Archive for November, 2010

Top of the Shelf: Pigs to the Rescue

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman

Children will giggle their way through this funny story right down to the appropriate and surprise ending. Any problems on Mr. Greenstalk’s farm are quickly – and too jubilantly, for his taste – taken care of by his energetic pigs. Lively drawings, rich with color and action, set the pace as these chubby porcines determine to be helpful. Pigs to the rescue indeed!

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Picture Book Puzzler: Bears, Oh My!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

There’s a no shortage of bears in picture books, that’s for sure. From Winnie-the-Pooh to Paddington, we readers have cherished a long-time love of cute, cuddly bears. And here in the bookstore, I’m pleased to see new bears to love in each year’s new batch of picture books.  But how to tell them all apart? I bet you can do it! Identify the books that each of these favorite bears come from in the comments below. Get them all right and you’ll be entered a raffle for this free Brown Bear & Friends poster.

Sounds bear-y good to me! So, let’s hear your guesses, you picture book pros!

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At The Carle: Katherine Paterson & Michael Rosen

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

It’s really hard to believe that children’s book legends Katherine Paterson and Michael Rosen will both be at The Carle, together, presenting at our annual Eductator’s Night, but it’s true! This Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 4:00-6:00 pm in our Auditorium. Excuse me while I gush, but the chance to meet such amazing authors is a dream come true for me!

I grew up reading so many of Katherine Paterson’s books and I was particularly captivated by her book Lyddie (which spurred a trip to the Lowell mills where I got to try my hand at weaving cloth and pretend I was Lyddie. I was a total historical fiction buff as a kid).  Keeping up with our tradition of hosting the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (Jon Sceiszka graced us with his medal-wearing presence two years ago), Katherine Paterson will be talking about her own journey through publishing and discuss the importance of reading.

But that’s not all! Oh no. No, no, no. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Michael Rosen, the former Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, is flying all the way across the pond to join Katherine. Most Americans know Michael through his popular version of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Michael is a master of rhythm and poetry and his books make wonderful read-alouds. Here’s a great video I found of Michael reciting We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

He’s a true natural story teller and, I hear, hysterically funny in person as well!

The event is free, as part of our annual Educator’s Night (click here for more info) and so it’s no surprise that it is already sold out. (Call 413-658-1126 to be put on a waiting list).

But even if you can’t attend, we’d still love to send you a signed book. We’re accepting pre-orders online until Tuesday November 9, 2010 for autographed copies of any of Katherine Paterson or Michael Rosen’s books. Place your order now and we’ll get them signed by the authors and shipped to you after the event on Wednesday. And be sure to check out the other amazing authors who’ll be coming to The Carle in November in our new “To Be Autographed” section on our Shop website.

At The Carle: Rich Michelson

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

This Sunday, November 7th at 1:00 pm, meet local award-winning writer and storyteller Rich Michelson at The Carle. As well as being a poet and writer of children’s books, Rich is also the owner of the amazing R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, MA, which houses fine art of all kinds, including an extensive collection of original children’s book illustration. (When I get around to putting together my dream children’s book tour of New England, these galleries are going to be a must-see stop!)

Rich’s books for children are playful and lyrical, and often revolve around the close and heartwarming relationships children form with others in their lives, despite racial or cultural barriers. His books all have a great appreciation for history and, often, Jewish culture. In collaboration with our Monsters & Miracles exhibition, on Sunday Rich will discuss his own picture books as well as the history of Jewish children’s book illustration. A book signing will follow his presentation. If you can’t make the event, but would like to buy any of Rich’s books, place your order online by Saturday, November 6th and we will have him sign your books and then ship them to you after the event. Click here to see all of Rich’s books for sale in our store.

For more about Rich Michelson, check out this wonderful interview over at one of my favorite blogs, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

I also really enjoyed this video of Rich Michelson talking about Maurice Sendak, the man who “doesn’t write blurbs” writing a blurb for his book, Too Young for Yiddish as well as discussing Brundibar. Really interesting stuff!

After Rich’s presentation at The Carle on Sunday, please join us at R. Michelson Galleries from 4-6 pm in Northampton, MA to celebrate the gallery’s 21st Annual Children’s Illustration Show. We look forward to it every year and the Carle Bookstore will be there selling books by all the fabulous children’s book illustrators in show.  It’s the perfect time to meet the artists and writers behind your favorite children’s books and maybe get a book signed. Don’t believe me? Check out this picture of last year’s star-studded attendance:

To see who’s who, check out the R. Michelson gallery website here.

Hope to see you Sunday!

Top of the Shelf: A Story for Bear

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

A Story for Bear by Dennis Haseley, illustrated by Jim LaMarche

Anyone who enjoys books – both children and adults – will delight in this fantasy about the friendship of a woman and a bear – brought together by the love of reading. Haseley’s enchanting tale is made real by LaMarche’s glowing and realistic illustrations.

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