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Operatic by Kyo Maclear: Red Maple 2020 Nominee!

Operatic by Kyo Maclear Book Cover"Mr. K believes that everyone has a song.  He says that somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you". Charlie and her friends in 8C marvel at different genres of music as Mr. K sings and plays punk, emo, pop and opera tunes.  The assignment: each student needs to find a song for this moment in their lives, their final months in elementary school. Operatic, Kyo Maclear's first graphic novel, celebrates an inspiring music teacher, friendship and learning to growing into who you want to be. Maclear slips in some amazing music trivia - opera diva Maria Callas borrowed records from the public library!  Bryon Eggenschwiler's dramatic illustrations bring to life the feelings of characters past and present. What song feels like home to you?

Unicorns 101

cover image Unicorns 101 by Cale Atkinson is a fabulous faux textbook that offers a hilarious crash course in the most magical of creatures. You’ll have a hoot discovering juicy facts about unicorns - and witty wordplay abounds (“Scientific name: Betterthan horsicus”). On the syllabus is Diet & Digestion (unicorns have a refined palette, preferring “Peanut butter and pixie dust sandwiches”); and Social Behaviors (check out the “ancient ritual of the dance-off!”).  Atkinson’s penchant for creating dynamic, exuberant, fall-off-your-chair funny picture books is on colourful display here. Perfect for unicorn fans both in and out of the classroom - there's a cornucopia of classroom tie-in possibilities.

-- Linda Ludke, Collections Management Librarian, Central

Indigenous Solidarity Day: Friday June 21st

book cover Bowwow Powwow by Brenda ChildCelebrate Indigenous Solidarity Day with a book! London Public Library's Indigenous Reads may lead you to a special book.  Dual-language book Bowwow Powpow by Brenda Child tells the story, in English and Ojibwe, of Windy Girl and her beloved dog Itchy Boy and the wonder of the powwow -- traditional dances, drumming, all her community coming together.

Your own flashlight on June 22! Get Your Summer Read On Day!

book cover At The Library by Heather Alexander Get Your Summer Read On Day is June 22 -- sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club at any location to receive your own little flashlight.  Cozy up and read At The Library, "A Shine-A-Light Book" by Heather Alexander -- hold the book up in front of your flashlight to see what's hidden...an xray? a squid? your favorite library books?

Celebrate Indigenous Children's Authors: June 11 - 21 at your Library!

book cover image Once in A Blue Moon by Danielle DanielOnce in A Blue Moon, skipping down the sidewalk, I saw a dragonfly sitting on a leaf! Do you like to discover the unexpected in nature? Explore the artwork of Danielle Daniel -- and Julie Flett too! Drop in to any Library location June 11 - 21 to create with interactive displays.  Let's Celebrate Indigenous Children's Authors


Flashlight: Book Review & your own little flashlight coming soon on June 22!

picture book cover Flashlight by Lizi BoydA magical wordless picture book,  Flashlight by Lizi Boyd shows a child's nighttime explorations of the dark woods with their flashlight -- putting a spotlight on noctural animals.  But then the animals take over the flashlight and it's the child's turn to be in beam of light! 

Do you want to read under the covers with your own little flashlight? Drop in to any location of London Public Library on Saturday, June 22 to sign up for the TD Summer Reading Club and get a flashlight!

Celebrate Indigenous Children's Authors: Wild Berries by Julie Flett

book cover Julie Flett's Wild BerriesIn Wild Berries, Cree-Métis author Julie Flett celebrates a magical day when a child and grandmother go blueberry picking and uncover all the wonders of the woods - tickly ants, a stunning spider web, a furtive fox.

Celebrate Indigenous Children’s Authors! June 11 - 21, 2019

Celebrate Indigenous Children's Authors - Activity

Drop into your local library from June 11-21st to explore the Art & Storytelling of Indigenous Children’s Authors, Danielle Daniel and Julie Flett!

The Panda Problem

cover image of The Panda ProblemIn The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood, an unseen narrator begins recounting a tale about "a panda who lived in a beautiful bamboo grove." When it comes time to introduce a problem, the laid-back panda denies this narrative claim. The disgruntled narrator lays down the rules and volleys a series of conflict-probing questions to no avail. While lounging on a hammock, the untroubled panda has a revelation and turns the storytelling tables. With the editorial reins now firmly in his paw, the bear riles up the narrator with annoying antics like

Anna at the Art Museum

book coverIn Anna at the Art Museum, by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert, a little girl is the very picture of boredom.  With a frustrated frown on her face, and a stuffed giraffe by her side, Anna deems everything in the gallery to be “old and boring.” And then there are all the rules.  She tries to make her own experiential fun, like roaring at the Babylonian ceramic lion, but her playful efforts at engagement are dissuaded by the watchful attendant.  Anna wishes that “the museum could be turned inside out.  Or the world outside in” and this happens when