Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Quilt Walk


Title: The Quilt Walk
Author: Sandra Dallas
Illustrator: None
Category: Juvenile Historical Fiction
Pages: 213
Reading Level: Ages 10 - 13
Series: No
Reviewer: Sandy




Could you walk and quilt at the same time? And no shoes! Apparently that is exactly what some pioneer women and girls did in 1863 as they followed the wagon trains west.

Ten year old Emmy Blue Hatchet and her family make a grueling trip by wagon train from Quincy, Illinois to Golden, Colorado.  Emmy’s father decides that there is a good life to be made by opening a store for miners in Colorado.  He informs the family that they are to pack everything that they can fit into a wagon and leave friends and family behind to move.  The family encounters snakes, Indians, mud slides and other threats as they make the trip. The Quilt Walk is based on a true story and we see the role of quilt making in the lives of pioneer women—not just a quilt to keep you warm but a way of connecting with others  and having a community of friends.  The Quilt Walk was our Family Book Club choice for February. Fans of The Little House on the Prairie books will enjoy this historical fiction book.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Little Mouse Santi







Title: The Little Mouse Santi
Author: David Eugene Ray
Illustrator: Santiago Germano
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 32
Reading Level: K-2nd grade
Interest Level: 5-7years
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim


This cute new picture book is about a mouse named Santi whose only wish is to be a cat.  Yep that is right, a cat. He does not care that he would normally be a MEAL to a cat.  That is part of what makes this book so cute!  He practices everyday on how to be a cat.  He doesn't care what anybody thinks.  One day Santi finally decides he is ready to become a cat.  He carefully approaches a cat to ask him a very important question........... you will have to read this book to find out the hilarious results!


Books for Boys Ages 10–14



Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Dark Lady (Sherlock, Lupin & Me) by Iren Adler


The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

House of Robots by James Patterson


The Giver by Lois Lowry

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

The Paladin Prophecy (This book is for 6th grade and up) by Mark Frost

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann


Spirit Animals: Book 1: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1 by John Flanagan

Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ALA Award Winners 2015

The 2015 American Library Association Award Winners have been announced! And they are..........


John Newberry Medal for outstanding contribution to children's literature 
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander


Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children



Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson



Coretta Scott King (illustrator) Book Award
Firebird illustrated by Christopher Myers



Michale L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson



Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of disability experience
A Boy and A Jaguar written by Alan Rabinowitz illustrated by Catia Chen



Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences
All the Light We Cannot See  by Anthony Doerr 
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine
Confessions by Kanae Minato
Lock In by John Scalzi
The Martian by Andy Weir
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults 

H. O. R. S. E. A Game of Basketball and Imagination produced byChristopher Myers and narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers.

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Viva Frida illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Pura Belpré (Author) Award honoring Latino authors whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience:                                                                                                                             
I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín, illustrated by Lee White 
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:               
Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:                                                                                                       
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D., illustrated by Kristyna Litten 
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book.                                        
You Are (Not) Small written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant
To see the full list of winners and honorees, check them out here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

If You Like Frozen....



 If you're a fan of Disney's Frozen then you'll love these great Frozen books and read-a-likes.


Board Books
Ladybug Girl Ready for Snow by David Soman
Olaf adapted by Courtney Carbone
Kristoff & Sven adapted by Courtney Carbone
Anna adapted by Courtney Carbone
Elsa adapted by Courtney Carbone

Beginner Readers
A Tale of Two Sisters by Melissa Langonegro
Olivia and the Snow Day adapted by Farrah McDoogle
Ana's Best Friends by Christy Weber
Winter Wishes by Apple Jordan

Picture Books
Anna's Act of Love and Elsa's Icy Magic by Lisa Marsoli
The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton
Frozen by Art Mawhinney
Willow and the Snow Day Dance by Denise Brennan-Nelson
Frozen by Bill Scollon
A Sister More Like Me by Barbara Jean Hicks
The Snow Queen: A Retelling of the Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Anderson
Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols

Fiction
The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis
Snow Princess by Ruth Sanderson
The Wide Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
Ella Enchanted the  by Gail Carson Levine
Winterling by Sarah Prineas
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
The Kingdom Keepers Series by Ridley Pearson

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mrs. Julie's Favorite Picture Books of 2014 (at least the ones I could think of)

Okay, these books are in no particular order and I know that as soon as a post this list I will think of a million more amazing books. But here a few that I can think of that just really made my day. Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite books of 2014!

This Book Just Ate My Dog –Seriously Clever 

This is a moose by Richard T. Morris – So funny
Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker –Heart warming and very relateable
Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton -Please check out every book of his!!!
The Book With NoPictures by B.J. Novak –and now for something completely different!
When the Wind Blew by Alison Jackson - Once upon a windy day!
 Hands and hearts by Donna Jo Napoli –In love with this!
 Quest by Aaron Becker –So cool you’ll look at it again and again to find new bits.
 Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett – It’s Mac Barnett so you know you will love it!

Waz Dot? By Michael Slack Read this like a robot!
 Hug Machine by Scott Campbell – Hilarious
 Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece by Patricia Polacco – Teachers are amazing!
 I’m My Own Dog by Ezra Stein – Doggone cute! 
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginably Friend by Dan Santat –Imaginary friends have problems too.
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli –What happens when you swallow a seed?!
 Circle Square Moose by Paul O. Zelinsky – This shaped up to be a great book.
 Flashlight by Lizi Boyd – Clever and different.





Friday, January 16, 2015

Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Illustrator: None
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 223
Reading Level: Ages 11 - 14
Series: No
Reviewer: Sandy


Imagine a perfect society with no pain, no war and no illnes. Sadly, this is a world without color, memory or family connections as well. Lois Lowry wrote this controversial and thought provoking book in 1994 and it was chosen as the Newbery Award Winner.
At the annual Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is assigned the job of Receiver and will be working with The Giver,who holds all the memories of their society. It is a very heavy burden and as he transfers good and bad memories to Jonas, Jonas begins to realize what it means to have no choices. He also finds out that some people are "released" when they are very old or as infants who don't seem to fit into their rigid society.  Jonas comes up with a plan to escape and take a small child ,who is to be released, with him. This book was our Family Book Club choice for January.