book reviews

Future

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire You might be bewildered about how every single movie that’s aimed at teenagers right now is about some kind of dystopian future. It’s a trend that started quietly and with the tremendous success of The Hunger Games, took full flight and hasn’t come down since. Nor does it look like it click to continue...

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Brotherband Chronicles

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire Here’s the latest and greatest crop of children’s books that have been published recently. If you like funny or profound, you’re in luck. Take a gander! Cookie the Walker by Chris Monroe. Cookie the dog decides one day to start walking on her hind legs. You know, to be able to click to continue...

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8 Books For Kids and Teens March 2013

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire Due to my profession, I am constantly reading book reviews to select the best possible new titles for my library. When the books arrive, I then spend time reading as many of them as I can so I can accurately do everything from recommend titles to parents and kids to finding click to continue...

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By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire The Randolph Caldecott Medal is given out every year in January to the best illustrated children’s book.  With the medal recently awarded, I thought it would be a good time to look at this prestigious award. The Caldecott Medal has been given out for the last 74 years to the best click to continue...

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Best Books 2011

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire Yes, it is that time of year again, when wish lists are everywhere and bank accounts are being emptied on the shiniest gadgets and toys of the year.  You can check out these wonders on Dad Does’ Best Toys of 2011 Gift Guide. But I like to point out that sometimes click to continue...

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Part 2

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire A few months ago, I put together a suggestion list for books to read for those kids who can’t get enough of the Diary of Wimpy Kid series.  I thought by now those self-same kids may have run through that list, so I am here to help by suggesting even more click to continue...

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Top 20 Science Fiction Books for Kids

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire One of the things that I am continually amazed about as a librarian is the number of very young children—4 and 5 year olds—who are mesmerized by Star Wars.  Still.  The first film arrived on the big screen in 1976, yet thirty-five years later, kids (and adults) are still clamoring for click to continue...

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By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire You will if you read it. The short description: a chapter book adventure story that will appeal to kids in grades 4 to 7. Lots of cliffhangers make this a good choice for kids who like something exciting to keep them turning the pages. Definitely an enjoyable read. What’s Right With click to continue...

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By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire February is Black History Month.  We also just celebrated Chinese New Year, ringing in the Year of the Rabbit.  Women’s History Month is coming up as well.  Seems to me a good time for some historical fiction! If you are anything like me, you might not hate learning about history, but click to continue...

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