Discussion of the above book with the author, illustrator and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita, moderated by our own Deborah Taylor. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mary 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No RSVP needed unless you want to bring a group of children. Then please respond to: Monica Valentine, email@example.com, 202-707-1950.
Zara is in a wheelchair but this is only noted in the illustrations. Her energetic dog Moose hates goodbyes and keeps creating hellos by showing up at school in the classroom, the library, the cafeteria. What to do, Zara sends Moose to therapy school and we see him where he should be at the end of the book, the class reading dog. The language is active, "goodbye is hide without seek, an itch that can't be scratched" and the illustrations capture the moods of dog and children. A subtle story that might create interest in therapy dogs. Edie Ching (up to 7)
On the last day of school Mrs. McBee tells her students she won't be returning. There is sorrow until she gives them packing up jobs and William, who seems the least accepting of change, finds a way to give joy to all. A sweet look at change and ways to find comfort when dealing with it. The cartoon like characters do reflect the children's mixed emotions and the soft colors add to the good feeling. Edie Ching (up to 7)
Big, brown, and boisterous, Barkus arrives as a gift to young Nicky from her Uncle Everton. Over five silly, self-contained chapters, we see Barkus settle in as a beloved addition to Nicky's life in book one of this new series. With relatable plot lines and a bold palate, this beginning chapter book is an ideal fit for an advanced early reader. -Kit Ballenger (Up to Seven)
Miles Murphy moves to the “cow capital” of the country and hates that his lifelong efforts to be the best prankster in school may be threatened by Niles Sparks who already owns the title. Lively cartoons enhance the telling.
Ten year old Albie is kind and thoughtful but has never been the best at anything in school as his parents desire him to be. His new nanny, Calista helps him recognize his strengths and accept himself.
Billy Miller fears not being smart enough for second grade after a summer bump on his head. Appropriate emotional nuances in Billy’s encounters with his parents, sister, teacher, and classmates help Billy’s father’s pronouncement that this is Billy’s year come true.
Kate Winslet's animated narration has listeners cheering for precocious Matilda and booing at mean Miss Trunchbull. Winslet thoroughly captures ever character in one of the best audios ever produced. Another newly-released Penguin audio by Roald Dahl features Derek Jacobi in a superb narration of George's Marvelous Medicine.
When displeased with her classmates’ efforts to win a school-wide reading contest, third-grade super-reader Kelsey Green appeals for their help. Her efforts, illustrated in pencil, lead to discoveries not only about her new and old friends but also about herself.