Story books – Mente Encendida Wed, 01 Dec 2021 14:51:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Story books – Mente Encendida 32 32 Children’s books to read tucked away with your favorite youngster Wed, 01 Dec 2021 14:07:24 +0000

Close your eyes and think about your favorite picture books when you were young. They were probably the perfect mix of colorful images and evocative words – and they created whole worlds you can step into. They featured people and animals running, jumping, climbing and soaring.

This fall, we bring you five titles that include a happy cross-section of people and cultures and a generous sharing of universal experiences. The children in these books overcome their fears, discover the delights of the natural world, celebrate time spent alone, and discover a chicken that may or may not have special powers.

Why we wrote this

What promotes closeness better than story time? We asked a buyer of children’s books at an independent bookstore to share her recommendations for titles she had read aloud to the little ones.

With illustrated books, the connection between reader and listener – as well as the interplay of text and image – can create powerful memories. These books are enriched by the experience of their sharing, the time of reading aloud arousing the child’s curiosity and fueling discussions.

Room for everyone (4-8 years old)

Written by Naaz Khan, illustrated by Mercè López

Why we wrote this

What promotes closeness better than story time? We asked a buyer of children’s books at an independent bookstore to share her recommendations for titles she had read aloud to the little ones.

Get on the daladala (a kind of minibus taxi) on the way to the crystal blue waters of Zanzibar! The vibrant illustrations play with color, perspective and texture. Rhythmic language dances through the pages as more people and their belongings pile into the vehicle on the way to the beach. It looks like there may not be room, but “after a few thrills, laughs and fun, they’ve made enough room for everyone.” Even the typeface becomes flexible, with words like “shuffle”, “squirm” and “squeeze” taking up extra space on the page.

The bus fills up and the artwork continues to expand to a truly dramatic cross section of the overload daladala is followed by cathartic release. Ahhhhh. Once the characters have stepped out to enjoy the beautiful beach, readers should stay on board for a glossary of Arabic and Swahili words as well as a page on Zanzibar and its culture. It is a book that you will be happy to read over and over again because it is full of sunshine and energy.

GP Putnam’s Sounds books for young readers

Gladys the magic chicken (4-9 years old)

Wonderly Weathery children’s books started by a female Skerries Wed, 01 Dec 2021 02:00:00 +0000

Wonderfully Weathery Books is a company owned by Fingal and was created to publish this series of picture books for children. The books are about a country called Weatherville – Where Time Lives!

he purpose of these books is to teach kids about weather by introducing them to different weather characters and showing them how they interact to create different types of weather!

The books are created and written by Elayne de Skerries.

Elayne explained, “These books evolved from my son’s overwhelming curiosity and the need to understand how everything around him worked as a toddler – my anecdotal weather stories turned into a country called Weatherville, the characters were scribbled, the rhymes began and so the books were born!

“Weatherville Country exists high up and is home to all the clouds, snowflakes, raindrops, drizzle drops, rainbows, and any other weather-related wonder!

“They walk, they talk, they laugh, they cry, but above all their friendships teach us how the weather works!

Elayned added, “I am delighted to report that the third book in the series has just been released and focuses on the magical subject of the water cycle. In “David Drizzledrop and the Puddle party” we meet a drizzledrop called David and other fun weather friends on a wonderful wet weather adventure – full of fun, colors and of course lots of weather!

“The books are entirely designed and produced in Ireland and are suitable for ages three to six.

“There are three books available in the Weatherville series. ‘Riley Rainbow and the Color Catastrophe’ is the first book in the collection and delves into the magic of rainbows forming. “Chloe Cloud and the Friendly Fog” is the second book in the series and explores different types of clouds with a fun twist from Weatherville, of course the new book “David Drizzledrop and the Puddle Party”.

The books are available online @ and a full list of resellers is also available on the website).

Best new books to read in December 2021: Bissell, Lasley, Silva Mon, 29 Nov 2021 14:00:14 +0000

On the bookshelf

6 books to discover in December

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If you are reading this:. You have reached the first semi-post-pandemic vacation and almost at the end of a difficult year. What better way to escape or face the troubles of the past and the future than with books? The next six should take you through 2022, but watch this space for a very fruitful January.

Our most anticipated December outings include a professor’s memoir about his tumultuous relationship with his late father, a fictional tale of the last man in Wales to be sentenced to death, a translated translation of toxic masculinity and news from the famous non-fiction writer. Tom Bissell.


December 7

(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

The women I love
By Francesco Pacifico, translated by Elizabeth Harris
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 240 pages, $ 27

The hip Italian satirist follows Marcello, a poet and publisher on the verge of his forties who writes a novel about the women in his life: his girlfriend, his occasional lover, his gay mother and sister. The Literary Man’s Pacifico parody is the unreliable 21st century narrator we deserve. Editor’s Weekly calls it “a dark and funny exploration of tangles and terminal self-esteem.”

December 14th

"Types of creation," a new collection of stories by Tom Bissell

Types of creation: and other stories
By Tom Bissell
Pantheon: 224 pages, $ 27

The stories in this collection center on an all too familiar human experience: good times marred by lingering negative thoughts and feelings. There are honeymooners who wonder if their union was a mistake; a publisher who confronts his past as a childhood bully; a sexually bored couple who hire an escort for a threesome, until the husband is pissed off by her tattoo. Bissell’s skills as a journalist and memorialist morph into complex situational fiction.

"Men of Fortune," by Nadifa Mohamed

Men of fortune
By Nadifa Mohamed
Knopf: 320 pages, $ 27

In Cardiff, Wales, in 1952, young Somali immigrant Mahmood Mattan was falsely accused of the murder of a Jewish store owner. He initially rejects the charge, but after his arrest Mattan is forced to defend his innocence during the trial and fight for his life against racism and religious intolerance. Shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize, the British Somali author’s novel features the true story of the last person executed in Wales – and posthumously exonerated decades later.

"It's getting dark," by Peter Stamm

It’s getting dark: stories
By Peter Stamm, translated by Michael Hofmann
Other press: 208 pages, $ 23

An artist remembers a Christmas 30 years ago, re-examining a brief affair in a new light. Eager to turn his social life upside down, another man decides to rob a bank, hiding the site before knocking. From an author whom one critic has called “one of Europe’s most fascinating writers”, come a dozen dark and thoughtful stories about the fragility of reality.

non-fictional works

December 7

"State of the sea," by Tabitha Lasley

State of the sea: a brief
By Tabitha Lasley
Ecco Press: 176 pages, $ 28

In his mid-30s, Lasley quit his job in London and traveled to Scotland to write about life on the oil rigs and what men were like without the presence of women. She meets Caden, a married drilling worker and her first interview subject, and the two begin an affair. In The Times’ fall season preview, Bethanne Patrick called Lasley’s memoir a “brutally honest account of need and loss.”

"The death of my father the Pope," by Obed Silva

The death of my father the Pope: a memory
By Obed Silva
MCD: 304 pages, $ 27

A former gang member, now an English teacher at East Los Angeles College, mixes his father’s death with memories of a difficult upbringing, where he was transported between his mother’s home in California and the one from his father in Chihuahua, Mexico. His father’s long-standing alcoholism wreaked havoc on his family before he died at the age of 48 from liver failure. Editor’s Weekly called it a “lyrical memoir” on “the complicated ways that grief, family and addiction can come together.”

Selected books from Stark, Summit Libraries Sun, 28 Nov 2021 10:36:41 +0000



“Kalamata cuisine”, by Sarah Thomas – Tomorrow is Kalamata’s first day at a new school, and she’s nervous! What if the kids aren’t friendly? Or worse, what if they don’t like alligators !? If only Kalamata and Al Dente could return to the Indian Spice Bazaar, which they visited this summer, then maybe she would remember how to feel brave when new experiences seem scary. Luckily for Kalamata, all the magic needed for her trip can be found in her own kitchen! As Kalamata and her alligator friend Al Dente transport themselves to a magical land filled with tasty ingredients, she realizes that being brave is exciting! And most importantly, she learns that when we’re nervous about trying new things, food can comfort us and remind us to stay curious, courageous, and compassionate.


“Walking in two worlds” by Wab Kinew – Bugz is caught between two worlds. In the real world, she’s a shy, self-aware native teenager dealing with the stress of teenage angst and life on the Ground. But in the virtual world, his alter ego is not only confident but dominant in a massively multiplayer video game universe. Feng is a teenager who was sent from China to live with his aunt, a doctor on the Rez, after his online activities suggest he may develop extremist sympathies. Meeting in real life, as well as in the virtual world, Bugz and Feng immediately relate as strangers and as avid gamers. And as their bond grows stronger through their virtual adventures, they discover that they also have a lot in common in the real world: both must decide what to do with temptations and traps, and both must deal with the impacts of the challenges. family. and community trauma.


“Family,” by Naomi Krupitsky – Sofia Colicchio is a free spirit, loud and wild. Antonia Russo is thoughtful, always observing the world around her. Best friends by birth, they live in the shadow of the tacit community of their fathers: the Family. Sunday dinners bring them together each week to feast, discuss business and renew the intoxicating bond born of blood and love. But the disappearance of Antonia’s father drives a wedge between the girls as they become women, wives, mothers and leaders. Their hearts grow in tandem with Red Hook and Brooklyn around them, as they push the boundaries of society’s expectations and fight to preserve their complex but vital friendship. One fateful night, their loyalty to each other and to the family will be tested. Only one of them can pull the trigger before it’s too late.



“Favorite poems for Christmas: a collection of children”, from Bushel & Peck Books – Light the Yule log, simmer the cider and listen to the enchanting beats of Favorite Poems for Christmas. Showcasing dozens of handpicked festive poems to celebrate the season, this beautiful hardcover book features beloved works by Clement Clarke Moore, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and many more.


“Limits,” by Thomas King – “Borders” is the masterfully told story of a boy and his mother whose road trip is thwarted at the border when they identify their citizenship as Blackfoot. Refusing to identify as American or Canadian prevents their entry into the United States first and then their return to Canada. In limbo between countries, they find power in their connection to their identity and to each other. “Borders” explores nationality from an indigenous perspective and resonates deeply with themes of identity, justice and belonging.


“Will,” by Will Smith & Mark Manson – One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully to his life, in a courageous and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness and the human connection are aligned. Along the way, “Will” tells the full story of one of the most amazing rides across the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had. This dissertation is the product of a deep journey of self-knowledge, a calculation with all that your will can give you and all that it can leave behind you. Written with the help of Mark Manson, “Will” is the story of how one person has mastered their own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone do the same. Few of us will experience the pressure of performing on the world’s biggest stages for the highest stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for a leg of our journey may need to be changed if we are to. go until the end. residence. The combination of true wisdom of universal value and a ridiculously entertaining, if not astonishing, life story puts the book, like its author, in a category of its own.

Children’s Picture Books – Mittens, Dogs, Interrupting Chicken and Farting Troll – Twin Cities Sat, 27 Nov 2021 16:21:41 +0000

Who is at the top of your wishlist? I bet it’s the kids. So here’s a roundup of picture books that mix text and illustrations in a way the little ones will appreciate. No need to remind you why books are such a great gift, but we’ll do it anyway. Books don’t break, they don’t need batteries, they’re not forgotten a week later, they teach and make people laugh, and some will be treasured to be given to the next generation. Don’t forget to write a little note inside of it.


“If you want to knit mittens” by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Angela Matteson (Boyds Mill Press, $ 17.99)

It’s not exactly a Christmas book, but mittens are often a holiday gift, so we’ll include the author of St. Paul Salas in this section. In this delightful book, half “how to” and half story, a girl shows us the 18 steps to create mittens, to keep her friend, Mouton, warm during the winter, then to give Mouton “… a cut. clean and complete. “The girl cleans and cards the fleece and yarn thread, dyes it and learns to knit, always with Sheep by her side, creating havoc. In the end, the girl has bright yellow mittens and Sheep has a sunny yellow hat. Funny and interesting, he’s a winner.

“The Nutcracker by Jan Brett” (Putnam, $ 18.99)

Fans of Jan Brett will not be disappointed with his magnificent retelling of ETA Hoffmann’s 1816 story of a girl on the verge of becoming a woman and her dream of being a prince. Brett, who loves snow-covered landscapes, tells the story in 19th-century Russia, with animal musicians, hedgehogs dancing the flowers and Mary riding a sleigh pulled by reindeer musicians. As in all of his books, Brett fills every page with illustrations so rich and detailed that it will take hours of bedtime fun to identify each creature. This may be his best yet.

“The tallest of the little boys” by CNN presenter Poppy Harlow, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki (Viking, $ 17.99)

In her picture book debut, Minnesota-born Harlow introduces us to a little boy who feels small in the big city. He loves big things, and he especially wants a big, big Christmas tree. When his parents take him to the tree park (white daddy, black mom), he stumbles on a small, skinny tree with few branches. “Luca smiled at the tree. And the tree / seemed to smile back… You see, Luca had been so busy / looking up that he had missed the / special things right in front of him. Special came in all sizes. Kaulitzki’s illustrations capture the energy of city life, and Lucas, with his oversized glasses, is endearing. There is also a smiling spaniel on almost every page who goes unrecognized, but is clearly the boy’s best friend.

“The story of the Christmas tree” by Danny Mishek, illustrated by Megan Shumway (Mill City Press, $ 20.99)

This story about choosing and decorating a Christmas tree is the COVID-19 project of the author of Little Canada, after dropping out of social media for 31 days as a New Year’s resolution. Told in rhyme, it traces the families’ experiences with a tree, from going to the lot (or opening the box), to taking out beloved decorations and decorating the tree with an angel or a star. This story will resonate with toddlers old enough to remember Christmas past and the magic of finally turning on the lights on the tree: “The tree in the window or the corner of the room / Can fill a full heart, everything the body consumed. / Fancy or mismatched, whatever it is / Or Grandma Elva’s charming Charlie Brown tree.

“Four-fingered farting troll, Christmas troll” by Lavelle Carlson, illustrated by Donna Day Mathis (Self-published, $ 12.95)

LaVelle Carlson, speech-language pathologist, lives in Texas. Her husband, whose roots are in Norway, grew up in Minneapolis. She says she wrote this thin soft cover as a tribute to her daughters, who lived in Norway and worshiped the Christmas troll. Carlson reinvents the legend of the Norwegian Christmas troll, Jule Nissen, who traditionally feeds animals at Christmas. The original Jule Nissen, who steals porridge from the family, farts so hard on leaving that he wakes up mom and dad and spills the porridge on the floor. The next morning, the parents see four-finger footprints in the snow and know that Jule Nissen was there to bring food to the animals. “The farmer’s wife was happy that the animals were happy. She decided that next year at Christmas (and every Christmas forever) she would make an extra pot of rice porridge for the Jule Nissen. That is why, to this day, Norwegian families eat porridge on Christmas with an almond in the bowl. If you are lucky enough to get the nut, you win a prize. (For more information on purchasing, visit:

“Chicken Interruption: Breakfast Cookies” by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick Press, $ 17.99)

David Ezra Stein won the Caldecott Honor for “Interrupting Chicken”. Now he’s back with the little red chicken, who wakes up with cookies on his brain, and his dad, who just wants to go back to sleep. The little guy entertains himself with nursery rhymes, which all lead back to cookies, of which There was an old woman, who, he asks, “Why do you live in a shoe?” Isn’t it smelly? She replies, “Not when I bake cookies.” This long, wacky story makes a perfect bedtime read. It’s not a Christmas book, but the chicken and his dad are wearing red hats like Santa’s, so we’re going to consider this a holiday story.


“The little loonie finds its voice” by Yvonne Pearson, images by Regina Shklovsky (The Collective Book Studio, $ 17.95)

Yvonne Pearson, who lives in Minneapolis, has written over a dozen children’s books and is a published poet. “Little Loon…” is one of the finest books of the season, a mix of text and illustrations that tells the story of a Little Loon who is protected by his mother while the loud, loud call of his father is heard on the other side of the lake. Little Loon eats the dragonflies his father brings him, and eventually the baby grows up and his call is as strong as his father’s. The clean illustrations showing the loons family are precise and charming, as is the story. An information page at the end of the book explains these haunting loons calls and gives some facts about loons, such as eagles posing a threat to baby loons (which is in the story). Children who have spent time “up north” will recognize the frightening cry of one of our favorite birds.

“Seeing the dog: three stories about a cat” by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Candlewick Press, $ 11.99)

These Minnesota partners won the American Library Association’s Geisel Award for their previous book, “See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog.” Now they are back with the roles reversed. The dog is sick, so he asks the cat to take his place in the book. Things are not going well for Cat. In the first story, the cat is supposed to dig a hole, like dogs do, but he doesn’t want to get his fur dirty. In the second story, he is supposed to swim across the lake, when he imagines he is freezing, drowning and being eaten by a shark, only to find he is in a small puddle of water. ‘water. In the third story, he frantically tries to save a sheep from a wolf until he realizes the dog has recovered. “Hello book,” the dog said. And the cat leaves to take a well-deserved rest. These books are meta-fiction, in which the book becomes a character and the characters can control the action. But toddlers don’t need to know all of this critical stuff. They will love a funny story with looping illustrations.

“Grandmother’s pigeon” by Louise Erdrich, illustrations by Jim LaMarche (University of Minnesota Press, # 17.95)

First published in 1996, there is mystery, magic and a bit of environmentalism in this story of a grandmother who is a healer and jumps a porpoise on her way to Greenland. Her puzzled family, including a granddaughter and grandson, are puzzled when one of grandma’s bird nest collections contains three hatching eggs. To everyone’s surprise, the chicks are carrier pigeons, thought to be extinct since the last one died in a zoo in 1914. The ornithologist the family calls says it’s “impossible” at the moment. , there are three baby carrier pigeons chirping under the care of their mothers. The family is under siege by the press and others excited by the reappearance of these birds. When the chicks are big enough to leave, their eyes are dull and they look sad in captivity. Father says they should be released and they are, although some people have said they should be kept to study. The children put messages on the birds’ wings and later one of them returns with a message from Grandma, telling them that she would be home soon and that she was delayed because ” I had to change porpoises three times and catch a whale ”. How funny.

“Basho’s Haiku Trips” text by Freeman Ng, illustrations by Cassandra Rockwood Ghanem (Stone Bridge Press, $ 16.95)

Matsuo Basho, the first great Haiku poet, gave up his comfortable existence in the city to make five famous journeys through 17th-century Japan. Author Ng, poet and digital artist as well as former Google software engineer, writes this biography of Basho entirely in Haiku. His other books include “Haiku Diem 1”, a collection of the best haikus from the first year of his daily haiku writing, illustrated with his own digital art. Ng writes that Basho is credited with turning haiku into a serious poetic genre. He elevated haiku, which was more of a literary salon game, into a legitimate stand-alone poem that could be written purely for the love of art. For older children who are curious about writing and other cultures, this would be a good start with the help of parents and teachers.


“The four stones” by Theresa Klug Murray (Kirk House, $ 14.95)

In this slim paperback from a Christian publisher, The Creator attributes four stones to the little Chip and Peep birds, representing joy, hope, strength / determination / courage and love. Each is a different color. When Chip breathes his last, the creatures of the forest discover the love of the Creator. Beautiful illustrations are on the left pages, with text on the right. The author lives in Prescott, Wisconsin, close enough to be an honorary Minnesotan.

“Oh, the things Fiona can do!” “ by Renee Bade (Page Publishing, $ 13.95)

Fiona is a fiery flamingo who can stand on one leg, twirl like a ballerina, wears pink and never blue. “Can you?” asks the rhyming text. The author, who lives in St. Paul, hopes this is the start of a series in which Fiona wakes up in a new place in each new book.

What? I am a dog?” by Mary Clare Lockman, illustrated by Brittany Stafford (Self-published, $ 8.95)

Maxx doesn’t know he’s a dog because he’s loved so much by his family. He has a special place to eat, a bed to curl up in. When he is with his children, he is vigilant, preventing them from being stung by a bee and saving a child from a sled accident. It is so wonderful that the children give him a trophy for being the biggest dog in the world. The illustrations capture Maxx’s enthusiasm for life, jumping, running, being a dog. (To order, email: