Welcome to the online presence of the Butler Children's Literature Center, housed in Dominican's SOIS and generously supported by the Butler Family Foundation. Here, we celebrate the best in books for youth and those who delight in sharing them. For Spring 2023, BCLC will offer collection access to the Dominican community and general public during posted open hours: Monday and Tuesday 10 am-5 pm, Wednesday noon-3 pm, and Thursday 10 am-3 pm. Contact Jen Clemons at email@example.com to make arrangements or you can still reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luminously illustrated by Catherine Rayner, Emperor of the Ice: How a Changing Climate Affects a Penguin Colony provides young readers a peek into the journeys and challenges that penguins now face in the heat of climate change. Facing displacement due to climate change, follow an empress penguin and her mate as they try to search for food, find shelter, and care for their young penguin chick. Back matter is provided that describes the real story of the loss of many emperor chicks at Halley Bay that tries to encourages readers to help protect the environment so these extraordinary survivors will continue to be found in the Antarctic for generations to come.
Check it out along with the other picture books we received this week below!
Emperor of the Ice: How a Changing Climate Affects a Penguin Colony Written by Nicola Davies & Illustrated by Catherine Rayner Published by Candlewick Press Available February 14th!
Pick a Perfect Egg Written by Patricia Toht & Illustrated by Jarvis Published by Candlewick Press Available February 14th!
This Book is My Best Friend Written & Illustrated by Robin Robinson Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Available January 31st!
Together With You Written by Patricia Toht & Illustrated by Jarvis Published by Candlewick Press Available February 14th!
Watch Out For the Lion Written by Brook Hartman & Illustrated by Anna Süßbauer Published by Page Street Kids Available Now!
Wild Blue: Taming a Big-Kid Bike Written by Dashka Slater & Illustrated by Laura Hughes Published by Candlewick Press Available February 14th!
With the help of some unusual friends, Leeva Spayce Thornblossom sets out on a quest in her small town of Nutsmore to discover the burning question of: What are people for? Written by Sara Pennybacker, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, and illustrated by Caldecott Medalist, Matthew Cordell, Leeva At Last is a fast-paced book with themes of parental absurdism, heartwarming friendship, and a peculiar badger.
Check it out along with the other children’s fiction titles featured below!
Camp Creepy Written by Kiersten White Published by Delacorte Press Available Now!
Cupcake Diaries (Emma on Thin Icing: The Graphic Novel #3) Written by Coco Simon & Illustrated by Giulia Campobello Published by Simon Spotlight Available January 24th!
The Enchanted Bridge (Dragons in a Bag #4) Written by Zetta Elliot & Illustrated by Cherise Harris Published by Random House Children’s Publishers Available Now!
Heroes of Havensong: Dragonboy Written by Megan Reyes Published by Labyrinth Road Available January 24th!
Leeva At Last Written by Sara Pennypacker & Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Published by Balzer + Bray Available March 7th!
Llama Llama Hooray For New Friends! Written and Illustrated by Anna Dewdney Published byGolden Books Available Today!
Stillwater and Koo Save the World (A Stillwater and Friends Book) Jon J. Muth Scholastic Press Ages 4 to 8 February 7, 2023
Koo, a young giant panda, wakes up inspired to change the world and enlists his thoughtful Uncle Stillwater to help fix it all—today. As they go about their day, Koo proceeds to have giant expectations of what he would like to do, but Stillwater teaches him that making small changes in the environment, and helping the community, can be their own meaningful way to change the world.
Told using a variety of animals, humans, and anthropomorphic pandas, the diverse characters reflect the diversity of the world and all the characters that might need kindness. Pandas as symbols of peace and friendship in Asian countries, are the main character in this story as they try to bring small improvements to the world around them. The pace of the story changes from rapid excitement as Koo suddenly wakes up one day and instantly ropes his uncle into the expectations of wanting to save the whole world, then slows only when Stillwater speaks to Koo about making small differences in the world around him. As the pace changes, the tone of the story changes to one of acceptance and encouragement of his personal efforts Encouraged by his uncle, Koo begins to bring joy to those around him through small but meaningful actions, such as cleaning his room and making a cake for the neighbors. These realistic everyday chores and acts of thoughtfulness offer young readers clear examples of how their actions impact the world around them. Drawn with pencil and granulated watercolors, the airy but vivid illustrations exemplify the beauty in the world around Stillwater and Koo and why they want to help save it. Stillwater and Koo Save the World is an uplifting story about wanting to make giant differences in the world by doing something small, inspiring readers to make meaningful changes in the world regardless of age.
With the unique collaboration of audio and vibrant illustrations, Lift Every Voice and Change: A Celebration of Black Leaders and the Words that Inspire Generations takes young readers on an exploration of each speaker and the significance of quotes. By listening to impactful quotes spoken by inspiring Black Americans, readers gain an age-appropriate understanding of the strides made in the ongoing journey for equality.
Check it out along with the other nonfiction titles featured below!
100 Things to Know About Architecture Written by Louise O’Brien & Illustrated by Dàlia Adillon and Louise O’Brien Published by Happy Yak Available January 31st!
Cash is Queen: A Girl’s Guide To Securing, Spending, and Stashing Cash Written by Davinia Tomlinson & Illustrated by Andrea Oerter Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available Today!
Courage in Her Cleats: The Story Of Soccer Star Abby Wambach Written by Kim Chaffee & Illustrated by Alexandria Badiu Published by Page Street Kids Available Now!
Darwin’s Super-Pooping Worm Spectacular Written by Polly Owen & Gwen Millward Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available Now!
Lift Every Voice And Change: A Celebration Of Black Leaders And The Words That Inspire Generations Written by Charnaie Gordon & Illustrated by Aeron Cargill Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available Today!
We Are Your Children Too: Black Students, White Supremacists, and the Battle for America’s Schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia Written and Illustrated by P. O’Connell Pearson Published by Simon & Schuster For Young Readers Available Today!
Good Different Meg Eden Kuyatt Scholastic Press March 7, 2023 Age 8-12
Always follow the rules for “normal” people: no crying in public, smile and nod, tell people you’re “fine.” But Selah doesn’t always want to be normal. In fact, she wants to be a dragon—escaping to fly free above the chaotic world below. She is pretty good at hiding her feelings in order to fit in, until an outburst at school pits Selah against her classmates, the school administration, and her mom. This leaves poetry (and her grandfather) as her only avenues to explore her feelings when speech fails her. A chance encounter with an understanding vendor at FantasyCon opens her eyes to a new definition for her experience—autism.
Kuyatt’s novel in verse follows Selah’s journey as a burgeoning poet and her exploration of neurodivergence as an explanation for the feeling and reactions she has always thought of as weird. Selah’s perspective shifts through the novel from a longing to hide, to self-discovery, to a desire to advocate for her needs, her loved ones, and her place in the world. Harsh treatment by teachers and school administrators, and her mother’s denial of any differences, paint a lonely picture of Selah’s experience. Other caring adults in her life help lighten the tone of this story, which focuses primarily on her struggles. As narrator, Selah’s typical seventh-grade self-centeredness leaves secondary characters like her mother, grandfather, and best friend less well-defined than they could be and add to the sense of isolation. Through her own determination, Selah finds her voice and a way to work with her world instead of against it. A thoughtful endnote, detailing the author’s own autism diagnosis as an adult, places the text as both a mirror for undiagnosed kids and a potential tool for adult readers, and provides an uplifting interpretation of neurodivergence as a strength rather than problem.
Only two more days ’till the Butler Book Sale is over! Make sure to stop in before the holiday to pick up some last minute presents. We still have numerous titles in Children’s’ Fiction, Early Reader, Picture Books, and Young Adult for all types of readers.
We will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10AM to 2PM, so come right in!
When a Friend Needs a Friend Roozeboos (Anne Roos Kleiss) Scholastic February 7, 2023 Age 4-8
Creativity and imagination rule for best friends Aya and Oskar. But when Oskar is feeling sad, Aya isn’t sure how to help him get back to enjoying their adventures. With guidance from some caring adults, she finds a way to understand his big feelings, give him space, and offer support until he is ready for fun again. In this thoughtful exploration of friendship, Roozeboos illustrates both the experience of sadness in oneself and in a loved one, and how working through our own feelings of confusion and rejection can help support a friend. Mixed media collage art, with a naïve sensibility, complements the chaos of both creativity and emotion found in the story. Rich natural tones play well with vibrant oranges and turquoise and add a sophistication to the guileless art. Despite simple faces, she captures the feelings of both central characters as they move from joy to sadness to understanding. Spreads that depict the passage of time let both Aya and Oskar feel their feelings and come through them to a new perspective on their surroundings and each other.
Empathy and compassion shine in a gentle story about accepting a friend and their feelings without trying to fix them.
Explore how dinosaurs evolved flight and eventually became the birds we live with today in When Dinosaurs Conquered the Skies. Told through exquisite illustrations, discover fascinating facts about the origins of birds starting 150 million years ago!
Check it out along with the other animal-loving titles featured below!
At Home With the Prairie Dog: The Story of a Keystone Species Written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent & Photographs provided by William Munoz Published by Web of Life Children’s Books Available April 21st!
Grumpy Monkey Valentine Gross-Out Written by Suzanne Lang & Illustrated by Max Lang Published by Random House Studio Available Today!
When Dinosaurs Conquered the Skies Written by Jingmai O’Connor & Illustrated by Maria Brzozowska Published by Quarto Group Available April 21st!
Cat Family Christmas: A Lift the Flap Advent Book Written by Lucy Brownridge & Eunyoung Seo Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available Now!
Knitting for Dogs Written and Illustrated by Laurel Molk Published by Random House Studio Available Today!