March 2012 Update

 Top Books of the Month:
This was the month of enjoying Picture Books! Plus for reading some of the most fantastic fiction titles this year.

Personal note: I’m starting to transition to writing a professional blog about books I’ve read as one component. Some parts of this blog will be useful to my school community, so I thought I’d share here, especially since a more thorough review of favorite books of the month will be provided there.

Fiction Books
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
HISTORICAL FICTION: 4th Grade to Adult.
Wonderful point of view from a community that balks at change and a girl who hopes to change everything.
Call Number: FIC SCA

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Enjoyed this book as an audiobook this time, favorite fantasy of all time.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
HISTORICAL FICTION: 4th Grade to Adult.
I love reading anything by Christopher Paul Curtis. Anything. This book was brilliant with strong characters, tough situations, and family celebrations. Call Number: FIC CUR

Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and Brand-New Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins
FANTASY: Kindergarten to Adult.
EXCELLENT family read aloud. Long chapter but worth the time. Call Number: FIC JEN

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Enjoyed re-reading this book with my son, highly recommend for partner reading/or simply reading aloud.

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
Pretty dark historical fiction with the perspective of some children displaced during a war stumbling on a zoo with animals left behind.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
4th Grade to Adult. Newbery 2011 Winner!
Hilarious snapshot of a summer with a boy who shot a gun and lost summer privileges… and became twisted in mystery, murder, and ongoing fight with nosebleeds. Call Number: FIC APP

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
REALISTIC FICTION: 4th Grade to Adult.
This is a memorable, touching, heartwrenching book. Be prepared to meet one brilliant character after another throughout the book. Tops on my favorite list.

Picture Books
Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed by J.C. Phillips
PICTURE BOOK- Preschool/K through 3rd grade
Really cute picture book with a message: BE YOURSELF! If you don’t fit in one place, you will find another place to fit in. Funny ninja skills as well. Call Number: E PHI

Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore
PICTURE BOOK: Preschool/Kinder-2nd Grade
Really cute picture book with a child learning how to appreciate her differences, accept her identify, and maintain friends.
Call Number: E MOO
Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully by Julianne Moore

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
Based on a wonderful true story, brilliant creation.

The 13th Clue by Ann Jonas
Fun mysterious clues lead a child to a special location.

Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman
Classic, fun story.

Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
One of my favorite books to read with my son…

The Adventures of Max and Pinky: Best Buds by Maxwell Eaton
I love this illustrator and this book series, very cute and humorous.

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss
Enjoyed a few Dr. Seuss books celebrating his birthday. This one is one of my favorites.
Hedgie’s Surprise by Jan Brett
Love hedgehogs, Jan Brett’s books, and the cute story of a trickster solving a big problem.

The Fairy Dogfather by Alexandra Day
Picture Book: 1st Grade to Adult.
Very funny picture book about a little boy who had a difficult time writing his letters, got a fairy dogfather, and had a hard time communicating with him.
From the creator of Good Dog, Carl books. Call Number: E DAY
Frank and Ernest Play Ball by Alexandra Day
This book showed me that I know hardly anything about baseball… great learning book!
I love ALL Carl books!
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
Carl Goes Shopping by Alexandra Day
Carl’s Afternoon in the Park by Alexandra Day
Carl’s Sleepy Afternoon by Alexandra Day

The Mighty Little Lion Hunter by Jana Carson
Terrific “We Both Read” title incorporating in a cute folktale where characters provide one another with favors.

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
Love Peter Brown books! This one is adorable, there’s a new one as well called: You Will Be My Friend!

Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black
Get ready to laugh through various ways to say the word bottom…

Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club by Janet S. Wong
For anyone who enjoys chess club and tournaments, this is a good story to share.

Babyberry Pie by Heather Vogel Frederick
Really cute story perfect to read with little preschoolers…

Non-Fiction Books:
My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me by Maya Angelou
NON-FICTION: Kindergarten to Adult
Excellent book to begin students connecting with interesting characters from another country and developing world awareness. PERFECT example of voice as well.
Call Number: 968 ANG

Torina’s World: A Child’s Life in Madagascar by Joni Kabana
Another brilliant way to provide world-wide connections to children.

Margriet Ruurs writes brilliant, non-fiction books introducing the world through specific settings from book libraries to schools.
My Librarian is a Camel: How Books are Brought to Children by Margriet Ruurs
My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School Around the World by Margriet Ruurs

Barbara Kerley partners with National Geographic for brilliant, simple, world-awareness books with concepts such as what children do during a day around the world, how people find peace, how families get along, and how people get water. There are gorgeous pictures which are connected with a map at the end of the book. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to provide their children with world awareness situations.
One World, One Day by Barbara Kerley
A Little Peace by Barbara Kerley
A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley

Graphic Novels
Both of these aren’t out yet, coming in 2012.
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
Terrific graphic novel of some magical cardboard and what can happen when it gets in the wrong hands…

Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
Really cute new book… another good friendship graphic novel.

Early Chapter Books:
Dirty Bertie Worms! By Alan MacDonald
Mega Mash Up: Robots Vs. Gorillas In The Desert by Nikalas Catlow

Early Readers:
We are in a Book! By Mo Willems
I’ve read this book at least 20 times, still my favorite of all the Elephant and Piggie stories!

High School/Adult books:
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
High School book- cute plot and situation.

Forge (Seeds of America, #2) by Laurie Halse Anderson
HISTORICAL FICTION: Mature Middle School and up.
Brilliant second book- warning there are more!- following a few characters from the Civil War addressing slave rights/issues, military situations, and wonderful characters…
Call Number: FIC AND

It has been a busy month in the library, here’s a few things that occurred:

Additionally, thank you to all the families who have participated (so far) in the school birthday book program. You provide the library with flexibility to purchase books that students are excited to read!


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