A Youthful Frame of Mind

News from the Rod Library Youth Collection

March 2013

  • Displays . . . Women's History Month, Shane Evans, and more!
  • Book Give-Aways
  • Spotlight on an E-Resource
  • African American Read-In

Award Book Give-Away: Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, by Sy Montgomery

If you want to learn about animals and conservationism, you might want to start your research with Sy Montgomery, the award-winning author of 15 books dealing with wildlife and conservationist issues. She has authored such popular titles as The Good Good Pig and Spell of the Tiger, and has won a number of awards, including the 2009 New England Independent Booksellers Association Nonfiction Award, the 2010 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, and the ASPCA for Humane Education's Henry Bergh Award for Nonfiction. For her latest project, Montgomery has turned her talents toward the inspiring Temple Grandin in her new book Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World.

Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a renowned scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University and designs livestock handling systems that make meat processing more humane in the U.S., Canada, and many other countries. But Dr. Grandin was not always so well-known or lauded. As a child, she was diagnosed with autism, and many people, including children at school and even her father, thought she was strange and did not understand her. Using accessible prose, Montgomery takes us through Dr. Grandin's life, beginning from this difficult childhood and working up to the present. The text is beautifully augmented by old photographs and fascinating blueprints of Dr. Grandin's handling system designs, as well as excerpts containing information about autism--what it is, how it affects the brain, etc.--and advice for kids on the autism spectrum from Dr. Temple Grandin.

Don't miss the chance to win a free copy of this inspiring biography. You can enter your name in our monthly Award Book Give-Away drawing in the Youth Collection! Winners will be announced April 1st.

Award Book Give-Away: Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, by Claire A. Nivola

If you haven't picked up anything written and/or illustrated by Claire A. Nivola, now is a great time to start. Nivola's career as an author and artist has produced several books, including Orani, one of the School Library Journal’s and Horn Book’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2011, and Planting the Trees of Kenya, a 2009 Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner. Nivola is known for her lyrical writing style and beautifully detailed, folksy illustrations. Under her care, the two mediums work in tandem to creates stories that jump off the page and immerse readers.

Nivola's newest book, Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, follows the life of, you guessed it, oceanographer and environmentalist Sylvia Earle! Earle's love of the natural world and of the ocean began when she was young and carried into her adulthood. Written in flowing, enthusiastic prose, Nivola tells how Earle's youthful exploration of the ocean life near her Florida home eventually led her to becoming a scientist and doing such amazing things as joining a research crew as the only woman researcher on board, setting diving records, and living for two weeks in an underwater laboratory. Nivola incorporates quotes from Earle herself to help describe the singular experience of exploring the ocean's many wonders and mysteries, lending authority and authenticity to the already strong prose. Nivola's illustrations are bright and vivid and invite readers to see what Earle finds so inspiring and enchanting about the ocean.

Don't miss the chance to win a free copy of this beautiful biography by entering your name in our monthly Award Book Give-Away drawing in the Youth Collection! Winners will be announced April 1st.

Spotlight on and E-Resource: Free Trial of the Expanded Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

Many of you are probably familiar with the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) available through UNISTAR. For those of you who may not be, however, here's the run-down: The CLCD is a massive online database devoted to cataloging information about Children's Literature. It hosts over 400,000 reviews, books lists, curriculum tools, lexile measures, links to author/illustrator webpages, and more, and offers a ton of search specifications to help you find what you're looking for as efficiently as possible.

Currently, the CLCD is offering users the chance to Beta Test an expanded, updated version! Test out the new design and features and leave feedback on the site so that the folks working hard to keep the CLCD a great resource know what's working and what isn't. To use the Beta Test version, simply go to the Rod Library home page, Databases A-Z, click on Children's Literature Comprehensive Database, and hit BETA in the right hand sidebar of the CLCD search page.

Have fun exploring, and let us know what you think!


African American Read-In Photo Gallery

This year's Read-In featured wonderful guests, activities, volunteers, presentations, and performers. You can see it all simply by going to the Youth Collection webpage and clicking African American Read-In 2013 in the Photo Galleries menu!

Congratulations to February's Award Book Give-Away Winners, Sarah Marston, recipient of Martin Springett's "Kate & Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story", and Grace McCombs, recipient of Russell Freedman's "Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass"!