Children's Bookshelf - January 2015
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by Susan Ei and Marianne Pysarchyk

Pequot Library chose “freedom” as January’s theme to start the new year. Strength and hope can come from creating freedom through independence, inventiveness and non-conformity. Some of the books offered speak about freedom of expression, while others highlight freedom from oppression. These outstanding books for children lend historical context to major battles for the freedoms granted in the 13th Amendment (ending slavery), the 15th Amendment (giving African American men the right to vote) and the 19th Amendment (granting voting rights to women). They emphasize hard-won victories in the struggle to conquer prejudice and ignorance.


Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom
by Shane W. Evans
In a few spare and well-chosen words, this title conveys not only the journey, but the feeling of a fugitive family’s trip through the Underground Railroad network. It covers a raw adventure beginning in darkness and ending in the light of freedom. Dramatically rendered images pair
with powerful text. Underground is unforgettable. Recommended for
ages 5-8.


Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
This story traces the early life of Frederick Douglass, one of the first leaders of the antislavery movement. It focuses on a pivotal time in Douglass’ youth, when a kind mistress taught him the alphabet and unlocked the mystery of words. The learning abruptly ended, but the teachings were enough for the young Douglass, and resulted in an unending thirst for freedom and the desire to help others. Based on Douglass’ own Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, this captivating story packs a punch. Recommended for ages 5-9.


Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass
by Suzanne Slade
United by a common belief in “liberty and justice for all,” Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass joined their personal causes: equal rights for women & African Americans, and the abolition of slavery. This union framed a friendship spanning 45 years. In this book, you discover the depths of this relationship and their unwavering support for each other. Recommended for ages 6-9.


In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage
by Alan Schroeder
As a young girl, Augusta Savage fell in love with working and shaping clay into figurines. With support and encouragement from her mother and teacher, she embarked on a journey from Florida to Cooper Union School in New York City to pursue her passion. A sought after sculptor and teacher during the Harlem Renaissance, she offered influential support and encouragement to her young students. This book is perfect for the budding artist, recommended for ages 6-10.


Mare’s War
by Tanita S. Davis
During a cross country trip, Mare shares her experience of growing up in the deep south and her time in the 6888th African American battalion of the Women’s Army Corps with her two teenage granddaughters. Chapters alternate between Mare’s experiences in WWII and the present day. Perfect for historical fiction fans, ages 12 and up.


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
by Patricia Hruby Powell
Josephine loves to dance. She takes chances and risks, and eventually becomes a world renowned superstar during the Roaring Twenties. Humanitarian and entertainer, Josephine Baker comes to life in this biography. For those who follow their dreams, all ages.


Check out the Pequot Library’s Programs

Pequot Library’s Children’s Department is a vibrant and engaging space, hosting many ongoing weekly storytimes (ages 0-5) and offering a variety of special programs.

  • Fireside Tales on January 5 and February 2 at 7 p.m. is for fathers and children ages 3 and up. Put the kids in pajamas and drop in for stories before bed. Enjoy some popcorn prepared the old-fashioned way, in the fireplace!
  • Chess Camp, for ages 6 to 14, will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays January 5-14 at 4:30 p.m. Improve your game or learn to play from a CT high school champion.
  • Dollar Bill Origami takes place on January 22 at 4 p.m. It’s the Japanese art of paper folding, but with real money! For ages 7 and up.
  • Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, February 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with art and craft stations, refreshments, storytimes, LEGO® building and a visit with Blossom, a real live rabbit at 1 p.m.
  • Don’t miss the 10th anniversary of Kids’ Candymaking Workshop on Friday, February 13 at 4 p.m. Make decorative chocolates and a gift box for fancy packaging.
  • Monthly offerings include: Kids Knit, Scrabble Club, Catch a Classic Book Group & Let’s LEGO Club. Visit the website for more information.

The Pequot Library is located at 720 Pequot Avenue in Southport. For more information, call 203-259-0346 or visit

Susan Ei is the Children’s Librarian and Marianne Pysarchyk is the Tween/Teen Librarian at Pequot Library.



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