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If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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If you like true horror stories...

I've found some collections of horror stories for you, as well as some scary books that may be based on real events.

Spooky America: Four Real Ghost Stories / by Lori Haskins.

Recounts four fact-based tales of hauntings including a ghost horse on the coast of Massachusetts, a haunted painting at a Virginia plantation, a skeleton in Colorado, and a ghostly sea captain of California.

Ghosts / by Kelli M. Brucken.

Examines ghostly figures and what people have thought to be ghost-like experiences.

Haunted Houses / by Kelli M. Brucken.

If you like Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J. K. Rowling's much-loved epic tale of Harry Potter, an orphan who also happens to be a magician, starts with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

This first book in Rowling's series is followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and finally Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

If you like the Harry Potter series, you may like these:

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

 

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

 

 

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

 

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

 

 

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

 

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
A classic series of fantasy books about the land beyond the wardrobe.

 

 

 

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
 

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
A princess grows bored with life at the palace and takes up with a nest of dragons.

 

 

After Hours Storytimes

After Hours Storytimes

Most library programs for preschoolers take place on weekday mornings.  But if you or your spouse is at work then, how can you bring your child to storytimes?

Poetry Books for Kids

          Poetry books are well represented on library shelves and eagerly checked out by readers raised on Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss. Fans of their humor and wordplay will love Adam Rex’s two monstrous poetry collections, “Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich” and the brand-new ”Frankenstein Takes the Cake.” Each book features poems about famous monsters – Dracula, the Phantom of the Opera, Bigfoot – and their trials and tribulations. 

The Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child, running now through Saturday, celebrates wee ones as well as their parents and caregivers.  Hats off to all the child care providers, nursery school teachers, parents and grandparents who nurture and educate our youngest citizens!

 

Fast Track Books at the Library

 Check the back seat of the car and under the bed – it’s Food for Fines Week, and that means you can return your overdue library books and do a good deed at the same time. Through next Sunday, for every canned good or non-perishable item that you bring to any branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, we'll deduct a dollar from your overdue fines, up to a maximum amount of $10.00. All contributions go to local food banks.

          While you’re at the library, be sure to take a look at the exhibits. This month at the Headquarters Library, matchbox cars from the collection of Jeremy Harrison fill the second floor exhibit case. Dozens of brightly painted metal cars are set up in and around a garage, complete with service bays, ramps and even a heliport. 

          After your children have had their fill of the exhibit, be sure to check out a few books for young auto enthusiasts.

A Clutch of Eggy Picture Books

Whether your family is dying Easter eggs, roasting eggs for Passover, or simply celebrating the arrival of spring, you’ll enjoy this clutch of picture books about all things eggy.

Daredevil Ladies

Well-behaved women seldom make history, as historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich famously said. Julie Cummins’ new book, “Women Daredevils, Thrills, Chills, and Frills,” introduces ten somewhat ill-behaved but admirable women to young readers.

Mock Awards 2009

In the runup to the announcement of the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott Award winners on January 26, libraries around the country are holding “mock award” meetings where participants discuss a short list of children’s books worthy of the prizes.