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.
This week on the Butler Bookshelf we are featuring recent and coming soon titles! The Waiting Place by Dina Nayeri is a look at the lives of 10 refugee children from Afghanistan and Iran. Check it out along with the other titles below!
Chasing Rainbows Written and Illustrated by Gabby Grant Published by Tate Publishing Available today!
Karthik Delivers Written by Sheela Chari Published by Amulet Books Available now!
My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding Written by Sajni Patel Published by Amulet Books Available now!
Twas the Night Before Pride Written by Joanna McClintick and Illustrated by Juana Medina Published by Candlewick Available May 3rd!
The Waiting Place: When Home is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found Written by Dina Nayeri and Photography by Anna Bosch Miralpeix Published by Candlewick Available May 3rd!
Wildseed Witch Written by Marti Dumas Published by Amulet Books Available May 10th!
Goodnight to Your Fantastic Elastic Brain JoAnn Deak, PhD and Terrence Deak, PhD Illustrated by Neely Daggett Sourcebooks April 5th, 2022 Ages 4+
In Good Night to Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, we follow Brain, the pink walnut-looking organ in your head, starting with a brief and general explanation of what Brain does, and going through their nightly checklist, from development all the way through dreaming. With each task coming in the order they happen through a sleep cycle. As psychologists, the authors, Doctors JoAnn and Terrance Deak’s passion for the topic is evident. Using a tone of “isn’t the brain cool!” keeps the reader engaged and never talks down to them. Excelling when paired with a completely natural but potentially scary topic like REM paralysis that is part of dreaming. Illustrations by Neely Daggett are simple abstractions with implied details. For example, Brain has bumps along its edge letting the reader do the work of extrapolating the wrinkles in their mind without cluttering the illustrations. In diagrams, while not realistic, they show locations for different sections of the brain accurately, substituting the anthropomorphic brain for a clear cross-section in profile with colored highlights. The art and the writing use metaphors to explain brain processes to readers, using abstractions like stamping when creating memories and baths when Brain needs to clean themselves, to give children simple reasons to want to sleep. The journey through a sleep cycle wraps up with a reiteration that your brain is you, what happens if you don’t sleep well, and actionable advice on how to improve your sleep that is useful for everybody, not just children. One missing feature is a bibliography or a list of continued reading resources for those who want more.
An enthusiastic explainer made for kids who need a good reason to hit the hay.
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recently released and coming soon titles! Abdul’s Story is a colorful story about how Abdul, with a little help from his teacher, learns that it’s okay to make mistakes when writing stories. Written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Illustrated by Tiffany Rose. Check it out along with the other titles below!
Abdul”s Story Written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Illustrated by Tiffany Rose Published by Salaam Reads Available today!
Always Jane Written by Jenn Bennett Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Available today!
A Spring Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom Written by Angela Ferraro-Fanning and Illustrated by Anneliesdraws Published by Ivy Kids Available now!
Professor Figgy’s Professor Figgy’s Weather & Climate Science Lab for Kids Written by Jim Noonan Published by Quarry Books Available April 12th
So This Is Ever After Written by F.T. Lukens Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books Available today!
Trigger Written by N. Griffin Published by Atheneum Available today!
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recently released and coming soon titles! In Some Questions about Trees by Toni Yuly, an inquisitive child asks about the trees they see on their simply illustrated adventure. Check it out along with the other titles below!
Bristlecone: TheSecret Life of the World’s Oldest Tree Written by Alexander Siy and Illustrated by Marlo Garnsworthy Published by Web of Life Children’s Books Available June 19th, 2022!
The Fairy Garden Written by Georgia Buckthorn and Illustrated by Isabella Mazzanti Published by Ivy Kids Available April 5th, 2022!
Little People, Big Dreams: Florence Nightingale Written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available now!
Make This Book Wild Written by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks and Illustrated by Anna Ivanir Published by Wide Eye Available now!
My World in 100 Words: My Garden Illustrated by Marijke Buurlage Published by Happy Yak Available now!
Some Questions About Trees Written and Illustrated by Toni Yuly Published by Atheneum Books For Young Readers Available Today!
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recently released and coming soon titles! In Stella Keeps the Sun Up written by Clothilde Ewing and illustrated by Lynn Gaines, Stella schemes to keep the sun up so she never has a bedtime! She learns the benefits of sleeping and why going to bed is great. Check it out along with the other titles below!
Catalina Incognito Written by Jennifer Torres and Illustrated by Gladys Jose Published by Aladdin Available now!
Darryl’s Dream Written by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Shawnee, Johnny Warfield, and Adam Padilla. Illustrated by Tristan Tait Published by King of Rock Publishing Available now!
Emile and the Field Written by Kevin Young and Illustrated by Choima Ebinama Published by Make Me a World Available April 15th!
Finn and the Subatomic Slip-and-Slide Written by Micheal Buckley Published by Delacorte Press Available now!
Lady Icarus: Balloonomania and the Brief, Bold Life of Sophie Blanchard Written by Deborah Noyes Published by Random House Studio Available now!
Stella Keeps the Sun Up Written by Clothhilde Ewing and Illustrated by Lynn Gaines Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Availible now!
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recent arrivals to the Butler Center, highlighting works by and about African-American creators such as The Faith of Elijah Cummings by Carole Boston Weatherford and Laura Freeman. This picture book biography follows congressman and civil rights advocate Elijah Cummings from his beginning as a struggling student through his success as a lawyer and politician advocating for equality. Check it out along with a variety of other selections below!
Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky Written by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond and Illustrated by Daniel Minter Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers Available now!
Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman Written by Kristen R. Lee Published by Crown Books for Young Readers Available now!
Operation Sisterhood Written by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Published by Crown Books for Young Readers Available now!
I’m Growing Great Written and Illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers Available now!
Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott Written by Mara Rockliff and Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Published by Random House Studio Available now!
The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice Written by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Laura Freeman Published by Random House Studio Available now!
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recently released and coming soon titles! These include The View from the Very Best House in Town by Meera Trehan. This debut middle grade novel explores the troubled friendship of Sam and Asha, both autistic middle schoolers. As Sam is accepted into a prestigious school and Asha is not, their friendship is put at risk. In addition to being told from the perspectives of both Sam and Asha, the very best house in town also has its own perspective in this story.
Fossil Hunter: How Mary Anning Changed the Science of Prehistoric Life Written by Cheryl Blackford Published by Clarion Books Available now!
Ready for the Spotlight! Written and Illustrated by Jaime Kim Published by Candlewick Available now!
Wayward Creatures Written by Dayna Lorentz Published by Clarion Books Available now!
The Monarchs Written by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige Published by Clarion Books Available now!
On the Move: Home Is Where You Find It Written by Michael Rosen and Illustrated by Quentin Blake Published by Candlewick Available February 8, 2022
The View from the Very Best House in Town Written by Meera Trehan Published by Walker Books US Available February 8, 2022
Wow in the World: Wow in the Wild: The Amazing World of Animals Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz Illustrated by Jack Teagle Harper Collins/Clarion Books April 12, 2022
All the fascinating, absurd, and disgusting facts of the award-winning podcast combined with vibrant illustration and photography make for a “wow-worthy” fourth installment of the series. Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz, hosts of the NPR podcast, pack this animal themed edition full of all the quizzes, interviews, listicles, job postings, and graphic novel spreads you could ask for with the goal of inspiring discovery. Broken into six sections, including birds, reptiles, mammals, sea creatures, bugs, and amphibians, the pair explores the extreme diversity and weirdness of the animal kingdom. But hilarity the series in known for doesn’t diminish the complex ideas they share, like the aerodynamics of bird flight and sophisticated animal communication methods. Easily digestible language and abundant illustrations, combined with plenty of poop facts, strike just the right note for the enjoyment and education of 8-12 year old audience. Jack Teagle’s full-color illustrations (including a cartoon Mindy and Guy) run the gamut from graphic novel-like spreads to illustrated diagrams and complement the hilarity of the text. The title includes extensive back matter like thorough source notes, photo credits, an exhaustive glossary and index, a suggested reading list, and QR code links to related podcast episodes. A final section on conservation, that could have been more robust, wraps things up with a brief list of action items for the inspired reader. An engaging and quick read, or fun-fact reference, for animal lovers and comedy fans alike.
With the holiday season incoming, this week’s Butler Bookshelf showcases books about food! The selection includes both fiction and nonfiction as well as books about families and communities of various types. In A Feast for Joseph, Joseph must adjust to his new lifestyle as he was used to eating with many people when he lived in a refugee camp in East Africa. Now, he is only accompanied by his mother and his neighbor. He must learn that a feast can still be enjoyed, even on a smaller scale. Check out this week’s titles for more food related readings, including inspirational, informational, and humorous selections!
Bake, Make, & Learn to Cook: Fun & Healthy Recipes for Young Cooks Written by David Atherton and Illustrated by Rachel Stubbs Published by Candlewick Press Available December 7, 2021
A Feast for Joseph Written by Terry Farish & OD Bonny and Illustrated by Ken Daley Published by House of Anansi Press Available now!
Feast Your Eyes on Food: An Encyclopedia of More than 1,000 Delicious Things to Eat Written by Laura Gladwin and Illustrated by Zoë Barker Published by Magic Cat Publishing Available now!
The Cookie Maker of Mavin Road Written by Sue Lawson and Illustrated by Liz Anelli Published by Candlewick Press Available December 7, 2021
Our Table Written and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds Published by Orchard Books Available now!
Interrupting Chicken: Cookies for Breakfast Written and Illustrated by David Ezra Stein Published by Candlewick Press Available now!
November is a busy month! It is Picture Book Month as well as Nonfiction November. In celebration of both of these, this week’s Butler Bookshelf features nonfiction picture books. These include the upcoming ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance That Crossed Color Lines by Dean Robbins with illustrations by Eric Velasquez. This books tells the true story of how the fusion of Jazz and Latin music created mambo, popularized by a multiracial band led by Machito. The music’s popularity despite continued segregation in dance halls at the time led Palladium Ballroom to open its doors to all, truly showing how music has the power to transcend boundaries. Check out more nonfiction picture book titles below!
¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance That Crossed Color Lines Written by Dean Robbins and Illustrated by Eric Velasquez Published by Candlewick Press Available November 23, 2021
The Message: The Extraordinary Journey of an Ordinary Text Message Written and Illustrated by Michael Emberley Published by Atheneum Available now!
Penguin Journey Written by Angele Burke Kunkel and Illustrated by Catherine Odell Published by Abrams Appleseed Available now!
What’s in Your Pocket?: Collecting Nature’s Treasures Written by Heather L. Montgomery and Illustrated by Maribel Lechuga Published by Charlesbridge Available now!
Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories Written by Annette Bay Pimentel and Illustrated by Magaly Morales Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers Available now!
Where Do Creatures Sleep at Night? Written by Steven J. Simmons and Illustrated by Ruth Harper Published by Charlesbridge Available now!