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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
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Dancing, Counting, and Busy-Busy Animals: New Books for Younger Children

  Boom! by Mary Lyn Ray Rosie is a small dog who is very brave. She’s not afraid of garbage collectors, fire fighters, sirens, vacuums, or taking a bath. Then, BOOM! As soon as a storm begins and the thunder sounds, Rosie heads for cover. Nothing soothes her, not even a dog biscuit. Rosie’s boy tries [...]

July 17th, 2013
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Escaped Prisoners, Grave Robbers, and Detectives: New Books for Older Readers

Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz Eleven-year-old Annie and her younger brother, Rew, live with their grandma in a run-down house at the edge of the forest. Gran tells them that their mother didn’t want them, and their father died in a fight with an angry man. Annie and Rew get the most joy reading [...]

May 22nd, 2013
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Lots of Pooches: New Books for Younger Readers

The Best Bike Ride Ever by James Proimos; illustrated by Johanna Wright Remember your first bike?  When Bonnie gets her first bike, she’s so excited, she hops on and doesn’t stop. Bonnie rides over bridges, mountains, a pink elephant; through downpours, windstorms and a giraffe.  And, then she falls and realizes she probably shouldn’t have [...]

October 10th, 2012
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Coming to the Library

These books will instill a love of the library in your young readers: Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw Make Tuesday library day, just like Lola.  Lola loves Tuesdays because she visits the library, chooses new books, hears stories, and sees all the people who love books as much as [...]

September 5th, 2012
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Pens, Pups and Pals – New Books for Younger Readers

The Obstinate Pen (2012) by Frank W. Dormer What would you do if your pen had a mind of its own?  Uncle Flood loves his new pen until it starts insulting him whenever he writes.  (“You have a big nose!”).  He throws it out the window, and thus starts the pen’s journey to find its [...]

June 14th, 2012
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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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Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures 2011

Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick I remember the first time I saw The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. When I opened this thick book, I was intrigued and brought it home to read that night.  Hugo Cabret is one story told in both black and white pencil drawings [...]

November 9th, 2011