EVPL Communities: EZReader@evpl's Blog Postshttp://evpl.org/community/blogs/All of EZReader@evpl's blog posts on the EVPL Communities site.en-USCommunityServer 2008 SP1 (Build: 30619.63) <![CDATA[Who is Pura Belpre and why is she important?]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/08/28/who-is-pura-belpre-and-why-is-she-important.aspx Thu, 28 Aug 2008 14:03:00 G8T 313 EZReader@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/08/28/who-is-pura-belpre-and-why-is-she-important.aspx to post your comments!

Storyteller's candle coverI've just finished reading The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos by Lucia Gonzalez (with illustrations by Lulu Delacre).  Most likely few people outside the library world know about Pura Belpre, the first Puerto Rican librarian hired by the New York Public Library system.  Her contributions to children's library services are legendary, however.  During the dark days of the Great Depression Belpre provided a safe and comfortable environment for immigrant children (and adults, too) at her library in El Barrio.  Gonzalez's written tribute to Belpre is as warm and glowing as the candle she lit at the end of every storytime.  In the words of Belpre herself, "the library is for everyone, la bibliotea es para todos..."  Since 1996 the Pura Belpre Award, sponsored by ALA, honors "Latino writers and illustrators whose children's books celebrate the Latino cultural experience."  Come meet this remarkable woman.

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<![CDATA[Paint the Wind]]> http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/08/21/paint-the-wind.aspx Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:38:00 G8T 249 EZReader@evpl Posted to the <a href="http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/" target="_blank">Kids Blog</a> on EVPL Communities. View the original post at http://evpl.org/community/blogs/kids/archive/2008/08/21/paint-the-wind.aspx to post your comments!

Paint the Wind book coverI just finished reading this book for our Young Hoosier Intermediate Committee.  Loved this book!  Give this great horse story to upper elementary/middle schoolers.  It has plenty of action and adventure with a little sadness and humor thrown in, too.  Plus it has a gutsy young lady as the main character.  Don't miss one of Pam Munoz Ryan's best!

 

 

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