This Week @ Story Time

Friday, September 27, 2013

What we read:

Little Listeners:
Ten Clean Pigs/Ten Dirty Pigs written by Carol Roth
and illustrated by Pamela Paparone
written by Christine Loomis and illustrated by Pat Dypold
Story Time:

Click Clack, Moo Cows That Type written by Doreen Cronin
and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
The Cow Who Clucked written by Denise Fleming
Duck on a Bike written and illustrated by David Shannon

Night Owls:

We also read Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type! In addition, we read...

Barnyard Banter written and illustrated by Denise Fleming

Cock-a-Doodle-Moo written and illustrated by Bernard Most

Caldecott 2014: Early Predictions

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The chill of fall is in the air and in library land that means that book award season is not far off.  In the children's department, we love to try to predict the award winners before they are announced. Despite our best efforts we are usually surprised by the winners.  Some books get a lot of buzz leading up to the awards while others are the quiet underdogs of the book world.  Already, there are books showing up on every one's must-read list as potential Caldecott (the award for illustration) winners. Here are a few of our favorite picture books we think the committee might be considering:
The Dark written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Klassen won the 2013 award for This is Not My Hat.  Winning again this year would mean he would become the second winner to win two years in a row. The husband and wife team, Leo and Diane Dillon are the only others, winning in 1976 and 1977.

If You Want to See a Whale written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin Stead. She won in 2011 so it's a long shot but the illustrations are as fabulous as ever. 

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild written and illustrated by Peter Brown. He won an honor award last year and he ups his game in with this one!

Moonday written and illustrated by Adam Rex.  The illustrations seem to glow and the book evokes that dreamy, half-asleep feeling.  It's just lovely.

Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler.  The delicate illustrations reflect the gentleness of this tale.  And check out the pretty end papers!

We'll be back with more Caldecott contenders to discuss.  But we want to know what you think.  Any predictions? Favorite picture books so far?  Leave us a comment!

Lego Club September 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thank you to everyone who came out to build Legos with us last weekend! We apologize for getting these pictures up a little late: it was a busy week in the Youth Services department at CHPL! Enjoy these pictures of the awesome robots and other structures the kids built this September.

This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What we read:

Night Owls and Storytime:
Smash! Crash! written by Jon Scieszka
and illustrated by David Shannon, Loren Long, and David Gordon
The Seals on the Bus written by Lenny Hort
and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Truck Stuck written by Sallie Wolf and illustrated by Andy Robert Davies

Little Listeners:
Row Row Row Your Boat as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani
Trains Steaming! Pulling! Huffing! written by Patricia Hubbell
and illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy


This Week @ Story Time

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This week in Night Owls, Little Listeners, and Story Time we read:

A Frog in the Bog written by Karma Wilson
and illustrated by Joan Rankin
Alligator Boy written by Cynthia Rylant
and illustrated by Diane Goode

 Mama Don't Allow written and illustrated by Thacher Hurd
I'd Really Like to Eat a Child written by Sylviane Donnio
and illustrated by Dorothee de Monfreid
In the Small, Small Pond written and illustrated by Denise Fleming

Book Buzz September, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013

Beholding Bee
by Kimberly Newton Fusco
Twelve-year-old Bee is an orphan with a large birthmark on her face. She's been on the road with a traveling carnival ever since her parents were killed in a car accident when she was a baby. She's looked after by her beloved Pauline and by Bobby the pig man, but she longs for a place to call home. When Pauline is sent away to work at a different carnival, Bee is left alone. She knows it's time to flee and with the help of the mysterious Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter (who only Bee can see), she starts to build the home she's always longed for. This was a great book about tolerance with both historical and supernatural aspects. Alia (J Fiction)

Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace
by Nan Marino
Young rock star Elvis Ruby, a pop icon and reality TV star, is hiding out. His father has brought him to live and hide in the Pinelands of South Jersey with his aunt and cousin who run The Pancake Palace. He’s on a break from the reality show he had been on and he is being hounded by the paparazzi. He now goes by the name Aaron and he is trying to blend in, but it is challenging. He meets quiet Cecilia and he tries to keep to himself, but she is inquisitive and doesn’t leave him alone. Kristin (J Fiction)

The Center of Everything
by Linda Urban
Realistic fiction fans take note—this book is a win! Although it is not packed with action, it will appeal to older elementary and middle-grade readers. This book takes us through a few days in the life of Ruby Pepperdine (as well as several memories over time) and is beautifully written. Fair warning: this book can be slightly emotional. Ruby is trying to put all the pieces of her life back together after the loss of her grandmother. The Center of Everything is a touching book with some sweet, funny moments—and if you like books that “make you think,” this will be a good fit. I also think fans of When You Reach Me will like this! Cassie (J Fiction)
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