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.

Beautiful Creatures

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Feb 152013

A family secret, a teenage romance and the battle between good and evil converge in Beautiful Creatures, the YA crossover hit by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  The film adaptation opened February 14. Ethan Wate is counting down the days until he can leave the small Southern town of Gatlin–but he has a change of heart when Lena Duchannes, literally the girl of his dreams, arrives. Lena, a witch, or castor, as she calls herself, is counting down the days until her 16th birthday, when her soul will forever be claimed for evil or good. Before you see the film, check out the book and get the scoop on these Beautiful Creatures.

Time for Romance

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Feb 052013

Who needs a real-life Valentine when Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly have provided readers with a fictional one in their new novel The Husband List? This historical romance, set in New York City during the Gilded Age of the 1890s, follows American heiress Caroline Maxwell’s quest to find a husband. Caroline can’t seem to resolve her desire for love and adventure with her mother’s hope that her daughter will land a titled husband. When handsome Irish-American Jack Culhane returns to town, Caroline decides that Jack is the man she must marry–no matter what her mother does to oppose the match.

Jan 312013

This Is Not My Hat

The 2013 Caldecott Award winner is This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. The medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Five honor books were also named.