Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A New School Year: A New Book Series!

Now that everyone has gone back to school, it's time to get back to the library!
We have a new series on display called the "The European Union". This series includes
books on the 25 different countries that are included in the European Union. So come in,
take a look, and check one out! Welcome back to school and the library!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide

I just finished the entire series of Spiderwick Chronicles and discovered a book that goes along with them. This book was written by Arthur Spiderwick and includes his observations about his encounters and adventures with very special creatures. These creatures live all around his home. He has the ability to see and talk with many of them. And of course there are great pictures. I love a good book with pictures. The creatures are part myth, part legend, and part observation. This book is entirely enchanting. I intend to buy myself a copy for my own library, that's how much I like this book. Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Flights of the Monarch: Landing Two

Welcome again, Blogland!

First, let me quickly explain the rating system...

For the Monarch Awards:
Pupa - Not so good
Larva - Okay, could have been better
Caterpillar - Pretty good
Monarch - Really good

For my personal choice that week:
Thumbs Down - Not so good
Flat hand - Ok, nothing special
Thumbs Up - Pretty good

So this week I read...
1. I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
At first, I was a little skeptical about this book and I wasn't exactly sure how well it was going to read. Much to my surprise, after the first few lines I realized that this story can easily be turned into a fun little song. You can't help but feel the beat and rhythm as you read through the lines and turn each page. With it's song-like story that helps kids identify and recognize different body parts accompanied by unique and entertaining illustrations, it's clear why this book is a candidate for the Monarch Award.
RATING: Monarch
* What is your favorite thing to draw, paint, color, or make?

2. Who's afraid of the big bad book? by Lauren Child
Whereas "I ain't gonna paint no more" is a fusion of fun and education, "Who's afraid of the big bad book?" is mostly entertainment with an important lesson hidden inside.
"The story just sucked me right into its pages!" This is a common phrase used to describe an incredibly interesting book. In this case, it follows a young boy's journey through the pages of a fairy tale collection... But there's a twist! Like any normal kid, he's gone through the book drawing things here and there and altering its pages. But, these changes are still there as he ventures from page to page. In the end, he realized the significance of taking care of his books and restores the pages as best he can.
This book is definitely an adventure for both the listener and the reader, consider yourself warned!
RATING: Caterpillar
* If you could journey through a fairy tale, which one would you choose? why?

3. So B. It by Sarah Weeks (Caudill Nominee)
This book was an interesting read and let me tell you why... When I began reading, I was expecting a story simply about an alternative family, but what I got was not just a story involving alternative families, but also a story of identity, life, and truth written in an almost mystery novel type fashion. To be honest, I didn't think I was going to be affected by this work as much as I was. There were times when I really felt for the characters and almost shed some tears. Weeks writes a touching story that might get you thinking, but definitely helps you appreciate what you have in your life.
RATING: Thumbs Up
* What are some things that you appreciate in your life? Why?
* How would you feel if you were in Heidi's position? Would you have done what she did?

I'd love to hear your reactions, comments, and even your own questions!

The books I will be reading for my next review, surfacing during the week of September 3rd are:
1. Manana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul
2. Almost Late to School and more school poems by Carol Diggory Shields
3. Bremen Town Musicians by Jacob Grimm

Happy Reading!


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Saturday, August 12, 2006

New Moon Magazine

Have you checked out our magazine collection? We have over 35 titles to choose from, with more in the Teen section. They cover a variety of topics from arts & crafts to home schooling and so much more. One great magazine you should check out is called New Moon. It's a little magazine packed full of great articles "for girls and their dreams". It's printed internationally with girl editors ages 8 to 14 and girl contributors from all over the world. "New Moon celebrates girls, explores the passage from girl to woman, and builds healthy resistance to gender inequities. The New Moon girl is true to herself, and New Moon helps her as she pursues her unique path in life, moving confidently out into the world." We have aprx. 2 years worth of back issues that you can check out for 2 weeks and of course the current issue is always here in the library for you to read. They are always looking for new contributors with original stories or pictures/drawings and Luna, the spirit of New Moon, quickly acknowledges all submissions with a grateful post card. Another great thing about this magazine, there are no advertisements to distract or influence your young reader. Let us know how you like it...

Monday, August 07, 2006

Flights of the Monarch: Landing One

Hello everyone in Blogland!

My name is Melinda and I am the second newest member of the Youth Services Department Team. After working here for a few weeks, I have a pretty good grasp on things and am loving it more and more each day. This is all due to the wonderfully friendly and helpful staff (both up and downstairs!).

Every other week, I will be posting reviews of two Monarch Award 2007 Nominees. I may even throw in either a Caudill nominee or personal favorite too, so keep your eyes peeled! At the end of each blog, I will post the books for the next entry so you can read along with me ; ) I would love to hear your comments too!

For the next entry I will be reading...
1. I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
2. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book? by Lauren Child
3. So B. It: A Novel by Sarah Weeks (Caudill Nominee)

Check out these books and others at the library and be sure to check out my first review during the week of August 20th!

Happy reading!

Friday, August 04, 2006

The Spiderwick Chronicles

I just finished a great new (to me) series called "The Spiderwick Chronicles". I really got into the spirit of the books. They have sprites, faeries, house brownies and other assorted creatures. Each book has a major event and a cliff hanger at the end. This is why you have to read all 5 of them to get to the conclusion. They are a quick read, lots of fun. And they have pictures. I love books with pictures. So, if you want a great summer read, pick up your copy today. And let me know what you think. Also, feel free to let me know what other great series I should read.

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