Staff Picks - Our Favorites for 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
(Picture Book)
Bomb: the Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
(J NF 623.4 She)
Temple Grandin: How the Girl who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery (J Bio Grandin)

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (YA Fiction)
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (YA Fiction)
Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim (YF Graphic Novel)
Zorro Gets an Outfit by Carter Goodrick (Picture Book)
You are Finally Here! by Melanie Watt (Picture Book)

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (YA fiction)
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (J Fiction)
Unspoken by Henry Cole (Picture book)
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett  
(Picture book)
Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett (Picture Book)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (YA fiction)
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Picture Book)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (J Fiction)

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (J Fiction)
Scat by Carl Hiaasen (J Fiction)
The Red Blazer Girls: Ring of Rocamadour
by Michael Beil  (J Fiction)
Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael Beil
(J Fiction)
King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige by Wes Tooke (J Fiction)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (J Fiction)
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (J Fiction)


Wonder by R.J. Palacio by (J Fiction)
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (J Fiction)
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
(J Fiction)


My Weirder School Book Signing!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Stop at The Book Swap in Haddonfield  this Saturday from 12:30 - 3 p.m. to pick up one more stocking stuffer.

Dan Gutman will be on hand to sign copies of his latest My Weirder School book... before its official release!

WHAT: Dan Gutman early release book signing

WHEN: Saturday, December 22
12:30-3 p.m.

WHERE: The Book Swap, 134 Kings Highway, Haddonfield NJ

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What we read:

Little Listeners:
Sally and the Purple Socks written by Lisze Bechtold
Ducks Don't Wear Socks written by John Nedwidek
and illustrated by Lee White

Story Time:
Too Many Toys by David Shannon
I Must Have Bobo by Eileen Rosenthal

Caldecott Infographic

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Parents, kids, teachers, and librarians,
you are invited to attend our
2013 Mock Caldecott
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
7p.m. - 8 p.m.


2012 Best Books Round-up

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ah, it's the end of the year and that means it's it's booklist time.  Check out the following links for the best books from 2012!

Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2012

School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2012

New York Times Notable Picture Books of 2012

ALSC's 2012 Notable Children's Books

Goodread's Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade and Children's Books of 2012

This Week @ Story Time

What we read:

Little Listeners:

Truck Stuck written by Sallie Wolf and illustrated by Andy Robert Davies

The Seals on the Bus written by Lenny Hort and illustrated by G. Brian Karas

One Tractor: A Counting Book written by Alexander Siy and illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Story Time:

Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Tim Bowers

Punk Farm by Jarrett J Krosoczka

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes written by Erioc Litwin and illustrated by James Dean

Book Buzz, December 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
One morning Liza’s little brother Patrick wakes up changed.  The light behind his eyes has been snuffed out and he is no longer her grubby, pancake loving brother.  The grown-ups don’t notice anything wrong, of course.  But Liza knows what’s happened.  The spindlers, spider-like creatures who steal children’s souls, have gotten Patrick. She tries to tell her parents but they just accuse her of making up stories.  So, Liza sets out on her own to save her brother. With only a broom for protection she travels Below to challenge the Spindler Queen.  Will she be able to save her brother or will she lose her own soul to the spindlers? Alia (J Fiction)

The Secret Cellar by Michael D. Beil
Those Red Blazer Girls are at it again.  Not a month goes by without them finding themselves in the middle of a great mystery.  When Sophie goes to an auction to bid on a pen for a Christmas present, she has no way of knowing that was going to open up a HUGE mystery for the RBG to solve.  Mystery, theft, deceit, intrigue…they’re all here in this fourth book in the Red Blazer Girl Series.  Jacquie (J Fiction)
Bomb is a non-fiction account that reads like a fast-paced thriller. Right away, you are plunged into the action as a man runs around his house destroying as much evidence as possible before FBI agents arrive at his door. As you soon find out, this man is only a small player in the United States’ quest to build the first atomic bomb and the Soviets’ quest to steal information, but every player matters. The book, written in narrative style, moves from the desert of Los Alamos to the mountains of Norway and many places in between, telling this gripping tale of science, deception, and power. Meghan (J Non-Fiction)

by Jane Schoenberg
In this sequel to The One and Only Stuey Lewis, third-grader Stuey is ready for anything.  Each chapter is a short story involving Stuey, his brother Anthony and his classmates over the course of his year in third-grade.  Firsts, he hatches a plan to help his class visit space with the help of his dad. Next, Anthony and Stuey take their first airplane ride to visit their father in Georgia, and there are a few bumps along the way.  To celebrate Mother’s Day the boys work hard to find a perfect way to treat their mother, on a limited budget.  Lastly, Stuey’s class has a pet show, which is a challenge since Stuey is the only kid without a pet.  Kristin (J Fiction)

Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Racing in the Rain is the perfect book for any dog or animal lover. Told from the family dog Enzo's point of view, this story is about Denny, a racecar driver, his wife Eve and their daughter Zoe. After Eve gets sick, Enzo and Denny use what they have learned from countless hours watching car races and driving around the track to bring their family back together. This story is about the strength of family and the friendship between a man and his dog.  Lindsey (J Fiction)

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