Children

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Friday, October 24, 2014
Kate DiCamillo
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Edward is a china rabbit with fine clothing and an attitude that he is better than any other toy. He is the favorite and loved by Abilene. Yet his heart matches that of his china body. When he is lost at sea and partakes on a journey of discovering what it feels like to feel with your heart. Along the way he falls into various owners and each time becomes a different toy(person)      Check our Catalog

Jen R., Circulation

Wee Sing for Halloween Music CD

Friday, October 10, 2014
Pamela Conn Beall
Wee Sing for Halloween Music CD

If you're looking for some fun Halloween music for preschool-age, this CD is a lot of fun.  One of my family's favorites is "Five Little Pumpkins".

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Janice H., Youth Services

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Chris Grabenstein
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

I thoroughly enjoyed this book aimed at Middle Schoolers. A group of 12 year olds are locked in a wonderful new town library and must follow clues in order to get out. It's a mystery and a puzzle with a rebus or 2 in the book.* These are well defined Middle School students. Kyle, the main character, does not like to read but may by the end of the book. *Also fun is the incorporation of booklists and many book titles. Check our catalog

Sue N., Youth Services

The Duckling Gets a Cookie

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Mo Willems
The Duckling Gets a Cookie

My three year old and I enjoyed reading this book together.  It's a sweet story with a lesson about asking for things politely and a cute ending with a positive message about generosity.  The 3 year old laughed at the clever illustrations and I liked that it was a quick read for a short break during the day.

I confess that I find all of Mo Willems' books to be charming and I really enjoy how his illustrations capture the emotion of the moment.  Perhaps not his best work but thoroughly enjoyable. Check our Catalog

Peggy G. Circulation

Bliss (The Bliss Bakery #1)

Friday, August 29, 2014
Kathryn Littlewood
Bliss
Twelve-year-old Rose Bliss wants to work magic in her family's bakery as her parents do, but when they are called away and Rose and her siblings are left in charge, the magic goes awry and a beautiful stranger tries to talk Rose into giving her the Bliss Cookery Booke. 
I found this book very enjoyable. I found myself at first thinking that some of Rose's choices were a little unbelievable, but when you remember how old she is, I could see my own daughter or my self at that age. This is a book trilogy and I can not wait for the next book so I can find out what will happen to the family. The author does a good job of making you feel like you are there and part of what is happening. I found myself at times yelling out to Rose or giving advice out loud that my children would ask who I was talking to.
 
Jen R., Circulation

On My Honor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Marion Dane Bauer
On My Honor

With maturing boys in the house we talk frequently about choices and their consequences, about character.  As a mother,  reading the story of Joel and his friend, I cringed at the choices made.  I know my sons could easily find themselves in a similar situation.  Things can get out of control easily.  This is truly a great read for upper elementary and middle school students.  Let them live out the choices in the safety of the imaginary world of Joel rather than suffer the similar consequences in real life. Check our Catalog

Cindy A., Circ.

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Friday, June 20, 2014
Peggy Rathmann
Officer Buckle and Gloria

 

My 4 year old has been enjoying the library’s collection of books with accompanying CDs so she can listen to stories in the car.  One of our favorites is easily “Office Buckle & Gloria”.  Narrated by John Lithgow, he brings the words to life and makes the story that much more entertaining.  We highly recommend for preschool and early elementary children.  You’re sure to enjoy it!  Check our Catalog

 

Janice H., Youth Services

 

The Boy Who Dared

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The Boy Who Dared
The Boy Who Dared is based on the true story of a German boy, Helmuth Hubener, that was forced to join the Hitler Youth.  He speaks truth to power in a time of deadly consequences.  This should be a must read.  This book tells the little known history of what life was like for the German people leading up to war.  Systematically rights were taken away and loyalty to country was questioned.  Young Helmuth listens to a banned radio station and prints flyers to distribute, telling his community the truth the Nazis are hiding.  This is powerful stuff.  Check our catalog.
 
Cindy A., Circ.
 

Building Birdhouses

Monday, June 2, 2014
Dana Meachen Rau
Building Birdhouses

The  book ‘s explanation of terms, materials, tools and  pictures make building a birdhouse a fun activity to do with children.   The author challenges the reader to do some research on the birds in their backyard. Once that is determined then create a safe shelter for birds using the step by step plans in the book.  Adult supervision required, hello Grandpa and Grandma school is out for the summer! Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

The Book of Three

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Lloyd Alexander
The Book of Three

We read this book out loud as a family.  It is the first in a series of 5 books.  The story is about a young boy who is an assistant pig keeper but wants to be out in the world, performing heroic deeds.  My older kids (Boy, age 8 and girl, age 10) really enjoyed this adventure story.  They liked all the action and excitement.  My daughter really picked up on the humor and my son enjoyed a chapter where an entire castle tumbled to the ground.  I liked it because it is a simple, innocent adventure where adults are, generally, depicted as smart, helpful people rather than the current trend of portraying all adults as bumbling fools.

As the reader, I found it difficult to pronounce many of the names and places (I think they are Welsh) but halfway through I downloaded the audio version through the library website and that helped me figure out correct pronunciation! Check our Catalog

Peggy G. Circulation

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