A FEW OTHER EVENTS FOR
- Happy birthday Russell Hoban (Bread and Jam for Francis), Barbara Shook Hazen (Tight Times), Pat Ross (M & M series).
- Itâ€™s also the birth date of civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913â€“2004), Rosa Parks: My Story.
- In 1789, George Washington was unanimously elected the first United States president. Read George Washingtonâ€™s Socks by Elvira Woodruff.
- Happy birthday Facebook, founded in 2004. Read A Smart Girls Guide to the Internet by Sharon Cindrich, illustrated by Ali Douglas.
- Today is Bubble Gum Day. Read Trouble Gum by Matthew Cordell.
Today marks a new holiday, Take Your Child to the Library Day. Patterned after Take Your Child to the Bookstore Day, the holiday emphasizes one of the most important trips that can occur for any child: going toÂ a library, securing a library card, and learning to feel comfortable inÂ aÂ library. No matter how extensive your home collection, your children will always find gems in the library, and no one knows the reading tastes of the children in a community better than the local childrenâ€™s librarian.
If I myself were going to a library today with a child just past picture book age, I would check out The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney. Humphrey the hamster lives in Classroom 26. The substitute teacher who brought Humphrey there leaves, putting him in the care of the regular teacher, Mrs. Brisbane. She has incredible reservations about Humphrey but canâ€™t remove him immediately as the children have become so fond of him.
Now he spendsÂ weekends atÂ the homes of different children in his classroom. But leave it to Humphrey to find friends and influence people. He uses his powers of observation, listening, and action to help his hosts. He even helps the night janitor find a soul mate! In fact, Humphrey operates much like the classic childrenâ€™s book character, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. HeÂ uses his sparking personality and problem-solving abilities to help familiesÂ find solutions to various dilemmas.
Humphrey stars in a series that has won award after award, selected by children in different states as their favorite book. So check him out for the weekend from your local public library. I canâ€™t guarantee that he will solve your familyâ€™s problems, but he will definitely keep everyone happy for hours in the pages of a book.
Hereâ€™s a passage from The World According to Humphrey:
Mrs. Brisbane was already in Room 26 when we arrived. She smiled at Ms. Mac and shook her hand.
Then she frowned at me and said, â€śIs this some kind of â€¦rodent?â€ť
Ms. Mac gave her the speech about how much kids can learn from taking care of another species.
Mrs. Brisbane look horrified and said, â€śI canâ€™t stand rodents! Take it back!â€ť
The it she was talking about was me.
Originally posted February 4, 2012. Updated for .