Wimpy Kid #5

uglytruthIf you are a fan of the "Wimpy Kid" books and have been anxiously anticipating the next title in this series, your wait is almost over. The fifth book entitled The Ugly Truth will be released next week.  (It's purple!)  In this new book the hilarious pressures of life in middle school test Greg Hefflly's friendship with his best pal Rowley.  There is already a waiting list for this book, but you can get your name on the list by placing a hold in our web catalog or by calling the library.





Dogs, Dogs & More Dogs

mathafriendIf you love dogs and you love books, then you're in luck!  Children's books are full of dogs. There's Kipper and Spot and Angus and Carl.  There's Clifford the Big Red Dog and Harry the Dirty Dog. There's Biscuit and Mudge. There's Skippyjon Jones (oh wait, that's a cat who thinks he's a dog). There's Ribsy and Old Yeller. There's even Walter the Farting Dog. The list goes on and on. Two of my favorites are Martha the talking dog from the picture books by Susan Meddaugh and Winn-Dixie from Because of Winn-Dixie. Do you have a favorite literary canine?  Leave us a comment and tell us who your favorite "book dog" is. 

Charlotte's Web Original Artwork

charlotteswebcoverAnyone who has ever read Charlotte's Web will be very familiar with Garth Williams's wonderful illustrations in that book. Who can think of Wilbur or Charlotte or Fern without picturing the artist's pen and ink drawings?  The late Mr. Williams also illustrated such children's classics as Stuart Little, The Cricket in Times Square, and all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books.  This month the family of Mr. Williams put 42 of his original drawings up for sale at an art auction. The original illustration for the cover of Charlotte's Web sold for $155,530!  That's sure a lot of money, but for fans of E.B. White's classic story, the illustrations will always be priceless. charlotteswebcoveroriginal

2010 William Allen White Award Winners

The votes have been counted and the winners have been announced!  howtostealadog2The winning title for 3rd - 5th graders is How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor.  Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina feels desperate to improve their situation.  Unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, Georgina persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.cracker    The winning title for 6th - 8th graders is Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata.  This is a stirring, realistic story of America's war in Vietnam, using the alternating viewpoints of an army "bomb sniffing" dog named Cracker and her 17-year-old handler, Rick.  

Top 100 Children's Novels

I recently ran across a list of "Top 100 Children's Novels" on a blog on the School Library Journal website.  The blogger invited readers to submit top100their ten favorite chapter books in order.  She received 366 lists from teachers, students, and librarians and then compiled the Top 100 list based upon these responses.  The results are listed below.  #1          Charlotte's Web by E.B. White #2          A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle #3          Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling #4          The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis #5          From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L.                Konigsburg #6          Holes by Louis Sachar #7          The Giver by Lois Lowry #8          The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett #9          Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery #10       The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster #11       The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin #12       The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien #13       Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson #14       Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling #15       Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo #16       Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh #17       Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli #18       Matilda by Roald Dahl #19       Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl #20       Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt #21       Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riodan #22       The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo #23       Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder #24       Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling #25       Little Women by Louisa May Alcott #26       Hatchet by Gary Paulsen #27       A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett #28       Winnie-the Pooh by A.A. Milne #29       Alice's Adventures in Wonderland /Alice Through the Looking Glass                by Lewis Carroll #30       The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper #31       Half Magic by Edward Eager #32       Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien #33       James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl #34       Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis #35       Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling #36       Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume #37       Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor #38       Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling #39       When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead #40       The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum #41       The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare #42       Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder #43       Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary #44       Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume #45       The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman #46       Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls #47       Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis #48       The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a               Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall #49       Frindle by Andrew Clements #50       Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell #51       The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright #52       The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick #53       Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame #54       The BFG by Roald Dahl #55       The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson #56       Number the Stars by Lois Lowry #57       Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary #58       The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken #59       Inkheart by Cornelia Funke #60       The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi #61       Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli #62       The Secret of the Old Clock by Caroline Keene #63       Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright #64       A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck #65       Ballet Shoes by Noah Streatfeild #66       Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary #67       Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville #68       Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech #69       The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart #70       Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace #71       A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket #72       My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett #73       My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George #74       The Borrowers by Mary Norton #75       Love That Dog by Sharon Creech #76       Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse #77       City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau #78       Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes #79       All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor #80       The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman #81       Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin #82       The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander #83       The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner #84       Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge #85       On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder #86       Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling #87       The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg #88       The High King by Lloyd Alexander #89       Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary #90       Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan #91       Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar #92       Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine #93       Caddie Woodlawn by C. R. Brink #94       Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome #95       Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren #96       The Witches by Roald Dahl #97       The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo #98       Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston #99       The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks #100     The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder How many of these books have you read?  Did your favorite chapter book make the list?  If you're looking for a good book to read, I'm sure you couldn't miss with any of these notable titles.

Madame Ambassador

kpatersonDid you know there is a National Ambassador for Young People's Literature?  The Library of Congress recently named children's author Katherine Paterson as the new ambassador. Ms. Paterson is the two-time Newbery award-winning author of such books as Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved.  She has also won the National Book Award twice.   Paterson will serve a two year term as ambassador working to raise national awareness of the importance of young people's literature.  She has chosen "Read for Your Life" as the platform during her ambassadorship.  She is succeeding the first children's ambassador, Jon Scieszka, author of such classics as The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.  Congratulations Ambassador Paterson!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie

You've read the books. Now you can see the movie!  The film version of Jeff Kinney's wildly popular book Diary of a Wimpy Kid hits theaters on Friday, March 19.  Watch the trailer here:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie.


Read Any Good Books Lately?

kids_dog_no_starsWhat was the last good book you read?  We'd love to hear about it.  Click here to tell us a little bit about the book, and we'll post your review on our Kid Picks page.  (We will only use your first name and grade when posting your review.)  Our Kid Picks page is a great place to find out what other kids are reading and to share with others what you are reading.

And the Winner Is...

whenyoureachmeThe winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  In this book twelve-year-old Miranda encounters shifting friendships, a sudden punch, a strange homeless man and mysterious notes that hint at knowledge of the future.  These and other seemingly random events converge in a brilliantly constructed plot. Four books were chosen as Newbery Honor books:  Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, and The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick. lionandmouseThe winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal is
The Lion and the Mouse written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.  In glowing colors, Pinkney's textured watercolor illustrations masterfully portray the relationship between two very unlikely friends in this virtually wordless retelling of Aesop's classic fable. Two titles were named Caldecott Honor books:  All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee and written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Joyce Sidman. Other 2010 award winners include: Geisel Award:  Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes Coretta Scott King Author Award:  Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award:   My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr. and written by Langston Hughes Belpre Author Award:  Return to Sender by Julie Alvarez Belpre Illustrator Award:  Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day illustrated by Rafael Lopez and written by Pat Mora Sibert Medal:  Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

New Mystery Series

januaryjokerAre you a fan of the A to Z Mysteries or the Capital Mysteries?  Then you'll be interested to know that author Ron Roy has a brand new series called Calendar Mysteries.  These books feature the younger siblings of the kids from the A to Z Mysteries.  So far only the first two titles in this series have been released, but there will surely be ten more to come!
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