Friday, August 29, 2014

This Librarian's Quick Picks: Picture Books

Mix It Up!

by Hervé Tullet


“Tap that gray spot. Just a little, to see what happens.” Follow the directions and tap, rub, smudge, and shake to learn how different colors combine.

Why you'll love it:
  • the book’s design is effective and even intricate in the details: spatters of paint adorn the sides and corners of each white spread, adding an authenticity that readers will love
  • the text is spare yet inviting 
  • an effective presentation of basic color mixing, and great fun for paint lovers in places where paints can't be used
  • While the participatory nature may recall an app, nothing feels digital here; in fact, Tullet's paintings show paint texture so lusciously it's hard to remember that these are dry illustrations.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Long Time, No See

Well, it's been a year! There's no way I can catch you up on everything, so I'll hit the highlights.

We have a brand new media center! Check out the photos...

View of the picture book/fairy tales section.

Fun reading area by the front entrance to the library.

View of the library from the parking lot. (Like my massive dirt mound??)

No elementary library is complete without Skippyjon Jones.

We also celebrated Dot Day this year. My art teacher and I collaborated and co-taught classes all day. It was crazy, but very fun :)

I'll try to post more than once a year from now on!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

All Things Kid Lit: Zorro Gets an Outfit

Picture Book Pick of the Week:

 Zorro Gets An Outfit
by Carter Goodrich
Simon and Schuster, 2012

From School Library Journal:

As in the first installment, Say Hello to Zorro!,  the book is well designed, with ample white space surrounding the all-small-caps font and bright images. Whether shared one-on-one or as part of a dog-themed storytime, this book is sure to please existing fans of Mr. Bud and Zorro and create new admirers of these charming pups.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Back in the saddle again...

Sorry I haven't been around. After much deliberation, I've taken a new library media position back in my hometown in TN. I'm very excited, but also sad to leave so many great friends.

 I've been working on lots of fun stuff for my new (to me) library, and fellow library blogger Jo Nase (Book Bug) has been a lifesaver. She decorates her media center with a different theme each year, and this year's theme is all about Reading like a Rock Star!

Here's a poster I made up on Vistaprint to go along with the theme:

I love how librarians are so into resource sharing! I've learned so much from people I've never even met. 


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Books By Theme: Fairy Tale-ish Fiction

"The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in."

 -W. H. Auden

Come Fall
by A. C. E. Bauer

Foster kid Salman Page is starting seventh grade in yet another new school when he's assigned a "designated buddy," eighth-grader Lu-Ellen Zimmer. Past experience has made him distrustful, so he tries to avoid Lu at first, but Salman eventually becomes friends with her and another kid on the fringes, Blos Pease. The three of them deal with the ups and downs at Riverfalls Junior High together, little suspecting that the fairy Puck (who narrates many chapters of the book) is meddling in their affairs. Based loosely on Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, this absorbing mix of realistic fiction and fantasy "makes middle school feel like a trip through a dark and scary forest" (Publishers Weekly), but it has a triumphant, feel-good ending.

by Cornelia Funke

After his father goes missing, 12-year-old Jacob discovers that a mirror in his house is a portal to another realm -- the dark and magical Mirrorworld. For many years after discovering the portal, Jacob visits Mirrorworld and retrieves enchanted fairy-tale objects (such as locks of Rapunzel's hair) for profit, but when his younger brother, Will, follows him into the mirror, disaster looms. Reckless is sure to make fans of somewhat sinister, action-packed fantasy adventures (like Chris Wooding's Malice) shiver with glee. 

A Tale Dark & Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz

If you think of fairy tales as nice, pretty little stories to bore children to sleep with, A Tale Dark & Grimm will make you think again. Weaving the disturbing bits of several Brothers Grimm tales and plenty of his own mischief into a single story, author Adam Gidwitz tells his own version of the (often gruesome) adventures of Hansel and Gretel. Readers who enjoy wry humor, grisly horror, and interrupting narrators (à la Lemony Snicket) will be thrilled with this book -- and might also like the dark but less bloody stories in Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's collection Troll's Eye View.

Which fairy tale adaptations are your favorites?


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monstrosity Gazette

Bookish Quote of the Week:

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
 -Lemony Snicket

Today in Literary History:

On this day in 1816 the Shelleys, Lord Byron and entourage gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to tell the ghost stories that would trigger Frankenstein. The byways of literature being what they are, this most legendary of storm-tossed evenings has connections backwards to John Milton and forward to the language of computer programming.

For more, visit Today in Literature.

 Link of the Week:

30 books everyone should read before turning 30
Emily Temple writes: “Earlier this week, we stumbled across a list at Divine Caroline of 30 books everyone should read before they’re 30. We thought there were some essential reads missing, so we decided to put together a list of our own. We stuck to fiction and chose the books on a variety of criteria, selecting enduring classics, stories that speak specifically or powerfully to younger readers, and books we simply couldn’t imagine reaching 30 without having read.”...
Flavorwire, June 10; Divine Caroline, May 2010

Book I'm Eyeing this Week:

The Chaperone
by Laura Moriarty
Riverhead, June 2012

Summary in a Sentence:

Adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and her thirty-six-year-old chaperone have their lives changed on their visit to New York City in the summer of 1922.  

Read the Reviews: