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Picture Books and More: Wicked Witches, Vile Villains and Beastly Baddies

What can you do to nurture the love of reading in kids? There is no simple answer, but if you can make books and reading fun, then you’re halfway there. Picture Books & More is this library’s attempt to lure nascent book lovers into the lifelong habit of reading for pleasure. Our recipe? Take 20-25 [...]

February 27th, 2013
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One Book One Marin- Chapter 3: Euphoria

And so, gentle readers, we’ve made our way gracefully through the 3rd chapter of Packing For Mars. I quite enjoyed the way in which Roach poetically captures the grandeur and tantalizing awe of space that some astronauts experience, known to NASA as “space euphoria.” To begin with, the idea of just how small (and insignificant?) [...]

February 22nd, 2013
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Horses, Bikes and Trains: New Books for Older Readers

Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli Hokey Pokey is a land where kids spend their days “running, leaping, playing, chasing, shrieking, hopscotching, footballing, hide-and-seeking, razzing, dazzing, run-amucking and chuckleducking.” Taking place over the course of the day when Jack, a Big Kid, wakes up to find his precious bike has been stolen, Hokey Pokey is a [...]

February 20th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Chapter 2–”Hell is Other People”

  Hello Fellow Space Adventurers, How’s the ride? Chapter 2 addresses how astronauts cope with the confinement of spacecraft, particularly when they’re stuck with several other people from whom they can never escape.  What sounds like an introvert’s worst nightmare is a reality for the chosen few who participate in space programs. You’ve got three [...]

February 15th, 2013
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Friends, Families and Fun: New Books for Younger Readers

Bananas in My Ears by Michael Rosen; illustrated by Quentin Blake This wacky book from Britain’s Children’s Laureate is full of silly jokes, funny stories and nonsense poems. There’s lots of zany ‘what if’ speculations – what if a piece of toast turned into a ghost, what if my bed grew wings, what if they [...]

February 13th, 2013
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One Book One Marin: Chapter 1

And so, my fellow One Book One Marin readers, the game is afoot. We’ll be covering a chapter a week of Mary’s book, so check in frequently. Also, comments and questions are encouraged. So let’s talk. Roach provides a pretty compelling introduction, no? Anyone else utterly absorbed by the  philosophical  implications of the Outer Space [...]

February 8th, 2013
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Falling in Love with Jerry Pinkney: African American History Month

Thinking about African American History Month, I went through a range of topics–notable biographies of African Americans (Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men who Changed America is a particularly great new one) or issues in African American history or contemporary life (like We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson) or [...]

February 8th, 2013
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More Award Winners!

Last week, I wrote about the ‘big two’ children’s book awards, the Newbery and the Caledcott. In addition to these, the American Library Association has several other awards for children’s books that are worth knowing about. I’ve written about some of the winners below, and for a full list, including all the honors books and [...]

February 4th, 2013