[BHE 87] Launch of CYBILS Saturdays and January/February Bimonthly Theme – A Game of Thrones: Blue Bloods, Queenship, Aristocracy

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Fats here.

Greetings! We are inviting you to join us for another year of fun, magic, and discovery with our six new themes! We are kicking off 2014 with “A Game of Thrones: Blue Bloods, Queenship, Aristocracy” for the months of January and February.

Swedish children's book, with small stories, verses and a lot of illustrations in black/white. Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

Swedish children’s book, with small stories, verses and a lot of illustrations in black/white. Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

I once knew a man who was heir to the throne of a great kingdom, he lived as a ranger and fought his destiny to sit on a throne but in his blood he was a king. I also knew a man who was the king of a small kingdom, it was very small and his throne very humble but he and his people were all brave and worthy conquerors. And I knew a man who sat on a magnificent throne of a big and majestic kingdom, but he was not a king at all, he was only a cowardly steward. If you are the king of a great kingdom, you will always be the only king though you live in the bushes. If you are the king of a small kingdom, you can lead your people in worth and honor and together conquer anything. And if you are not a king, though you sit on the king’s throne and drape yourself in many fine robes of silk and velvet, you are still not the king and you will never be one.
— C. Joybell C.

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Like our previous Book Hunting Expeditions, we are sharing books that have magically found their way to our shelves—temporarily or permanently. In November and December 2013, we shared books about Goddesses, Faeries, Spirit-Stars, and Celestial Beings. This time around, we are sharing books about royal families, monarchy, kingdom rulers, and people of the court. It is less ethereal than the previous theme yet has its own magical sparkles. For our January/February theme, we are essentially looking for the following books:

  1. Stories with aristocracy: princes, princesses, kings, queens
  2. Castles and knights (including Arthurian legends)
  3. Tales that involve duke/duchess, baron/baroness, marquess/marquise
  4. Stories that include emperors/empress/sultans
  5. Stories of children who like to pretend they are knights, princes, and princesses

Here are books from my shelf that will fit our theme…

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Once Upon a Princess and a Pea by Ann Campbell and Kathy Osborn Young
Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut by Margaret Atwood and Maryann Kovalski

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Why Kings and Queens Don’t Wear Crowns by Princess Martha Louise and Svein Nyhus
Through the Mickle Woods by Valiska Gregory and Barry Moser

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The Princes’ Gifts by John Yeoman and Quentin Blake

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Secrets of Castle Cant by K.P. Bath and David Christiana
The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik

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Fairest of All by Serena Valentino

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL…

In connection to Myra being one of the second-round judges for the Fiction Picture Book category of the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS) 2013, we are allotting one day a week—we chose Saturday—for 2013 books that have been nominated for the CYBILS. Our CYBILS Saturdays special will run from January until February 2014.

The CYBILS logo was downloaded from the CYBILS official website.

The CYBILS logo was downloaded from the CYBILS official website.

AND IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY…

Sign-up here to participate in our Check Off your Reading List Challenge 2014 (CORL 2014) and start working on your reading list this year!

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4 Comments on [BHE 87] Launch of CYBILS Saturdays and January/February Bimonthly Theme – A Game of Thrones: Blue Bloods, Queenship, Aristocracy

  1. Love the theme for January and February. There are so many wonderful children’s books that fit this theme!!

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    • Glad you like it! And I agree. There are indeed a lot of fabulous children’s books for this theme. My library has limited copies but I was able to find about 40 of them. =)

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  2. Whoa. COOL!!! Bluffton by Matt Phelan was nominated for a CYBILS – it’s a great book! If you haven’t read it – I recommend it! :)

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    • I saw that book in the list, Erik! It looks adorable! I believe it made it to the final round of judging! Unfortunately, there is no copy available in our library. It makes me sad, but I’ll make sure to get a copy of it! =)

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