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Today, November 13, 2019 is World Kindness Day.  I'm sure you already know the number one most important way to celebrate, right?  PRACTICE KINDNESS!  But, in case you need a little help, the second most important way is available right here at Hoover Public Library.  Read one of these books!

Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity.

Charlie Hernández & the Castle of Bones by Ryan Calejo (11/12/19)
Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what’s normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Hispanic and Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new “normal,” because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool.  But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda’s sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie’s sure they’re at it again.

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.  You could challenge yourself to read a different picture book every day.  We have LOTS and LOTS of titles available here at Hoover Public Library.  You could read a picture book that specifically honors books.  My new favorite is This Book of Mine by Sarah Stewart and David Small.  It trumpets a simple truth: A well-loved book in hand brings color to any reader’s life.  You could also watch picture books brought to life in storytime.  We have options every day.  And I'm sure you can think of even more ways to make the most of Picture Book Month.  When they come to mind, make sure you share them . . . with me!

Levy expands upon I Dissent : Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (2016), her picture-book biography of the Supreme Court justice and cultural icon, in this graphic biography.

Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice by Debbie Levy & Whitney Gardner (11/05/19)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said that true and lasting change in society is accomplished slowly, one step at a time. That is how she has evolved, too. Step by step, the shy little girl became a child who questioned unfairness, who became a student who persisted despite obstacles, who became an advocate who resisted injustice, who became a judge who revered the rule of law, who became . . . RBG. This graphic novel-style biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows this modern feminist icon leading the way in the fight for equal treatment of girls and women in society, and blazing trails to the peaks of the male-centric worlds of education and law.  

Want even more of RBG?  There have been several quality biographies penned about her in recent years.
No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krull (2018)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter (2017)
You Should Meet: Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Laurie Calkhoven (2019)

Science     Technology     Engineering     Arts     Math
Enjoy these S.T.E.A.M.-powered books on National S.T.E.A.M. Day, November 8, 2019.  You can find even more titles by clicking here.

Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke
The Carpenter by Bruna Barros
Green Is a Chili Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Hey-Ho, to Mars We'll Go! by Susan Lendroth
Mary Had a Little Lab by Sue Fliess

How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk
Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines by Sarah Aronson
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka
They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki