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New Historical Fiction for Kids

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:56 Written by
John, Paul, George & Ben: Written and illustrated by Lane Smith Reviewed by Children’s Library Volunteer Kristen Crans If you are looking for a fun and interesting way to introduce your child to the United States of America’s founding fathers, then look no further.  John, Paul, George & Ben is…

David Herlihy on bicycle history

Monday, 07 May 2012 14:46 Written by
David V. Herlihy is the author of The Lost Cyclist and Bicycle: The History, winner of the 2004 Award for Excellence in the History of Science. A leading authority in his field, he has been interviewed by numerous television, radio, and newspaper personalities in the U.S. and abroad, and his…
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Carole Black Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet is a true to life tale about friendship and the trials and tribulations of auditioning and performing in a ballet.  Nancy and her…

A Jesuit Sleuth in 17th Century Paris

Monday, 30 April 2012 13:48 Written by
A Jesuit Sleuth in 17th Century Paris Paris has long been famous as the home of expatriots. Sometimes, as I write my Charles du Luc historical mystery series, I think of myself as an expatriot in time. So much so, that when the wonderful invitation to speak at the American…

Go Green for Earth Day!

Friday, 20 April 2012 17:45 Written by
Let the Lorax help you introduce your kids to being green, while Lane Smith reminds us just how wonderful nature can be. Scroll down for a few other recommended reads and links to a some great green ideas for children on Earth Day or any day. Grandpa Green by Lane…

Just in: Beginning Chapter Books

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 17:13 Written by
Ling and Ting, by Grace Lin Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Sarah Grandin Ling and Ting are twin girls, but as the subtitle of the book states, they are "Not Exactly the Same." After reading the book to Lucy, age 6, I asked her how she thought the two were…

Lily Tuck: How to learn through writing

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:40 Written by
Born in Paris, Lily Tuck is the author of four previous novels: Interviewing Matisse, or the Woman Who Died Standing Up; The Woman Who Walked on Water; Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, which was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; and The News from Paraguay,…

Marilyn Waite on Earth Day

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:52 Written by
Marilyn Waite has worked, studied and researched in over eight countries across four continents. She has implemented water and sanitation projects in rural Madagascar, led task forces to decrease reagent use in the spent fuel recycling process, as well as authored numerous publications in sustainable engineering topics (textile engineering, energy,…

Marilyn Waite on Earth Day

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:46 Written by
Marilyn Waite is a specialist in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has worked, studied and researched in over eight countries across four continents. She has implemented water and sanitation projects in rural Madagascar, led task forces to decrease reagent use in the spent fuel recycling process, as well as authored…

Marilyn Waite on Earth Day

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:16 Written by
[gallery] Marilyn Waite is a specialist in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has worked, studied and researched in over eight countries across four continents. She has implemented water and sanitation projects in rural Madagascar, led task forces to decrease reagent use in the spent fuel recycling process, as well as…

Read the Book First

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:54 Written by
Cinemas are full of adaptations right now. We've got some recommendations of books that have recently been adapted for the big screen. Whether or not you'll be checking out the film version, we think you'll love these original stories...  The Woman in Black by Susan Hill Reviewed by Children's Library…

American Library in Paris Librariana

Tuesday, 20 March 2012 11:42 Written by
From the Library History Buff Blog: Saturday, 3 March 2012 We are fast approaching the 95th anniversary of America's entry into World War I (April 6, 1917) which led to the creation of the Library War Service of the American Library Association (ALA) a few months later. One of the…

Heart-Warming New Reads

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 11:22 Written by
Check out a few of the new releases that have just arrived in the Children's Library. These beautifully illustrated picture books are perfect to keep you busy during the last few days of winter... The Robot and the Bluebird, by David Lucas Reviewed by Children's Library volunteer Carole Black A…

Celebrate Black History Month

Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:10 Written by
February is Black History Month in the US. Take this opportunity to explore the civil rights movement and black history with your kids using some great reads from the Children's Library. We have a wide selection of age appropriate materials about American heroes and iconic figures including Rosa Parks, Martin…

On Perfume, Paris and Glamour

Monday, 13 February 2012 13:57 Written by
[caption id="attachment_1827" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Photo: Vincent Thibert"][/caption]Denyse Beaulieu is an author and translator based in Paris. She writes a bilingual blog on scent. Her book The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent, will be published on March 15th by Harper Collins. She has learned the principles of perfume composition…

Letters About Literature - Our Winners

Friday, 10 February 2012 15:39 Written by
This year, the American Library in Paris participated for the first time ever in the Letters About Literature contest created by the Library of Congress. The idea was for school-age children to write to an author who has changed the reader somehow, or changed their view of the world. We've…

Taking wine and words to new places

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 10:30 Written by
Robert Camuto is a career American journalist who moved to the South of France in 2001 and started snooping around cellars and vineyards to write about the changes taking place in France’s 21st Century Wine World. The product of that Exploration was his first book Corkscrewed: Adventures in the New…
Fernanda Eberstadt is the American expatriate author of five acclaimed novels, Isaac and His Devils, Low Tide, When the Sons of Heaven Meet the Daughters of the Earth, The Furies, and her latest - Rat. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine,…

Little Rat Makes Music

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 12:59 Written by
Little Rat Makes Music, by Monika Bang-Campbell, Illustrated by Molly Bang Reviewed by Liz Gomes Little Rat wants to learn how to play the violin and make wonderful music like what she hears in concerts. But for her to do so, she needs to practice, which is not so easy,…
Sophie Hardach wrote her novel The Registrar's Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages while working as a journalist for Reuters in Paris. Originally inspired by the fragments of stories she was told while out on various reporting assignments, the novel follows the intertwining lives of a Kurdish boy struggling to build…