Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Texts on Textiles

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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Exploring the art of sewing? Here are some tales to comfort and inspire.

Book Cover Cloth Lullaby

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois, by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, follows the life of the sculpture artist who grew up restoring old tapestries with her mother. Textured fabrics come to life through Arsenault’s illustrations alongside Novesky’s beautiful language. Louise’s mother “loved to work in the warm sun, her needle rising and falling beside the lilting river, perfect, delicate spiderwebs glinting with caught drops of water above her.” Louise learned about warp and weft, spindles and needles, and how to dye wool from plants. The image of the spider takes on symbolic meaning throughout, i.e. “Her mother, like a spider whose web is torn, didn’t get angry, she just got on with the fixing of it.” After her beloved mother died, Louise harnesse …

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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Funny Books for Young Readers

Where are the funny books? Julie Booker gives us the scoop. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Home

Whether transitioning to a new location or determining to stay in one place, the desire for stability is common to all these picture books about home.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books for Black History Month

Julie Booker shares a reading list about Canadian black history. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Equine Books for the Year of the Horse

Julie Booker offers up horse books in anticipation of the Lunar New Year. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Books With Sole(s)

Our resident children's librarian on big ideas and books about shoes. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Into the Land of Nod

As our children's librarian columnist says, "the true antidote to sleep anxiety is a great book."

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Great Sequels (and Great Cats)

Our children's librarian columnist, Julie Booker, on very good kids' series where cats (and/or superheroes) figure large.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: On Books About Displacement

Julie Booker shares five stellar narratives which happen to share a theme of displacement.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Enviro Fiction Picks

Julie Booker selects great Earth Day books for readers through the ages.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: On Real Women and Strong Girls

Julie Booker recommends books about real women and strong girls who’ve made an impact on the world.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: On the Literary Quest

Our Children's Librarian Columnist on Books that (Literally) Take You Places. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian 800: On Poetry

"As a teacher, I tell my students: Write what you know. Maybe it’s time to add: Write what you yearn to know."

Notes from a Children's Librarian 398: On Storytelling

Our new Children's Librarian columnist Julie Booker shares the magic of the oral tale.

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