Video: “How Nature’s Got Your Back”

Summer is a great time to talk about and enjoy nature with your children. This summer is certainly different from what we are used to, but it still provides plenty of time to get outside together.

Author and environmentalist Elin Kelsey has written several children’s books that incorporate nature into their stories, including You Are Never Alone, with illustrator Soyeon Kim. The book shows readers that even when they feel alone, they are surrounded by and supported by nature. Its appeal is especially relevant right now, when children may feel fearful of all that is going on in the world around them.

The author, along with OwlKids, has made a short video for children, entitled “How Nature’s Got Your Back”:

“Little Leaders” Author Event on Facebook Live Today

Join us on our Facebook page this afternoon, Thursday July 16, at 2 p.m. EST for a live children’s event! Award-winning author Vashi Harrison will discuss her Little Leaders children’s book series with a Q & A session afterwards.

Ms. Harrison will also talk about the inspiration for her work, her process in researching and writing about the trailblazing women in her books, and her intricate and playful illustrations.

The Hudson Library is partnering with PBS Books to offer this live program to our patrons, in conjunction with PBS’s “Trailblazing Women for Kids” summer-long celebration in honor of the women’s vote centennial.

To find out more about Vashti Harrison, visit her page here.

Also, here are a few of her books:

We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 2 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!

Children’s Books to Help Celebrate Pride Month

In honor of Pride Month, which is an annual celebration of gender identity for people of all ages, this post includes some of the many LGBTQAI+-friendly children’s books that our librarians recommend, followed by a list of a few LGBTQAI+ resources for parents.

Here is a selection of our staff’s favorite related picture books from our children’s collection. Click on a book title below to take you to our online catalog where you can view a brief summary of the book and also place it on hold, if you’d like.

Fiction:

The Adventures of Honey and Leon by Alan Cumming

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman

Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne and Max Lang

The Family Book by Todd Parr

Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman

Home At Last by Vera Williams

In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

King and King by Linda de Haan

Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack

My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten

Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books

Plum by Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle

Pride Colors by Robin Stevenson

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Willow and the Wedding by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

Nonfiction:

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders

Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker by Gayle E. Pitman

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution. by Rob Sanders

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig by Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter

When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community by Gayle E. Pitman

For more information on Pride Month, see:

For more information on learning about gender identity and talking with your children about gender identity, see:

Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

We all know that books can broaden our views of the world and provide us a window or a door into the lives of people who are different from us: different cultures, ethnicities, historical time periods, and even worlds. Books can also be a mirror for us, showing us characters who are much like ourselves, facing life and challenges similar to our own. In difficult times, we turn to books to learn, to grow, to entertain, and to comfort. 

Stories can affect even the youngest children in the very same way. And what they learn from books can help shape who they become later on and how they will perceive people and events in their world.

In response to recent events—and because these are some of their best-loved choices, regardless – our children’s librarians have created a list of some of their favorite picture books that feature children of color.

Click on a book title below to take you to our online catalog where you can view a brief summary of the book and also place it on hold, if you’d like.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill

The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan

Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes

City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe

Crown: Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Dear Dragon by Josh Funk

Double Bass Blues by Andrea J. Loney

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Early Sunday Morning by Denene Millner

Every Little Thing by Bob Marley and Cedella Marley

Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn

I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Imani’s Moon by JaNay Brown-Wood

Islandborn by Junot Díaz

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Keats’s Neighborhood by Ezra Jack Keats

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Mama’s Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat

Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper

Mixed Me by Taye Diggs

My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez

One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

Parker Looks Up by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry

Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen

Reading Beauty by Deborah Underwood

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden

Saturday by Oge Mora

Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

That Is My Dream! by Langston Hughes

Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson

The Water Princess by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel

We Are Grateful by Traci Sorrell

We’re Different, We’re the Same by Bobbi Kates

What If… by Samantha Berger

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

“Exquisite” Author Event on Facebook Live Today

Join us on our Facebook page this afternoon, Thursday June 4, at 2 p.m. EST for a live children’s event! Author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Cozbi A. Cabrera will read aloud and discuss their children’s book Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks with a Q & A session afterwards.

In 1950, Gwendolyn Brooks became the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize. You can find more information about Ms. Brooks and her poetry here.

The Hudson Library is partnering with PBS Books to offer this live program to our patrons, in conjunction with PBS’s “Trailblazing Women for Kids” summer-long celebration in honor of the women’s vote centennial.

To find out more about Suzanne Slade and her 100+ children’s books, visit her page here. To read more about Cozbi A. Cabrera and her art, see her page here.

We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 2 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!

“Drawn Together” on Facebook Live Today

Join us on our Facebook page this afternoon, Thursday May 21, at 3:30 p.m. EST for a live children’s event! Author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat will read and discuss their award-winning children’s book Drawn Together.

The Hudson Library is partnering with PBS Books to offer this live program to our patrons.

Lê and Santat will provide fun behind-the-scenes insights into their art and their process, as well as interact with viewers during a Q&A session. No registration is needed for this Facebook Live event.

This program celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander month, which is observed annually during May. More information can be found at the Asian Pacific American Heritage page here.

To find out more about Minh Lê, visit his page here. To read more about Dan Santat and his books, see his page here.

We hope you join us on our Facebook page at 3:30 p.m. today for this fun and educational opportunity for kids and families!

Edited to add: You are able to access and view the recorded video of this program by going to the videos section of the Hudson Library Facebook page!

Emotional Resilience Through Picture Books

Raising healthy children requires not just providing for their physical health, but also their mental health. In order for any individual to develop and maintain good mental health, they need a set of skills and attitudes known as emotional resilience, or the ability to cope with failure, difficult feelings, traumatic events, significant life changes, and other adversities.

Emotional resilience lies in the ability to recognize and accept negative experiences for what they are and then effectively heal from them. Fortunately, there are a number of picture books out there to help children and caregivers hone their emotional resilience skills together.

Here are a dozen great choices …

Mistakes and Trying Again: 

  • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beatty and David Roberts  
  • It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr 
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Difficult Emotions and Personal Experiences:

  • Pilar’s Worries by Victoria M. Sanchez & Jess Golden
  • When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland
  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up by Dan Santat
  • A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams  

Scary World Events:

  • Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee and Pascal Lemaître 
  • The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul 
  • What Are You Scared Of, Little Mouse? by Susanna Isern & Nora Hilb
  • Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna

Several of these books are available digitally on Overdrive and Hoopla for free with your library card.