#BookBingoNW2020: Mentioned in another book

Book Bingo is still underway, and some of those squares may be giving you trouble. Here are some suggestions for the mentioned in another book square.

The beauty of this category is that there are so many books about books to choose from. Additionally, so many books mention other books in them, naturally and surreptitiously, that the possibilities are endless. I just finished a novel, Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis, which is about five queer women’s lives under a dictatorship in Uruguay and this cropped up towards the end:

She was happy. Even under the regime, she managed to be happy. Her favorite book, now, was a used paperback she’d found at the street market at Tristán Narvaja: a translation of To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, who was British, and dead now, La Venus said, we were never alive at the same time and yet she saw right into me, this book is my Bible and Lily Briscoe is the only Jesus I need.”

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Three on a Theme: Books About Trees for All Ages

There is nothing quite like a book with some really good tree lore in it. Trees have always been a source of awe and inspiration for people, inspiring a sense of intense calm and mystery with their age, stillness, and connection to forces of nature that human beings simply cannot understand. As such, there are some amazing fantasy and science-fiction works that incorporate the magic of trees into their worldbuilding. Sometimes, these trees are characters – as with the Ents of Lord of the Rings – other times, they are life sources, as in James Cameron’s Avatar. Here are three books for different reading levels that incorporate trees in some way or another.

The Overstory by Richard Powers. This novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, was a very popular Peak Pick until very recently before libraries closed for the pandemic, and it remains a very popular E-Book now that it is available only online. It is compiled of a series of stories which take place over hundreds of years across America, and are all interconnected in some way – namely, in their connection to the trees and the natural world that is unfolding all around them all along. Its own synopsis describes it as an “impassioned work of activism” insofar as it encourages readers to think about man-made threats to the natural world – the world of the trees – in a new and, hopefully, actionable way. Continue reading “Three on a Theme: Books About Trees for All Ages”

Calm Down, Little Monkey! And Other Helpful Skills for Kids

Excerpt from Calm Down Little Monkey by Michael DahlThe Hello Genius: Milestones books by Michael Dahl are getting rave reviews from me, a parents of little ones, and the childcare centers I’ve shared them with! This board book series covers classic topics such as going potty, saying “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry,” techniques for calming down, and sharing, all with excellent illustrations and age appropriate language. This series bridges the gap between helpful caregiver tool and fun read aloud for the 2-5 year old crowd. Continue reading “Calm Down, Little Monkey! And Other Helpful Skills for Kids”

Helping Children Cope in Scary Times

It can sometimes be scary being a kid. There are potential dangers lurking around every corner, from the dark to monsters to carrots? Yes, carrots. But in these uncertain times due to COVID-19, it can be harder to explain these fears away. But good news! The Seattle Public Library has lots of books aimed at children available via our Overdrive catalog on how to talk about and overcome fear and anxiety.

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Learning From Home

Homeschool is the new school for Washington through the rest of the 2019-2020 year. Teachers are finding ways to connect with parents and classes, providing online and printed resources as best they can to keep pace with their students’ need for knowledge. Families can also find valuable resources through the library to supplement their home classroom learning for all ages.

The Everything Kids Joke BookStudying at home is tough. Focusing in an environment that we associate with play can take some getting used to. You can make the transition easier with some brain teasing puzzles and word games from Michael Dahl’s The Everything Kid’s Joke Book, recommended for kids 7-12. Break up lesson time with laugh breaks! Make reading its own reward with silly puns! Build vocabulary with story jokes. While you can’t print from Overdrive materials, kids can copy crosswords and “picto-laughs” to finish. Fun in the classroom can maximize motivation, especially when the classroom is at home. Continue reading “Learning From Home”