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Quick Book Display

18 Jan

I don’t know if others have seen it, but two days ago President Obama sat down with the chief book critic of The New York Times and talked about how important reading and books were during his years in office. I’m a librarian and I follow a lot of book related news, so this has been popping up on my Facebook and Twitter news feeds ever since.

So, easiest thing for me to do today? Throw together a book display of books President Obama mentioned as being his favorites or interesting to him. As this is his last week in office, it’s the perfect time to put this together – timely and library focused! So get ready for some new books to add to your TBR list!

  • William Shakespeare
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Junot Díaz
  • Philip Roth
  • Saul Bellow
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The following list is from Off the Shelf – a collection of books President Obama mentioned reading during his presidency.

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
  • The Whites by Richard Price
  • Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • Rodin’s Debutante by Ward Just

10 Read Aloud Titles About Service for MLK Day

13 Jan


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day that many people spend time offering service to their community – small acts to make a difference. Volunteerism can start with the littlest ones in your family and sharing some of these stories is a great way to teach kids kindness and service. These books range from one small act of kindness that ripples through a community to even larger acts such as purchasing an animal for a family overseas which can make a big difference to their way of life. But no matter what you have to offer, teaching children kindness and to think of others is something that I think everyone can do. Holding the door for someone, smiling a hello as you pass them by and asking another child to play together are all simple ways to teach kids to think of others around them. Share some of these great stories for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and share some other titles with me!

  1. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  2. Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  3. One Love by Cedella Marley and Bob Marley
  4. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
  5. The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen
  6. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  7. Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
  8. Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
  9. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway
  10. Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming

Picture Book Month Theme: Bunnies

30 Nov


You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. Wee Little Rabbit by Lauren Thompson
  3. Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
  4. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
  5. Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby
  6. Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
  7. White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
  8. A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
  9. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  10. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Picture Book Month Theme: History

21 Nov


You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Players in Pigtails by Shana Corey
  2. The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors by Chris Barton
  3. Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman
  4. Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg
  5. What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kelly
  6. Keep the Lights Burning Abbie by Peter Roop
  7. Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
  8. Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  9. The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino
  10. Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Disney Infinity)

18 Aug
Level Up- Video Game Book ListsEach Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.

Disney Infinity (E 10+)

Dinfinityisney Infinity is an action-adventure videogame focused around many of the popular Disney characters that kids know from their animated movies.  The books recommended are specifically focused around Disney and around the magical aspect that Disney brings to everything they create.  These are just a few examples, many bookstores and libraries will carry storybook versions of the Disney movies; all you need to do is ask for your favorite!  If you like the toys-to-life model, check out our list of books for fans of Skylanders!

Disney After Dark (Kingdom Keepers series) by Ridley Pearson
Five young teens work as Holographic hosts at Walt Disney World when they all begin feeling the effects of this new technology.  Soon they are fighting Disney villains to save not only Walt Disney World, but the rest of the world as well in this fantasy thriller for middle grade readers. 

Disney/Pixar Character Encyclopedia by Steve Bynghall

Not a book you necessarily need to read cover-to-cover, the Disney/Pixar Character Encyclopedia has almost every character you ever wanted to learn about.  With information about almost 200 characters and pictures from the movies, you couldn’t ask for more for a Disney fan! 

Isle of the Lost (The Descendants series) by Melissa de la Cruz

Marketed as a prequel to the Disney Channel movie, Descendants, Isle of the Lost is about the children of the Disney characters (aka the descendants) both the good and bad.  And when the villain’s children go on a quest to find the magic that was stolen from them, nothing good can come of it. 

Who Was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart  

Part of the extremely popular “bobble head biographies” these biographies are easily accessible for young readers who want to learn more about how Mickey Mouse and Disney World came to be.  A great introduction for readers in upper elementary school and middle school. 

The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories series) by Chris Colfer

Not a Disney book, The Wishing Spell is the first in a series about twins, Alex and Conner, who fall into the Land of Stories through a book of fairy tales they used to read with their dad.  After encountering the characters they grew up listening about, they may find it harder to get home than they originally thought in this adventure story for middle grade readers.

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