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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: March Recommendations for Kids

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Recommendations for Kids


The Easter Egg by Jan Brett - It is time for the rabbits to decorate eggs for the Easter Rabbit, and the rabbit that makes the winning egg will be allowed to help the Easter Rabbit hide the eggs on Easter morning. Finally, Hoppi is old enough to participate, and after looking at all of the other rabbits fantastic egg creations, he feels inadequate. When he lays down under a tree to think, a robin egg tumbles out of its nest and Hoppi begins his faithful care of the little egg. Brett’s enchanting, detailed illustrations complete this charming tale.

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry - Four old-fashioned children Tim the eldest, twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B (who have only one ugly sweater between themselves and alternate wearing it), and little Jane have despicable parents. While the children plot to become orphans, their wicked parents abandon them and sell their house, in spite of the children’s attempts to foil prospective buyers by posing as lamp shades and coat hangers. The children and their nanny become homeless, but find a rich millionaire for themselves and their nanny while the parents end up as human popsicles while mountain climbing. Filled with sly humor and hilarious comedy, fans of Lemony Snickett will enjoy this offering.


Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice by Phillip Hoose - "When it comes to justice, there is not easy wasy to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You just have to take a stand and say, ‘this is not right.’" Claudette Colvin

On March 2, 1955, a slim, remarkable teenager refused to surrender her seat on the bus to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Shouting, "It’s my Constitutional right!" as police dragged her off to jail, Claudette Colvin had become weary of the Jim Crow segregation laws which had plagued her since she was a young child. Putting her life at risk, she challenged segregation by being one of the four plaintiffs in the landmark busing case of Browder v. Gayle. This book is based on interviews with the courageous and inspiring Claudette Colvin, and is an in-depth account of this major civil rights pioneer, and provides a fresh, fascinating perspective on the Montgomery bus protest of 1955-56.

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson - Born into slavery in 1838, Bass became one of the most famous and feared deputy U.S. Marshals west of the Mississippi. Through tricks, ruses, disguises, and bravery, Bass made more than 3,000 arrests and killed only 14 men in the line of duty.

My People by Langston Hughes - Langston Hughes' eloquent tribute has been a cherished poem to generations. Charles Smith Jr. interprets this poem in vivid photos which highlight the splendor and magnificence of Langston’s enduring work.

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Brian Dennis - Nubs, a mongrel so named because his ears look like little nubs, was the leader of a pack of wild dogs living off the land and barely surviving, however, his life changed when he met Marine Major Brian Dennis. Dennis fed him scraps, taught him to shake, and often they stood guard duty together in Iraq. When the Marines traveled 70 miles across the freezing snowy desert, Nubs followed, arriving two days later, thin, wounded, and weary. Major Dennis raised enough money to have Nubs shipped to America, where Nubs lives in doggy bliss.


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