The Children's Bookshelf

I Am Benjamin Franklin written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos is a wonderful addition to the highly successful and thoughtfully produced Ordinary People Change the World Series.

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16 WORDS: William Carlos Williams and “The Red Wheelbarrow” written by Lisa Rogers and Illustrated by Chuck Groenink is a gentle story about a medical doctor who carefully studied his surroundings and became a Pulitzer Prize winning poet. This picture book is a celebration of small-town doctoring and of being able to notice the beauty around you.

SING SOME MORE! written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Howard Gray is a joyous picture book about a noisy little group of birds that loves to bring music to anyone within ear reach.

THE SILVER ARROW written by Lev Grossman is a spellbinding novel about a girl who gets an unusual gift from her Uncle Herbert for her 11th birthday-----a steam engine! Her mother thinks it is an entirely inappropriate gift and wants it taken away. Kate, angry with her mother’s decision, is sent to her room.

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science written by Joyce Sidman is a beautiful biography of this 17th Century naturalist and artist born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1647. One hundred and sixty pages strong, this biography hosts gorgeous drawings and watercolors of flowers and butterflies by Maria and other artists of the day including the man who taught her how to paint, still life artist Jacob Marrel, her stepfather.