark Days, Bright Nights:
From Black Power to Barack Obama"
by Peniel E. Joseph (2010)
Reimagining the Black power movement -- Malcolm X, Harlem, and American democracy -- Stokely Carmichael and America in the 1960s -- "A place where all things are possible" : Barack Obama and dreams of democracy.