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Bink & Gollie stole my heart

We just got a new book at the library: Best Friends Forever.  It is the third easy reader book featuring Bink & Gollie.  My son has fallen in love with these books.  Each book has three parts featuring the adventures of these two friends.  Their personalities are hilarious and loveable — the illustrations perfectly capture their emotions.  I really love the vocabulary that they use, as well.  My son learned a couple of new words in each book.  Perhaps your family will like these books as much as mine does?

Best Friends Forever Two for OneBink & Gollie

The original Bink & Gollie title won the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award for most distinguished book for beginning readers in 2011.

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Bedtime Is Canceled by Cece Meng, illustrated by Aurelie Neyret is a delicious romp around a very popular topic, for kids.  What if bedtime WAS canceled?  Well, as Meng surmises, bathtubs would stand empty, teddy bears forgotten, and toys would be left out.

And the next day it got worse.  Tired moms and dads would walk around like zombies, teachers wouldn’t remember how to do math, and people would fall asleep in their mashed potatoes.

The illustrator, Aurelie Neyret executed the art digitally.  I appreciated that the artist showed modern ways to learn about the big news bulletin.  There’s the stand-by news broadcast and newspaper headline, but also includes phones and an iPad or tablet like device.  The news spread via email and computers, also.

I would use this story with children from Kindergarten to fourth grade.  It would be a terrific way to introduce class rules and discussion about why we have certain rules and what rules work best.  Teachers could use cause and effect with this title, it could generate quite a bit of conversation within classrooms.

Whether used in the classroom or at home, this story is such an entertaining read, I bet your children will want to read it again and again – right before bedtime, of course.

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bobWhat does “March Madness” mean to you? If you’d rather read than watch the latest basketball game, this blog post is for you! School Library Journal is hosting its annual Battle of the Kids’ Books, a month of “matches” between recent kids’ chapter books. Each match is judged by a children’s book author. 16 books, 1 winner! Just like in basketball, a roster is available for you to download and make your predictions!

Round 1/Match 1, judged yesterday, was between Bomb and Wonder. The judge, Kenneth Oppel, is the author of a number of books including the picture book The King’s Taster and the Airborn series. Click here to find out who he chose as the winner!

If you’d like to play along download the bracket here. Round 1 lasts until March 21. Once those battles are decided, the victors begin round 2. We’ll make a few posts with our predictions as the battles continue.

Match 2, March 13: Code Name Verity vs Titanic, judged by Margarita Engle

Match 3, March 14: Endangered vs Three Times Lucky, judged by Kathi Applet

Match 4, March 15: The Fault in Our Stars vs Temple Grandin, judged by Deb Caletti

See the full list here!

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Terrible Thing That Happened

Review submitted by Teen Advisory Board member Sarah H., age 11

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013, c2012.

I liked that, no matter what Barnaby went through, he wanted to go back to his parents. There are good people and bad people in the story. And, in the end, I like the choice that Barnaby made when he’s given the chance to be normal.

Summary: Barnaby Brocket is an ordinary 8-year-old boy in most ways, but he was born different in one important way: he floats. Unlike everyone else, Barnaby does not obey the law of gravity. His parents, who have a horror of being noticed, want desperately for Barnaby to be normal, but he can’t help who he is. And when the unthinkable happens, Barnaby finds himself on a journey that takes him all over the world. From Brazil to New York, Canada to Ireland, and even to space, the floating boy meets all sorts of different people–and discovers who he really is along the way. This whimsical novel will delight middle graders, and make readers of all ages question the meaning of normal.

Rating:  4/5

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Today the American Library Association announced the winners for a variety of book awards.  We’ve devoted a good deal of this blog in the past year to talking about new books and which ones we think will win awards.  Without further ado here is the list of winning books and honor books:

Randolph Caldecott Medal WinnerThis is Not My Hat written and illustrated by Jon KlassenThis is not my hat
space Honor Books: Extra Yarn written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, Green written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Creepy Carrots written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown, and One Cool Friend written by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by David Small

John Newbery Medal Winner –  The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
space Honor Books: Splendors and Glooms written by Laura Amy Schlitz, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage One and only ivan

Coretta Scott King Author Award WinnerHand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
space Honor Books: Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis, No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner –  I, Too, Am America written by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Bryan CollierI, Too, Am America, illustrated by Bryan Collier
blank Honor Books: H. O. R. S. E. illustrated and written by Christopher Myers, Ellen’s Broom written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Daniel Minter, and I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Martin Luther King, Jr. and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner – Up, Tall and High written and illustrated by Ethan Long
space Honor Books: Let’s Go for a Drive! written and illustrated by Mo Willems, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean, and Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover written and illustrated by Cece Bell

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book AwardBomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon written by Steve Sheinkin
space Honor Books: Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin written and illustrated by Robert Byrd, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 written by Phillip M. Hoose, and Titanic: Voices from the Disaster written by Deborah Hopkinson

You can find more book award winners if you click here.

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Gingersnap: Kid Review


Review submitted by Teen Advisory Board member Sarah H., age 11

Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2013

I liked that in this book family is a big thing, because to me families are important. I liked that, no matter what happened, Gingersnap had faith that her brother would come home from the war. I also liked that through hard times she made a new family.

Summary: When her brother Rob, a Navy cook, goes missing in action during World War II, Jayna, desperate for family, leaves upstate New York and their cranky landlady, accompanied by a turtle and a ghost, to seek their grandmother, who Rob believes may live in Brooklyn. Includes soup recipes.

Rating:  5/5

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On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we celebrated the Coretta Scott King Book Awards at the Allen County Public Library.  We held a mock election to choose our favorite African American illustrator who published a book in 2012 that demonstrates an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  (Those qualities are included in the criteria for the REAL Coretta Scott King Book Award, presented annually for outstanding children’s literature.)  Children voted Kadir Nelson the winner for his work illustrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech, “I Have A Dream.”  The children most frequently commented that they loved Nelson’s art because it was so “realistic.”


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