Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Time in the Children's Room!

Well, it's that time of year again, and our Holiday Book display is filled with books to help you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa---come and borrow some today!
I know that by Dec. 7, there are many of you who are finished with your holiday shopping---but for people like me, who are just starting (!!!) here is a short list of some of this year's new books that have proven popular with both children and adults:
For the youngest:
Mo Willems continues to be a very popular author, whether it's the latest Knuffle Bunny book (Knuffle Bunny Free) or the latest in the Elephant and Piggy series (Happy Pig Day!). His stand-alone title, City Dog, Country Frog, is a well-loved title, too. Other books we've really enjoyed at this level---Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray, The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner, 999 Tadpoles by Ken Kimura, and Press Here by Herve Tullet.

When it comes to chapter books, every child has a reading level and interests of their own, but here are some favorites from our new book shelves:
The Innerstar University books from American Girl are "choose your own adventure" stories for 7-9 yr. olds. Any Babymouse book is sure to be a hit, but there's a Babymouse Christmas story out just in time for the holidays! For the graphic-novel lover, Missile Mouse is a new series that has been flying off the shelf, and the Cupcake Diaries series capitalizes on the current cupcake craze in a way that our 3rd and 4th grade girls can't resist!

Some chapter books for older readers: Liesl & Po, by Lauren Oliver is a classic tale, with orphans, a wicked stepmother, ghosts, and magic. The Storm Runners series by Roland Smith is non-stop action--in fact, the last scene of book 1 is such a cliff-hanger, you'd better go ahead and buy book 2 while you're at it! Wild Wings by Gill Lewis, is a wonderful adventure that spans the continents.

When it comes to giving books as gifts, I often turn to the non-fiction shelves for inspiration---I know my kids love to spend some of that holiday down-time paging through a book that is full of facts and illustrations! Some of my favorites from this year:
Thunderbirds: Nature's Flying Predators by Jim Arnosky. The illustrations are breathtaking....enough said!
DK's Children's Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters and Zoom In, Zoom Out are guaranteed to provide hours of browsing among the factoids, illustrations, and photographs...
Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf by Olivia Bouler is an inspiring true story that anyone will enjoy reading.
Of course, this is just a sampling of the wonderful books that pass through our new book shelves each year, but I hope it gives you somewhere to start in your search for the perfect gift-book!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Cupcakes in the Children's Room!

On Thursday evening, we gathered in the Johnson Room for "Cupcakes and Covers", a combined book discussion/cupcake-walk! 10 children took turns talking about the cupcake-themed books they had read, and then explained the inspiration behind the cupcakes they had baked, decorated, and brought to share. Once the talking was done, we made a beeline for our favorite cupcakes, and started eating! Delicious!! And so much fun! I was glad that the kids had enjoyed the wonderful books that started the whole thing, and I was amazed at the variety of cupcakes they produced. We will definitely have to do this again....
In case you're interested, the books the children chose from were:
Cupcake by Charise Harper (a picture book--E)
Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes by Jane O'Connor (an early reader--ER)
Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer Holm (a graphic novel--J GRAPHIC)
any Cupcake Diaries book by Coco Simon (paperback series--gr. 4-6 J)
The Rule of Three by Megan McDonald (gr. 4-6 J)
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer (gr. 5-7 J)

Come to the Children's Room to find any of these books----and if you get inspired to bake, Miss Sarah and Miss Sue are always willing to sample!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


It's that time of year again--time for children all over the state of New Hampshire to vote for their favorite book from this year's Ladybug Award Master List. For information about the award, click here. There are ballots and a ballot box available in the Children's Room--all votes must be in by November 29!