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Awesome Early Readers

It’s not always easy finding the right books to place in the hands of brand new readers. Letting kiddos choose their own books is a surefire strategy for creating excitement about reading – you can use the five finger rule to decide if a book is too hard for a child. If you want some tried and true favorites, take a look at the Geisel Award winners and mosey on over to your library to find these awesome early readers!:

I spy Fly Guy book cover  Rabbit and Robot book cover  Are you my mother book cover  Penny and her Song book cover  

Zelda and Ivy Keeping Secrets book cover  Ling and Ting book cover  Frog and Toad are friends book cover  There is a bird on your head! book cover

I spy Fly Guy! / Tedd Arnold

Rabbit & Robot: the sleepover / Cece Bell

Are you my mother/ P. D. Eastman

Penny and her song / Kevin Henkes

Zelda and Ivy: keeping secrets / Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Ling & Ting: not exactly the same/ Grace Lin

Frog and Toad are friends / Arnold Lobel

There is a bird on your head! / Mo Willems

The Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot

Hello Everyone,

Ten of us were at Lakeview to discuss The Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot and all liked it!
 
We started out discussing the writing style of David Talbot. Three of us mentioned it was difficult to track at times and maybe more editing could have helped that. One pointed out that most of it was based on interviews Talbot had done with participants and observers of these events. The rest thought there was no problem with the writing at all and that the book was gripping and the details based on the extensive research filled gaps we didn't know we had in our own knowledge, which was based on news or books written right at the time. We all felt we understood San Francisco better and many shared their own experiences and knowledge which expanded on the book's information. Our personal stories included antiwar events, taking a coyote to schools to talk about protecting the wilderness and experimenting with new life styles. We thought the author cared about his topics. One noted a review which mentioned frustration that Talbot did not include women's history and its forward movement at the time. Another mentioned that the 60s were a sexist time and we all agreed. I thought he did focus on a few major female leaders who arose at that time and loved the details about those lives such as Dianne Feinstein.
Topics we discussed, from the many covered by Talbot, were the loss of the Fillmore District and the reduction of the Black population in San Francisco from around 30% to 17% (partially remembered numbers on my part). Others were the saving of neighborhoods with the rise of power of the people, with a special note of the quiet and strong uprising Asian communities. Other topics were free clinics, Zodiac and Zebra murders, the charisma and corrupt power of Jim Jones...how if he were stopped when people in charge began to understand his power, that a mayoral election might be overturned, the clash of conservative blue collar Irish and Italian Catholic with the new hippie movement, the magic of the early love and Flower Power times and their disintegration into crime and repression by the city, the Patty Hearst kidnapping and the power of the press, the stories of lawyer Hallinan and his activist wife, the rise of the gay population and the start of the aides epidemic, the Harvey Milk assassination and the candlelight march of hundreds of thousands of mourning citizens and the legacy of all these events.

We wondered, "Why San Francisco?" for all these major events? We kicked around some ideas and came up with that it started with the Gold Rush in 1849 when San Francisco created itself as a wild, free place where anything goes. We mentioned the feeling people get when leaving a conservative world elsewhere and arriving in San Francisco to the freedom to be different. We discussed the many gay people who were severed from the military during World War II and the Viet Nam war and stayed, creating new lives and a new culture.

We talked of the influence of Herb Caen and The 49ers Superbowl victory on the city. Out of the upheaval of that era has come gay marriage, medical marijuana, immigration sanctuary, universal health care, recycling and renewable energy.

If you haven't read it yet, I would say that this is one you might want to put on your list. Both people who lived in San Francisco or the Bay Area at that time and people who were in other parts of the country felt they understand San Francisco better and are glad they read this modern history.

 

Happy Reading!
 
Mary
 
Mary Farrell, Lakeview Branch Manager
 

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Can you believe that the first Harry Potter book is now celebrating its 15th anniversary of publication in the U.S.? Go ahead and celebrate by reading the whole groundbreaking series! Or, if you're craving something similarly awesome, check out the first book in another excellent fantasy series:

Dark is Rising book coverGregor the Overlander books at OPLHalf Magic book coverHow to Train Your Dragon book coverMagyk book coverPeter and the Starcatchers book coverWizard of Earthsea book coverWee Free Men book cover

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Half Magic by Edward Eager

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Magyk by Angie Sage

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Leguin

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Can you believe that the first Harry Potter book is now celebrating its 15th anniversary of publication in the U.S.? Go ahead and celebrate by reading the whole groundbreaking series! Or, if you're craving something similarly awesome, check out the first book in another excellent fantasy series:

Dark is Rising book cover     Gregor the Overlander books at OPL     Half Magic book cover     How to Train Your Dragon book cover     

Magyk book cover     Peter and the Starcatchers book cover     Wizard of Earthsea book cover     Wee Free Men book cover

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Half Magic by Edward Eager

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Magyk by Angie Sage

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Leguin

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Celebrate Pride…with books!

June is Pride month for the lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender / queer community – a perfect time to explore these books with LGBTQ themes available at the Oakland Public Library. If you want more recommendations, check out the Rainbow Book lists for children and teens…and let us know here in the comments if you have any favorites to share! Happy reading, and happy Pride!

Picture Books

And Tango makes three book coverDonovan's Big Day book coverFamily book coverIn our Mothers' House book coverKing and King book coverPugdog book coverSissy Duckling book cover10,000 dresses book cover

And Tango makes three / Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell; illustrated by Henry Cole.

Donovan's big day / Lesléa Newman; illustrations by Mike Dutton.

The family book / Todd Parr.

In our mothers' house / Patricia Polacco.

King & King / Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland.

Pugdog / Andrea ỦRen.

The sissy duckling  / Harvey Fierstein; illustrated by Henry Cole.

10,000 dresses / Marcus Ewert; illustrations by Rex Ray.

Chapter Books

After Tupac and D Foster book coverMy mixed-up berry blue summer book coverPopularity Papers books at OPLTotally Joe book cover

After Tupac & D Foster / Jacqueline Woodson.

My mixed-up berry blue summer / Jennifer Gennari

The popularity papers: research for the social improvement and general betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang / Amy Ignatow.

Totally Joe / James Howe.

Nonfiction and a Comic too!

Drama book coverGreat big book of families coverHarvey Milk Story book coverIt's so Amazing book cover

Drama / Raina Telgemeier; with color by Gurihiru.

The great big book of families / Mary Hoffman; pictures by Ros Asquith.

The Harvey Milk story / Kari Krakow; illustrated by David Gardner.

It's so amazing!: a book about eggs, sperm, birth, babies, and families / Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberley.

Celebrate Pride…with books!

June is Pride month for the lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender / queer community – a perfect time to explore these books with LGBTQ themes available at the Oakland Public Library. If you want more recommendations, check out the Rainbow Book lists for children and teens…and let us know here in the comments if you have any favorites to share! Happy reading, and happy Pride!

Picture Books

And Tango makes three book cover   Donovan's Big Day book cover   Family book cover    In our Mothers' House book cover   King and King book cover   Pugdog book cover   Sissy Duckling book cover   10,000 dresses book cover

And Tango makes three / Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell; illustrated by Henry Cole.

Donovan's big day / Lesléa Newman; illustrations by Mike Dutton.

The family book / Todd Parr.

In our mothers' house / Patricia Polacco.

King & King / Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland.

Pugdog / Andrea ỦRen.

The sissy duckling  / Harvey Fierstein; illustrated by Henry Cole.

10,000 dresses / Marcus Ewert; illustrations by Rex Ray.

Chapter Books

After Tupac and D Foster book cover     My mixed-up berry blue summer book cover     Popularity Papers books at OPL     Totally Joe book cover

After Tupac & D Foster / Jacqueline Woodson.

My mixed-up berry blue summer / Jennifer Gennari

The popularity papers: research for the social improvement and general betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang / Amy Ignatow.

Totally Joe / James Howe.

Nonfiction and a Comic too!

Drama book cover     Great big book of families cover     Harvey Milk Story book cover     It's so Amazing book cover

Drama / Raina Telgemeier; with color by Gurihiru.

The great big book of families / Mary Hoffman; pictures by Ros Asquith.

The Harvey Milk story / Kari Krakow; illustrated by David Gardner.

It's so amazing!: a book about eggs, sperm, birth, babies, and families / Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberley.

Baby Faces

Babies LOVE gazing at faces. Parents and caregivers have always known this; brain research now backs it up as fact. Even the youngest of kiddos are hardwired to recognize faces, and will tend to look at pictures of faces longer than images of other objects.

Want to stimulate your baby's brains? Head on over to the library and find these board books featuring photographs of baby faces:

Global Babies book coverI love colors book coverShades of Black book coverBaby Faces book coverSmile! book coverBaby Food book cover

Baby Faces by Margaret Miller

Baby Food by Margaret Miller

Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children

I Love Colors by Margaret Miller

Shades of black: A celebration of our children / by Sandra L. Pinkney; photographs by Myles C. Pinkney

Smile! by Roberta Intrater

 

Baby Faces

Babies LOVE gazing at faces. Parents and caregivers have always known this; brain research now backs it up as fact. Even the youngest of kiddos are hardwired to recognize faces, and will tend to look at pictures of faces longer than images of other objects.

Want to stimulate your baby's brains? Head on over to the library and find these board books featuring photographs of baby faces:

Global Babies book cover   I love colors book cover    Shades of Black book cover   Baby Faces book cover   Smile! book cover   Baby Food book cover

Baby Faces by Margaret Miller

Baby Food by Margaret Miller

Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children

I Love Colors by Margaret Miller

Shades of black: A celebration of our children / by Sandra L. Pinkney; photographs by Myles C. Pinkney

Smile! by Roberta Intrater

 

Hot Off the Presses!

Do you know where the newest and shiniest books are kept in your local library? If not, ask a staff member to show you the way! Most branches have a “new book” shelf where you can find these and other fresh, fantastic books for kids:

Picture Books

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons book coverH.O.R.S.E. book coverKiss Means I Love You book cover

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons / written by Eric Litwin; created and illustrated by James Dean

H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination / Christopher Myers

A Kiss Means I Love You / by Kathryn Allen; photographs by Eric Futran

Early Readers and Moving Up

Rabbit and Robot book coverPenny and her Doll book coverLulu and the Duck in the Park book coverEarwig and the Witch book cover

Rabbit & Robot : The Sleepover / Cece Bell

Penny and Her Doll / Kevin Henkes

Lulu and the Duck in the Park / by Hilary McKay; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

Earwig and the Witch / Diana Wynne Jones; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Fiction

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms book coverStarry River of the Sky book coverWho Could That Be at This Hour? book coverNanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan book cover

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery & a Very Strange Adventure / by Lissa Evans

Starry River of the Sky / Grace Lin

Who Could That Be at This Hour? / Lemony Snicket; art by Seth

Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan / by R.A. Spratt; illustrated by Dan Santat

Nonfiction

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? book coverIsland book coverHow Many Jelly Beans? book coverMoonbird book cover

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell / Tanya Lee Stone; illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Island: A Story of the Galápagos / Jason Chin

How Many Jelly Beans? / by Andrea Menotti; illustrated by Yancey Labat

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 / Phillip Hoose

Graphic Novels

Drama book coverTrip to the Bottom of the World book coverWrinkle in Time graphic novel book cover

Drama / Raina Telgemeier; with color by Gurihiru

A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse: A Toon Book / by Frank Viva

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel / adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

Hot Off the Presses!

Do you know where the newest and shiniest books are kept in your local library? If not, ask a staff member to show you the way! Most branches have a “new book” shelf where you can find these and other fresh, fantastic books for kids:

Picture Books

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons book coverH.O.R.S.E. book coverKiss Means I Love You book cover

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons / written by Eric Litwin; created and illustrated by James Dean

H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination / Christopher Myers

A Kiss Means I Love You / by Kathryn Allen; photographs by Eric Futran

Early Readers and Moving Up

Rabbit and Robot book coverPenny and her Doll book coverLulu and the Duck in the Park book coverEarwig and the Witch book cover

Rabbit & Robot : The Sleepover / Cece Bell

Penny and Her Doll / Kevin Henkes

Lulu and the Duck in the Park / by Hilary McKay; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

Earwig and the Witch / Diana Wynne Jones; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Fiction

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms book coverStarry River of the Sky book coverWho Could That Be at This Hour? book coverNanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan book cover

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery & a Very Strange Adventure / by Lissa Evans

Starry River of the Sky / Grace Lin

Who Could That Be at This Hour? / Lemony Snicket; art by Seth

Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan / by R.A. Spratt; illustrated by Dan Santat

Nonfiction

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? book coverIsland book coverHow Many Jelly Beans? book coverMoonbird book cover

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell / Tanya Lee Stone; illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Island: A Story of the Galápagos / Jason Chin

How Many Jelly Beans? / by Andrea Menotti; illustrated by Yancey Labat

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 / Phillip Hoose

Graphic Novels

Drama book coverTrip to the Bottom of the World book coverWrinkle in Time graphic novel book cover

Drama / Raina Telgemeier; with color by Gurihiru

A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse: A Toon Book / by Frank Viva

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel / adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson