Friday, March 27, 2015

Funny Books for April Fool's Day

Funny Books for April Fool's Day

Picture Books
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

I'm Bored! by Michael Ian Black

Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley

This book just ate my dog! by Richard Byrne

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos

Juvenile Fiction

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Public School Superhero by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

House of Robots by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lizzie and the Last Day of School

Title: Lizzie and the Last Day of School
Author: Trinka Hakes Noble
Illustrator: Kris Aro McLeod
Category: Picture book
Pages: 32 pages
Reading Level: K-2 grade
Interest Level: Ages 5-7
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim

Lizzie loves school!  She loves everything about school.  But when the school year ends she is very disappointed.  She thought school was supposed to last an entire year.  She finds out her teacher is just as disappointed in the school year ending as she is.  But then they discover summer school!!!  A great book for those future teachers out there!!

How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel

Title: How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel
Author: Wendy Meddour
Illustrator: Rebecca Ashdown
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 32pages
Reading Level: K-3 grade
Interest Level: Ages 4 and up
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim

Rapunzel sat up in her window day after day growing her hair, moping and staying in her tower.  Numerous people come by to see her (even the prince)but she doesn't budge nor let down her hair.  Finally one day she opens the letter the mailman brought her and finds out she got a job at the Library!  She immediately perks up and from then on she reads everything she can and no longer waits for a prince.
A cute picture book that encourages kids to make their own paths.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Quilt Walk

Title: The Quilt Walk
Author: Sandra Dallas
Illustrator: None
Category: Juvenile Historical Fiction
Pages: 213
Reading Level: Ages 10 - 13
Series: No
Reviewer: Sandy

Could you walk and quilt at the same time? And no shoes! Apparently that is exactly what some pioneer women and girls did in 1863 as they followed the wagon trains west.

Ten year old Emmy Blue Hatchet and her family make a grueling trip by wagon train from Quincy, Illinois to Golden, Colorado.  Emmy’s father decides that there is a good life to be made by opening a store for miners in Colorado.  He informs the family that they are to pack everything that they can fit into a wagon and leave friends and family behind to move.  The family encounters snakes, Indians, mud slides and other threats as they make the trip. The Quilt Walk is based on a true story and we see the role of quilt making in the lives of pioneer women—not just a quilt to keep you warm but a way of connecting with others  and having a community of friends.  The Quilt Walk was our Family Book Club choice for February. Fans of The Little House on the Prairie books will enjoy this historical fiction book.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Little Mouse Santi

Title: The Little Mouse Santi
Author: David Eugene Ray
Illustrator: Santiago Germano
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 32
Reading Level: K-2nd grade
Interest Level: 5-7years
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim

This cute new picture book is about a mouse named Santi whose only wish is to be a cat.  Yep that is right, a cat. He does not care that he would normally be a MEAL to a cat.  That is part of what makes this book so cute!  He practices everyday on how to be a cat.  He doesn't care what anybody thinks.  One day Santi finally decides he is ready to become a cat.  He carefully approaches a cat to ask him a very important question........... you will have to read this book to find out the hilarious results!

Books for Boys Ages 10–14

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Dark Lady (Sherlock, Lupin & Me) by Iren Adler

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

House of Robots by James Patterson

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

The Paladin Prophecy (This book is for 6th grade and up) by Mark Frost

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Spirit Animals: Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 by John Flanagan

Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ALA Award Winners 2015

The 2015 American Library Association Award Winners have been announced! And they are..........

John Newberry Medal for outstanding contribution to children's literature 
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Coretta Scott King (illustrator) Book Award
Firebird illustrated by Christopher Myers

Michale L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of disability experience
A Boy and A Jaguar written by Alan Rabinowitz illustrated by Catia Chen

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences
All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr 
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine
Confessions by Kanae Minato
Lock In by John Scalzi
The Martian by Andy Weir
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults 

H. O. R. S. E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination produced byChristopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers.

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Viva Frida illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring Latino authors whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience:                                                                                                                             
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White 
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:               
Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:                                                                                                       
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D., illustrated by Kristyna Litten 
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book.                                        
You Are (Not) Small written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant
To see the full list of winners and honorees, check them out here.