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Born on November 16, 1915, Jean Fritz has written over 30 books for children since her first book, Bunny Hopwell’s First Spring was published in 1954. Fritz is probably best known for her Newbery Honor book “Homesick” and for many, many entertaining biographies.
“History isn’t boring, once you get to know the people,” says children’s author Jean Fritz. “In my writing, I give people their place.” From National Endowment for the Humanities: Jean Fritz
“I’ll tell kids something funny, and they’ll all look at their teacher, to see if it’s OK to laugh. You can almost hear them thinking, `This is history. Is it supposed to be funny?” From: Christian Science Monitor: Author Jean Fritz Shares History’s Facts – and Funny Moments
One of the most interesting things I read about her is this:
“In her books about real people of the past, Jean Fritz never makes up dialogue. Instead, she draws on the real letters, diaries, and journals of those people, using only words that they actually wrote or spoke. This practice can make writing scenes and conversations difficult, but Fritz feels it keeps her writing true to the people involved.” From Meet the Author Jean Fritz
Prize winning children’s author Jean Fritz takes takes the viewer along for a research trip at the Hasting’s Public Library:
What an interesting lady! Want to know more?:
- Scholastic: Jean Fritz Interview
- Publisher’s Weekly: Who Are You Writing About Today, Jean Fritz?
- For more information about Jean Fritz, check out Something About the Author Online: Jean Fritz
Watch Jean Fritz’s books:
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Typically in October, Star Wars Reads Day is an annual event that gets the whole country reading about the Star Wars Universe, all on the same day. But you don’t have to wait for a special day, you can have reading adventures with your favorite Star Wars characters EVERY day. There are picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, music files, craft books and more.
Websites & Activities:
- Printable: Star Wars Activities
- Printable: The Force Awakens Activities
- Facebook: Star Wars Reads Day
- Official Website: Star Wars Reads Day
- Origami Yoda: How to Fold
- Star Wars Origami Directions on Video
- Lego Star Wars
- DragoArt: How to Draw Star Wars
- Red Ted Art: Star Wars Crafts
- Huffington Post: 14 Star Wars Crafts For Your Little Jedi
Use Your Library Card to Borrow Free Music: Directions
Han Solo in Carbonite – This replica of the original Han Solo prop was made from the actual molds created for the Star Wars films. In The Empire Strikes Back, the character Han Solowas captured by bounty hunter Boba Fett. Solo was flash-frozen in carbonite-alive, yet entombed. He hung as a trophy on Jabba the Hutt’s wall until being rescuedby his Rebel friends in the film, Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars Millenium Falcon & Two Figures – Never tell me the odds! could well be Han Solo’s motto. Not the fresh faced hero of George Lucas’ film, Lucas considered Han Solo “a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.” From smuggler to general for the rebel alliance, Solo along with fellow adventurer Chewbacca formed a team in the classic tale of good versus evil which blended the best of old-fashioned cliffhangers and science fiction with groundbreaking special effects. This 1981 toy Millennium Falcon was made by Kenner. Toys released after Star Wars in 1977 launched the trend of “mega-marketing” major movies with products. A new generation of fans discovered the Star Wars series with the release of episodes I, II, and III between 1999 and 2005.
Picture Books jP:
Early Readers jZ:
|Star Wars Early Reader Series:|
Chapter Books jE & j:
|Series: A New Hope
#1: The Princess and the Scoundrel
#2: So You Want to be a Jedi
#3: Beware the Power of the Dark Side
|Series: Jedi Academy
#1: Jedi Academy
#2: Return of the Padawan
#3: The Phantom Bully
|Series: Origami Yoda#1: The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda
#2: Darth Paper Strikes Back 1311499
#3: The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
#4: The Surprise Attack of Jaba the Puppet
#5: Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue
#6: Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus
|Series: Rebel Force
|Series: Star Wars Dark Horse Comics|
Congratulations to our Indiana Fever
who have advanced to the WMBA Finals
October 9th and 10th!
Get in the spirit of the game with the story “Swish!”
- Official Website: Indiana Fever
- ESPN: Tamika Catchings, Stephanie White combine to lead Fever to WNBA Finals
- IndyPL Kids’ Blog: Might Girl Biographies – girl power biographies from dare devils to musicians to scientists and athletes.
- The website A Mighty Girl is an outstanding collection of books, toys, music and movies “for smart, confident, and courageous girls.” See their list of Books and Toys for Girls About Basketball here.
This event is at Central Library. Free tickets are available at Central Library beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Limited advanced tickets with a purchase of a Brian Selznick book are available at Kids Ink Bookstore, 5619 N. Illinois St. Questions? Call Central Library 275-4100.
Books by Brian Selznick:
More Books written and/or illustrated by Brian Selznick.
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