A FEW OTHER EVENTS FOR
- Happy birthday James Lincoln Collier (My Brother Sam is Dead) and Christina BjĂ¶rk (Linnea in Monetâ€™s Garden).
- Itâ€™s the birth date of Helen Keller (1880-1868). Read her autobiography, The Story of My Life, and Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller.
- In 1922, the Newbery Medal is first awarded, named for the eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. Itâ€™s given annually to an author considered to have written the â€śmost distinguished contribution to American literature for childrenâ€ť by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) a division of the American Library Association (ALA). For more information about Newbery Medal winners and Newbery Honor books, visit the Newbery Medal Home Page.
June has been designated the Great Outdoors Month, to celebrate our nationâ€™s natural beauty and renew our commitment to protecting the environment. In June many people and families head to the great outdoors, often to camp out. Many children go to camp for a week or two, giving them experiences that they might not have at home.
What if you do not naturally appreciate a camp of any kind? Enter our heroine of the day Babymouse. Sheâ€™s signed up for two weeks of sleepaway camp, and sheâ€™s not exactly the camping type. Even garden hoses and sticks remind her of snakes. Dropped off at Camp Wild Whiskers with enough cupcakes to feed an army, Babymouse tries to make a good first impression on her camp mates, flinging her arms out wide and yelling, â€śHI EVERYONE! Iâ€™M BABYMOUSE.â€ť Unfortunately, none of her cabinmatesâ€”including a skunk, cat, and dogâ€”seem impressed.
From there things just go downhill. Babymouse constantly racks up demerits for her cabin, the Buttercups. Sheâ€™s a camping disaster and creates havoc whether she makes bracelets or tries to find her way home out of the woods. Babymouse is a trierâ€”in fact she tries everyoneâ€™s patience to the point that her camp mates wish sheâ€™d go home. Finally, even her active imaginative life where she stars as a superhero and always saves the day, doesnâ€™t keep her going, and sheâ€™s ready to bail on the outdoor experience. At the last minute she finds a way to become a team player and bring at least small success to her newfound friends.
In their series of graphic novels about Babymouse, brother and sister team Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm have created one masterful book after another. From attractive pink covers through page after page of action rendered in black, white, and pink, young readers just whiz through these ninety-page books. Once a reader age four through ten has found one of the sagas about this endearing protagonist, they long for more. Fortunately, this talented duo continues to create one great book after another.
If you havenâ€™t yet met this incredibly popular heroine, Camp Babymouse will make you a convert. I myself am just grateful that no one is sending me to any sleepaway camp this year, but if they were, Iâ€™d definitely bring Babymouseâ€”not to mention scores of cupcakesâ€”with me.
Hereâ€™s a page from Camp Babymouse:
Originally posted June 27, 2011. Updated for .