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Fall Picture Books

posted by: September 25, 2017 - 7:00am

 

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After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat

What if you could no longer do what you loved to do? After Humpty Dumpty’s fall, he is afraid of doing what he once enjoyed -- perilous heights, bird watching from tall trees and climbing into bed at night. Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat brings us the story of Humpty Dumpty after his fall. Will he be able to overcome his fear?

 

Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Loren Long

This recently discovered story from Margaret Wise Brown was written in the same word pattern as her classic, Goodnight Moon. Little bunny embraces the morning with a "good day" to those he encounters and a subsequent "good night" when his day is done. While not a sequel to Goodnight Moon, it can be seen at an extension of it and is sure to please.

 

La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Jaime Kim

In a mostly wordless picture book, Newberry Medal winner Kate DiCamillo brings us the story of a girl who is searching for what we all want -- someone who understands us. A lonely girl sings “la,” but she hears no response and keeps trying until finally, the moon answers back. This is an inspiring story that is executed beautifully by the illustrator.

 

Robinson by Peter Sís

No matter whether you’re a child or an adult, it can be difficult being different. Peter and his friends love playing pirates and decide to all dress as pirates for a school costume party. However, Peter’s mother reminds him how much he loves Robinson Crusoe’s adventurous spirit and makes him a Crusoe costume instead. Much to the dismay of his friends, Peter wears the costume his mother made him, and this choice of his gets him teased for being different. The story is based on an incident from the author’s childhood.

 

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

A mouse is swallowed by a wolf and just as he thinks all is lost, he makes friends with the duck who is already there. In the belly of the beast, there are candlelight dinners and dancing, which gives the wolf a stomachache. Mouse and duck actually enjoy their new life inside, but it is soon threatened by a hunter who is after the wolf. They must all band together to save themselves and their new home.


 
 

Happy Birthday Waldo!

posted by: September 21, 2017 - 7:00am

Cover Art for Where's Waldo For 30 years, children have been trying to find Waldo. An anniversary edition of Where’s Waldo? contains all the fun of the original with new entertaining extras. Anyone who has found Waldo before will want to find him all over again because he's in a new place in every scene. And now readers can also search for his friends Woof, Wenda and Wizard Whitebeard, plus his arch-nemesis Odlaw. 

 

First published in the U.K. as Where’s Wally, when he crossed the pond he also got a new name. And that's not the only moniker the world traveler claims. For example, in Germany he’s known as Walter, in France he’s Charlie, and in Italy readers know him as Ubaldo. Look for Waldo to hit the big screen soon—maybe. A movie has been in development for years, but in 2016 it was reported that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were in talks with MGM to finally make the film a reality. Once you’ve found Waldo in the anniversary edition, be sure to look for him in all his books


 
 

Two Top Teen Titles for Fall

posted by: September 20, 2017 - 7:00am

 

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Release by Patrick Ness 

 

Adam needs to let go. Even though his new boyfriend Linus is just about perfect, he can’t seem to stop thinking about his ex, Enzo—and Enzo’s going-away party is that night. Adam’s brother just dropped a bombshell on the family, and Adam’s best friend Angela is moving to the Netherlands. His pastor father still can’t seem understand his son, and his creepy boss can’t keep his hands off Adam. But before he can deal with any of that, Adam needs to pick up the flowers. With nods to two classics—Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Judy Blume’s ForeverRelease, the new novel from Patrick Ness, is an experience in anticipation.

 

I Never by Laura Hopper 

 

Laura Hopper’s debut I Never brings Forever forward into the 21st century. Janey never has gone all the way, even though she’s popular, has good friends, is considering top colleges and runs track and is a star on the debate team. However, a devastating announcement from her parents throws her otherwise placid teenage life into a tailspin. When her classmate, dreamy Luke Hallstrom, notices her on a flight they coincidentally share back home after the holidays, Janey’s romantic life is set in motion. Teens will recognize themselves as Janey struggles with her identity as someone’s girlfriend, finding confidence and reveling in her own merits and deciding that age-old question—when to say yes. 


 
 

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

posted by: September 13, 2017 - 7:00am

 

Cover art for Matilda Beloved children’s author Roald Dahl was born on this day 101 years ago in Wales to Norwegian parents. Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II as a pilot and intelligence officer. His books for children and adults gained him celebrity, and he became an international best-selling author with more than 250 million copies sold worldwide.

 

Multiple movies, plays and musicals have been adapted from his books, gaining an ever-widening audience for these delightful stories filled with dark humor and evil adults. In 2013, new audio recordings of his works were performed by renowned British actors, including Kate Winslet, Miranda Richardson, Chris O’Dowd and Douglas Hodge. These outstanding audios are perfect listening for the whole family!


 
 

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The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones
In an unspecified future, citizens of the United States are forced to live in zones deemed safe from killer ticks. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except wealthy adventurers who pay to journey beyond the safe zones to experience wilderness and relics of the past. With clever world-building, great character development and a thrilling pace, The Salt Line is a gripping story of survival and humanity.

 

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history. Code Girls brings this riveting and vital story to life.

 

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
While the stories in this collection are all very different — with a variety of narrators, settings and time periods — they are all connected by one thing: the typewriter. Whether a casual aside or the main star of the narrative, a typewriter appears in each story, and they are all based on typewriters in Hanks' own extensive collection.

 

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
Astronaut Scott Kelly volunteered to spend a year in space and holds the record for the number of consecutive days spent in space; his memoir covers not only this trip and his previous trips to space, but also his life growing up and his thoughts about the future of space exploration. A fascinating look at an extraordinary life.


 
 

Upcoming Teen Titles

posted by: September 5, 2017 - 7:00am

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They Both Die at the End
By Adam Silvera
 

What would you do if you knew it was your last day on Earth? This is the question Mateo and Rufus must answer after they receive a call from Death Cast notifying them they will die in the next 24 hours. Strangers, they meet through the Last Friend app, where you can find a friend to share your End Day with. Though it's a serious question, Mateo and Rufus' answer is to set off on an epic adventure before their time is up.
 

Warcross
by Marie Lu
 

Warcross is more than just a game, it is a way of life. In New York City of the future, 18-year-old Emika is a bounty hunter tracking down Warcross players who illegally bet on the game. In need of money, Emika hacks into the Warcross world championship, she thinks she is going to be arrested but is contacted by the billionaire creator who wants her to expose a problem. Instead, she uncovers a conspiracy to destroy Warcross.
 


 
 

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