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 Fall 2020, BCLC will offer collection access to the Dominican community by appointment only. Contact Jen Clemons at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements or you can still reach us at email@example.com.
Join the Butler Children’s Literature Center for our annual book sale!
WHEN: December 8-10 from 10 a.m.—5 p.m.
WHERE: The Butler Center (Crown 214) will be staffed and ready to talk about our favorite things and we want YOU to join us!
WHY: If you’re looking to build your personal book collection, stock up for your school or public library, buy some holiday presents for your loved ones, or just want to check out the best books for kids and teens from 2022, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. All proceeds from the sale support Butler Center events and operations.
In Yetis are the Worst! by Alex Willan, the follow-up to Unicorns Are the Worst! and Dragons Are the Worst!, Gilbert the Goblin’s next adventure takes him to the frozen tundra, where he’s determined to find the legendary yeti. Gilbert the Goblin is the first to admit that he was mistaken—unicorns actually throw the best tea parties, and dragons make delicious ice cream soup. This time, though, he can absolutely confirm that YETIS ARE THE WORST!
Check it out along with the other titles featured below!
Black Boy, Black Boy: Celebrate Remarkable Moments in Black History with this Uplifting Story Written by Ali Kamanda & Jorge Redmond and Illustrated by Ken Daley Published by Sourcebooks eXplore Available Now!
How Do Meerkats Order Pizza? Wild Facts About Animals and the Scientists Who Study Them Written and Illustrated by Brooke Barker Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Available Today!
Other Side of the Tracks Written by Charity Alyse Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Available Today!
Sugar Pie Lullaby: The Soul of Motown in a Song of Love Written by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Sawyer Cloud Published by Sourcebooks eXplore Available February 7th!
Yetis are the Worst! Written and Illustrated by Alex Willan Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Available Today!
Swift and Hawk: Cyberspies By Logan Macx Walker Books November 22th, 2022 Ages 8 to 12
Caleb lives in London with his CIA agent Mom, Harper, he goes to a school for genius kids and has all the technology he could ever want or use for his own projects. Then a group of shady mercenaries shows up at his home, telling Harper that they have information about the mysterious Xavier Torrent, the former research partner to Caleb’s dead father. The catch, Caleb and Harper must go with them. Unconvinced, Caleb escapes the kidnapping attempt catching up with his professor as well as his best friend Zen in a secret bunker beneath the British History Museum. Caleb and Zen are inducted into Möbius, a secret extracurricular school program. Given the code names Swift and Hawk, the duo must chase down the mercenaries that have kidnapped both their families and investigate why the villains are so obsessed with Caleb. The actions scenes are clear and have tension, the quieter moments filled with discovery of new information. The main duo is almost superhuman. Caleb is a programmer and hacker extraordinaire and Zen is a mechanical wiz and martial arts master. As young teens, the pair are able to outwit and outfight trained members of a criminal conspiracy. While this occasionally stretches credulity, the narrative plays it straight and keeps doubling down on how competent the duo is. This allows the author to avoid the grittier elements of spy stories and focuses on the cool gadgets and the fun and simple adventure. Caleb and Zen’s adventure is escapist, they always seem to have the right tool for the job at the right time.
A Europe-spanning adventure spy novel of best friends that sneak onto freighters full of mercenaries, escape runaway trains, and fight everything from wolves to drones to save their family, and maybe the world.
You Are Loved: A Book About Families is the heartwarming companion book to 2021’s You Are Enough and highlights the important message that families aren’t just the people you live with. The warm illustrations tell the stories of various blended families teaching you how to be strong and show you how loved you are.
Check it out along with the other heartwarming and motivational titles featured below!
Good Different Written by Meg Kuyatt Published by Scholastic Press Available May 16th!
When Things Aren’t Going Right, Go Left Written by Marc Colagiovanni and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds Published by Orchard Books Available March 7th!
I Kick and I Fly Written by Ruchira Gupta Published by Scholastic Press Available April 18th!
Sunshine Written by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Published by Graphix Available April 18th!
When a Friend Needs a Friend Written and Illustrated by Roozeboos Published by Scholastic Press Available February 7th!
You Are Loved: A Book About Families Written by Margaret O’Hair and Illustrated by Sofia Cardoso Published by Scholastic Available March 7th!
Celebrating the powerful impact books have on young readers, the second celebration of Children’s Book Week is here! Every Child a Reader is an award-winning, non-profit organization that has provided the longest-running and largest outreach programs in the nation to its diverse readers, and is the main supporter of Children’s Books Week. The second celebration of Children’s Book Week with the slogan, How Do You Book?, will last from November 7th through 13th. To foster the love of reading and unite kids and adults to celebrate this annual celebration, Every Young Reader has provided a variety of free tools and resources to finish off the week.
Some interesting resources to check out:
How Do You Book? Challenge
Provides an activity layout for asking kids what, how, and where they enjoy reading.
Encourages young readers to explore new book genres and preferences by thinking of ‘book’ as a verb in this challenge.
Children’s Book Week Educator Kit
This can be used individually or in collaboration with the How Do You Book? Challenge.
Useful for all ages, the prompts and checklist in this kit provide questions encouraging readers to learn from others and think critically about how they book, or don’t.
Supporting teachers and other librarians, this resource helps reach young readers through media, social media, and digital communications.
Gain more inspiration from readers and authors by following #HowDoYouBook .
2022 Children’s Book Week Poster, Bookmarks, and Activities
Display this poster and bookmarks in your library or classroom today to help support the celebration.
Road of the Lost by Nafiza Azad follows a girl who discovers she’s spent her life under an enchantment hiding her true identity on her quest into the magical Otherworld to unlock her powers and discover her destiny. Even the most powerful magic can’t hide a secret forever.
Check it out along with the other middle-grade and young-adult novels we are featuring below!
April & Mae and the Book Club Cake Written by Megan Dowd Lambert and Illustrated by Briana Dengoue Published by Charlesbridge Available Now!
Elf Academy: Happy Santa Day! Written by Alan Katz and Illustrated by Sernur Isik Published by Aladdin Quix Available Now!
Henry Hamlet’s Heart Written by Rhiannon Wilde Published by Charlesbridge Teen Available Now!
The Hope of Elephants Written by Amanda Rawson Hill Published by Charlesbridge Available Now!
The Infamous Frankie Lorde: No Admissions Written by Brittany Geragotelis Published by Pixel Ink Available Now!
Road of the Lost Written by Azad, Nafiza Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books Available Now!
Tiptoe Tiger By Jane Clarke Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup Nosy Crow November 8th, 2022 Ages 4 to 6
Tara the Tiger still wants to play as the sun sets. She pounces at butterflies, bounces at peacocks, roars at owls, and finally, with the help of readers, tiptoes past a crabby crocodile to her mother and bed. The story is participatory, urging children to flap their arms, roar, whisper, and guess the next animals to come along. Reminiscent of a morning TV show, like Dora the Explorer, or Blue’s Clues, the book asks for the reader’s help to convince Tara to tiptoe so as not to scare away the other animals. This rarely works. Illustrated digitally in a big, blocky style, the animals and plants are made of large and simple shapes. Spreads have the appearance of a collage and sponge painting, giving the art a speckly, layered look. Tara and her mother are colored in highlighter orange. This bright color stands out more and more as the backgrounds transition from a golden sunset to a purple night. While the book’s content is about going to sleep, it is too high energy to be a good choice for a bedtime story.
Easy to follow, even at a distance, with the interactive elements, that makes it an excellent choice for preschool storytime.
Grab an apron! With more than forty vegetarian and plant-based recipes for scrumptious meals, savory snacks, tasty treats, and showstopper desserts, David Atherton’s Bake, Make & Learn to Cook Vegetarian: Healthy and Green Recipes for Young Cooks is a feast for readers who care about the food on their plate.
Check it out and the other nonfiction titles we are featuring below!
Bake, Make & Learn to Cook Vegetarian: Healthy and Green Recipes for Young Cooks Written by David Atherton and Illustrated by Alice Bowser Published by Candlewick Press Available November 8th!
Hidden Habitats Earth Written and Illustrated by Lara Hawthorne Published by Big Picture Press Available November 1st!
Show and Tell! Great Graphs and Smart Charts: AnIntroduction to Infographics Written by Stuart J. Murphy and Illustrated by Teresa Bellon Published by Charlesbridge Available Now!
SmART: Use Your Eyes to Boost your Brain Written by Amy E. Herman & Heather Maclean Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Available Today!
Troublemakers in Trousers: Women and What They Wore to Get Things Done Written by Sarah Albee and Illustrated by Kaja Kajfez Published by Charlesbridge Available Today!
Where do Big Creatures Sleep at Night? Written by Steven J. Simmons & Clifford R. Simmons and Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper Published by Charlesbridge Available Today!
Into the Glades Laura Sebastian Delacorte Press October 25th, 2022 Ages 8 to 12
The Glades—a peaceful but magical swamp-like area filled with magical creatures—has been the home to best friends, Cecilia and Larkin, since they were young. But with the unexpected death of Cecilia’s father, Oziris, the leader of the village, the Glades has turned maliciously towards the townspeople like never before. Wrapped in anger and grief but determined to resurrect Oziris and break the curse on the Glades, Cecilia and Larkin, along with their two younger brothers, embark upon a journey through the Glades to find a powerful witch. But the potential price of such dark magic may be too much for the children to handle, along with the grief and fury threatening to consume them.
As the girls and their brothers’ journey through the Glades, Sebastian weaves in how each handles their grief, from simmering anger to calm acceptance. Tested throughout their journey, Cecilia and Larkin are challenged by their emotions, magical ability, and fear of losing each other. In the end, they have to accept each other for their bonds of friendship to endure. Sebastian uses the journey though the Glade as a metaphor for moving through the stages of grief. Details of Oziris’s death introduce a darker tone, but Sebastian balances it with subtle humor and lightheartedness from the brothers. She firmly places them as emotional support for Cecilia and Larkin while away from the rest of their grieving family members. The characters and location of the story are inspired by the author’s childhood, making it a personal story that still allows readers to immerse themselves in her experience. Into the Glades is a fantasy adventure encouraging social-emotional learning by bringing to life real issues surrounding loss and grief along with accepting change and enjoying each moment, providing a silver lining to even the darkest events.