Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Eric Carle!

Happy Birthday to Eric Carle! He was born June 25, 1929 making him 83-years-old today!

Eric Carle is most famous for his beautifully written and illustrated picture books. Probably his most famous work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar (written in 1969), has been translated into over 50 language and sold to more than 33 million people! Pretty impressive, right? Eric Carle has illustrated more than 70 books, most of which he also wrote.

He was born in Syracuse, NY, then moved with his family to Germany at the age of six. He graduated from a pretty famous art school there called the Akademie der bildenden K√ľnste, in a city called Stuttgart.The whole time, however, he'd dreamed of returning to America, where he had his happy, childhood memories. A few years later, with $40 and a portfolio, he returned back to NY. He first found a job as a graphic designer for the New York Times, then later moved on to be the art director of an advertising agency.

One day Bill Martin Jr, called to ask him to illustrate a story he had written called Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? This was the beginning of Eric Carle’s true career.

>Here are a few of Eric Carle's most famous (or my loved by me) books:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Have You Seen My Cat?

1, 2, 3 To The Zoo: A Counting Book

From Head To Toe

Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too?

Little Cloud

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

Today Is Monday

Or come into the library for tons of other Eric Carle favorites!

Also, but sure to visit Eric Carle's website here! It's full of links to fun and interesting information about the author, including the Photo & Video Gallery, where you can see how he makes his brilliant pictures!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Reads

It's June! And more specifically, it's the last week of school!

That means the end of tests and teachers and the beginning of beaches, bathing suits, sleeping late, and hopefully your library's Summer Reading Club! What better way to enjoy summer than with some awesome beach books? Here are a few low-key, not-too-heavy suggestions to get you started:

The Summer Before Boys by Nora Raleigh Baskin

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy

Summer Ball by Mike Lupica

Holes by Louis Sachar

Or come in to the library, tell us what you like, and we'll find you another book. Now's the time to read what you want to read! And don't forget to join the Summer Reading Club to get prizes too!
 
Copyright 2009 Laura Druda