January Children's Books
Hello Families! Here is a list of books to read during the month of January
(from the website childrensbook.about.com)
January 11, 1935 - Amelia Earhart Begins Hawaii-to-U.S. Mainland Flight
- Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart- Illustrated nonfiction book about Earhart's life and mysterious disappearance
January 12, 1908 - Birthday of Illustrator Clement Hurd
- Goodnight Moon- Illustrated by Clement Hurd and written by Margaret Wise Brown
January 15, 1929 - Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader
January 18 - Martin Luther King Day observed
- I Have a Dreamby Martin Luther King, Jr. - Picture book based on King's historic speech, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, with a CD of Dr. King speaking
- Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- Stunning artwork and quotations add the the nonfiction picture book
- Book Review:Portraits of African-American Heroes - Nonfiction book for middle grade readers
- Best Books About African American Freedom Fighters- An assortment of some of the best books on the subject
January 26 - Australia Day
- Australian Author and Literacy Consultant Mem FoxAll about the popular author of children's picture books and literacy educator
- Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever- Book review of book for parents by Mem Fox
December Reading Department Recommendations
Fluency is the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently.
What you can do to help at home
- Encourage your child to read favorite books and poems over and over again. Practice getting smoother and reading with expression.
- Help your child build speed and accuracy by:
- Reading aloud and having your child match their voice to yours
- Having your child practice reading the same list of words, phrases, or short passages several times
- Reminding your child to pause between sentences and phrases
- Use books on tapes; have the child follow along in the print copy.
December 1 – Children’s author, Jan Brett’s birthday.
- The Three Snow Bears
December 20 through the 28 - Hanukkah
- Hanukkah Haiku by Elizabeth Kennedy is the story of one family's celebration of Hanukkah rituals and activities. This book is a combination of poetry by Harriet Ziefert in the haiku poetic form, paintings by Karla Gudeon, and a unique design. Hanukkah Haiku is recommended for 3- to 6-year-olds.
- The Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
December 22 – the first day of winter
In her children’s book Winter Lights, Anna Grossnickle Hines celebrates the beauty of winter lights during the season of short days and long dark nights. These include the lights of a number of holidays, including Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, as well as other winter lights.
December 25 – Christmas
- Welcome Comfort by Patricia Palocco It's not easy being Welcome Comfort-a foster child always moving from home to home and getting picked on by the kids at school. Even Christmas, the most wondrous time of the year, isn't so wondrous for Welcome, since he has no family, no presents, and no Santa Claus. But when Welcome meets Mr. Hamp, the school custodian, he finally finds a friend. And when Christmas comes around, Welcome is taken on an extraordinary adventure that changes his life forever.
December 26 through January 1 – Kwanzaa
Celebrate Kwanzaa: with Candles, Community and the Fruits of the Harvest is part of National Geographic's Holidays Around the World Series. According to the publisher, the purpose of the series is to introduce "readers in grades one to four to different religious and cultural holidays celebrated around the globe." Like the other books in the series, Celebrate Kwanzaa is a nonfiction book illustrated with striking color photographs.
November Book Recommendations:
Here are some books that will be fun to read during the month of November!
November 3– Election Day
- Vote! By Eileen Christelow (ages 8-12)
- So You Want to Be President? By Judith St. George
- Duck for President by Doreen Cronin (ages 4-8)
November 11 – Veterans Day
- The Wall by Eve Bunting (ages 6-12)
- America the Beautiful by Chris Gall (all ages)
November 27 – Thanksgiving Day
- 1621, A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine
O’Neill and Margaret M. Bruhac (ages 9-13)
- Ankle Soup by Maureen Sullivan (ages 6-9)
- Thelonius Turkey Lives! by Lynn Rowe Reed (ages
- Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes (ages 3-6)