13 September 2018

4 Books About Vermont

From Dawn Till Dusk
written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, images by Mary Azarian

The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill
written by Megan Frazer Blakemore

The Two Brothers
written by William Jaspersohn, images by Michael A. Donato

Tricking the Tallyman
written by Jacqueline Davies, images by S.D. Schindler

08 September 2018

Jon Scieszka: An Appreciation

What can I say about Jon Scieszka that hasn't already been said?

I got to meet him once when I was helping with local arrangements for the Texas Library Association's annual conference. He was going to assist with the emcee duties for the Book Cart Drill Team Competition, and we were reviewing the way the event would go.

He was such fun!

There are people you meet and you instantly feel like you could be friends with this person forever. Jon Scieszka is like that. I don't remember if we were formally introduced or not. In my memory, he just showed up and joined this group of Texas librarians like he had been there for years.

I suppose, in a way, he had.

Librarians have rock star authors that we love for any number of reasons. One of the biggest reasons we love certain authors is that they love libraries and reading, too. Jon Scieszka is one of those authors. Like librarians, he knows there's a story out there for every reader--especially so-called "reluctant" boy readers. It's one of the reasons he started Guys Read.

Ultimately, though, his books are funny and customers love them. There doesn't need to be anything more than that. But the fact that there is? That's what makes Jon Scieszka a rock star.

03 September 2018

12 Books About Working #resist

A Handful of Stars
written by Cynthia Lord

A Visit to the Gravesens' Farm
written by Alice K. Flanagan, images by Christine Osinski

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
written by Michelle Markel, images by Melissa Sweet

Daisy Saves the Day
written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes

Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe
written by Deborah Blumenthal, images by Laura Freeman

Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman's Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights
written by Mary Cronk Farrell

First Day In Grapes
written by L. King Pérez, images by Robert Casilla

Harvesting Hope: The Story of César Chávez
written by Kathleen Krull, images by Yuyi Morales

Ice! The Amazing History of the Ice Business
written by Laurence Pringle

Kid Blink Beats The World
written and illustrated by Don Brown

Mama's Coming Home
written by Kate Banks, images by Tomek Bogacki

Night Shift
written and illustrated by Jessie Hartland

01 September 2018

9 Books by Jim Arnosky

Happy birthday, Jim Arnosky!

Coyote Raid in Cactus Canyon
written and illustrated by Jim Arnsoksy

Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth
written and illustrated by Jim Arnsoksy

Gobble It Up! A Fun Song About Eating!
written and illustrated by Jim Arnsoksy

Turtle In the Sea
written and illustrated by Jim Arnsoksy

Hidden Wildlife: How Animals Hide in Plain Sight
written and illustrated by Jim Arnsoksy

Crocodile Safari
written and illustrated by Jim Arnsoksy

Wild Ponies
written and illustrated by Jim Arnsoksy

Rattlesnake Dance
written and illustrated by Jim Arnsoksy

At This Very Moment
written and illustrated by Jim Arnsoksy