The blizzard that roared up the east coast this past weekend, complete with the unusual phenomenon of lightning and thunder (although I remember such an occurrence in Michigan when working on my Master’s degree), brought the city to a standstill. Even the school where I work is closed, giving me extra time to–you guessed it–catch up on some reading, check out some new and upcoming publications that may be worthwhile additions to our collections, communicate with authors, fellow librarians, and other bibliophiles, and try out some books on our visiting grandson.
Here are two picture books that stand out in the crowd.
Geraldine knows that she is a fairy princess, even if her family and friends are not convinced. She goes through her day looking for opportunities to show her royal side, whether it’s knowing the right thing to say to a friend or solving a problem in the classroom or rescuing a frog who just might be a prince. And if she gets a scabby knee or dirty fingernails along the way, it’s all part of fulfilling her duty. In Geraldine’s words, “I say you can be whatever you want to be. You just have to let your SPARKLE out!” And sparkle is what this precious book does. Ages 5-8
Antarctica is a cold, snowy, windy place. However, animals do make their home there. One is the Emperor penguin, an amazing creature introduced in this gem of a book. When we first meet the flightless bird, he is standing alone on a dark, cold winter day, and he is doing something remarkable: protecting an egg that his mate laid several weeks before. Author Martin Jenkins brings to life the penguin father’s experience in caring for the egg (even at the expense of not eating for more than two months) and then the newly hatched chick through the harshest winter weather before Mom returns from feeding with nourishment for her new offspring. Paired with Jane Chapman’s acrylic illustrations that perfectly capture the mood of the text, this humorous yet realistic look at parenting Emperor penguin style will have kids mesmerized. Ages 6-9