Staff Pick

As a child, legendary congressman John Lewis was in charge of the chickens on his family’s sprawling Alabama farm. He got up early every morning to feed them dried corn, line their nests with straw, and talk to them. Inspired by the music and ministers of his family’s church, John also began Preaching to the Chickens (Nancy Paulsen, $17.99). He didn’t mind that his brothers and sisters mockingly called him Preacher: he hoped that one day his words really would move people to action. Jabari Asim provides a glimpse into the roots of Lewis’s activism, which began with the civil rights movement and continues today. E.B. Lewis’s watercolor and gouache illustrations gloriously emphasize the lighting of each scene and perfectly match the tone and mood of this simple yet prophetic story. Ages 5-8.

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis Cover Image
By Jabari Asim, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399168567
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 11th, 2016

Staff Pick

Whether you are an avid naturalist, a mere dabbler in natural history, or a newcomer to the field, you will find A Child’s Introduction to Natural History: The Story of Our Living Earth—From Amazing Animals and Plants to Fascinating Fossils and Gems (Black Dog & Leventhal, $19.99) an enthralling read. Opening the book is like stepping into a natural history museum; feel free to dip into “exhibits” on microlife, reptiles, or tundra, or devote yourself to taking a comprehensive tour from cover to cover. Author Heather Alexander and illustrator Meredith Hamilton have created an engaging format using sidebars, illustrations, and photographs to introduce fascinating facts, famous naturalists, scientific vocabulary, and even exciting experiments to budding scientists. Ages 9-12.

A Child's Introduction to Natural History: The Story of Our Living Earth–From Amazing Animals and Plants to Fascinating Fossils and Gems (A Child's Introduction Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316311366
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - June 14th, 2016

What do The White Cat and the Monk (Groundwood, $18.95) have in common? Each seeks something: the cat pursues a mouse; the monk, meaning. Today’s readers can still relate to this ninth-century poem by an Irish Benedictine monk who paused in his studies to compare himself to his beloved pet. Author Jo Ellen Bogart was inspired by a number of translations to create this version, illustrated by Sydney Smith in muted watercolor and ink drawings. The book begins wordlessly: Pangur, the white cat, approaches an abbey, jumps through a window, and pads quietly up and down its stairs until he comes to a door spilling light into the hallway. The simplicity of the poem belies its deeper meaning as cat and monk experience the joy of discovery. Ages 5-9.

The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem
By Jo Ellen Bogart, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554987801
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Groundwood Books - March 30th, 2016