Librarians like to talk about good books. In fact, its one of our favorite ways to pass the time! Right now, the Children's Librarians are talking about a great new work of fiction for our 4-6th graders. If you like mysteries and independent kids, then the we have a new book for you -Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage.
Three Times Lucky comes with a lot of Newberry buzz and starred reviews. It's a book about luck and a book about mysteries - three mysteries, in fact. The main character, Moses "Mo" LeBeau washed up on shore as a tiny baby during the last major hurricane to hit the town of Tupelo, North Carolina. No one knows who she is or where she came from. That's the first mystery. Mo is adopted by a mysterious man who also came to Tupelo Landing the night of the hurricane. Known as The Colonel, he opens up the only cafe in town with Miss Lana. No one knows who The Colonel is or where he came from either. That's the second mystery.
But the third mystery is the biggest mystery of all. Someone seems to be killing the customers at The Colonel's cafe. With the help of her best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, can Mo find out the connection between herself, The Colonel, and the murders before the next big hurricane comes to Tupelo Landing?
Sometimes in the Children's library, we find books we love so much that we pass them around the office like a special type of candy bar. Last week, Miss Marian talked about one of those books, Liar and Spy. This week, the librarians are talking about Summer of the Gypsy Moths!
Summer of the Gypsy Moths is a new middle-grade book by beloved IRead author Sara Pennypacker. Sara's Clementine series was already a huge favorite of the Children's librarians, but her new book is for older readers, grades 4-6. It follows the adventures of two very different girls thrown together under very difficult circumstances.
Stella is living with her Great-Aunt Louise for the summer in a big house on Cape Cod. An independent survivor, Stella won't be at Louise's for too long, she's sure. As soon as her mother stops wandering, Stella will go home. Angel is also an independent survivor, and she's also living with Louise. She's a foster child, but she's sure won't be at Louise's for too long either. As soon as her aunt finds work, Angel will go home. When tragedy comes unexpectedly, will Stella and Angel be able to work together and survive?
A one-eared boy, pirates, and a family secret...if you have a taste for adventure and the unusual, check out The Unfortunate Son by Constance Leeds.
Luc has always sensed that his father despises him and prefers his younger brothers, but he's never known why. His father's cruelty drives him away, to the small, but welcoming cottage of a fisherman, Pons, and his family. In the seaside town of Mouette, Luc finds a warm home and great skill as a fisherman (Pons swears Luc's presence seems to draw the fish in). He forms a close relationship to Beatrice, the beautiful daughter of a disgraced knight, and spends his days with her and his beloved dog, Cadeau.
One day while they're out fishing, Luc is captured by buccaneers and sold as a slave in Tunisia. His flaw, having only one ear, makes him less valuable, except to an old surgeon, who begins to teach him Arabic and medical skills. Luc becomes a part of Salah's household, joining the grumpy dwarf servant, Bes, who loves teasing and harassing the new boy. Although, Luc adjusts to life in northern Africa, he can never forget his life in Mouette and longs to return. Back in France, Beatrice and Pons uncover the secret of Luc's past and use this knowledge to try to bring him home.
This is a great book for older readers (5th grade and up) who enjoy complex, character-based tales. A super choice for middle school students who need to read fulfill a genre requirement--it's historical fiction!
The Children's library got a GIANT shipment of brand new books today! From two new Wimpy-Kid read alikes to mysteries, spies, and a new series recommended by Rick Riordan, the Children's Library has a new book for you!
We also have brand new picture books listed here.
Check out the list of new Kids Fiction below!
We got so many new books this week, we had to share them with you! Whether you like bunnies with blankets, new orange sweaters, dragons who love tacos, or dancing chickens (who doesn't?!), we've got a book you will love.
For more great picturebooks, take a look at our Booktalking picturebooks on display across from our Poetry section.
The Kids Advisory Board has selected their top books of all time. There's a mix of popular series, realistic fiction, adventure, and fantasy for all different genre lovers. Much deliberation occurred over the creation of the booklist, and KAB members hope to provide some possible reading suggestions for the summer.
The Kids Advisory Board is made up of kids ages 9 to 12 from Darien, who hold seasonal meetings to discuss the Children's Library's collection, programs, furniture, and other relevant topics. They also have the opportunity to read and review ARCs for the Library. ARCs are advanced reader copies of books that are sent to libraries before they are published.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Kids Advisory Board for next year, please email the children's librarians at email@example.com.
On Tuesday, May 15 the Library and Darien Public Schools presented a program entitled, "Reading Well and Reading That Matters: What Teachers Are Doing At School And What Parents Can Do At Home To Engage and Energize All Young Readers."
Education consultant, Ginny Lockwood, guided parents on how to make reading a shared, enjoyable, and lifelong experience. Ms. Lockwood provided parents with information on how to select books and how to practice dialogic reading.
This is a booklist of titles presented at the event, as well as other "short stories with illustrations," in the Library's collection.
You probably know Children's Library favorite Jerry Spinelli from his Newberry Award winning Maniac Magee, or his Newberry Honor winning Wringer. You might be a fan of his YA book Stargirl and its sequel Love, Stargirl. Now he's back with his newest book, Jake and Lily, about twins who have a special ability.
Jake and Lily were born 11 minutes apart on a speeding train deep under the mountains in Colorado. As twins, they share an extremely special bond that they refer to as "Goombla." Jake knows when Lily is in trouble. Lily knows where Jake hides when they play hide and seek. Since the year they turned 6, every night before their birthday they sleepwalk to the train station in town and wake up at 3 a.m. in their bare feet and pajamas, sitting on a bench outside.
But things are changing. Jake doesn't want to hang out with Lily as much. He'd rather be with the boys in the neighborhood. Lily feels their Goombla slipping away. Lily's not sure she can convince her brother to hold on to their special connection much longer. What will life be like without Goombla?
Cornelia Funke's new novel Ghost Knight was just released. One of our Kid Galley Bloggers wanted to share their review of this new fantasy read.
I loved Ghost Knight because it combined medieval fantasy and ghosts. I thought it was well written, and the characters developed very nicely.
photo courtesy of Flickr user Eddie~S
A recent article in Parenting magazine offered the following 3 Step process for parents:
Step One: Find out what's going on. Get the facts and reassure your child that you will both work together on a solution.
Step Two: Help your child figure out how to respond. Some responses include:
Step Three: Take action yourself. Set up a meeting with the teacher, parent, or caregiver.
One of the hardest things for a child to learn is how to stand up for what's right, even in the face of possible scrutiny or embarassment.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has a kid-friendly website called Stop Bullying Now that features info, games, quizzes, and webisodes all designed to address the issues of bullying , offer meaningful discussion starters, and help promote positive ways of combatting this childhood problem. Check out this video featuring the character Melanie and her struggle with a friend who is a known bully.
It can sometimes be hard to tell if childhood squabbles are simply "kids being kids" or if there is a more serious problem.
Stop Bullying Now offers the following advice to parents:
The Children's Library also offers some great books for both children and parents on the subject of bullying. These are a few of our favorites: