Library Haul #1
One of the ways I find out about new books in children's literature is by perusing the shelves of a library. Librarians are priceless gems and chances are, if the book is on display, I'm going to snag it. As a mom who is also a children's literature nerd, I tend to have an idea what I am looking for on the shelves. However, I know that not all moms have spent the majority of their adult life following authors, book bloggers, etc.
I've decided to start a new feature called Library Hauls! (Note, a quick google search shows a lot of bloggers do this same kind of post. Bonus points to anyone who can come up with a clever name for the same idea.) Most of my posts center around a theme or particular author. When I get books from the library, they tend to be more random because I see something that catches my eye. This week's haul is from the Central Library, one of many in the Buffalo and Erie County Public libraries.
Alma and How She Got Her Name written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
This first book is one I have read before. September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month so when I saw the display at the library, I headed right there. Pro-tip - the displays are a great way to expose your kiddos to new books. Oscar has recently been obsessed with names, asking every person and animal we see what their name is. (Shout out to our local barista, Josh, for playing along so well!) I thought this would be a fun book to read with Oscar.
In this book, Alma asks her dad how she got her name - Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela. He goes through each part of her name, telling the story of the family member who was the inspiration. The illustrations bring to life each story and it feels like a movie with flashbacks. Beautifully done in both words and illustrations.