D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
Caldecott medals are awarded for the best illustrations in children’s books. This year’s winner is ‘Locomotive’ written and illustrated by Brian Floca. Filled with colorful illustrations, it’s the story of a cross country trip by train when trains still said ‘choo-choo.’ http://tinyurl.com/lco94h5
http://tinyurl.com/lz2jctjDancing monsters and prancing goblins jump off the page. Children of all ages will delight in identifying and adding the monsters on each successive page. The charming rhymes, coupled with the positive message that monsters in the night aren’t so scary after all, makes this a book that will transcend the Halloween season.