Once again, the Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures series provides a wonderful line-up of children and young adult authors and illustrators through the Words and Pictures programming. All events take place at the Carnegie Lecture Hall located in Oakland. December welcomes Pittsburgh's own Sharon Flake. While most known for her young adult novel, The Skin I'm In, SSA students have enjoyed her book, The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street, from Mr. Stern's third grade read-aloud. Students have also enjoyed her humorous look at identity with the book, You Are Not a Cat!
I'm looking forward to this upcoming movie based on Kipling's classic, The Jungle Book, but parents need to be advised that it has received a PG-13 rating .. The library has a beautiful version of the Jungle Book with illustrations by Nicola Bayley appropriate for independent readers or a shared family read-aloud. While the book does have scenes that depict the dangers of the natural world, the violence is not graphic or detailed. Commonsense Media, my go-to for another opinion on suitability of media for children, lauds the books positive messages and positive role-models. The upcoming film has not yet been rated by Commonsense Media, but the Disney version is marked as okay for younger children.