Today we visited the International Space Station and watched a video describing what astronauts eat on Thanksgiving. The second video is a live camera on the Space Station.
Today I had the pleasure to meet Peter H. Reynolds, the author of Ish and The Dot as well as the illustrator of the Judy Moody and Stink series at Words Bookstore in Maplewood, NJ. He autographed a copy of I’m Here for the Clinton Library and inspired the children in attendance to be artists. His books Ish and The Dot are fantastic stories for children (and adults) who approach art and creativity with nervousness as they dispell the belief that art has to be perfect. I’m Here delves into the issue of autism and the importance of friendship in a heart warming picture book.
I recommend the works of Peter H Reynolds to children of all ages.
Magic and reality intermix in Kathi Appelt’s 2010 book, Keeper. Having read The Underneath (click on the link for my review), I was prepared with another magical, mythical tale set in the south. This time, Ms. Appelt took us to Texas as she writes of Keeper, a ten year old girl with a lot of determination and a menagerie of animals. With short lyrical chapters, the story kept my attention and I would definitely recommend this book for 4th and 5th graders in my library.