Christopher Paul Curtis' civil rights era novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, is the 2014 Irving Big Read's alternate selection for middle school grades. The story centers around ten-year-old Kenny and his family as they travel from Michigan to visit their grandmother in Alabama during this tumultuous year in America's history. This novel is beloved by children and educators, and received honors from both the Newberry and Coretta Scott King award committees.
During the Big Read in October, many elementary-aged children will be reading this novel in school and in the after school program at Irving Recreation Centers. Christopher Paul Curtis is appearing at the Valley Ranch Library on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. to talk about the novel and signing copies of his books.
The Sneetches and Other Stories
A lesson about diversity and tolerance as told through a group of star-bellied and non-star bellied Sneetches highlight this Dr. Seuss classic book for children. Sneetch-themed parties will be happening at Irving Library this month for young and elementary-aged children.
Hush, Little Baby, a Folk Song in Pictures
This board book by Marla Freeze follows the mockingbird theme from our Big Read selection in this classic lullaby for children. This book will be the center for several storytime events throughout the month.
In addition to the selected books, this short list of books are recommended for the themes of diversity, social awareness, and having courage in the face of bullying.