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 run Butler Book Banter (B3), a book discussion group; host an annual lecture; and invite anyone interested in books for youth to visit us during our open hours (Fall 2019 hours: Monday 12pm-6pm, Tuesday 3pm-6pm, Wednesday 12pm-6pm, Thursday 9am-12pm and 1pm-6pm) or contact us for an appointment.
Fearless Felines: 30 True Tales of Courageous Cat
By Kimberlie Hamilton
Illustrated by Allie Runnion and friends*
November 5th, 2019
Everyone’s heard of Balto, Lassie, and Laika–famous dogs that have changed the world–but has anyone heard of any famous cats? Well, now they have! Hamilton describes the lives of thirty kitties who have definitely earned their place in history. From library cats, space cats, ballerina cats, and war hero cats, these cats have done it all. Between passages on specific cats, Hamilton includes cat facts and trivia, and refutes some popular myths about our feline friends. Hamilton does a fantastic job of explaining how and why these cats became famous, and why these cats are so beloved by the humans around them.
Different illustrators take on the task of depicting these famous felines. Each illustration perfectly captures the personality of the cat being described, with the colors in all of the illustrations popping off the page. The purrfect book for the cat lover or history buff in your life.
*Andrew Gardner, Becky Davies, Charlotte Archer, Emma Jayne, Holly Sterling, Hui Skipp, Jessica Smith, Katie Wilson, Lily Rossiter, Michelle Hird, Nan Lawson, Olivia Holden, Rachel Allsop, Rachel Sanson, Bonnie Pang, and Sam Loman
How We Became Wicked By Alexander Yates Atheneum July 23rd, 2019 Grades 8 and above
Several decades have passed since the outbreak of a virus know as “wicked” which has devastated the world, leaving few survivors. Contracted from mosquito like bugs known as “singers”, the “wicked” turns people into homicidal maniacs. The town of Goldsport has built a glass dome around their community to prevent singers from entering and spreading the “wicked”. Astrid, the only person in the town who is immune to the singers, is desperate to leave Goldsport and go to Puffin Island where a mysterious lighthouse shines. Yet, every time she brings up the lighthouse or the island, the people in her town dismiss her, clearly trying to hide something. Meanwhile, on Puffin Island, Natalie and her family struggle to survive with their dwindling resources and constant vigilance of her “wicked” grandfather. When her mother gives birth, Natalie must go to the mainland by herself to try to get her sister “vexed” a type of immunization that would make her newborn sister immune to the “singers”. While on the mainland she meets other people for the first time in her life, people who seem a little too fascinated by her purple glowing “vexed” eyes. Told through intersecting adventures, both girls eventually learn that ordinary people can be just as wicked as the “wicked”; they can even be worse. Yates creates a world that is constantly teetering on the brink of collapse, where the slightest push could destroy everything. This book grapples with questions of morality, asking who gets to decide who survives? Is survival worth letting others die? A gripping book from front to cover, this book is perfect for the spooky season.
We’re so excited about this week’s batch of new books, including Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story. A fry bread recipe comes at the end of this warm picture book–as well as an author’s note that provides history to this lyrical work.
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Written by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal Published by Roaring Brook Press Available now
Our Wayward Fate Written by Gloria Chao Published by Simon Pulse Available now
Light It Up Written by Kekla Magoon Published by Henry Holt Available now
From A Small Seed – The Story of Eliza Hamilton Written by Camille Andros and illustrated by Tessa Blackham Published by Holt Books for Young Readers Available now
Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace Written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan Published by Atheneum Available now
We received some tremendous new books this week, including just-released Parker Looks Up, the story of young Parker Curry and Amy Sherald’s portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery.
Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment Written by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry and illustrated by Brittany Jackson Published by Aladdin Available October 15, 2019
An ABC of Equality Written by Chana Ginelle Ewing and illustrated by Paulina Morgan Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available now
A World Full of Spooky Stories: 50 Tales to Make Your Spine Tingle Written by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Madalina Adronic Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available now
My Kindergarten In 100 Words Illustrated by Sophie Beer Published by words & pictures Available now
The Map Challenge: A Book about Dyslexia (SEN Superpowers) Written by Tracy Packiam Alloway and illustrated by Ana Sanfelippo Published by QEB Publishing Available now
Queer Heroes: Meet 53 LGBTQ Heroes From Past & Present Written by Arabelle Sicardi and illustrated by Sarah Tanat-Jones Published by Wide Eyed Editions Available now
Mythologica: An Encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters and Mortals From Ancient Greece Written by Steve Kershaw and illustrated by Victoria Topping Published by Wide Eyed Editions Available now
The Rocking Book of Rocks: An Illustrated Guide to Everything Rocks, Gems, and Minerals Written by Amy Ball and Florence Bullough and illustrated by Anna Alanko Published by Wide Eyed Editions Available now