Friday, April 23, 2010

Local Books, Local Authors

Continuing with our book theme, I wanted to share with you 3 books about our area that you should know about!

1. The Big Fun Guide to Tar Heel Country
by Erin Donoghue Baldwin

Is this a woman after my own heart or what? The subtitle is '135+ Activities for Families in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro and points in between.' A friend of mine introduced it to me off of this blog, and I went and picked it up (at Flyleaf). Love it! Just in case this modest blog isn't enough for you (gasp!) it is worth checking out. I love this mom for doing this.
Available on Amazon and at Flyleaf Books.

2. A Weekend in the Paris of the Piedmont: A Carrboro Story
by Irma Tejada with illustrations by Chris Kanoy

This book is a storybook. And how cute it is! If you don't know, Carrboro is referred to as the "Paris of the Piedmont." This is the story of a little girl, Lizzie, who is jealous of a friend going to Paris on vacation. So she and her mom explore all the things here in their own backyard, Carrboro! Filled with local stops and shops, it is a great gift book.
Available at Weaver Street Market and other local shops.

3. Polly and the Forbidden House: A Hillsborough Story
by Irma Tejada with illustrations by Chris Kanoy

A book about Hillsborough. Not quite as name dropping as the Carrboro story, but still very cute. This tells the tale of Polly and the house down the street that she wants to paint (you have to read the whole thing to get the details on that). I want to know if there really is a house like that in Hillsborough!
Available at Weaver Street Market and other local shops.

Okay, I promise I can count. But this is your bonus tidbit for reading this blogpost:

written and illustrated by the Fifth grade students of Estes Hills Elementary in Chapel Hill, NC

This book won a contest by Scholastic back in 2004. This isn't about Chapel Hill, but I love that our local kids won such a prestigious contest.
Very few copies available on Amazon so act fast if you want it.


At June 22, 2010 at 4:25 PM , Anonymous mauka-makai said...

A chapter book series for kids 4-8 that we love is by Chapel Hill writer/illustrator Luli Gray.
"Falcon's Egg", an A.L.A. Notable and it's sequel, "Falcon and the Charles Street Witch"

Falcon is a young girl who finds an egg one day while walking in Cenral Park. She brings it home and it soon hatches a baby dragon!

This book is about her adventures and friendship with the baby dragon and the sequel continues their adventures together.

Great characters, lots of fun to read and there is no real bad guys or evil forces, so not scary for little kids who love adventure stories.

Check it out here:

At June 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM , Blogger Speckled Kat said...

Another fun kids book is 'Dude, Fun with Dude and Betty' written by Lisa Pliscou who is not from around here. BUT is illustrated by Tom Dunne who is from Durham, and husband to my son's art teacher at CPSFC! Definitely check it out. It's like a surfer version dick and jane book.


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