Friday, January 30, 2009

Check Out the 2009 Newbery & Caldecott Medal Winners!

2009 Newbery Medal Winner
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gamain

Newbery Honor Books:
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

2009 Caldecott Medal Winner
The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson

Caldecott Honor Books
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee
How I Learned Geography, written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant

Friday, January 23, 2009

Book Review - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Thirteen-year-old Isabel is finally going to be free. Her master promised that when she died, all of her slaves will be released. Isabel is excited to start her new life of freedom. She wishes her mother lived to see it, but knows that her and her sister, Ruth, will make the most of their new found freedom. Little does Isabel know that her master’s son is not planning to let them go. He is planning to sell them to a wealthy and malicious New York couple. With war on the horizon, Isabel will have to fight to keep her and her sister together and attain freedom, even if it means spying for the patriots and putting her life at risk. Anderson does a fantastic job of taking the reader back to Revolutionary War days as seen through the eyes of a young slave girl. If you like Anderson’s book Fever 1793, you should definitely give Chains a try!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Only 3 Baby Lap Time's Left!!

Saturdays, January 10 – 31 & February 7
10:30 am
A special program for babies ages birth – 18 months with their caregiver. Enjoy 15 minutes of songs, stories and lap rhymes followed by free play time for you and your child.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Book Review- Bone: Crown Of Horns Book. 9 by Jeff SMith

The wait is FINALLY over, the tale of Bone his crazy cousins, Thorn and Rose is coming to an end. Will the war ever end? Will the Locust win? What about the Ghost Circles? Will Bone decide to stay with Thorn and not return home with his cousins? All that and more are answered in this volume of Bone.
This may be the end of Bone and Thorn's story but you can always relive this exciting adventure.

Bone Series:

Out from Boneville
The Great Cow Race
Eyes of the Storm
The Dragonslayer
Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border
Old Man's Cave
Ghost Circles
Treasure Hunters

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Book Review- Open the Door to Liberty! by Anne Rockwell

Have you ever herd of a Caribbean island called St. Domingue? Or heard of a man named Toussaint L'Ouverture?
"Many brave and remarkable people came before us. Those who helped us become the best we can be should never be forgotten. One such hero was a black man with a French name who was born a slave on an island in the Caribbean Sea. We don't hear much about him today, but what he did changed his world and ours. He opened the door to liberty for black people everywhere. His actions helped make the United States the world power it is today." And this book is his story one that many if not all should know.