Niagara Gazette — That’s important!
Children like to SEE THEMSELVES in the books they read. Take a look at a few, all 25 of which along with a whole slew of good books by local authors like Paul Gromosiack and others are always available locally at the Book Corner, 1801 Main St., 285-2928, if not at the local libraries.
“The Boy Who Didn’t Believe in Spring” by Lucille Clifton. King Shabazz gets tired of everyone telling him that “spring is right around the corner,” so he and his friend Tony start turning street corners to chase this elusive spring — after putting their caps on backwards to show they mean business! (Ages 3-5)
“Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo!” by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez. A multilingual mouse and his family live upstairs in an old theater. They love to go to the plays and shout “Bravo!” when the curtain falls. But when Gato-Gato, the theater cat, finds them, Chico Canta must use his gift for languages to save his family. ( Ages 4-7)
“Brush of the Gods” by Lenore Look. Brush of the Gods is about Wu Daozi, a famous seventh-century Chinese artist. The author imagines Wu Daozi as a young man trying to learn calligraphy, but when he sits down to write, he creates beautiful paintings instead! (Ages 4-8)
“The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood” by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. As winter comes to Virginia’s reservation, she can’t wait for the charity boxes from the East, full of coats for the winter. However, her parents expect her to put other people’s needs before her own, and she is devastated when her classmate takes the rabbit fur coat that Virginia wanted. This is a story about selflessness and the spirit of Christmas. Winner of the American Indian Youth Literature Award. (Ages 5+)
“Corduroy” by Don Freeman. Race is incidental to this beloved 1968 tale about a stuffed bear and the girl who loves him. One of School Library Journal’s “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time (2012) and the National Education Association’s “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.” (Ages 2-5)
“Dumpling Soup” by Jama Kim Rattigan. This New Year’s Eve, Marisa finally gets to help her family make the traditional meal, but she worries nobody will like her oddly shaped dumplings. Each page has illustrations with lots of activity and feel-good themes. (Ages 4-8)Contact Bill Bradberry at firstname.lastname@example.org.