Monday, March 5, 2012

Great Books for March

I wanted to share a few books that would be great to use in the month of March. The first two are story books that would go great together in a Good Luck theme. The first, The Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo, focuses on a young girl and her cat who has used up eight of its nine lives. What will happen when the cat doesn't return? Has the cat used up all nine lives? This beautiful story is wonderfully illustrated and also includes a Native American family. The second book, Good Luck Bear by Greg E. Foley, features a tiny bear who is in search of a four-leaf clover for good luck. With help from his mouse friend, the little bear finds something even more special!

 If you are planning a program about the myths and folklore and culture of Ireland, these two books would be perfect. The Leprechaun's Kingdom: The World of Banshees, Fairies, Demons, Giants, Monsters, Mermaids, Phoukas, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, and Many Others by Peter Haining features descriptions of fairies and other mythological creatures from Ireland along with illustrations and stories. A Pot O' Gold: A Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, and (of Course) Blarney by Kathleen Krull and David McPhail features stories, poetry, and beautiful illustrations all focusing on Ireland. Both of these books would add interesting facts and beautiful images to any program.