Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Paws to Read: Stories About our Furry Friends

This week, I am sharing picture book stories about cats and dogs.  Here are a few of my favorites . . .

Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond
While Charlie, a sleepy basset hound, tells about the busy life of a ranch dog, his best friend Suzie, a Jack Russell terrier, is getting the work done.

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
George finds it hard to be a good dog when there are cats to chase, flowers to dig up, and a delicious cake sitting on the kitchen table.

Hero Cat by Eileen Spinelli
A cat gives birth to a litter of kittens in an abandoned building that catches fire while she is out searching for food.

The Doghouse by Jan Thomas
Cow, Pig, Duck, and Mouse are afraid to retrieve their ball when it goes into the dog's house, but when they do go in they are pleasantly surprised.

Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani
A group of cats sleep and play, until they decide to start stacking and unstacking.

More Books --
10 Little Hot Dogs by John Himmelman
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Be Gentle with the Dog by Matthew Baek
Black Cat, White Cat by Elise Broach
Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee
Carl at the Dog Show by Alexandra Day
Cat Nap by Toni Yuly
Cat Napped by Leeza Hernandez
Cat Tale by Michael Hall
Circle Dogs by Kevin Henkes
City Cat by Kate Banks
Dog in Charge by K.L. Going
Dogku by Andrew Clements
Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison J. Murray
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure
I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein
Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett
My Bus by Byron Barton
No Dogs Allowed! by Sonia Manzano
Not Afraid of Dogs by Susanna Pitzer
Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli
Opera Cat by Tess Weaver
Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby
Painter and Ugly by Robert J. Blake
Police Cat by Enid Hinkes
Rrralph by Loi Ehlert
Some Cat by Mary Casanova
The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
That's My Dog! by Rick Walton
There Are No Cats in This Book! by Viviane Schwarz
Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino

Check these books out on display at the Arnold Branch through March 30, 2018.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is the world famous author of children's books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and James and the Giant Peach.  But he started out as a young boy growing up in Wales and England.

In this memoir, the author recalls stories from his childhood including his time at boarding school, his summer vacations in Norway, and his large family of brothers and sisters.  The stories are interesting and humorous.  Dahl does a great job of highlighting how things have changed since the 1920s and 1930s when he was growing up.

I would highly recommend this biography for anyone who has enjoyed Dahl's stories for children.  It is a great audiobook for those who would like to listen to the stories.  It is narrated by Dan Stevens, the Beast in Disney's live-action movie Beauty and the Beast.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Remembering World War II: The Holocaust, The Fight, The Homefront

This week, I am sharing teen books set during World War II . . . .

Annexed by Sharon Dogar
Retells the story of Anne Frank from the perspective of Peter, who overcomes an initial loathing for the precocious young diarist before falling in love with her and questioning his faith in light of frightening persecutions.

Invasion by Walter Dean Myers
Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry were friends in Virginia, but now that they are both involved in the Normandy invasion, the differences in their positions is uncomfortable, for Josiah is a white infantryman and Marcus is a black transport driver, the only role the segregated army will allow him.

Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
Her life turned upside-down when a Japanese internment camp is opened in their small Colorado town, Rennie witnesses the way her community places suspicion on the newcomers when a young girl is murdered.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes
Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.

More Books --
Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin
B for Buster by Iain Lawrence
Escaping Into the Night by D. Dina Friedman
The Extra by Kathryn Lasky
Fly Girl by Sherri L. Smith
For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Four-Four-Two by Dean Hughes
Girl in the Blue Coat by Karen Hesse
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonia Iturbe
Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali
Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
The Right Fight by Chris Lynch
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Shanghai Shadows by Lois Ruby

Check these books out on display at the Arnold Branch through March 23, 2018.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Searching for Lost Treasure

Finding the perfect book to read can be like going on a treasure hunt.  You must take the time to search out just the right book.  This week, I am sharing some chapter books featuring treasure hunts in them. 

The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson
When his gift for pickpocketing is noticed by the mysterious Finn Argos, Colm begins training to become a member of Thwodin's Legions, a strange group of warriors, mages, and hunters who search for treasure.

The House of Arden by E. Nesbit
After the presumed death of their long-absent father, Edred inherits the title of Lord Arden and moves with his sister Elfrida into the decrepit family castle where they find an ancient spell that conjures up the magical Mouldiwarp and, with his help, set off on a journey through time in search of the lost Arden treasure.

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Following clues left by their missing father, twelve-year-old twins Bickford and Rebecca Kidd sail from the Caribbean to New York City with their siblings to finish the dangerous quest of their world-famous treasure-hunting parents.

Finders Keepers by Shelley Tougas
In Wisconsin, ten-year-old Christa and eleven-year-old Alex team up to search for the lost treasure of Al Capone near where Alex has just moved into his grandfather's house and Christa is spending what may be her family's last summer in their cabin.

More Books --
The Adventures of TinTin by Alex Irvine
Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
Fish by Gregory Mone
Little Wolf: Terror of the Shivery Sea by Ian Whybrow
The Lost Cipher by Michael Oechsle
Snarf Attack, Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life by Mary Amato
The Sultan's Tiger by Josh Lacey
Ticket to India by N.H. Senzai
The Treasures of Weatherby by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Treasure of Savage Island by Lenore Hart
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania Del Rio

Check these books out on display at the Arnold Branch through March 16, 2018.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

Charlie and Mouse are two brothers having fun at a neighborhood party, trying to make some money, and going through their bedtime routine.

This easy reader is the winner of  2018 Theodor Geisel Medal for best beginning reader of the year.  It is a great for a child just starting to read chapter books.  While the book features two brothers, it's a good story for both boys and girls with its all inclusive neighborhood of friends.  Also, make sure to really look at the photos as background images add extra humor to the stories.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Celebrate Black History Month!

Today I am sharing some great picture books to read for Black History Month.  Here are a few of my favorites . . .

The People Could Fly: The Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton
In this retelling of a folktale, a group of slaves, unable to bear their sadness and starvation any longer, calls upon the African magic that allows them to fly away.

Let Freedom Sing by Vanessa Newton
Adapts the lyrics of the song "This Little Light of Mine" to a look at how African-American men and women have let their own lights shine to make a better world.

Happy to Be Nappy by Bell Hook
Celebrates the joy and beauty of nappy hair.

Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson
In 1847 St. Louis, Missouri, when a new law against educating African Americans forces Reverend John to close his school, he finds an ingenious solution to the new state law by moving his school to a steamboat in the Mississippi River.

More Books --
Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds
A Band of Angels: A Story Inspired by the Jubilee Singers by Deborah Hopkinson
The Beatitudes by Carole Boston Weatherford
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story by Julius Lester
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Bring on That Beat! by Rachel Isadora
Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by  Janice Harrington
Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
Flossie & the Fox by Patricia McKissack
Goggles by Ezra Jack Keats
I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes
Just Like Josh Gibson by Angela Johnson
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia McKissack
Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest
The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes
The New Person by Lauren Child
The Piano Man by Debbi Chocolate
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller
Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Jangles -- Think of That! by Leo Dillon
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
Sister Anne's Hands by Marybeth Lorbiecki
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson
Uptown by Bryan Collier
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka

Check these and more picture books for Black History Month out on display at the Arnold Branch through March 9, 2018.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Truly, Madly in Love

As Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought this week I would share some of my favorite teen romances . . .

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year.

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.

Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block
A young woman, Psyche, searches for her lost love and questions her true self in a modern retelling of Greek myths.

Things I Know About Love by Kate Le Vann
Seventeen-year-old Livia Stowe travels from England to Princeton, New Jersey, to visit her brother who is studying there and to celebrate her recovery from a year-long struggle with leukemia, and while she is there she writes a blog about her experiences, which include falling in love.

More Teen Romances --
After the Moment by Garrett Freymann-Weyr
Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
A Little in Love by Susan E. Fletcher
Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Openly Straight by Ben Konigsberg
Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
September Girls by Bennett Madison
Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli
Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
Through to You by Emily Hainsworth
Unlovely by Celeste Conway
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

Check these books out on display at the Arnold Branch through March 2, 2018.