Month: February 2020

Hair Love

Written by Matthew A. Cherry, Illustrated by Vashti Harrison This is a heartwarming book. It shows the love between a father and daughter as the father tries to help his daughter style her hair for a special day. The digitally created illustrations are lovely and colors are pleasing to the eye. This book is based …

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The Blackbird Girls

Written by Anne Blankman One morning, neighbors Valentina and Oksana wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work–Chernobyl–has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who’ve always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina’s grandmother. In their …

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#GSDLibraries Display Roundup: February 2020

Diversity Display at Olympus Jr. High Jessica Moody, Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Olympus Jr. High, shared these photos of her current library display. Here is one of the quotes shared in the display: Library Bulletin Boards Book Fair at Western Hills El. Ann Visser, media clerk at Western Hills Elementary, shared photos of …

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Now with Fleas! (Cats vs. Robots #2)

Written by Margaret Stohl and Lewis Peterson, Illustrated by Kay Peterson Do you like Star Wars? Well, this series is like Star Wars except with robots and cats. Obi is a transformed robot cat who has had the Singularity Chip fused in his system. The chip allows him to have his original mind even though …

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Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir

Written by Nikki Grimes In this memoir, Nikki Grimes talks about her childhood and how while growing up she used writing to help her cope with difficult situations. Her mother suffered from schizophrenia and Grimes was eventually placed in foster care. She goes through childhood separated from her sister but realizes the magic of writing. …

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Black Excellence and Black History Month 2020: Book Lists, Posters, Resources

For Black History Month (February 2020) and in connection with Granite’s recent Black Excellence Celebration, we are curating popular and award-winning books by African American authors and illustrators, as well as other library and learning resources that celebrate African American history and culture.

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