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Keeping Kids Reading

Summer is almost here, and it’s the perfect opportunity for kids to kick back and enjoy a book. We all want our kids to love reading, but summer can be a time when they lose momentum so here’s a few suggestions for keeping it going: 1) Empower Your Child!: Let your child choose the books [...]

May 30th, 2012
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Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes (2012) by Lauren Child

Ruby Redfort: Look into My Eyes (2012) by Lauren Child Full disclosure: I have a sizable spot in my heart and on my bookshelf for smart girls who can hold their own against everything from evil villains to disbelieving grown-ups. And while Ruby Redfort is definitely one of those plucky young heroines, Look into My [...]

May 23rd, 2012
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Sport, Space and Science – New Books for Older Readers

Caddy’s World (2011) by Hilary McKay If it weren’t for Caddy’s friends, Caddy’s world might just fly off into little parts. With her friends, though, Caddy is happy, grounded, and “the bravest of the brave.” However, when a baby’s premature arrival sparks (even more) chaos at home and the friends each face new challenges at [...]

May 16th, 2012
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Lions and Tigers and…Girl Scouts? – New Books for Younger Readers

Chloe and the Lion (2012) by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Adam Rex Have you ever wondered how an artistic collaboration works? This is a picture book that lets you in on some of the secrets. Claymation figures of writer Mac and illustrator Adam work together on the story of Chloe – a spunky cartoon figure [...]

May 9th, 2012
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Adult Summer Reading Challenge!

Join the Mill Valley Public Library’s 2nd annual reading challenge! Passport to the World challenges you to read books set in or about as many different countries as possible. When you register we’ll give you a library-issued passport to keep track of your literary excursions, and you’ll come in to the library for passport stamps [...]

May 8th, 2012
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There’s something green . . . it’s a GARDEN

Gardening is a great subject for Children’s books–I’ve picked out four to highlight here. I like them all and they nicely illustrate a few of the types of gardening books available. How does your garden grow by Clare Matthews is a good nonfiction book about gardening with kids. It’s practical and clear yet inspiring. Exactly the [...]

May 2nd, 2012