A book club for grown-ups who love kid lit!

Meets every third Wednesday, September through April, from 5:00 – 6:00 PM in the Foot Room at the Red Wing Public Library.

Pictures & Prose is a book club for librarians, teachers, caregivers, parents, grandparents, or anyone who truly loves children’s and young adult literature. Each month we discuss one picture book and one middle grade or young adult book. Members are also welcome to share other titles recently read and loved, old or new.

Wonderful discussion of the rich world of children’s picture biographies last evening! We could probably do these for a year of Wednesdays and still not run out of excellent titles to share!

But on to next month. Megan suggested we each read one or more of the five nominees for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Find those titles, authors and brief summaries below. Check here for the general National Book Award website.

We will meet on Wednesday, November 28th at 5pm at the Red Wing Public Library. Come prepared to champion your favorite from the list!

Young People’s Literature National Book Award nominees:
Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X.
M. T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge.
Leslie Connor, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle.
Christopher Paul Curtis, The Journey of Little Charlie.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Hey, Kiddo.

A novel in verse, Elizabeth Acevedo’s New York Times bestseller The Poet X follows a Dominican teen who her voice in slam poetry, even as she pushes back against a restrictive family life and the unwanted attention of her neighbors. M. T. Anderson, who has been recognized by the National Book Awards three times previously (2002 Finalist, 2006 Winner, and 2015 Longlister), and Eugene Yelchin combine narrative prose and extravagant illustration to tell a story of elves, goblins, and intrigue in The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, a political satire commenting on conflict, discrimination, and the bias inherent in history as told by those on top. In Leslie Connor’s The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, a young protagonist struggles to make sense of the unexplained death of his best friend, as a cycle of bullying continues and a new friend goes missing. In The Journey of Little Charlie, Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy in 1858 who, after agreeing to seek out three fugitives in order to pay off a debt, must rise above the ugly values of his time to become an unlikely hero. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a graphic memoir that chronicles a childhood fraught with familial addiction and abandonment, illustrating the exceptional power of art as survival.

Good Reading, Everyone!

For more information, please contact Megan Seeland, Red Wing Public Library Children’s and Teen Services Librarian at mseeland@selco.info or Susan Richardson, Sunnyside Elementary Librarian at sjrichardson@rwps.org.