Thursday, October 13, 2016

Recommended Reading: Pete's a Pizza!

You may not realize that October isn't just a time to celebrate Halloween -- it is also National Pizza Month!

Which means it's time to pull out what is possibly the best picture book about pizza ever written! This is a book about a boy named Pete, his papa, pizza and pretending. And the great thing is -- once you've read the book -- you can join in the imaginary fun.

Pete's a Pizza by William Steig is too good to miss.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Recommended Reading: The Hollow Boy

For those who love scary stories, The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud is a great selection for Halloween reading. Anthony Lockwood, Lucy Carlisle and George Cubbins, aka Lockwood & Co., work together to rid London of evil ghosts that can kill people simply by touching them. Full of thrills, scary adventures and close calls, this novel will appeal to students in grades 5 and up. The first two books in the series are just as spooky: The Screaming Staircase and The Whispering Skull

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The New Small Person

The new small person changed everything.  It changed Elmore Green's status in life.  It changed the security status of his precious possessions. Lauren Child  has written this delightfully insightful book straight from a child's point of view about a new sibling. 

The New Small Person shows the changes that Elmore goes through, from beginning as an only child, then being invaded by a new small person, to finally realizing that the new person is no longer too small, has a name and is actually fun to have around.

Monday, October 3, 2016

World Octopus Day: Saturday, October 8

October is an excellent time to honor the Octopus -- one of nature's oldest and most intelligent invertebrates. What's not to like about an animal with eight tentacles, hundreds of suction cups and absolutely no bones?

San Antonio Public Library is  celebrating World Octopus Day with special kid-friendly programs at 14 branches. Our celebration begins with a special story time at the Igo Branch on Tuesday, October 4 and concludes with events at Westfall, Collins Garden, Pruitt, San Pedro and Semmes on Saturday, October 8.

See the SAPL Events Calendar for details. Scroll down to find the "Search" option on the right. Then, simply type in the word Octopus for the complete schedule.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Pura Belpré Award

The Pura Belpré Award, named in honor of the first Latina Librarian at New York Public Library, was first presented in 1996.  The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage Latino authors and illustrators whose works best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

While we often think about the 
Belpré Award winners during the annual observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, these books make excellent reading any time of year -- offering children a wealth of quality literary experiences.  Visit the Belpré Guide for quick access to these award-winning titles.