The DC Public Library is proud to be hosting the 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children. Brian Selznick's presentation is entitled "Love Is a Dangerous Angel: Thoughts on Queerness and Family in Children's Books." The event is scheduled for Friday, May 8, at 7:00 pm at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St., NW, Washington, DC. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Registration is free, but tickets are required. A reception with book sales and signing will follow.
A simple book, or so it seems, about loss and grief and healing, in the most positive way, sending something out to the person you miss. Buckley, a sweet young beaver, misses his dad and so sends boats out to him, comforting himself that since they don't return his papa has received them. And then one day, he discovers the gift his mama has given him. Gentle with opportunities for lots of discussion or just to sit back and think about who you would send a boat to and who would receive it.
Bear encounters a lost toy bunny in the forest and brings it home. He immediately goes to work trying to find the owner, while enjoying its company at the same time. When the bunny's owner comes forward, Bear's emotions tug in two directions, until a resolution is reached. Incredibly appealing without being saccharine, featuring bright colors and plenty of white space. Up to Seven. Todd Krueger
Mourning for his mother, Jack Baker enters boarding school and meets math savant Early Auden, obsessed with the number Pi and his brother, supposedly missing in action. Jack joins Early’s search. Daymond’s quiet narration creates the wilderness while Bramhall adds depth to philosophical Pi’s parallel quest.
While missing his dog and trying to protect his secret, Travis avoids other students at his despicable new school. But the flamboyant Velveeta notices and asks many questions. When she discovers Travis’s motives, the two become something each desperately needs--friends.
Ella, Gus’s elderly dog, promises Gus that she will always be with him, but after she dies, Gus spends a lonely Halloween cavorting with skeletons in the cemetery. Gus’s reappearance is part of the night’s spooky but endearing magic. Firm horizontals and thickly outlined figures keep the story grounded.