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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, May 9, 2014

Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winners Announced!

The Jane Addams Children's Book Award is awarded to books that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence. Here are this year's winners!

This year's winner in the category of Younger Reader is Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 written by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

Two honor books were also named:

We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, and Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education, written by Elizabeth Suneby and illustrated by Suana Verelst.

The 2014 winner for Older Readers is Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Two honor books were also named: Seeing Red, by Katheryn Erskine, and Brotherhood by Anne Westrick.

Check our catalog for these great books! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

After Iris by Natasha Farrant

Max the Meerkat
Hi book buddies! It's been a while since I've posted about a chapter book. Well, here is a great one! It's called After Iris by Natasha Farrant.
In this book, a flawed but loving family in London continues to cope with the loss of their sister and daughter, Iris, three years after her death. The story is told through written and video diary entries by our narrator, Blue. Blue suspects no one else misses her twin sister like she does, but what we see through her diary is a family unraveling. This is a great book if you like sad-but-uplifting. The characters are complicated and believable and the story is perfectly paced. The book is peppered with laughs and bright moments and never becomes too heavy. I don't know how I missed this book last year but it's quickly become one of my favorites. A completely satisfying read.

Friday, May 2, 2014

New Picture Books!

Max the Meerkat
Happy May, book buddies! We have a lot of exciting new books at the Library. Here are some picture books that would have knocked my socks off, if meerkats wore socks.
First up is Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi. I have always been a long-time defender of bugs so this one jumped out at me right away! Simple, rhyming text and colorful, energetic illustrations make this a great choice for anyone interested in bugs (or animals, or just great books). There is so much to look at on each page! I just love this book.
Next we go under the sea with Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett Krosoczka. Lately we've seen a lot of books about how to handle bullies, but this one stands out. Lovely illustrations and very practical advice for dealing with crabs. Recommended for children and adults alike!
Next up is The Dandelion's Tale by Kevin Sheehan. This is a sweet and moving tale about a Sparrow who helps a Dandelion tell her story before she's scattered by the wind. I love how this book celebrates life's simple joys and the power of storytelling to help us remember the ones we love. My, is this ever a beautiful story.
 Last but not least: The Diggers Are Coming! by Susan Steggall. This book arrived just in time for the construction happening next to the Library! This book would be a perfect addition to an afternoon of construction-gazing. Wreckers, bulldozers, cranes, rollers... This book has it all!