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11/02/2016 - 12:42pm
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. (catalog summary)

If you liked The Westing Game you might like:


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal. (catalog summary)

 

 





Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Myster
y by Peter Abrahams
Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls. (catalog summary)

 

 

11/01/2016 - 12:51am

I knew the perfect column to appear in today’s paper would be one that focused on scary books. Just one problem: I don’t read very many scary books. I have some guilt over this because, as a librarian, I feel like I should read all types of books. And I try. I really do. But the truth is, I don’t enjoy scary books, and, while I advocate reading widely to stretch your mind and to be exposed to all the wonderful literature out there, I also think there are so many good books available that you shouldn’t spend time reading a book you really aren’t enjoying. So, I don’t read scary books unless I have to, like when I need to prepare for a book discussion group.

10/27/2016 - 12:48am
Cover to Wild Child by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Greg Couch

There are some books that beg to be a part of autumn storytimes, and Lynn Plourde’s Wild Child is one of them. Large, glowing, flowing pictures by Greg Couch accompany the playful words that tell of Mother Nature putting her little one to bed.

10/24/2016 - 9:47am
If you like the Bailey School Kids series

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The Bailey School Kids book series: Dracula Doesn't Drink Lemonade by Debbie Dadey
There are some pretty weird grown-ups in Bailey City! There's a new guidance counselor at Bailey Elementary School and he's giving the kids the creeps. No one understands why his skin is so pale, why he hides from the sun, or why his skin is deathly cold to the touch. But Counselor Drake couldn't really be Count Dracula, could he? (catalog summary)
 

If you like books like The Bailey School Kids, check out these other titles too!



The Fairy Tale Detectives
by Michael Buckley (part of the Sisters Grimm series)
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead. (catalog summary)

 






Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve
by Mary Pope Osborne (part of the Magic Treehouse series)
In their magic treehouse, Jack and Annie are again transported to King Arthur's realm, where invisible beings, giant ravens, and mistaken magic spells have a duke's castle in an uproar on Halloween night. (catalog summary)


11/08/2016 - 3:49pm
If you like Wintery Books

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The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett
Baba, Nicki's grandmother, knits pure white mittens for him, even though she is afraid that he will lose them in the snow. Sure enough, the first time Nicki is out, he drops one and some animals promptly move into its snug wool interior. First comes a mole, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear and, finally, a mouse. That mouse tickles the bear's nose and he sneezes, dislodging all of the animals at once. Nicki finds his mitten, and takes it home, but Baba is left to wonder about how it became so enormously stretched out. Brett's magnificent paintings feature her usual array of folk details, and this time, intricate knitting tracks, ornate embroidery, the crusty, peeling texture of the birch bark borders and the exquisite patterns found in Baba's homey rooms. (Publisher's Weekly)
 

If you like books like The Mitten, check out these other wintery children's titles:



Danny's First Snow
by Leonid Gore
When he ventures outside to experience his first snowfall, a young rabbit discovers that his world has greatly changed. (catalog summary)



 

10/18/2016 - 12:41am

I was looking at some new picture books recently, and there were two very cute books in the pile featuring cats. It got me thinking about a conversation I had a while ago with a fellow librarian who is a cat lover. She was expressing her disappointment because she felt that cats were underrepresented in children’s picture books. Books featuring dogs seem plentiful, but books with cats are a little harder to find. I don’t know what this means: do people in general really prefer dogs over cats, or is it just children’s book authors and publishers who seem to favor dogs?

I certainly do not want to get in the middle of the perennial cats vs. dogs debate, but I do want to let cat lovers know: do not despair!  There is a wide variety of delightful picture books featuring cats, and I have pulled together a list of some of my favorites. Some are funny; some are sweet; some have outstanding illustrations; and all feature cats. As I thought about this topic, it got me thinking that because there is a day for everything, surely there must a National Cat Day, and there is! Feline fans, celebrate your cuddly companions any day, but on October 29, National Cat Day, I suggest you make a special point of grabbing one of these books about cats and inviting a child to enjoy a story with you.

10/20/2016 - 2:59pm

Now that I have a young child, I’ve become more aware of how short her attention span is. I know that I can have one, maybe two short books in a row before her attention wanders away, and she wants to do something else (which also explains why we love songs and playing so much in our Grow a Reader classes). Since making this discovery, I’ve been on the hunt for some books that are short and colorful that she’ll enjoy and ones I’m enthusiastic about reading to her. So, I’ve gathered together a list of shorter picture books that make her giggle, coo, and generally pay attention.  

10/13/2016 - 8:24am
Stick Dog by Tom Watson

Look, not everyone can be a great artist, okay? The narrator of Stick Dog certainly isn’t, and he’s sick of hearing about it. So he’ll make you a deal. You don’t comment on the art, and in exchange you’ll get story about five rectangular canine friends on a quest for the Holy Grail of picnic foods: hamburgers.

Stick Dog—accompanied by his friends Mutt, Stripes, Poo-Poo, and Karen—is determined to get some of the delicious-smelling hamburgers being grilled in the park away from the picnickers and into empty doggy stomachs.

10/11/2016 - 1:26pm
If you like Short Stories (for Kids)

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A few selected short story books for Kids:

Baseball Crazy: Ten Stories that Cover All the Bases
Ten stories about the love of baseball, the fear of baseball, and everything in between. (catalog summary)
 

 


Classic Western Stories: The Most Beloved Stories
Stories, folktales, and poems with a western setting, including stories of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Indian legends, and tales of Lewis and Clark, among others. (catalog summary)

 





Dragons at the Crumbling Castle and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett
An illustrated collection of fourteen short stories featuring "dragons and wizards, councilors and mayors, an adventurous tortoise and a monster in a lake, along with plenty of pointy hats and a few magic spells" written when the author was a teenaged newspaper reporter. (catalog summary)

 

 

10/06/2016 - 12:34am
Quit Calling Me a Monster! by Jory John

His name is Floyd Peterson.

Although he has horns, wild eyes, clompy feet, long toenails, crazy hair, and fangs...that doesn't mean he's a monster.

Floyd does have a huge, toothy grin that glows in the dark. He sleeps in closets and behind shower curtains...he howls at the moon—and the sun. But that doesn't mean he's meat-snacking a monster!

Disregard the terrifying GROWWLS and the ROAAARRS—because Floyd Peterson is not a monster!

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