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KitLit to Restore Hope, Restore Connection

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

KitLit to Restore Hope, Restore Connection

As the world plays out its worst and best, these picture books stay close at hand. You could put these books into the hands of any child or adult over the holiday to restore hope and connection.     Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books Age Range: 4 – 8 Years One snowy night, a fox loses its way, entering a village. Chased away by the grown ups, Fox takes shelter in a greenhouse. A little boy sees this from his window. Without hesitating, he brings a basket of food to the greenhouse, where he leaves it for the fox. His gift is noticed and the...

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KidLit Left Out in the Elements

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast, Uncategorized | Comments Off on KidLit Left Out in the Elements

KidLit Left Out in the Elements

It was dark and stormy night… —A Wrinkle in Time Preschoolers must learn their seasons, but as they grow they will find storms and changes in the weather an ever increasing metaphor for change in their lives and the outside world.  From Madeleine L’Engle’s famous and cliché opening to A Wrinkle in Time, we remember the great storm of adolescence.  If you are a fan of said metaphors, here is handy list of weather metaphors! Listen to the podcast chatter about atmospheric kidlit on Green Mountain Morning!   The Carnival at Bray By Jessie Ann Foley Publisher: Elephant...

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Fractured Fairy Tales, Shattered Slippers

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fractured Fairy Tales, Shattered Slippers

Fractured Fairy Tales, Shattered Slippers

Children’s literature has been feverishly fracturing fairy tales since Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith released the The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales in 1992. Do the princess fairy tales featuring girls only made powerful by their beauty (and sometimes kindness) need to be especially fractured?  Do we need to smash the glass slippers for girls and women to smash the glass ceiling? Is it time to encourage your child to leave behind the Disney Princess Halloween costume?  Look to A Mighty Girl for a “Girl Empowerment Costume Guide.” Curious City joined Chris...

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Fake Your Own Mothman Sighting

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fake Your Own Mothman Sighting

Fake Your Own Mothman Sighting

For every sighting of a cryptozooilogical creature, there may be an equal number of FAKED sightings. Curious City will encourage this bad behavior this summer by offering readers the tools to Fake Their Own Mothman Sighting with the following print and digital tools! Doing so will celebrate Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes and illustrated by James K. Hindle (Roaring Brook Press), the middle grade novel Kirkus Reviews called “an ectoplasmic extravaganza”! Fake Your Own Mothman Sighting View, Download & Print Mothman Cut-out Sheet (PDF) Download Digital Mothman (.png)...

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Want to See the Ghost of Mothman’s Curse?

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want to See the Ghost of Mothman’s Curse?

Want to See the Ghost of Mothman’s Curse?

  To discover what this ghost wants, read Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes, illustrated by James K. Hindle (Roaring Brook Press). An ectoplasmic extravaganza…tailor-made for reading beneath the bedcovers. —Kirkus Reviews Animation by Curious City intern Amelia Waltz and illustration by James K. Hindle. Download and Share the animated gif HERE! Share...

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Uninvited

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Uninvited

Uninvited

What would you think if your school visit was canceled a few days before your arrival?  Scheduling error?  Budget cut?  Bad weather? What if the school told you it was a scheduling error but refused to reschedule you?  What if all the book orders were canceled?  What would you think then? Young Adult author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo suspected she was canceled because of the content of her novel Fat Angie or her documentary At-Risk Summer.  But if no one tells you that is the case, is it Censorship? Curious City joined a league of clever people including the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom to...

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