Another year has come and gone. Our staff has been thinking back on all of the incredible books that came out in 2017. Here is a sampling of the books that we loved this year.
Favorite Staff Picks:
Windows by Julia Denos (Illus. by E.B. Goodale)
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Picture Book. This quietly lovely book follows a little boy who could easily be a slightly older Peter from The Snowy Day as he walks his dog through the neighborhood at twilight. (Preschool - Early Elementary)
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The American Library Association has released its list of Youth Media Award winners! There are a lot of good books you may want to check out so we wanted to save you some time and provide links to some of those books in our catalog. We've also got a list of many of them in our eBook collection!
Hope you will enjoy reading these great titles!
John Newbery Medal
The most outstanding contribution to children's literature.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon written by Kelly Barnhill...
With 2016 drawing to a close, we asked our children's library staff to share their favorite books of the year. The response we got was phenomenal. Our library staff love to read nearly as much as they love helping families find the perfect book!
Sharing is also a favorite activity of ours, so here is every single title that made us do the happy dance this year, starting with the books that received multiple recommendations:
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Picture Book. A family car trip takes a turn for the interesting in this gorgeous picture book. Perfect for every child who has asked "Are we there yet?" (Preschool-Grade 3)
Peek at these titles that underscore that perseverance and ingenuity pay off.
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (Juv Bio Liston) by Russell-Brown, Katheryn - learn about a young musician who grew up to play, write, and arrange music with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Quincy Jones; often she was the only girl in the band; as a a master musician, her music took her across America and the world
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (Juv Bio Yeboah) by Thompson, Laurie - this child from Ghana was born with one leg, yet he became long distance cyclist; so renowned for his grit, he eventually carried the Olympic torch, and became an advocate for the rights of the disabled; his message, disability does not mean inability
New Shoes (Easy) by Meyer, Susan - enterprising gals Ella Mae and Charlotte launch their own used shoe store after they were unjustly prevented from trying shoes on in a store during segregation...
Enlighten and entertain your youngsters with these:
The American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards this morning at 8 am EST. Awards included the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture book, the Newbery Medal for best book for children, the Geisel Award for best beginning reader and the Robert F. Sibert Medal for the best informational book.
Put a hold on one of these award winners today!
For a full list of ALA Youth Media Award winners, including Honor Books, visit the Association for Library Services to Children's website here.
In addition to numerous children's biographies on the Civil Rights hero, Martin Luther King Jr., here are some related titles to help celebrate his life:
- Love Will See You Through is by King's niece, Angela Watkins. For grades 2-6, this highly illustrated picture book provides a simplified version of Dr. King's principles of nonviolence.
- What Was the March on Washington? by Kathleen Krull describes the 1963 gathering helmed by Dr. King, and explains why the march is still important in today's American history. Readers in grades 3-5 will most appreciate this book.
- King's most famous speech is presented in picture book form in I Have a Dream, which is illustrated by artists who had won Coretta Scott King award or honors for their work.
- Outstanding for its simplicity, We March by Shane Evans chronicles an African-American family preparing and attending the famous March on Washington. It's told in first person, with fewer than 60 words, yet captures the mood eloquently.
- For fictional twists, look to King's Courage by Stacia Deutsch for grades 2-4. Time traveling pals experience Selma Alabama and see the human side of a cultural hero. Eleanora Tate's Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tells of an elementary school girl's reluctant participation in a Black History Month play at school.
Call #394.261 books cover the holiday itself.
In 2016, special events will take place around the world to mark 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare – playwright, poet and actor. Introduce young readers to his life and stories by sampling these:
Come Fall (Gr 4-7) by A.C.E. Bauer. Fairy tale charm and magic are woven into the everyday struggles of three middle-school children, in a story that expands on a plot line from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In Wicked Will (Gr 5-7) by Bailey MacDonald, young Viola is masquerading as a boy so that she can travel with her uncle's strolling players. When the troupe arrives in Stratford, 11-year-old Will Shakespeare drives them to distraction with his incessant questions
William Shakespeare's Winters Tale by Bruce Coville and William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet by Barbara Kindermann (both Gr 5-7) are retellings in prose of famed plays....
Why not spend a few moments over Labor Day weekend sharing stories about careers with a child? The books listed below explore all different types of jobs through clever storytelling and illustrations.
Clothesline Clues to Jobs that People Do by Kathryn Heling
This book invites readers to guess different professions based on the uniform and equipment required for each.
How to Get a Job, by Me, the Boss by Sally Lloyd-Jones
A young girl describes in detail how to decide on an interesting job and then tells exactly how to go about getting it.
Night Shift by Jessie Hartland
Late at night after children have gone to bed, people who work the night shift, like street sweepers, window dressers, newspaper printers, road workers, and donut bakers, are doing their jobs.
Even older sisters, brothers, and cousins can test out their budding mother's-helper babysitting knowledge with this series of books:
Babysitting Basics: Caring for Kids (J 649.1024 Browning)
Babysitting Rules: A Guide for When You're in Charge (J 649.1024 Browning)
Babysitting Activities: Fun with Kids of All Ages (J 649.1024 Mattox)
Babysitting Safety: Preventing Accidents and Injuries (J 649.1024 Mehlman)
Babysitting Skills: Traits and Training for Success (J 649.1024 Mattox)
Babysitting Jobs: The Business of Babysitting (J 649.1024 Mehlman)
We have a variety of family resources for every sort of child and each unique family. We can all benefit from professional guidance - parenting is complex and always changing. Take a peek at these:
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and Their Parents) (Verdick, Elizabeth)
The Survival Guide for Kids with LD (Learning Differences) (Fisher, Gary)
Shazam! Check out these all powerful books awaiting your whole family!
Adults who are kids at heart:
Marvel Encyclopedia (741.5973 Marvel)
Meet the Marvel Super Heroes (J 741.5973 Wyatt)
Meet the Marvel Super Heroes (J 741.5973 Peterson)
Avengers Storybook Collection (Juv Fic, Avenger)
Super Heroes Storybook Collection (Juv Fic, Super)
Eat your fruit and veggies and read about them too! Here is a list of some great books to check out from your library.
Go, Go, Grapes! : A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre
Rhyming text and colorful illustrations describe the tastes, scents, and appearance of different fruits.
In the Garden: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
As Jeremy and Christina pick vegetables for their mother, they see evidence of animals and insects that have been in the garden before them.
Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell
A young boy explains the different plants and parts of plants that people commonly eat, from roots and tubers to fruits and vegetables.
Here are some great books to share with children this month:
Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic by Ginnie Lo
A Chinese American girl's Auntie Yang discovers soybeans - a favorite Chinese food - growing in Illinois, leading her family to a soybean picnic tradition that grows into an annual community event.
Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look
During the Tang dynasty, master painter Wu Daozi creates an extraordinary mural for the emperor.
Fly Free! by Roseanne Thong
When Mai feeds the caged birds at a Buddhist temple in Vietnam, her simple act of kindness starts a chain of thoughtful acts that ultimately comes back to her.
It's Earth Day today! Here are some great choices to share with your child:
Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
A bear that loves to hug everything in the forest is compelled to try and stop the destruction of his homeland after seeing a human being to cut down a tree.
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
Presents an introduction to environmental protection, describing a variety of ways that young people can work together to support the planet.
The Family Tree by David McPhail
In the 1800's, a man clearing land in a beautiful forest to build a home leaves one special tree, but many years later the tree is in trouble, and the man's great-great grandson enlists a host of animal friends to try to save it.
These books are just right for the newly independent reader ready for their first chapter books.
Amy and the Missing Puppy (The Critter Club series, #1) by Callie Barkley
During Spring Break, mystery lover Amy looks for clues to the disappearance of wealthy Ms. Sullivan's Saint Bernard puppy.
Archie Takes Flight (Space Taxi series, #1) by Wendy Mass
On "Take Your Kid to Work Day" eight-year-old Archie discovers that his father drives a space taxi that shuttles aliens from one area of the universe to another.
Captain Awesome to the Rescue! (Captain Awesome series, #1) by Stan Kirby
When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.
Chinese New Year begins on February 19, 2015. A great way to celebrate is to share a special book with your child.
Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
A Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.
Crouching Tiger by Ying Compestine
When Ming Da's Chinese grandpa comes to visit, he overcomes his initial embarrassment at his grandfather's traditions and begins to appreciate him.
My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
A girl and her family prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.
A New Year's Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong
Maomao's dad works many miles away, but he is coming home for New Year!
So much to brag about here in Virginia! Check out this great book series Virginia, My State. Every elementary student must master our state's geography and history. Broken up by region, these books are marvelous sources for school projects, especially if you have a fourth grader - and - are perfect for clueing all ages in on nearby destinations.
Piedmont (Bennett, Doraine) - meaning "land at the foot of the mountains;" discover Thomas Jefferson's Monticello; learn about other leaders including James Madison, James Monroe, Robert E. Lee, Edgar Allan Poe, Maggie Walker, and L. Douglas Wilder; learn about "portage," and transporting goods to boats below waterfalls and rapids; the capital, Richmond, known for manufactuing and shipping; Richmond's General Assembly, the oldest legislative body in the U.S.; the Port of Richmond, the most Western port on the North Atlantic coast; and, learn about Secretariat and thoroughbred racing.
Coastal Plain (Bennett, Doraine) - climb Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, the first one built by the U.S. in 1792; learn about the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, the Northern Neck, and the Middle Penninsula; learn about Hampton Roads, one of the largest natural harbors in the world; read about the Great Dismal Swamp which helped hide runaway slaves; learn about the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, one of the world's largest; learn about a variety of Native American tribes.
Blue Ridge Mountains (Bennett, Doraine) - the chemicals released by pine trees and other plants give the sky in this area a hazy blue color, hence the name "Blue Ridge;" the granite rocks in Old Rag Mountain are some of the oldest in the world; Mount Rogers is the highest point in Virginia - more than one mile high; the New River is one of the oldest rivers in the world; people come from all over to enjoy bluegrass music and fiddler competitions in Galax; apples grow well here; learn about Smith Mountain Lake, a man-made lake; read about Booker T. Washington, born in this area.
Valley and Ridge (Bennett, Doraine) - do you know the difference between stalactites and stalagmites in the Shenandoah Valley's Luray Caverns and have your heard of its stalacpipe organ? view Natural Bridge, purchased by Thomas Jefferson from King George III for less than what would be $2.00 today; discover Hot Springs in Bath County; did you know that Rockingham County is one of the largest turkey producers in the country?...
At the American Library Association's midwinter conference today, the 2015 Youth Media Award winners were announced. Here are some of the results.
To see all the winners, click here.
Winner: Dan Santat for The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend
Honor: Lauren Castillo for Nana in the City
Honor: Mary GrandPre for The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock
Honor: Jon Klassen for Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
Honor: Yuyi Morales for Viva Frida
Honor: Melissa Sweet for The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jennifer Bryant
Honor: Jillian Tamaki for This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Every penny counts. Take a peek at these cookbooks for meals that will feed a crowd without breaking your pocketbook:
Good Life for Less (Clark, Amy Allen) - author is the creator of MomAdvice.com; cook a whole turkey - use half and freeze half - this will be cheaper than purchasing lunch meat; the same goes for "double batching" - prep and cook one meal to eat that day and a second to freeze for the future; cook and puree your own baby food and freeze it in ice trays; use a slow cooker - inexpensive ingredients combine into delicious dishes; recipes include California Italian Wedding Soup; leftover coffee - don't pitch it - freeze it and make frappachinos by adding peppermint and/or chocolate syrup; learn how to make your own cleaning products; many inexpensive entertaining, gift, and decorating ideas are included
Sandra Lee Semi Homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking (Lee, Sandra) - prep time for most recipes is 10-15 minutes, and slowcooking for a few hours following, you will enjoy a one pot meal such as Cajun Pork Chops or Chicken Broccoli Mac'n'Cheese - check out her web too
Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Well on a Budget (Beale, Lucy) - "budget-wise, high-nutrition foods" are listed, as are staples for your pantry; great menu ideas, including vegetarian main dishes; many recipes contain just a few ingredients; recipes list calories and nutritional values
Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half (Moncel, Beth) - written by the creator of budgetbytes.com, check out Easy Pad Thai, Farmer Joes (Sloppy Joes with veggies added), Greek Steak Tacos, Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps, Calico Beans, and "The One," a chocolate cake you microwave in a coffee cup!...
Take a moment during this busy season to share a special book with your child. Here are just a few of the many holiday titles the library carries in it's collection.
The Animals' Santa by Jan Brett
A rabbit named Little Snow is celebrating his first Christmas, and after all the forest animals tell him about the animals' Santa, he is excited to wake up on Christmas morning to find his own surprise.
Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift by Dara Goldman
Boris and Stella are in love but do have much money, so Stella sells something very important to her in order to buy Boris a Hanukkah gift, and Boris does likewise to buy Stella a Christmas present.
Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel
On the first night of Hanukkah, Old Bear wanders into Bubba Brayna's house and receives a delicious helping of potato latkes when she mistakes him for the rabbi.
Not sure what to give to the children on your holiday list this year? You can't go wrong with books!
Here are some of our favorites gift choices for children birth to five years.
Board Books (0-2 years)
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boyton. Movement and sound come together in this fun farmyard frolic....
I'm a Turkey! by Jim Arnosky In spoken-word song with rhyming text, a turkey describes his life in a large flock, always looking out for other creatures that might find him tasty.
Gobble, Gobble by Cathryn Falwell A child observes wild turkeys through the seasons.
Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr The day before Thanksgiving, Turkey tries to disguise himself as other animals in order to avoid being caught by the farmer.
10 Turkeys in the Road by Brenda Reeves Ten turkeys performing circus acts block a country road, much to the frustration of an angry farmer in a pick-up truck who tries to shoo them....
What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The books below are great way to introduce art to both young and older readers.
For Younger Readers
Art & Max by David Wiesner. Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media with unexpected consequences.
Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates. Dog loves drawing so much that he draws his very own adventure.
Look! Look! Look! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Three mice "borrow" a postcard which is a reproduction of a painting, and from it they learn about color, pattern, line, and shape....
What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Check out the books below to start exploring the world of engineering.
For Younger Readers:
Build It! : Structures, Systems and You by Adrienne Mason. Explores the function of structures, the materials they're made of, how their parts are joined together and more.
How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons. Describes how the surveyor, heavy machinery operators, carpenter crew, plumbers, and other workers build a house....
Looking for a spooky story to read this Halloween? These classic tales have scared generations of young readers:
A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown. Journeying through a dark, dark house, a black cat surprises the only inhabitant of the abandoned residence.
In a Dark, Dark Room : and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz. Seven scary stories to tell at night, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries.
Tailypo: a Ghost Story by Joanna Galdone. A strange varmint haunts the woodsman who lopped off its tail....
Hispanic Heritage Month may be over, but you can still celebrate with one of these great books from the library's collection of bilingual books and books in Spanish:
Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury = Un tesoro de rimas infantiles by Alma Flor Ada. Presents lullabies, games, nursery rhymes, and more.
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match = Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown. A creative, unique, bilingual, biracial, soccer-playing artist celebrates her individuality.
Arrorró mi niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games by Lulu Delacre. An illustrated collection of nursery rhymes, finger play games, and lullabies from the major Latino groups living in the United States today....
As parents we dream of the day that our children can read independently - a triumph for all involved. Take a gander at A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature (Sutton, Roger). Look within for surefire title recommendations guaranteed to captivate your youngest still-in-your-arms listener; your sound-each-word out budding reader; and, your "I can do it all by myself" chapter book readers. Even fiction, non-fiction, and bios for hard to please tweens and teens are included. Heck it even includes books for boys only, and, books for girls only. This book holds that rare and powerful magic - the ability to unite the perfect book for whatever age child is under your roof.
Getting tired of playing "Let it Go" or even "Shake it Off" on more time? Stop by the library and grab some great kids CDs. Here are some quality Children's music titles that won't drive you crazy in the car. The best part: if these titles do get tiresome, you can just return them and get new ones!
American Playground by Putumayo Kids - Classic American Folk songs that the whole family will enjoy.
Rhinoceros Tap by Sandra Boynton - Celebrity guests sing silly songs written by beloved children's author Sandra Boynton.
Muppets Most Wanted: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack by Various Artists - Classic Muppets songs and performances by the Cast of the newest Muppets movie....
What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Check out the books listed below to learn more about the exciting world of math.
For Younger Readers:
Pigs at Odds: Fun with Math and Games by Amy Axelrod. While trying their luck at various games at the county fair, members of the Pig family find out what the odds are that they will go home as winners.
How Do You Count a Dozen Ducklings? by In-s*on Ch'ae. Faced with keeping track of twelve ducklings, Mama Duck finds different ways to group them so that they are easier to count....
Sand, sun, cool waves and good reads - many families head to the beach during the summer. Here are a few beach reads for kids:
*Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills - Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn't. He doesn't see the point. But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn't? Well, Duck, for one!
*Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach: by Melanie Watt - Scaredy builds his own safe beach getaway under his nut tree. Still, the lure of the genuine beach is strong -- even a dedicated homebody such as Scaredy can't resist it forever. Can his back-up plans save him from the beach’s perils?...
Capitol Choices offers recommendations by librarians, teachers, booksellers, children's literature specialists, and magazine editors in the Washington, D.C. area. This group creates a yearly list of outstanding titles for children and teens. They consider books and audio books for ages birth through high school years. They seek not only titles that are obviously remarkable, but also for those whose "charm, art, information, or depth of feeling may enhance a young person's world."
What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math which is the focus of our Fizz, Boom, READ Summer Reading Club. Check out the books listed below to start exploring the fascinating world of science!
For Younger Readers:
The Bones You Own by Rebecca Baines. Twenty-seven pages of interesting facts for kids about the human skeleton.
Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition by Joanne Cole. Ms. Frizzle's class learns what it takes to be a scientist, while meeting some of history's greatest minds....
Enjoy any of these amusing science stories:
- Amelia Bedelia, Rocket Scientist? by Herman Parish - the housekeeper is promoted to scientist, just in time for the school's science fair - eeek - everybody better take cover!
- Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett - yikes - a robot takes over - that is, until it meets its match.
- The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra - my goodness, mail-ordered slime takes over the cat, little sister, dad, teacher, and it wants more!
And, BECOME a scientist with these easy do-it-yourself guides!
- Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff by Curt Gabrielson - erupt a volvano, harness a tornado in a bottle, and zoom your own self-made hovercraft.
- Cool Odor Decoders: Fun Science Projects about Smells by Esther Beck - distill your own perfume.
- Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes: Unforgettable Experiments That Make Science Fun by Steve Spangler - bubble 'lava' in a bottle, make quicksand goo, and pull off the world famous Mentos geyser!
- Last-Minute Science Fair Projects by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen - make a mummies out of oranges, grow gardens of crystals, use everyday liquids to restore the shine to pennies, make stalactites, and lightning too!
- How To Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnet Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects by Stephen Voltz - create illusions, Ivory soap volcanos, golf ball drop courses, and airplanes that fly (seemingly) forever.
- Crazy Contraptions by Susan Martineau - make balloon rockets, paddle boats, Morse Code messagers, and whizzy whirlers (like helicopters).
Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg - During the last week of school, the students in Mrs. Hartwell's class try to come up with the perfect present for their teacher.
When It's the Last Day of School by Maribeth Boelts - A boy tells how he will change his behavior on the last day of school.
The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing - In the style of Clement Moore's familiar Christmas poem, tells of a family's last minute preparations for summer vacation.
The Last Day of School by Louise Borden - Matthew Perez, the official timekeeper of Mrs. Mallory's third-grade class, has a special good-bye gift for her....
Take a walk in any of Henrico County's local parks and you might find (or hear) some frogs hanging out near the water. What better way to celebrate the transition between spring and summer than hopping into your local library to check out some of these great books and activities.
Jump! by Scott M. Fischer - In addition to the rhyming text, Jump! is perfect for antsy toddlers and preschoolers who love to jump. Rather than have children sit for the story, encourage them to act out the plot. They'll jump a lot and have a lot of fun in the process!
Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folguiera - A family of frogs discovers an unexpected visitor one morning when they find a pig in their pond. Lots of animals are introduced as the frogs try to decide what to do with this little pink pig, making this book a wonderful way to practice animal sounds with younger children and talk about friendship with older ones. And, of course, everyone can have fun saying "ribbit!"...
Check out these books for some spring-inspired reads.
Plant a Little Seed by Bonnie Christensen - Two friends plant seeds in their community garden, then water, weed, wait, and dream as the plants grow until they can be harvested. Includes facts about gardening and harvest festivals....
These picture books are guaranteed to make you laugh. Check one out from your local library today!
Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin - While Raccoon is eating pizza at his secret pizza party, he sees a masquerade party going on in the house next door to him and joins the fun.
Here Comes the Easter Cat! by Deborah Underwood - When Cat tries to replace the Easter Bunny, he soon learns that the job is much harder than he expected--and does not allow time for naps.
Duck, Duck, Moose! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen - Duck and Duck busily prepare for a party, while their housemate, Moose, only gets in the way....
You know you cannot get that infectious song out of your head - including the parodies that are on YouTube.
Even though Richmond has seen a seemingly eternal winter, have you and your family watched the Oscar award-winning Frozen? Whether you are watching it for the first time (or the umpteenth time), you are welcome to check out other versions of Hans Christian Andersen's tale from which Frozen was adapted.
- View the BBC's The Snow Queen.
- Instead of Disney's Anna and Elsa, read about Gerda and Kay in The Snow Queen, retold by Naomi Lewis and illustrated by Christian Birmingham..
- Or The Snow Queen, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.
I think we all will agree - these glittering fairy tale versions beat the real-life polar vortex version anytime!
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger– As the first book of Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series, this book encourages readers to ponder, “Is Origami Yoda real?” as an eccentric sixth grader baffles his classmates when his Yoda finger puppet offers sage advice. Read the case files filled with pictures and side notes to find out what happens.
Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julia Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow. Meet Lydia and Julia, two girls determined to crack the code of popularity before they enter middle school. The Popularity Papers series is written in a visually graphic scrapbook style sure to keep readers' attention....
Browse The Brown Bookshelf and learn what inspires some of today's most exceptional writers and artists of color.
Enjoy info on a great one for each day of February! Favorites include Daniel Beaty and his Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream (Day 13), and Christopher Myers, and his H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination (Day 18). Also view Academy Award winning Octavia Spencer and her first novel, The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit (Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective) (Day 3). View the author as she tells you about becoming a writer and how it all started with her being a "little nosy kid"!
View all 28 suggestions at Shining the Spotlight.
We read, discussed, and voted online for our picks for the 2014 Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Book Awards!
Compare our selections with the winners below, which were announced by the American Library Association at the Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia on January 27.
Congratulations to local Richmond author Meg Medina on her Pura Belpre Author Award for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your A**! Author award, presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
(Photo credit: Petite Shards Productions)
Our 2014 picks in the HCPL Catalog
- Doll Bones by Holly Black
- Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
- Twerp by Mark Goldblatt
- The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
- Jinx by Sage Blackwood
And the official winners are......
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo...