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YES! WE ARE LATINOS

September 21, 2014

YES! WE ARE LATINOS By Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, pictures by David Diaz Voices! The power and pride singing throughout this book is felt in each of the thirteen distinctive narrative poems. Each poem is told in the first-person voice of a Latino child who introduces his or her unique cultural background […]

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You’ve Got a Friend…

September 18, 2014

 Stick Dog Chases a Pizza by Tom Watson is not your everyday book about friends. It’s fun through and through and features “Stick Dog,” as protagonist, along with a crazy crew of canines buddies – Karen, the dachshund who chases her tail, Stripes, the dalmatian, Poo-poo, the poodle, and Mutt who is, “you know, a mutt.” This follow-up to […]

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Librarian’s Corner: Picture Books for Greeting Friends Around the World

September 16, 2014

Kids love to learn words and phrases in languages that are not native to them. These three picture books will help early elementary schoolers learn to pronounce and translate greetings and phrases in a variety of languages from around the world. Madlenka by Peter Sis shows how one little girl explores a world of cultures […]

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Librarian’s Corner: A Comic-Book Guy, the Need for Diverse Books for Young People, and the Power of Lifting Off the Invisibility Cloak

September 14, 2014

During this year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington DC, graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang delivered a passionate speech. He spoke about the power of diverse books and comics, and engaging readers from any background. At the conclusion, his literary audience, not your typical comic book crowd, stood up and cheered. Yang is […]

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This Orq. (he cave boy.)

September 11, 2014

This Orq. (he cave boy.) written by David Elliott, illustrated by Lori Nichols (Boyds Mills Press, 2014) is the cutest-darn-story about two pals that I’ve seen in a long time . Elliott brilliantly captures the adoration and camaraderie between a boy and his pet wooly mammoth. Their friendship is utterly charming. Me like. Told in […]

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THE HAUNTED LIBRARY

September 9, 2014

THE HAUNTED LIBRARY PLUS A VERY SPOOKY #2 BOOK IN THIS SERIES: THE GHOST IN THE ATTIC By Edgar Award Winner, Dori Hillestad Butler Whoever heard of a friendship between a girl and a ghost? And who has been spooked at night, alone in bed, when sounds of creaking and someone moving around in the […]

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Maggi and Milo

September 7, 2014

In Maggi and Milo debut author Juli Brenning and illustrator Priscilla Burris explore the pleasant bond of friendship and the angst that comes about when a special friend is nowhere to be found. As the story goes, Maggi’s grandmother sent a frog hunting kit as a gift. Maggi and her trusty pup, Milo, set forth on […]

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