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6 Sep

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I’m on vacation! I’ve got a bunch of posts that will be published while I’m away, but I won’t be on social media too much – too much to see and do! My boyfriend and I are heading to London, Paris and Venice for two weeks on our first true vacation in a long time! Our vacation time is usually spent visiting family and friends, going to weddings, etc. Not that any of those things aren’t super awesome, but they’re not usually relaxing. We’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, visiting museums and eating a ton of great food!

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  2. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  5. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  7. One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
  8. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  9. Venom by Fiona Paul
  10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Audiobooks

18 Jul


My regularly scheduled blog post for Tuesday is on hold until August, so I created my own list – Ten Middle Grade audiobooks – perfect for summer vacation!

  1. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler; music, Corky Siegel
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, narrated by  Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson
  3. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp
  4. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Jenna Lamia
  5. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin, narrated by Kim Mai Guest
  6. Ghost by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard
  7. Booked by Kwame Alexander, narrated by the author
  8. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, narrated by Josh Hurley, Vikas Adam
  9. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by
    Adam Gidwitz, narrated By Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, Benjamin Bagby
  10. Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh, narrated by Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, Jacqueline Woodson, Kelly J. Baptist

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Novels About Road Trips

11 Jul

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My regularly scheduled blog post for Tuesday is on hold until August, so I created my own list – Ten Middle Grade stories about road trips because, I don’t know about you, but summer screams road trips for me!

  1. From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos
  2. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
  3. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  4. Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
  6. The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  7. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  8. Julia and the Art of Practical Travel by Lesley M.M. Blume
  9. The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
  10. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Picture Book Month Theme: Travel

15 Nov

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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. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  2. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  3. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  4. Sheep In a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
  5. Supertruck by Stephen Savage
  6. Freight Train by Donald Crews
  7. My Bus by Byron Barton
  8. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  9. Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
  10. I Stink! by Kate & Jim McMullan

39 Clues Scavenger Hunt

1 Feb

As a children’s librarian it is my job to come up with new and exciting programs for kids from kindergarten through 8th grade.  Not such an easy task, but probably one of my favorites!  I decided to host a 39 Clues party that is inspired by the hit series the 39 Clues.  Currently, this 10-book series is flying off library shelves.  And after reading all 10 books I can see why.  The series moves very quickly – each book is about 200 pages, but you can’t put it down!

39 clues logoThe premise of the story is that 2 orphaned siblings are sent on a scavenger hunt around the world while trying to prevent their relatives from finding the clues before they can.  The clues are promised to make them “the most powerful and influential people on the planet.”  Not only are the books exciting to read, but Scholastic created an entire card-collecting, online game to go along with the stories.  And the plus side – there’s a history and geography lesson within each book – I was even learning some new things! Needless to say, I had to create my own scavenger hunt inspired by The 39 Clues in my library!

I created 3 clues for each book that coincide with a famous person, place, and artifact discussed in the book.  The 4th clue for each book is a word that when combined with all the other 4th clues creates a sentence – “Only together can we fight the true enemy, the Vepsers.”  The clues are questions that each team must research to find the answer in a specific library book where they will also find their next clue.  For example, the questions for Book 2 are:

Question 1 – An armonica is made up of what type of material? (glass)
Question 2 – Who wrote the musical composition The Magic Flute? (Mozart)
Question 3 – What is the capital of Austria? (Vienna)

This program is geared toward grades 3 – 6 hopefully with 3 children to each team and combining the younger and older kids together to encourage teamwork.  With the scavenger hunt, we are also going to have a discussion about the different families that are part of the Cahill family, as well as discuss the new series coming out and the possibility of a movie.  We also created about 15 trivia questions, which kids love to answer.  For a snack, I made sugar cookies in the shape of fish which I plan to ice with red frosting.  Saladin, the children’s cat in the series, will only eat red snapper which is what our snack will be for the night!

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