A Youthful Frame of Mind

News from the Rod Library Youth Collection

November/December 2012

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Displays . . . Novels in Verse, Thanksgiving, and more!
  • Steve Jenkins' The Beetle Book November Give-Away
  • Lois Lowry's Son December Give-Away
  • What You Did In the Youth Collection . . .
  • Did You Know? Useful Tidbits . . .

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to honor the myriad ways that Native Americans in the past have shaped our present and, just as importantly, how they continue to impact and shape society today. Often times, people think of Native American cultures and identities as being part of America's historical past, but in all actuality, they are active and contemporary. Native Americans are teachers, writers, politicians, doctors, actors, athletes, intellectuals, artists, soldiers, etc. They are integral to society, and during this month we honor their contributions.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we invite you to explore some of the best books we have on Native American culture in the past and in the present, as well as on the contemporary Native voices that impact the nation. You can find these great books on display behind the Youth reference desk.

Win Steve Jenkins' The Beetle Book!

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated over thirty picture books for young readers. He uses a cut paper collage style for his illustrations and works with his collaborator and wife Robin Page frequently. He has stated that his books are always inspired by children’s questions, especially those from his own children. He is a lover of creatures and reading and has brought his two interests together over the years in the form of his many books.

The Beetle Book is about all of the different kinds of beetles. After an overview of body structure, sections are devoted to topics such as beetles’ senses, behaviors, life cycles, communications, and defenses. The illustrations will definitely appeal to younger kids, but this book will be great for older kids who are doing reports or who just love bugs!

Look for other Steve Jenkins books in the Youth Collection. In the meantime, sign up to win a free copy of The Beetle Book. The drawing will take place on December 7th, 2012.

Win the fourth installment to The Giver Quartet, Lois Lowry's Son!

Since the 1970s Lois Lowry has written over 30 books for children and young adults, including Number the Stars and The Giver, both for which she was awarded Newbery Medals. Lowry is a versatile and accessible writer whose stories manage to be original, familiar, and challenging all at the same time. Her classic, The Giver, has been fiercely challenged and defended since its publication. It stands as one of the first dystopian novels written for children and has been credited by some with spearheading the popularity of the genre now. In addition to Gathering Blue and The Messenger, Son is the fourth installment to The Giver quartet and follows Claire, a Vessel who, despite the fact that she is meant to forget him when he is taken from her at birth, feels the loss of her son and becomes intent on finding him again.

Look for other Lois Lowry books in the Youth Collection, and don't forget to sign up to win a free copy of Son for the December Give-Away. The drawing will take place on December 7th, 2012.

What You Did In the Youth Collection . . .

Recently, Dr. Sarah E. Montgomery's Elementary Social Studies Methods class came to the Youth Collection to explore the concept of the American Dream from different perspectives by finding literature that disrupts common notions of the concept and works toward encouraging and valuing diversity. One of the lenses they looked through was that of Native American cultures and experiences. Students read youth literature that emphasized the contemporary presence, impact, and experiences of Native Americans and learned the importance of avoiding the perpetuation of stereotypes by doing thorough, solid research on the literature and resources they bring to the classroom.

One of the assignments for the course included the Contemporary American Indian Voices project. Using VoiceThreads, students discussed contemporary American Indians who are leaders in literature, sports, television/movies, science, art, politics, and many more areas. The project was then shared as a teaching resource for a 5th grade class in Iowa's CAL district. Follow the link to check them out!

Have you done something awesome in the Youth Collection or with Youth Collection resources? We'd love to hear your story. Just email Dr. Yolanda Hood at yolanda.hood@uni.edu.

Did You Know? Useful Tidbits...

You can stay up-to-date on new materials that are added to Rod Library by going to the New Materials section at the bottom of the Rod Library home page. Just click on See more great additions . . . and pick the category you're interested it.

Congratulations to Megan Blackford, winner of the Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Gift Bag which included a copy of Madeleine L'Engle's treasured classic, A Wrinkle in Time!!!