|From L to R: Alison Formento, Trinka Hakes Noble, Courtney Sheinmel, Ann E. Burg, Ann Malaspina|
Alison Formento known for her picture books like These Seas Count and These Bees Count! great stories that also inform children about the natural world around them. She also brought her new YA title Twigs the story of a young girl who may be small in stature but has huge problems that she must overcome. Great coming of age story for the teen in your life.
Trinka Hakes Noble who I have known for years and wrote one of my favorite story time books The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash brought along her new book and many others to talk about. Her new book is The Legend of the Jersey Devil which is New Jersey's greatest and scariest legend. I love how she told us that most kids don't realize NJ's Hockey team "The Devil's" is named for this spooky creature. She also talked about her personal favorite because it is a story from her childhood called The Orange Shoes that deals with bullying.
Courtney Sheinmel author of the Stella Batts series for ages 7 to 9. These are such fun books that make great gifts and are even fun to read aloud. I love the voice in these books.
Ann E. Burg (my lovely sister) talked about how her new book Serafina's Promise (which I blogged about the other day) and her first novel in verse All the Broken Pieces teach about other cultures in an easier manner. She also talked about her book Rebekkah's Journey a little known story of WW II refugees in Oswego NY.
Ann Malaspina brought her picture book biographies Heart on Fire the story of Susan B. Anthony and a women's right to vote plus Touch the Sky the wonderful story of the first African American woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics....loved learning about her.
Like I said these great books are not just for teacher's to tell their students about but wonderful books that make great gifts for the child in your life.
I really enjoyed this evening because I love talking about books and about how they can enrich the lives of not just children but everyone.