Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New Offering from Living Library Press!



Living Library Press is pleased to announce our newest reprint of a previously out-of-print living book!

Rain, Hail, Sleet, and Snow by Nancy Larrick is a living science book for elementary readers. Couples with Nicole Williams' Living Science Study Guide: Elementary Weather, this book makes for a complete unit on Weather for upper-elementary students.




Monday, December 5, 2016

Second Week of Advent

Perhaps nothing more obviously demonstrates the joy of the Christmas season than the constant presence of music. The contagious joy in the world is felt and mimicked even by the secular celebrations that surround us with songs everywhere we go. Unique to Christmas is its carols, those special songs telling and retelling the joy and rejoicing of the greatest gift ever received by men. Here are a couple of poems of carol and caroling:

Joseph and the Angel

(Traditional)

Joseph was awalking, he heard an angel sing,
“This night shall be born our heavenly king.
He neither shall be born in housen nor in hall,
Nor in the place of Paradise, but in an ox’s stall,
Noel, noel.”

As Joseph was awalking, he heard an angel sing,
“This night shall be born our heavenly king.
He neither shall be clothed in purple nor in pall,
But all in fair linen as wear babies all.
Noel, Noel.”

As Joseph was awalking, he heard an angel sing,
“This night shall be born our heavenly king.
He neither shall be rocked in silver nor in gold,
But in a wooden cradle that rocks on the mould.
Noel, noel.”

As Joseph was awalking, he heard an angel sing,
“This night shall be born our heavenly king.
He neither shall be christened in white wine nor in red,
But in the fair spring water, as we were christened.
Noel, noel.”

The Children’s Carol

By Eleanor Farjeon

Here we come again, again, and here we come again!
Christmas is a single pearl swinging on a chain,
Christmas is a single flower in a barren wood,
Christmas is a single sail on the salty flood,
Christmas is a single star in the empty sky,
Christmas is a single song sung for charity.

Here we come again, again, to sing to you again,
Give a single penny that we may not sing in vain.

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God…’Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!’ (Luke 2:13-14)

For the joy of reading and singing,

Liz

Monday, November 28, 2016

First Week of Advent


{The Annunciation (1898), Henry Ossawa Tanner}

The church calendar is fresh and new and all is anticipation, expectation. The year begins with celebration. Secret gifts are made ready, special messages will be sent, feasting and songs and poetry will fill the season with jubilation.

We celebrate by refreshing our remembrance that God came to us as a baby. That Word made flesh said, “Become like this little child.” Our children love poetry and nothing helps us join in their child-like believing, enter into their inexhaustible wonder, capture the song of the heart like the shared and spoken poetry of this sacred season.

This advent season, Living Books Library shares children’s poetry to bring delight to your ear and heart.

Gabriel’s Message

By Sabne Baring-Gould (1834-1924)

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,

His wings as drifted snow, his eyes aflame;

“All hail,” said he, “Though lowly maiden Mary,

Most highly favored lady, Gloria!

“For know a blessed mother though shalt be,

All generations laud and honor thee,

Thy son shall be Emanuel, by seers foretold,

Most highly favored lady, Gloria!”

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,

“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said,

“My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name.”

Most highly favored lady, Gloria!

Of her, Emanuel, the Christ, was born,

In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas mourn,

And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say,

“Most highly favored lady, Gloria!”

“And with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto

me according to thy word.’”—Luke 1:36-37, KJV)

For joy,

Liz