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Featured Resources: Author Grace Lin

Today we feature Caldecott Honor Book author, Grace Lin, and highlight the many resources we have for her.

In a video interview by Reading Rockets in Safari Montage, Grace talks about her childhood as a young Chinese-American girl in upstate NY where she was in the minority among mostly caucasian kids. She discusses how she tended to forget that she is Asian, and to the chagrin of her mother, had no interest in her Chinese heritage. She discusses how she thinks her books can be both “windows and mirrors” for students.

Check out her full book list and find teaching resources for them at our teachingbooks.net account. (Contact me if you don’t remember how to log in).

Also, check out the Monroe One BOCES Overdrive/SORA account for audio versions of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly. (Again, contact us if you need help logging in or navigating SORA.)

Featured Media: LOST IN THE LIBRARY eBook

LOST IN THE LIBRARY, by Josh Funk, is a beautiful picture book that tells the story of the two stone lions in front of the Stephen Schwarzman branch of the New York Public Library. The two stone statues are called “Patience” and “Fortitude”. One night, Patience goes missing, and Fortitude discerns that his best friend has gone into the huge library.

Available in our Monroe One SORA/Overdrive collection as an ebook, this story not only tells the reader about the history and collection inside of the flagship branch of the New York Public Library, it also conveys the importance of friends to each and every one of us.

A simple activity kit is available on Josh Funk’s website.


Books Online at the Library of Congress

In its quest to make information equally available to everyone, the Library of Congress has digitized books that were published over 100 years ago and made the collection available to the public online. The site explains, “This special collection presents children’s books selected from the General and Rare Book Collections at the Library of Congress.”

However rare, many of the books are still widely read today, such as The Secret Garden, and The Arabian Nights. These books are now in the public domain, and you can use them as freely as you like.

Access the entire collection here: https://www.loc.gov/collections/childrens-book-selections/