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Cubism, Africa and Princesses – New Books for Younger Readers

Anna Hibiscus (2010) by Atinuke “Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.” Anna lives in contemporary, urban Nigeria with her African father, her Canadian mother and her younger twin brothers as welll a host of relatives in an old white house with a beautiful garden. Based on the author’s childhood, these warm and humorous tales […]

March 14th, 2012
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February is African American History Month

February is a time to honor and celebrate the history, culture and literature of African Americans. In the Children’s Room we don’t restrict our celebration to just February, and indeed we cannot separate African Americans from American culture, but we do look forward to February as a time to highlight some of our favorite books […]

February 1st, 2012
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100 Great Children’s Books

100 Great Children’s Books Over the last year, we have shared with you one hundred children’s books that we love. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our posts, and that you have discovered or re-discovered books that you love too. We will be launching our new Children’s Room blog this week – it will include themed […]

January 7th, 2012

What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (1976)

What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz Illustrated by Margot Tomes Did you know that Ben Franklin’s parents were soap makers, that he had 9 brothers and sisters and 9 half-brothers and sisters, and that one of his brothers died after falling into a vat of soap? I did. I’ve known it since […]

August 8th, 2011

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (2009)

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose Nine months before Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, teenager Claudette Colvin did exactly the same thing. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is the story of why the black community leaders initially decided not to make […]

May 9th, 2011