Speak gets an update and it's perfect for introducing this iconic book to a new generation of readers. Speak (1999; 197 pages) by Laurie Halse Anderson was published almost 20 years ago: a dark, intense story about a high school freshman with a dangerous secret she feels she can't tell anyone. It was a National Book [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

scrappy little nobody

Have you ever found yourself in need of an audiobook to help distract you from the boring goings on in your life? Maybe something that isn’t part of your normal reading routine? I found myself in this position a few days ago. I’m not saying I was at work, but maybe I was. I logged [...]

By | February 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can’t wait for the next Star Wars movie? We can help with that!

  Cobalt Squadron Written by Elizabeth Wein Published 2017 251 pages I am a huge Star Wars fan and can't wait for the next movie.  To ease some of my anticipation, I decided to read some of the Star Wars books that take place between the movies.  I began this reading quest with Star Wars [...]

By | February 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Newbery and Caldecott and Printz – Oh My

Last week, the winners of the American Library Association's 2018 Youth Media Awards were announced. You may know them better as the Newbery (for children's book text), Caldecott (for children's book illustrations), and Printz (for teen books) Medals. If you're looking for the best of the best in children's and teen literature, look no further. [...]

By | February 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dive into Madeleine L’Engle’s Vast Literary Universe!

Disney’s adaptation of the Newbery-award winning A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters next month.  Madeleine L’Engle’s mind-bending sci-fi tale has attracted many fans since its publication in 1962, as has its sequel, A Wind in the Door.  But between the publication of these two books, L’Engle published The Arm of the Starfish, a sort-of sequel [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Social Justice Bookshelf

With many social justice issues in the news over the past several years, you may be looking for books to help you start a conversation. Here are a few recent teen books written about social justice issues that will definitely get teens (and the adults who care about them) talking.   The Hate U Give [...]

By | February 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 NEW Books for Kids from African American Voices

Hot off the presses and straight to your library!  Here are five great NEW picture books by African American authors and illustrators:   Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick D. Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James (2017) Nothing compares to the confidence you feel after a fresh haircut.  This ode to feeling [...]

By | February 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do You Believe in Love?

This cute and funny romance will hit the spot with middle graders who want to read YA or teens looking for gentle romance.  I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo (2017; 325 pages). Korean American Desi Lee is great at a lot of things. She's president of her class and valedictorian. She's [...]

By | February 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

These Books Are Super!

Are you obsessed with super heroes? This is a great time to be alive because publishers keep coming out with all kinds of superhero novels. We have tons of superhero comics at the library, but if you just can't get enough or if you have a friend who's reluctant to pick up comics but devours [...]

By | January 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Embracing Winter

Oh, January. January, you're tough. If you're having trouble appreciating the beauty of this wet, gray, cold season, maybe these books will help. Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide to Surviving the Winter Months by Emma Mitchell (2017; 128 pages). The Danish concept of hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is all about creating coziness and celebrating the pleasure of being [...]

By | January 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments