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We LOVE chatting about books, authors, illustrators. Here you'll find some of the best books we're currently reading and what we've been sharing at our storytimes.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Two Great Books for Snowy Days

Gregor the Giraffe
Looking for something to read this snowy weekend? Here are two of my favorite new books, both set in wintry worlds.

First up, Lara's Gift by Annemarie O'Brien. In 1914 Russia, Lara is being groomed by her father to be the next kennel steward for the Count's borzoi dogs unless her mother bears a son. Lara's puzzling visions, although suppressed by her father, seem to suggest she has special bond with the dogs. Will Lara's father learn to accept her strange gifts? I love books set in this time period. Annemarie O'Brien's detailed writing sheds light on a fascinating period of Russian life. This book has enough action, and enough heart, to attract many different readers, even those who wouldn't normally choose historical fiction.

Next, The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell. After a mysterious key arrives for her, eleven-year-old Lin Rosenquist finds a crack in the cellar, a gate to the world of Sylver. This frozen realm is the home of every dead animal that ever loved a child. Lin is reunited with Rufus, the pet she buried under the rosebush and together they must find the missing Winter Prince in order to save Sylver from destruction.

This book is just the kind of classic fantasy that I love! Beautifully written, adventurous, and full of characters you'll feel like you know personally. The magical wintry realm makes this book a perfect snow day read.   

Thursday, February 6, 2014

CLEL Bell Award Winners Announced

The 2014 CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy were announced yesterday! Five winners were named in the categories of Read, Write, Talk, Sing and Play.

Here are the winners!

READ: Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee.

TALK: Moo! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka.

SING: Nighty-Night Cooper, by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.

WRITE: The Things I Can Do, by Jeff Mack.

PLAY: Nino Wrestles the World, by Yuyi Morales.

What books make you want to READ - TALK - SING - WRITE & PLAY?