It’s hard to believe that we are already a full week into April! April is one of my favorite months for many reasons, one of them being National Poetry Month. Reading poetry is one of my favorite past times, but writing poetry is an absolute favorite way for me to express myself and reflect on my thoughts. As a kid, I was always busily scribbling away poems in a notebook, and it was a huge game changer when I discovered that poems don’t have to rhyme!
This is the time of year when I dig into “best of the year” lists. Whether it’s to compare, catch up, or to discover a missed gem, it’s a great way to reflect on the good things that happened in 2016. As a super-fan of books for kids and teens I always want to find out and share out what’s great. I’ve gathered some great recommendations from the best resource around, Kitsap Regional Library staff, and included professional book critic’s lists of the year too. Cheers to this year’s best books for kids and teens!
Ed Emberley loves to draw and believes that anyone can learn to do it; perhaps that’s why he’s one of my favorite illustrators. In 1970, Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals became the first in a long line of books by the artist focused on teaching children to draw using simple shapes, letters, numbers, and fingerprints.
The turning of the seasons is a perfect time to help your child hone her or his observation skills. With much in the outside world changing, things to notice are everywhere.
“Children need to see themselves reflected in books,” says Carla Hayden, the new Librarian of Congress. “Books can be mirrors, and they can be windows.” In this video she describes her favorite book as a child, one she loved because the little girl in the story was so much like her.