There are plenty of amazing picture books from well-known authors and illustrators releasing this month. We've narrowed our list down to 18 picture books that we feel are the best of the best from October.
Spring is coming! This means an abundance of pretty picture books, some poetry, and an array of excellent novels. Here are some of the best new books that release in March. Which books will you leap for?
Elizabeth Bird is the Youth Materials Specialist of New York Public Library. She is also the sensational voice of the School Library Journal's A Fuse #8 Production and has served on Newbery. In her usual jaunty manner, Elizabeth talked to TCBR about becoming a librarian
An excerpt from J.K. Rowling‘s Harvard commencement address, 2008:
“On this wonderful day when we are gathered together to celebrate your academic success, I have decided to talk to you about the benefits of failure. And as you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called ‘real life’, I want to extol the crucial importance of imagination. …
… You might think that I chose my second theme, the importance of imagination, because of the part it played in rebuilding my life, but that is not wholly so. Though I will defend the value of bedtime stories to my last gasp, I have learned to value imagination in a much broader sense. Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most trans-formative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”
Now that we have heard great words of wisdom from one of the most influential writers of current time about the importance of imagination, here are my picks to help unleash and inspire creativity and ingenuity in graduates of all ages: