Tween Recommended Reads
It might be the end of August, summer reading is over and school has not yet started, but we still need to keep our kids reading! Sometimes it can be hard to keep tweens interested in a good book. Lucky for us the good folks at the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) created an eclectic list of great books perfect for the tween reader. If you are in need of some book recommendations for your 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, then go to http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/Tween13_RecReadsList.pdf for a pdf version of this list.
2012 Favorites from Miss Carol
Anybody who knows me knows that I love children's books. One of the favorite parts of my job is looking at all the new books as they arrive at the Library. I enjoy looking at the new artwork, the new stories. I like thinking how I can use the new picture books at storytime or which of my young friends would enjoy the new chapter books. So when a new book catches my eye as being "extra special" I take note.
Take a look at my new booklist with all my favorite finds from 2012. You will find it on the Library's webpage under Kids Booklists or just follow this handy dandy link! You never know, you might find a new gem as well.
August 26 is National Dog Day! Get a start on celebrating a day all about our favorite canine friends with some great books from your library. Young or old, here are some favorite dog reads: Get a head start on National Dog Day Read more
Children's Choice Book Awards
When I was a child in elementary school and junior high, I loved participating in the children's choice book awards brought in by my school librarians. I would read the books that interested me, cast my vote, then wait to see if my favorite book won the award. I know these reading programs introduced me to books I probably would not have read otherwise. So now as an adult, I am a big fan of these book awards. The elemenatary school children of our area can participate in three children's choice awards. A few weeks ago the winners of these awards were announced. Check out these great books. The children of Washington state (and beyond) think these books are tops this year!
2011 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award winner (from the Washington Library Media Association): Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larsen, and Mary Nethery (also available as a Playaway)
2011 Young Reader's Choice Award winner junior division (from the Pacific Northwest Library Association): Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi