The following are a couple of ideas that aren't yet in the Children's Library collection, but will be soon.
For parents who want to introduce their babies to the music they love, there are Rockabye Baby CDs. Imagine Aerosmith, The Flaming Lips, The Cure, Lady Gaga, and more played on the harp and xylophone. Ultra-soothing and enjoyable for both kids and adults.
It's A Little Book by Lane Smith is a conversation between two baby animals about what to do with a book: it's not for e-mailing or eating or building, it's for reading. Fun, tongue-in-cheek humor for kids and grown-ups whose lives are filled with technology. Check out the book trailer here. The original, It's A Book, is available at the library.
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And if you're interested in traveling to even more exoctic locations, we have The Lonely Planet Not-For-Parents Travel Book, featuring "cool stuff to know about every country in the world!"
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Scholastic recently reissued the first three Animorph books, about a group of friends who witness a strange light fall from the sky and are granted the power to transform into the most dangerous animals on earth. Their mission? To fight an evil alien plague bent on taking over humanity - from inside our bodies!
This was one of Miss Elisabeth's all-time favorite series when she was in elementary school, and she is thrilled to introduce this sci-fiction series to a new generation!
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Just in time for Halloween, I dedicate this Fantasy Friday to a classic of horror and fantasy - The House With A Clock In Its Walls.
Lewis is recently orphaned and on his way to live with an uncle he's never met before. He's also slightly overweight and slightly nerdy - the pages of his many books are stained with chocolate. He hasn't had the happiest or most exciting life and he doesn't expect that to change, ever.
Fortune seems to be favoring Lewis when it turns out that Uncle Jonathan is a magician. And not a parlor tricks kind of magician, but a real, live wizard! Lewis' new house is a strange and wonderful old mansion with hidden passages and trick staircases. In no time at all, Uncle Jonathan and the good witch next door, Mrs. Zimmerman, introduce Lewis to a fantastic world of adventures to different lands, star gazing, spells, and delicious chocolate chip cookies.
The one problem with Uncle Jonathan's house is the ticking clock hidden in the walls. It's a constant ticking that gets louder and faster every day. What is the clock ticking down to? Where in the house is it hidden? And will Lewis survive his encounter with the clock's diabolical creator?
Summer's over, but the books you liked reading then...now have sequels! Find out what your favorite characters are up to now: What kind of trouble is Squish getting into? What mystery will Bethesda solve now that she knows Ms. Finkleman's story? Find out by clicking on the link below.
Can't remember the booktalking books, take a look at the lists again here.
"It snowed right before Jack stopped talking to Hazel, fluffy white flakes big enough to show their crystal architecture, like perfect geometric poems. It was the sort of snow that transforms the world into a different kind of place. You know what it's like - when you wake up to find everything white and soft and quiet, when you run outisde and your breath suddenly appears before you in a smoky poof, when you wonder for a moment if the world in which you woke up is nt the same one that you went to bed in the night before. Things like that happen, at least in the stories you read. It was the sort of snowfall that, if there were any magic to be had in the world, would make it come out. And magic did come out."
Unfortunately, the magic that comes out of that wonderful, marvelous, story book snow is evil magic- in the form of The Snow Queen. She spirits Jack away from Hazel and everyone he knows into a deep, dark forest. And even though Jack has stopped talking to Hazel, she is still his best friend. Best friends save each other, no matter what.
This marvelous, magical retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen is a must-read for anyone who loves a heroic, epic adventure, dazzling fantasy worlds, and a character who's learning what it means to grow up.
After a fun and spook-filled Stories to Chill Your Bones, we felt it was appropriate to share some of the Children's Library's favorite books for the Halloween season.
Whether it's Nutmeg nominee authors Mary Downing Hahn and Cynthia DeFelice, who can both write suspensful fiction, or folk tales collected by Alvin Schwartz, there are many titles scattered throughout the Kids Fiction and Kids Nonfiction sections. Ask a children's librarian and they can surely show you their favorite spooky books. Snuggle up with a cup of hot apple cider and one of these titles, but prepare to be scared!
Princess Cimorene is bored. Unlike her perfect, preening princess sisters, she couldn't care less about dancing, protocol, or embroidery. She's bored silly by lessons on the correct volume a proper princess should scream when being carried off by an ogre. According to her parents, it's not proper for a princess to take cooking lessons from the castle cook, fencing lessons from the general of the army, magic lessons from the court magician, or Latin lessons from the royal librarian. The only thing Cimorene can do is sit and wait for the day of her arranged marriage to a handsome, boring, silly Prince Charming. And practice a princess-like scream for when those ogres come.
Then Cimorene gets a brilliant idea. If she runs away and becomes a dragon's princess, she won't have to dance, learn manners, or embroider ever again. Any dragon would be happy to have her. She wasn't snatched out of her castle like the normal dragon's princess. She actually wants to be there, and the dragon won't have to fight a knight to keep her or chase her if she runs away. Plus, she knows how to make delicious cherries jubilee.
Thrills, chills, witches, adventures with fire-proofing spells, evil wizards, and hypersensitive dragons abound in this hysterically funny story of a princes who isn't ready to wait for happily ever after.
If you're selecting books from our IRead section and you like books about magical events, places, and people, then this list is for you!