Emily Lloyd's Profile
|Display Name:||Emily Lloyd|
|About me:||I'm an Associate Librarian at Eden Prairie Library, and I live, read, and write in South Minneapolis.|
|Emily Lloyd's Comments|
|Everyone matters : a first look at respect for others |
by Thomas, Pat, 1959-
Explores what respect means and how to be respectful, and has suggested questions for kids throughout the text. A little "instructional" feeling--kids will be aware that they're being taught something--but well-done and not dry. posted Apr 26, 2013 at 5:00PM
by Ottaviani, Jim.
Feynman’s an interesting guy; the book is well-written and drawn; these together made for a good read. Concentrates less on Feynman’s physics (although there a few 2-3-page illustrated "lectures"), and more on his life: working at Los Alamos on the bomb a mere month before it was dropped on Hiroshima (during this time, his first wife passed away; he mourned but came back to work immediately and made it clear he didn’t want anyone’s sympathy to interfere with the work), finding out at the last minute before presenting as a grad student that his prof had invited Einstein, Fermi, and other big names to sit in (and they came), finding a topless bar more conducive to getting work done than an office (and defending, in court, as a world-famous physicist, the topless bar’s right to exist when none of the other customers would dare show their faces to testify), pretty much figuring out what went wrong with the Challenger and having no one be too pleased with that, etc. This book is being reviewed as a good one for young adults as well as adults, and I agree...it’s neat and eye-opening seeing some key 20th-century history through the lens of Feynman’s life, as well some different things physicists might do (in topless bars or out). Before reading it, I already regretted never having taken physics; now, I do a little more so, and plan to read some of Feynman’s own books. I should say that the portrayal of Feynman doesn’t exactly make you want to throw hero-worshiping arms around him...he comes off as self-centered and arrogant (not having read much, but knowing much of the content was drawn from Feynman’s own books, I can only assume that, well, he was these things) as well as brilliant and strange. From what I’d heard of Feynman, I’d expected to come out of this book admiring him. I didn’t. But I did come out still interested. posted Apr 8, 2013 at 4:40PM
|Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, & me : a graphic memoir |
by Forney, Ellen.
So good. One of the best graphic-format memoirs I’ve read, and one of the best books on mental illness. Forney makes brilliant use of comix to capture the poles of manic depression and explore "Club Van Gogh"--the high incidence of bipolar disorder in artists, the hell of a choice one has to make as a mentally ill artist between what feels like "keeping one’s edge", the overflow of ideas and creative energy and productivity during mania if one remains unmedicated, and of functioning more responsibly, medicated, where managing to bring even one full idea to the surface is a struggle like dredging a lake with a spoon. And her coining of "cra-dar" (rhymes with ’gaydar’)--a mentally ill person’s real or imagined ability to recognize other mentally ill people--cracked me up (no pun intended). posted Apr 8, 2013 at 4:37PM
|Wake up, it's spring! |
by Ernst, Lisa Campbell.
"'Wake up, old friend, it's Spring!' whispered the sun. And the warmed earth woke up." The earth wakes the earthworm, the earthworm the seed, the seed the ladybug, and so on. Exuberant and bright--my favorite spring-themed picture book after Mary Lyn Ray's 'Mud'. posted Apr 5, 2013 at 3:24PM
|Flip, flap, fly! |
by Root, Phyllis.
A buoyant rhyme full of great movement-related verbs follows a series of baby animals doing what they love to do. From Booklist: "The rhyming text pauses before the page turn where the tip of a tail is pictured and the next spread reveals the new creature. For instance: “So mama helps the baby fish, splish, splash, swim through the weeds and the reeds in the green, green lake. ‘Look,’ blurps the baby fish, ‘I see a . . . [page turn] SNAKE!’” This gives the reader/listener a chance to fill in the rhyme on his or her own. posted Apr 5, 2013 at 3:17PM
|Everybody needs a rock |
by Baylor, Byrd.
Granted, the two-tone illustrations from a book published in 1974 are probably not going to engage today's kids. But the text remains fantastically fresh and exciting. Read it, especially to a group of kids before going on a hunt for the perfect rocks for them. "The size must be perfect. It has to feel easy in your hand when you close your fingers over it. It has to feel jumpy in your pocket when you run. Some people touch a rock a thousand times a day. There aren't many things that feel as good as a rock--if the rock is perfect." Charming, magical, and kid-like. posted Apr 5, 2013 at 2:56PM
|Swirl by swirl : spirals in nature |
by Sidman, Joyce.
"A spiral is a growing shape. It starts small and gets bigger, swirl by swirl. It unwraps itself, one curl at a time." A perfect text and amazing woodcut (I think) illustrations invite us to consider a shape that recurs over and over in the natural world. posted Apr 5, 2013 at 1:36PM
|Little white rabbit |
by Henkes, Kevin
The soft, fresh yellows, pinks, and especially greens of Henkes's illustrations make this book feel like a Spring morning. "Little White Rabbit hopped along. When he hopped through the high grass, he wondered what it would be like to be green...when he hopped over the rock, he wondered what it would be like not to be able to move." While you read, make sure to wonder about the same things Little Rabbit does--then go outside and wonder about the things you see as you hop along. posted Apr 5, 2013 at 12:49PM
|If rocks could sing : a discovered alphabet |
by McGuirk, Leslie.
Leslie McGuirk, rock observer extraordinaire, found rocks that look like each letter of the alphabet. The perfect read right before a nature walk with preschoolers through second graders--what shapes will they find in the rocks they see today? posted Apr 5, 2013 at 12:34PM
by Ray, Mary Lyn.
Get dressed in old clothes before you read this one to a child, because you'll immediately want to go outside and play together in the mud afterwards. One of my all-time favorite picture books, 'Mud' has a simple, lovely, reverent text and lush illustrations that immerse the reader in the gorgeous transition from Winter to Spring, when "Winter will squish, squck, sop, splat, slurp, melt in mud." Its closing words: "Come spring. Come grass. Come green." Take your socks off, too. posted Apr 5, 2013 at 11:48AM
|Emily Lloyd's Book Lists|
|Delightful to Share in Spring (9 titles)
Some of these are specifically about spring; others simply evoke it beautifully. All are wonderful to share with young children in spring as we watch the earth wake up together.
|Beyond Curie: Women & Girls Rock Science & Math (19 titles)
A list for Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math.
|Storytime Favorites for Crowds (28 titles)
Whether you're a guest reader at your kid's preschool or a librarian with a large storytime attendance, these are my top choices for reading to large crowds of kids aged 2-5. Emphasis on elements of fun & surprise & moments of LOUD and
|Poetry & Rhymes for the Youngest--a list for National Poetry Month (15 titles)
Poems & rhymes to share with the youngest of children--what to read before you bring out the Shel Silverstein.
|Manner & Feelings & Social Skills (8 titles)
Convincing books for little ones learning social skills--not preachy or contrived, but ones kids can identify with. I'll keep adding to the list as I come across more.
|Like Captain Underpants? Here are More Funny Books That Mix Writing & Drawings (14 titles)
|GLBTQ- and Gender-Friendly Picture Books (15 titles)
Books that feature GLBTQ families, books that challenge stereotypical gender roles, etc.
|Clever Twisty Endings (picture books) (10 titles)
Books that are not TOO long or wordy, but are just long enough to feature a surprising plot twist at the end (that a 2-3-yr-old can grasp but a 6-yr-old can still appreciate).