There is a lot of great fantasy being written in the land of Oz these days.
For some reason Australian authors have been popping up all over my radar lately. From one of my favorite illustrated series Monster Blood Tattoo, to the Black Magician Trilogy, Australian authors seem to have their thumbs on my fantasy pulse.
Are you curious about the world around you? If so, here are some books to spark your curiousity. Hopefully, these books will help you learn something new about the world around you.
Carl Sagan was one of the greatest astronomers and published over 600 scientific articles. In his book The Demon Haunted World, Sagan shows us how scientific thinking can help us determine what is true and what is not. If you are curious about whether or not acupuncture and other alternative medicines really work, this is the book for you!
Moving, touching, wonderfully written and inspiring - adjectives that describe all these books and more.
The holiday season always brings about warm, fuzzy feelings to me. Memories of holidays of long ago bounce in and out of my reverie. The winter night that my sister and I spied Santa and Mrs. Santa putting our wished for swing set together in the backyard. It was a revelation for both of us. We never told Mom and Dad and we were “surprised” on Christmas day. The end of innocence.
It's that time of year when two great book events converge - best books lists come out and it's gift giving season. Specialists from across the Denver Public Library have put together our list of the best books to share with your kids this year. Great stuff from baby books to the zombie apocalypse, pop-ups to poetry, it's all here. Enjoy!
Books for the Very Youngest:
Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight by Caspar Babypants and Kate Endle.
Some of baby's favorite animals are illuminated by different light sources, like a raccoon snacking by the campfire, in this beautiful and creative board book.
Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, in partnership with The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library and City Year Denver present a Community Conversation featuring Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, on Thursday, December 8, 7-9 p.m. at the Manual High School Auditorium.
Wilkerson, who spent most of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism, and was the first black American to win for individual reporting.
NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has announced their selection for December, and it's a magical winter book for kids and parents/caregivers to read together.
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu is the story of fifth-graders Hazel and Jack, who are best friends until a magic mirror and an evil queen turn Jack's heart to ice. Hazel knows what she has to do: go on a quest to save Jack's life!
It's an enchanting fantasy with beautiful black and white illustrations (and a gorgeous cover) that really bring the story to life. Breadcrumbs is a middle grade chapter book, but the story is sure to captivate readers of all ages.
December 1st marks the 56th anniversary of Rosa Park's arrest for refusing to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. She worked tirelessly side-by-side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. launching him as a key figure in the struggle for equality. Her quiet and courageous act changed America and redirected the course of history.
When asked to explain her actions on that day she detailed her motivation in her autobiography, Rosa Parks: My Story:
“People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."
The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series delves into Colorado history this week with Joyce Lohse, presenting Mining for the Real Baby Doe Tabor on Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.
Have you been waiting for that special item for a long time? Perhaps a popular DVD or a bestselling book? Don't let your holiday travel plans get in the way of you getting those long-awaited holds!
You can keep your place in the holds queue AND keep items from arriving while you are gone by suspending your holds! By suspending your holds, you will keep moving up the list, but the hold will not be sent for you to pick up until on or after date you specify. You'll never have to miss out on a hold again just because you were out of town when it arrived!
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Grandmaster Anne McCaffrey passed away on November 21 at the age of 85.
She published her first short story in 1953 and was best known for her Pern series of novels. She was the first woman to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards. For many, McCaffrey's books provided an introduction to the worlds of science fiction and fantasy when they were teens. Her son, Todd, has continued the Pern series.