kids books

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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Dead End

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire Whether you know about it or not, the Newbery and Caldecott Awards are the prime achievements for authors and illustrators of children’s literature in America. Every January, a committee for each medal gets together and announces the winners they have been mulling over throughout the previous year. With this year’s award 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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Brave Rooney

Our regular readers know that we are NOT fans of back to school ads.  Summer is a time of fun and playing with friends, what kid wants that ruined by an ad in August that reminds them that school is right around the corner?  Well, now that we are in September, not even we can 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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