Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Year! New Books! by Mrs. Schwinden

Thanks to the support of the RPS administration and school community, book fairs, and donations, we have added almost $20,000 worth of new books to our library over the past three and a half years.
We are especially fortunate to receive new books each month through a Junior Library Guild subscription service. This month's selections include the following outstanding titles. Please take a look and keep them in mind the next time your child needs a suggestion for book check out. 

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code  "Wallmark's tone is admiring, even awestruck, describing Hopper's skill, inventiveness, and strength of character in straightforward, accessible language, introducing a neglected heroine to a new generation of readers. Wu's strong, bright digital illustrations perfectly complement the text while incorporating Hopper's own words in a variety of bold, eye-catching pull quotes scattered throughout the pages. Amazing Grace indeed.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Book of Mistakes "As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest “mistakes” can be the source of the brightest ideas—and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too." (Amazon). "A striking debut picture book celebrates the creative process. Careful looking will be rewarded with surprising, often funny details in the art, which invites poring over...It would be a grave mistake not to pick up this picture book." -Kirkus (starred review)

"Herkert's elegant prose and Castillo's stunning brown ink-and-watercolor illustrations team up for a magnificent model of what a picture book can be. . . A stunner―radiant even."--Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Bertha Takes a Drive: How the Benz Automobile Change the World
"It's 1888 and Bertha Benz's husband, Karl, has invented the prototype Benz motorwagen. But the German government declares the vehicle illegal, and the church calls it the devil's work. Unbeknownst to her husband, Bertha steals away with her two sons and drives nearly one hundred miles to prove just how amazing the motorwagen is. Bertha's mechanical savvy gets the boys to Grandma's house safely, and the remarkable mother/son road trip reduces global concern about moving vehicles." (Amazon)

Zoo Scientists to the Rescue
"Zoos take care of animals and welcome visitors of all ages, but that's not all zoos do. Author Patricia Newman and photographer Annie Crawley bring readers behind the scenes at three zoos to meet scientists working to save endangered animals. Meredith Bastian's experiences studying wild orangutans help educate both zoo visitors and the zoo workers who care for captive orangutans. Jeff Baughman breeds black-footed ferrets and reintroduces them into the wild. And Rachel Santymire examines poop from black rhinoceroses at the zoo and in their natural habitat to benefit all black rhinos. Find out how zoo scientists are helping us learn more about these remarkable, at-risk species before it's too late!" (Amazon)

"With luminous washes of watercolor and the lyrical language of Hughes’s 1924 poem as his text, Miyares (That Neighbor Kid) presents a resonant vision of an African-American boy who imagines a more just world." —Publishers Weekly, starred review.

Stop by the library and take one of these home. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

1 comment:

  1. Of course I would love to read the book about the art mistakes. I have made so many myself and learned to fix them or make them part of the art!