children’s books

children’s books

Embrace your voice

Embrace your voice

“Embrace your voice” is the theme for the 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month. One of the ways to amplify voices is to teach youth about body (aka bodily) autonomy. Body autonomy is the concept that an individual “owns” one’s body. Teaching children about body autonomy can help them understand the importance of consent in everything related to their own body. IU East Campus Library staff have gathered resources we hope will help educators, caregivers and guardians convey to children an understanding of the idea of “my body is mine.” Links to books, websites, media and research articles are in this resource guide: http://iue.libguides.com/bodyautonomy. Selected content is highlighted in this blog. A list of sexual assault awareness month events at IU … Continued
The magic of Roald Dahl

The magic of Roald Dahl

Cardiff (Wales) born author Roald Dahl, is considered one of the most beloved authors of the last century. With characters such as Matilda Wormwood, the Grand High Witch, the BFG and Willy Wonka, Dahl’s work has captured the inner desires, fears and identities of children of all ages since the early 1960’s. Even though he died in 1990, his books remain immensely popular – roughly ten million copies of his books are sold each year. Roald Dahl did not begin life as a writer, nor did it seem a likely career for him. When he graduated from secondary school, he became an employee of Shell Oil and was stationed in Kenya. But shortly after World War II broke out, he … Continued
LGBTQ Youth Literature

LGBTQ Youth Literature

Choosing a topic for my end of semester L390 Children’s Literature paper was a process of exploration. I chose to compare and contrast picture books with a common theme. I wanted a theme that dealt with current events so I focused on the 2012 elections.  With 3 additional States and the District of Columbia legalizing Gay Marriage (for a total of 9 states, http://gaymarriage.procon.org), I decided to examine children’s books that feature children with gay parents. So I turned to the IU East Library children’s book collection.  I located four books that were stories about gay parents: Daddy’s Roommate, Heather has Two Mommies, Gloria goes to Gay Pride, and And Tango Makes Three. A librarian also directed me to an … Continued
Boo Who?

Boo Who?

Don’t cry about it, the library has a spooktacular event for those who dare to be scared!  On Monday October 31st from 3:30-4:30 the IU East Humanities Club, Writers’ Club, and Friends of the Library will present readings of Halloween Poems & Ghost Stories in the library lobby.  You can bring your own reading or choose one from our booooo-k cart. We’ll also be serving up treats and an eerie green punch, so good it glows! Want to do a very scary reading for your own Halloween party? Here’s how to find a good book: In IUCAT enter your search term in the “keywords anywhere” box, like: ghost stories horror tales Halloween witches supernatural You can also limit the “location” … Continued
Read Across America

Read Across America

Union County youth enjoyed meeting Rufus March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. To commemorate Theodor Geisel’s talent and to promote reading, the Whitewater Valley chapter of the IU Alumni Association sponsors reading celebrations throughout the region. As coordinator for the event in Union County, I was fortunate to have wonderful assistance from many people affiliated with IU.  Rob Zinkan and Amanda Vance of IU East External Affairs arranged for Rufus to visit with the children at the event and provided IU goodies. Kyle Wright and Londa Brown of IU East Athletics brought many members of the Volleyball team, all of whom were enthusiastic volunteers. IU East students Brit Hudson and Megan Shepherd helped with crafts and photography.  IU alumni Shell … Continued