It’s almost back to school — some for the first time. A new book to share with your little people just starting school is You’re Wearing That to School?! by Lynn Plourde and Illustrated by Sue Cornelison. Penelope the hippo is so excited to start school but her best friend Tiny the mouse tries to temper her enthusiasm, giving her suggestions for how to fit in on her first day. Luckily she doesn’t listen to him and finds her uniqueness, rather than being just like everyone else, is what makes friends. The last page includes tips to make children more comfortable on the first day of school.
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Making a drawstring bag is “not as easy as it looks” (p. 3), nor is making friends or learning Chinese. Anna Wang spends fourth grade escaping in books as she struggles to become more comfortable in her relationships and cultural identity. The difficult topics of friendship and divorce are tackled at a level that is appropriate for younger and older children alike. Black and white illustrations convey the emotion of the characters and highlight significant objects and book covers. A Pronunciation Guide offers the translation, transliteration, and Chinese character for significant vocabulary. Instructions for making a drawstring bag are illustrated on the back cover.
Just in time for Father’s Day we got in these new picture books:
We just got a couple of new lego books – with models and instructions for building your own.
Cool Robots by Sean Kenney
Cool Cars and Trucks by Sean Kenney
Here’s a a look back at Newark Library Children’s Services in 2012.
Here’s a list of the top circulating children’s new books at the Newark Library:
1. The demigod diaries by Rick Riordan
2. Who could that be at this hour? By Lemony Snicket
3. Farmer boy goes west by Heather Williams
4. Dark Lord, the early years by Jamie Thomson
5. Dead end in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
6. Ungifted by Gordon Korman
7. Neil Flambé and the Crusaders curse by Kevin Sylvester
8. One white dolphin by Gill Lewis
9. The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
10. The land of stories: by Chris Colfer
My favorite new picture book is I Need My Own Country! by Rick Walton. A little girl gets fed up with her brother and decideds she needs to create her own country — planning out everything from its name, flag, rules, and “other national things.” Part of being the President of her own country involves brokering peace with little brothers who bring chocolate cake, and changing the rules to make him part of her country, too.
For awhile now the library has circulated book group kits for adults. Each kit contains 10 books and a discussion guide and may be checked out for six weeks. Now we are offering children’s book group kits as well. Newark received three kits.
The Friendship Doll (4th grade and up)
“Throughout the twentieth century, Miss Kanagawa, one of fifty-eight dolls made to serve as ambassadors from Japan to the United States, travels the country learning to love while changing the lives of those who need her”
Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (2nd grade and up)
“When the first-graders’ bee antennae would not stay on their heads and the drummers would not stay in their seats for the open house play, Roscoe decides to help by using the “don’t-you-dare” glue”
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Sary Things (2nd grade and up)
“A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything”
Questions? E-mail Children’s Library Assistant, Tracy Dodge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first day of Autumn is Saturday and this fall is going to be a great season for book releases. I’m eagerly awaiting new books in many of the series I’m following.
Already available in the Alameda County Library system is Traitor’s Chase, the sequel to The Last Musketeer by Stuart Gibbs. I loved the time travel aspect of the first book after getting into the Missing series and can’t wait to read this lastest adventure.
When our Reading Club for 9-13 year olds (recently dubbed Fiction Addiction) read Found, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, last year, I promptly picked up the other three books in the Missing series: Sent, Sabotaged, and Torn. The fifth book, Caught, is currently on order in our catalog.
The most anticipated children’s book this Fall is Rick Riordan’s The Mark of Athena. The third installment in the Heroes of Olympus series, the sequel series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, already has over 200 holds on it, so be sure and reserve your copy today.
Although not a children’s book (or a series) this time, the new one by J. K. Rowling, Casual Vacancy, is also set to come out this Fall. It’ll be hard to follow Harry Potter and this new novel promises to be very different from the series we all know and love.
What new books are you looking forward to in the coming months? Do you have a favorite you’ve read recently, or a classic you come back to over and over again? Let us know by coming to the Newark Library and adding a leaf to the “Fall Into Reading” display in the children’s picture book section.
Goldilocks and Just One Bear is a fun twist on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. In this book Goldilocks and Baby Bear are all grown up. Bear gets lost and ends up in a big city. Scared and alone, he escapes the noise of the city in a nice high rise apartment, trying out the porridge, chairs, and beds. He wakes up when the daddy person, mommy person, and little person come home. Goldilocks, now married with a child of her own, and Bear recognize each other and share a bowl of porridge before Bear heads back to the woods.