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Perfect Pair #30

This month's perfect pair features a classic and a soon-to-be classic.

  • A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2016)
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    The story of The Snowy Day begins more than one hundred years ago, when Ezra Jack Keats was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The family were struggling Polish immigrants, and despite Keats’s obvious talent, his father worried that Ezra’s dream of being an artist was an unrealistic one. But Ezra was determined. By high school he was winning prizes and scholarships. Later, jobs followed with the WPA and Marvel comics. But it was many years before Keats’s greatest dream was realized and he had the opportunity to write and illustrate his own book. For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats’s hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his — and Keats’s — neighborhood.
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
    The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.  No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.  Winner of 1963 Caldecott Medal.
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Minecraft Math

The ridiculously popular game is getting a S.T.E.A.M. treatment at Hoover Public Library on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 4 p.m.  At our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event, we'll use math to recreate parts of the Minecraft Universe in real life -- with post-it notes and boxes.  This event is open to kids ages 5-11.  Don't miss it!  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830) today!

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Bad Art Is Good

Create something fantasticly terrible with a mishmash of materials at our Bad Art event on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 4 p.m.  The library supplies the mishmash; YOU supply the imagination.  You think creating Bad Art is enough to entice you to sign up online or by phone (444-7830)?  Then you'll be blown away by the next bit of info.  There will also be door prizes and food!  Woo-hoo!  This event is open to all bad artists age 10-17.  Sign up today!

This list covers topics from deep in the ocean to high in the sky . . . and everything in between.  There is a printable list of all 58 titles available here.

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes by Sara Gillingham
Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics by Steve Jenkins
Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution by Gretchen Woelfle
Are You an Art Sleuth?: Look, Discover, Learn! by Brooke DiGiovanni Evans
Charles Darwin’s Around-the-World Adventure by Jennifer Thermes
The Deadliest Creature in the World by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific by Deborah Hopkinson
Factastic: A LEGO Adventure in the Real World by LEGO World
Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights by Mary Cronk Farrell
Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine by Heather Lang, illustrated by Raúl Cólon
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman
Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau & Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Meilo So
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
Good Trick, Walking Stick! by Sheri Mabry Bestor
Grover Cleveland, Again!: A Treasury of American Presidents by Ken Burns
How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture by Tonya Bolden
I Am NOT a Dinosaur! by Will Lach
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See by Libby Romero
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo

There's a little bit of everything on this year's juvenile fiction list -- change, friendship, legacy, magic, sorrow, war.  There is a printable list of all 53 titles available here.

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
The Best Man by Richard Peck
The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Booked by Kwame Alexander
The Case of the Girl in Grey by Jordan Stratford
Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington
The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Fenway & Hattie by Victoria J. Coe
Framed!: A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti
Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Haunting of Falcon House by Eugene Yelchin
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illuminated by Hatem Aly
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd



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