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Terrific Narrative Nonfiction

Narrative nonfiction. It’s the trendy name for a type of nonfiction writing that’s been slowly simmering for years. Today, it’s at a full boil. What is it? Narrative nonfiction writers use fiction techniques such as plot, narrative, drama, voice, creativity, and fully-drawn characters to tell a true story or explore a topic. What’s so great […]

November 6th, 2013

The Importance of Pleasure Reading

One of the main goals of my job as a librarian is to help children become lifelong readers. I believe that a love of reading enhances life, opens new worlds, and expands minds. It can help children become happier, more well-rounded, more empathetic, more educated, and generally better citizens of this country and of the […]

October 30th, 2013

Spooky Stories for Halloween and Other Traditions

The Ghost’s Dinner by Jacques Duquennoy What happens when ghosts dine together? Find out when Henry hosts a dinner party for friends. Ghosts enjoy what you and I like – drinks, appetizers, the main course, and dessert. But these ghosts turn into the colors and shapes of what they eat! Delight in this meal that […]

October 23rd, 2013

A Mouse, an Owl, and a Mountain Dog: New Books for Older Readers

Sugar, by Jewell Parker Rhodes On the River Road Plantation, ten-year-old Sugar hates all things sweet, and hates her name. Slavery is over, but she and her family must harvest cane to make a living with her fellow plantation workers. Sugar is curious and vexed by this “freedom,” and cures her restlessness with the elders’ […]

October 16th, 2013

Big and Mighty: New Books for Younger Readers

The Mighty Lalouche, by Matthew Olshan , illustrated by Sophie Blackall Lalouche is a humble french postman with a yellow finch for a best friend. One day his boss pulls up in a fancy new electric autocar and tells Lalouche he’s been replaced, “A walking postman’s far too slow.” Poor little Lalouche, worried he will […]

October 9th, 2013

Beyond the Tree House and the Fairies: The Wide World of Chapter Books

You’ve read each and every Magic Tree House in the series (49 and counting!). You never leave the library without a stack of sparkly Rainbow Magic Fairy books. And your patience for Captain Underpants is wearing thin. Sometimes it seems like only a few chapter book series dominate the green dot section at our library. […]

October 2nd, 2013

BANNED! Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Banning books. Challenging novels. Censorship. Sounds like something from a couple of generations ago, right? Unfortunately, these practices are alive and well in 2013 America, and it is children’s books that are most frequently under fire. Some books that are now considered classics, such as Catcher in the Rye, Bridge to Terabithia, and  Are You There God, It’s […]

September 25th, 2013

Drowned Towns, Eccentric Puzzles, and Time-Traveling Kids: New Books for Older Readers

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein Mr. Lemoncello, an eccentric game and puzzle designer, has funded a library in his home town. For the grand opening, Mr. Lemoncello (think Willy Wonka) holds an essay contest and a dozen lucky twelve-year-old winners will be the first to enter and encounter the mysteries of this […]

September 18th, 2013