Our literary picks for March.
FOR AGES 3 TO 6
VIVA FRIDA by Yuyi Morales
Vibrant mixed media illustrations will captivate readers as they join Frida on a surreal journey through her creative process. Written in both English and Spanish, the whimsical yet simple text tells the story of Frida the artist, who dreams, feels and creates. Each page comes to life with imaginative stop-motion puppetry, photography, paints, clay and other materials, reminiscent of Frida Kahlo's own work. Young readers can study the detailed illustrations and learn new vocabulary. A visual and lyrical meditation, this book about Kahlo's heritage and artistic process will move readers young and old to consider their own creative potential.
FOR AGES 4 TO 8
A BOY AND A JAGUAR by Alan Rabinowitz
Alan is a boy who stutters, yet discovers that his love for animals helps him speak fluently with the jaguars he visits at the zoo. Alan commits to giving back to the animals by promising to be a voice for animal rights. After giving a presentation where he overcomes his stutter, he grows up to be an animal conservationist, fulfilling the promise he made to the jaguars long ago, that he will protect them by securing funding for jaguar preservation. Early school-age readers will learn new vocabulary and be inspired by Alan's true story that celebrates uniqueness and individualitFOR AGES 10 TO 14
GRACEFULLY GRAYSON by Ami Polonsky
Grayson, a 12-year-old unassuming dreamer, grapples daily with a secret no one else knows: "He" is a girl stuck in a boy's body. Grayson is vulnerable, yet brave, and with the gentle encouragement of a teacher, courageously tries out for a controversial lead role in the school play that will expose the carefully guarded secret. Grayson finds support through self-discovery from classmates and family members and gracefully begins to live authentically while being confronted by those who question Grayson's identity and choices. Ami Polonsky's debut novel is a delicate and uplifting story about humanity, compassion and the rewards for taking risks despite societal pressures.
GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by A.S. King
17-year-old self-proclaimed feminist Glory O'Brien is about to graduate high school and has no idea what the future holds for her. She has lost her mother to suicide and her closest friend Ellen couldn't be more different from herself. The novel takes a fantastical turn when one day Glory begins to have visions of the past and of the future. As Glory witnesses astonishing glimpses into history, she questions her own destiny, searches for answers about her past and embarks on a quest to find the meaning of her own existence.
-Nicole Sochacki, Information Services Specialist, Northside Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan LibraryFAMILY APP
BUILD WITH CHROME
Google and LEGO join forces to create a free Chrome browser extension that allows users to build LEGO structures anywhere in the Google Maps world. Budding architects and travelers can hone their skills in the Build Academy tutorial, choosing from a variety of blocks, colors and sizes. After submitting structures for approval from Google, builders can publish their structures anywhere in the world on Google Maps and can explore structures others have built. Users need Google Chrome and parental permission. Build with Chrome is also available as an app on Chrome for Android devices. For more information, go to buildwithchrome.com.