Friday, February 16, 2018

February's Library Corner

Welcome back to the Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as, the Wallingford Public Library.  This month's books all celebrate Black History Month!

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8

Title: Bud, Not Buddy

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Summary: It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:

1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.
2. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
3. His mom never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!

     Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

Recommendation for Grades 3,4 &5
Title: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Author: Kadir Nelson

Summary: The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It's a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination, and triumphs.

Told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator, this inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation.

Recommendation for Grades K, 1 &2
Title: The Other Side
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator: L.B. Lewis
Summary: In this story, Clover, a young black girls lives in a home with her family.  Just on the other side of the fence lives a young girl who seems to be about Clover's age.  Clover's mother warns her that she should not be playing on the other side of the fence or bother the little girl.  One day she approaches the girl and starts to talk to her and a friendship blossoms.  

Check back next month for more recommendations!  Happy Reading!