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Finding Award Winners

Have you ever wished you could see a list of all the Newbery or Caldecott award winning books?  This is something we get asked for quite often at the library.  Well, there is a nifty way to get this information in our library catalog.  Here's what you do:

What Comes Next?

book-question-mark.jpgHere at the library we often get asked questions like, "What's the name of the fourth book in the Little House on the Prairie series?" or "What book comes after Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix?" or "What's the name of book #28 in the Magic Tree House series?"  Well, if you've ever found yourself asking a question like this, here's a great website for you:  Juvenile Series and Sequels.  On this website you can type in a title and see other books in the same series...in order.  You can also search by author, subject, or series title.  You can always find a link to this website on our Cool Sites for Kids web page under "Books & Magazines." So if you are, for instance, attempting to read all the Boxcar Children books in order, this would be a great resource.

New DVDs

speedracer.gifDid you ever wish you could see a list of the newest DVDs in the Children's Department?  Well, you can!  Just click "Reader's Advisory" at the top of this page and then click the "New DVDs/Videos" link on the lefthand side of the Reader's Advisory page.  This will take you to a list of the newest DVDs the library has purchased.  The Adult titles are listed first followed by Children's titles.  You can just click on any title to see if it is available or checked out, and if it is checked out, you can place a hold to get on the waiting list.  You can also click "New Audios" to see the latest books on CD.  Click here to go directly to the list of DVDs.

The Dark Is Rising

darkisrising.gifThe movie The Seeker is currently playing at a theater near you.  Did you know it is based on Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising book series which can be found at a library near you?  It tells the story of Will Stanton who on his eleventh birthday discovers the important role he must play in the struggle to overcome the powers of the Dark.  This exciting series was written decades before the world had even heard of Harry Potter.  There are five books in the series:

1.  Over Sea, Under Stone
2.  The Dark Is Rising
3.  Greenwitch
4.  The Grey King (a Newbery Award winner!)
5.  Silver on the Tree

If you're looking for an exciting fantasy series, be sure to check these out!

Madeleine L'Engle 1918-2007

madeleine-lengle.jpgOne of my very favorite authors passed away last week.  Madeleine L'Engle died on September 6 at the age of 88.  L'Engle is probably best know for her Newbery award-winning book, A Wrinkle in Time.  She wrote more than 60 books for children and adults, including fiction, science fiction, poetry, plays, autobiographical works, and meditations on faith and art.

The world has lost a gifted writer, but the books she left behind will be cherished by many for years and years to come.  If you haven't read any of Madeleine's books, I recommend you check out A Wrinkle in Time the next time you are in the library.

The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

water-horse.gifDid you ever wonder where the Loch Ness Monster came from? The Water Horse tells the story of 8-year-old Kirstie, who finds an egg on the beach one day and brings it home with her. It hatches to reveal a small creature with flippers and a long neck. Kirstie and her family take care of the creature, which their grandfather tells them is a Kelpie, also known as a Water Horse. As the creature grows they move it from the bathtub out to the goldfish pond, then into a small lake nearby, and eventually to his final home. This book is recommended for grades 3 and up.

The Water Horse is being made into a movie, which is currently scheduled to open in December. This is your chance to read it before everyone else hears about it and it becomes hard to find a copy available!

Dick King-Smith has written many other books for children, including Babe, the Gallant Pig, on which the movie Babe was based. So if you like The Water Horse, give some of his other books a try as well!

It's a Harry Potter Summer

The summer of 2007 is an exciting one for fans of Harry Potter.  Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts will soon be seen on the silver screen.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be opening at a movie theater near you on Wednesday, July 11. 

hpdeathlyhallows.gifThen on July 21, the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter saga will be released.  Everyone is speculating about how it will all end in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Advance sales of this book have broken all records.  The library currently has over 600 people on the waiting list for this hot new title.  If you want to get on the list, just call the library or place a hold through our library catalog.  The library will also acquire some limited loan/non-request copies.  If you're lucky, you may catch one of these on the shelf.

Do you have any theories on how the final book will end?  What do you think is going to happen?  Just click "Comments" below and tell us what you think.

Lloyd Alexander: January 30, 1924-May 17, 2007

Lloyd AlexanderLloyd Alexander, award winning author of more than 30 children's books, died last Thursday. His books included many stand-alone fantasy novels as well as three series: The Chronicles of Prydain, the Westmark trilogy and the Vesper Holly series. His final book, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio, is scheduled to be published in August.

Book Displays at Indian Creek

I love putting together book displays, but sometimes I get a little carried away, which is why we have four different book displays at Indian Creek right now!

Kevin

 

On our seasonal shelf we have books about Fantastic Fathers and Delightful Dads.

 

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Behind the children's desk we have books with red covers - Have you read a good book lately?

 

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  Against our big purple wall are books that ask questions.

 

 

And last, but not least, on top of our E Fiction section there are books about summer and winter. I just put up this display on Monday because it was so hot outside. The summer books remind me that it's supposed to be hot, but the winter books help me feel cool.

What a Coincidence!

There are quite a few children's authors who celebrate their birthdays in May. I was planning on doing a post on all of them, but then as I was going through the list I realized that six of them had won the Newbery Medal and four more were Newbery Honor winners! So if you would like to see a complete list of May birthdays, check out the link above, but here, instead, is a list of all of the Newbery Award winning authors who were born in May. Do you share a birthday with a famous author?

Newbery Medal Winners                     Newbery Honor Winners
Patricia MacLachlan (May 3rd)                       Mavis Jukes (May 3rd)
Eleanor Estes (May 9th)                                Zilpha Keatley Snyder (May11th)
William Pene DuBois (May 9th)                       Gary Paulsen (May 17th)
Irene Hunt (May 18th)                                  Arnold Lobel (May22nd)
Susan Cooper (May 23rd)
Scott O'Dell (May 23rd)                                

This is a great time to read a book by a new author, or rediscover one of your favorites! I particularly love Susan Cooper's books and highly recommend her series The Dark is Rising.

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