Arthur

One of the greatest legends of all time is the story of King Arthur and the Round Table. I have always been intrigued by the people, magic, and mystery that surrounds this story. We previously have shared five different versions of the story, but here are six more titles to further expand your Arthurian knowledge.  

9.11 A Squires TaleTHE SQUIRE’S TALE
By Gerald Morris
(1998)

In medieval England, 14-year-old Terence finds his tranquil life changed suddenly when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain and accompanies him on a long quest to prove Gawain’s worth as a knight and reveal a secret about Terence’s true identity. Morris has a whole series of Arthurian books that feature Terence and the Knights of Camelot. They are witty and full of adventure and magic. Great for older children and teens. 

 

9.11 Over Sea Under StoneOVER SEA, UNDER STONE
By Susan Cooper
(1965)

Three children are on vacation in Cornwall when they find an ancient manuscript that sends them on a dangerous quest in the battle between the forces of the Light and the Dark. This is the first book in Cooper’s THE DARK IS RISING series and is a classic for a reason. There is lots of adventure, magic, and family dynamics as they race against the clock to defeat the Dark. 

 

9.11 Avalon HighAVALON HIGH
By Meg Cabot
(2006)

High school junior Ellie has just enrolled at Avalon High School when strange things start to happen, and it seems that some of her classmates may be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court. I remember reading this book as a teen, and absolutely loved it. It is fun to see Arthur set in contemporary time, and Cabot manages to throw in some surprises that keep the characters and the reader on their toes. 

 

9.11 Once and FutureONCE AND FUTURE
By Amy Rose Capetta
(2019)

King Arthur’s most recent reincarnation is 17-year-old Ari, a female king who fights a tyrannical corporate government who is taking over the solar system, with the aid of her friends and a teenaged Merlin. Camelot in Space! A fun mix of futuristic technology and medieval jousting and chivalry, a group of diverse teenagers tries to stop an evil corporation from destroying the solar system. 

 

9.11 The Guinevere DeceptionTHE GUINEVERE DECEPTION
By Kiersten White
(2019)

In order to protect King Arthur, the banished Merlin has sent a 16-year-old changling to Camelot, where her magic is outlawed, to impersonate the deceased Guinevere. In a court torn between the old and new, Guinevere must try to keep Arthur safe while keeping her true identity hidden. Full of deadly jousts, forbidden romances, and complex characters, this is a great read for readers who love fantasy and mystery. 

 

9.11 Tomorrows MagicTOMORROW’S MAGIC
By Pamela Service
(2007)

This 2-in-1 volume follows a young, resurrected Merlin as he tries to bring back King Arthur and stop Morgan Le Fey in the wake of a nuclear holocaust. Set in a post-nuclear apocalypse time, Merlin is trying to resurrect Arthur with the help of two boarding school outcasts and stop the evil Morgan Le Fey. This futuristic tale will appeal to both Arthurian purists and fantasy lovers. Have I missed any of your favorite Arthurian adaptations? Be sure to share them in the comments.

 

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“We believe happy people make the world a better place.” - Disney’s Imagineering motto.

When the world is right and we are happy, things are much better, but sometimes, when life gives us lemons, we have to find a way to sweeten things up.  

This past May I had to cancel a trip to Disney World. I was a very disappointed Disney fan. I was feeling sad and a little sour about missing this trip so I started reading books about Disney World. If you also missed a fun summer vacation this year, don’t be sad and tart, here is a sweet solution. Just pick the place you would like to go and visit the library. Life could use a little sugar right now, so check out a book, enjoy some down time, and make some lemonade. 

9.9 Secrets of Walt Disney WorldSECRETS OF WALT DISNEY WORLD: WEIRD WONDERFUL FACTS ABOUT THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE ON EARTH
By Dinah Williams
(2013)

Find out the secrets of Disney World in this book to make your next visit to Disney World even more special. It will direct you to hidden Mickeys, the longest and fastest rides, and the magic behind the scenes at Walt Disney World.  

 

9.9 MousejunkiesMOUSEJUNKIES: TIPS, TALES, AND TRICKS FOR A DISNEY WORLD FIX: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR A PERFECT VACATION
By Bill Burke
(2015) 

A guidebook with a collection of humorous travelogues and insider how-to secrets compiled from a panel of Disney fanatics.

 

9.9 Disneys LandDISNEY’S LAND: WALT DISNEY AND THE INVENTION OF THE AMUSEMENT PARK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
By Richard Snow
(2019) 

A history chronicling the conception and creation of Disneyland. The masterpiece California theme park, that became at once the greatest piece of urban design in the United States and the world’s most prosperous tourist attraction, as told like never before by popular historian Richard Snow. 

 

9.9 Walt Disney WorldWALT DISNEY WORLD
By Marne Ventura
(2019)

In 1965, Walt Disney World Resort opened in Orlando, Florida. Explore the life of Walt Disney and the history of this iconic resort.  

 

9.9 Birbaums Walt Disney WorldBIRNBAUM’S WALT DISNEY WORLD FOR KIDS 2020: THE OFFICAL GUIDE
By Wendy Lefkon
(2019)

Real kids give honest advice for your next vacation to Disney World. A guide to Walt Disney World with colorful maps, photos, and more. Get advice from young Disney experts.

 

LGBTQIA

Have you ever felt different? Like you didn’t fit in? I have! I think most people have felt different at some point. Different isn’t a bad thing. But sometimes being different is hard.

Sometimes people are mean to you if you’re different. Sometimes they say being different is bad. They might say things to make you wish you were like everyone else. You might feel ashamed or afraid of being different.

You should never feel ashamed of being different. Pride is the opposite of shame: you feel good about who you are and what makes you different -- and special. I hope that one day, everyone can feel pride about who they are, and no one has to live in fear.

Here are some books for children about people who might be different from you. You should talk about your thoughts and feelings with a parent or trusted adult.

This post is a special children’s installment of Diverse Reads, a series that gathers books with diverse characters or authors: people who are LGBTQIA+, Native, people of color, gender diverse, people with disabilities, or ethnic, cultural, or religious minorities. I hope that these books help open a window for you into other worldviews.

9.2 Rainbow a First Book of PrideRAINBOW: A FIRST BOOK OF PRIDE 
By Michael Genhart
(2019)

Children from different kinds of families show the original meanings of the colors in the rainbow flag. Then they come together at a parade to share in a day when we are all united.

 

9.2 Prince KnightPRINCE & KNIGHT 
By Daniel Haack
(2018)

Once upon a time, there was a prince in line to take the throne. His parents set out to find him a kind and worthy bride. While they were away, a terrible dragon threatened their land! The prince hurried to save his kingdom and was met by a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor. Together they fought the dragon and discovered that special something the prince was looking for all along.

 

9.2 Julian is a MermaidJULIÁN IS A MERMAID 
By Jessica Love
(2018)

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When he gets home, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Abuela think?

 

9.2 Im Not a GirlI’M NOT A GIRL 
By Maddox Lyons
(2020)

Nobody seems to understand that Hannah is not a girl. His parents ask why he won't wear the cute outfits they pick out, his friend thinks he must be a tomboy, and his teacher insists he should be proud to be a girl. But a birthday wish, a new word, and a stroke of courage might be just what Hannah needs to finally show the world who he really is.

 

9.2 Plenty of HugsPLENTY OF HUGS 
By Fran Manushkin
(2020)

Two mommies spend a sunny day with their toddler: on a bike ride, at the zoo, and finally back home. All along the way, there are “plenty of hugs for you and me.”

 

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On January 27th the American Library Association announced the 2020 Newbery winner and Newbery Honor winners. NEW KID written by Jerry Craft is the 2020 Newbery Medal winner and the four Newbery Honor winners are: THE UNDEFEATED written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Newlson; SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES written by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu; OTHER WORDS FOR HOME written by Jasmine Warga; GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN written by Alicia D. Williams.

The John Newbery Award is given each year to the book that is considered the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature for the year. Growing up my parents read many Newbery books to me but I didn’t understand what a Newbery book really was. Now I’m grateful for the great literary exposure I had as a child. Here are some of my favorite Newbery award winning books. 

8.31 The Witch of Blackbird PondTHE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND
By Elizabeth George Speare
(1958)

Kit Tyler is an orphan who leaves her home in beautiful Barbados to come to America to live with her stern Puritan aunt and uncle. Kit doesn’t fit in and the only place where she feels completely free, is the meadow where she enjoys the company of a Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. When people learn of Kit’s friendship, she herself is accused of being a witch. 

 

8.31 Mrs. FrisbyMRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH
By Robert C. O’Brien
(1970)

Mrs. Frisby is a mouse with four small children. One summer she must move her family to their summer home or face a certain death, but her youngest son Timothy is sick with pneumonia and can not be moved. When she meets the rats of NIMH, they come up with a solution to her dilemma. 

 

8.31 A Year Down YonderA YEAR DOWN YONDER
By Richard Peck
(2000)

Mary Alice is 15 and is being sent from the bustling city of Chicago to the country of Illinois to live with her crazy, larger than life, grandmother. She isn’t looking forward to spending a year in this tiny town but the year passes quickly and thanks to Grandma Dowdel, it is pretty uneventful. 

 

8.31 Roll of Thunder Hear My CryROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY
By Mildred D. Taylor
(1976)

The first time I read this story I was in 5th grade and I remember feeling so angry at the way Cassie and her family were being treated. This is the story of a black family living during the depression in Mississippi. They are faced with prejudice, discrimination, and lack of justice for black people at this time in our country. This was a very eye-opening book for me about what discrimination was really like. 

 

8.31 Rifles for WatieRIFLES FOR WATIE
By Harold Keith
(1957)

This is a rich novel that tells the story of a young boy named Jeff Bussey who sees the civil war from both sides and lives to tell his story. It is a story about a part of the civil war that you don’t hear much about, the western campaign, and the issues and problems faced as men on both sides fought and died. 

 

8.31 The Girl Who Drank the MoonTHE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON
By Kelly Regan Barnhill
(2016)

Each year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby deep in the forest as a sacrificial offering to the “witch” to keep her from terrorizing the village. The witch, Xan, rescues the abandoned babies and takes them to another village where she gives them to good families. While Xan and the baby are traveling to the village she feeds the babies starlight. One year, Xan accidentally feeds one of the babies too much starlight and fills the child with extraordinary magic so she decides to keep this baby, Luna, and raises her as her own.

 

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