Books We are Reading

Athens-Clarke County Children's Area

Books We are Reading

A pirate girl reading a book

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in February 2015. Click on the "check the catalog" link to see if the book is available. If it isn't, ask a librarian to put it on hold for you.

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Tiger in My Soup

This wonderfully illustrated read-aloud tells the story of a young boy left home with his older sister for the day. All the boy wants is for his sister to read his book about "big, hungry tigers" to him. When his sister gives him soup for lunch, a tiger appears out of the steam! How will the boy protect them if his sister won't listen to him about the big, hungry tiger in the kitchen?

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It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw is a brand-new children's picture book highlighting the award winning art and storytelling of former slave and self-taught folk artist Bill Traylor. Bill didn't start making his pictures until he was 81 years old, but his many pictures - over 1200 in total! - give us insights into a chapter of our history whose details are fading away with time. Despite the subject, Bill's pictures are often funny, colorful and decidedly hopeful. This book is very approachable, with pictures that are childlike in their honesty and aesthetic, and an excellent way to show children it's never too late or too early to start telling their stories through art.

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Dinosaur Parade

What is coming down the street? There are so many kinds of dinosaurs! There are all shapes and sizes, all kinds of colors, and they even eat different things and move in different ways. Any dinosaur lover will adore this book and get excited to see so many, many dinosaurs! The bright, simple illustrations really pop out of the page and catch the eyes of the youngest readers, too.

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