Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Children’s books we love!

Happy New Year!
What better way to settle in for the winter in this New Year than by reading great children's books?

In keeping with the winter theme one book I highly recommend is "Iguanas in the Snow" by Francisco Xavier Alarcón. In this beautifully rendered picture book Alarcón uses poetry to convey images of winter, of snow and of the closeness of a family and a neighborhood during the winter season. 
The bright colors and images illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez show that winter isn't nearly as dreary as we think it to be, but rather filled with the warmth of feeling.
Another book I would keep an eye out for is "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson. In it CJ, like all children, questions his grandmother about their circumstances. His grandmother, rather than brushing off these questions uses them to make CJ see his surrounding in a new light. With this CJ comes to appreciate what they have and takes heart in the small moments like a bus ride to Market Street.

Copies of these two books can be purchased from our online store

Save the date!
Book reading and signing with Matt de la Peña, author of "Last Stop on Market Street"
Saturday, January 17, 2015
12:00pm - 1:30pm
La Casa Azul Bookstore is thrilled to feature Children's Book Illustrators Christian Robinson and Angela Dominguez in our first gallery exhibit of 2015! 
This gallery exhibits kicks off our year of Children's Book Illustrators, highlighting illustrators from our favorite books for the entire year.

- Galia, School Programs Coordinator

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