Sunday, June 25, 2017

Texas Bluebonnets Have Bloomed in the Library

[Written by Ms. Elizabeth Beamon]

Every spring I look forward to the new Texas Bluebonnet booklist. Since 1981 the Texas State Library has asked librarians and teachers to recommend new books for this award. Twenty titles, both fiction and non-fiction are chose and appeal to grades 3 – 5. Children read independently, or as a class, that leads up to state-wide voting in January for their favorite title.

The Southlake Public Library buys multiple copies as this is a popular program in our area, and below are a few selections that I’ve picked to read:

Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer
A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own. So very cute.

Follow the Moon Home; a Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson
A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl’s attempts to help save their babies from man-made light. A powerful message how kids can change the world through teamwork and perseverance.

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Worlds collide to create a fantastical, heartbreaking, and gorgeous tale about two sisters, a fox cub, and what happens when one of the sisters disappears forever. In alternate voices the authors tell the searingly beautiful tale of one small family’s moment of heartbreak, a moment that unfolds into one that is epic, mythic, shimmering, and most of all, hopeful.

Please visit the Southlake Public Library and join me in reading this list of books. I promise you won’t be disappointed. You can find the 2017-2018 Bluebonnet list here.

Enjoy!  Ms. Elizabeth

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