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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.


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Super Heroes for All Ages

Shazam! Check out these all powerful books awaiting your whole family!

Adults who are kids at heart:
Marvel Encyclopedia (741.5973 Marvel)

Older kiddos:
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) 


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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.


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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda         The Popularity Papers         Melonhead         Clueless McGee         Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life   

                                   Big Nate: In A Class By Himself         Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life        Spaceheadz


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.


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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)


Newbery Medal

Our 2014 picks in the HCPL Catalog

  1. Doll Bones by Holly Black
  2. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  3. Twerp by Mark Goldblatt
  4. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
  5. Jinx by Sage Blackwood

And the official winners are......

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo