Author Archives: rlgibson

Harry Potter Reading Club

Harry Potter Reading Club is one of my favorite evenings of the month! This year we are reading ALL of the Harry Potter books from August until April. There will even be a Yule Ball in December to coincide with Harry … Continue reading

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Caldecott Musings 2014

A small but enthusiastic group met this afternoon to discuss potential 2014 Caldecott honorees. We read and shared what we liked about the twelve books pictured before voting, with Journey the unanimous winner. Honor books were The Mighty Lalouche and … Continue reading

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Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Tonight Annie Barrows speaks for Westerville’s One Book, One Community event, so I was looking back at my thoughts on this book. I loved it, recommended it widely, bought it for friends and family of all ages (this one works … Continue reading

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Review: Applesauce

Applesauce by Klaas Verplancke My rating: 4 of 5 stars translated by Helen Mixter. Originally published in Belgium, 2010. Wonderful depiction of a loving relationship between a father and son — with all it’s ups and downs. There are times … Continue reading

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Building Our House

By Jonathan Bean Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013 Words and pictures work together to tell the story of how a family (“a strong crew of four”) build their house. Based on the true story of how the author/illustrator’s family did … Continue reading

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Preschool STEM Storytimes

are so much fun! You can catch me blogging about a recent STEM storytime on wind today over on the Westerville Public Library Kids Blog: Feel the Wind http://blog.westervillelibrary.org/kids/?p=2957 You can also find out about some of other preschool STEM themes … Continue reading

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Review: The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari My rating: 5 of 5 stars Translated from the Italian. The prose is beautifully done; I’d love to be able to read the original Italian. A story in two parts. Yorsh (short for … Continue reading

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Review: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant My rating: 5 of 5 stars A completely wonderful book. Interestingly written, rhythmic text, detailed collage illustrations with vivid quotes from Pippin himself incorporated into the … Continue reading

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12 Rules on Reading by John Cotton Dana

1. Read 2. Read 3. Read some more. 4. Read anything. 5. Read about everything. 6. Read enjoyable things. 7. Read things you yourself enjoy. 8. Read, and talk about it. 9. Read very carefully, some things. 10. Read on … Continue reading

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Review: The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel My rating: 5 of 5 stars This captivating picture book biography of Rousseau is illustrated in a style very reminiscent of Rosseau’s art work, with flat, bright colors and often lush, … Continue reading

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