Happy D.E.A.R. Day!

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Apr 122013


D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read. National D.E.A.R. Day is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. The official event date, April 12th, is the birthday of author Beverly Cleary. Read all about D.E.A.R. here!

Mar 262013


Stephenie Meyer’s Alien Love Story

After her wildly popular Twilight series had teen fans crowding bookstores and theaters, Stephenie Meyer tried her hand at writing for adults with The Host, first published in 2008. Now The Host, a sci-fi thriller featuring a love triangle with only two humans involved (it’s complicated) comes to theaters on March 29 in a film adaptation written and directed by Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show). This story is vampire-free but it does have aliens–”souls” who have taken over Earth and captured humans to serve as host bodies for their occupation. Check out all the action–romantic and otherwise–in Meyer’s novel before the movie opens on the big screen later this month.

Mar 182013

March is Women’s History Month, and readers can mark the occasion by learning about two of America’s most adventurous women. In 1889 after Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days became popular, two publications sent female reporters on their own race around the world to beat the fictional record. In Eighty Days, Matthew Goodman recounts the frenzied journeys of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland and offers a fascinating look at life during the late 19th century. On a personal level, Bly and Bisland were a study in contrasts, but both were pioneering journalists who challenged gender stereotypes in the Victorian era.

Mar 062013

Caldecott 75

The Caldecott Medal has been awarded by the American Library Association since 1938 to the artist of the most distinguished picture book published in the United States in the preceding year. The 75th anniversary logo was created by Brian Selznick.

The Caldecott Anniversary Scrapbook is your ticket to a visual history of the honored award. The scrapbook’s timeline format highlights decades of Caldecott ceremony and celebration!

Feb 252013

In Help, Thanks, Wow, popular novelist and spiritual writer Anne Lamott offers three simple prayers that can make a world of difference in the life of a believer. In this slim volume (just over 100 pages) Lamott includes personal reflections and amusing anecdotes to illustrate her insights, celebrating the divine and explaining our need for a higher power. Her three “essential prayers”–seeking help and offering thanks and praise–will resonate with many readers during the Easter season.