Newark Library Blog

You’re Wearing THAT to School?! by Tracy
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Book Review, books, children

wearing that to schoolIt’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.


New Picture Book: I Need My Own Country! by Tracy
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:44 pm
Filed under: Book Review, children, Libraries, Newark

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.

Fall Into Reading by Tracy
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 1:04 pm
Filed under: Book Review, books, children, Libraries, Newark

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.

One of the most popular series for kids is the 39 Clues. The follow-up series, Cahills vs. Vespers, is proving to be just as popular. If you want to read book 4, Shatterproof, place your hold now.

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 by Tracy
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 4:11 pm
Filed under: Book Review, books, children

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.

Take Your Mama to Work Today by Tracy
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 11:21 am
Filed under: Book Review, children, community

Today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with the theme “Build Opportunity: 20 Years of Education, Empowerment, Experience.”

The new picture book, Take Your Mama to work Today, by Amy Reichert is the perspective of one little girl who visits her mother’s office for the day and “helps out.” The results are both sweet and funny. The pictures by Alexandra Boiger do a great job of capturing the innocence of Violet’s attempts to help and the exasperation of the adults around her.

Big Nate Goes for Broke by Tracy
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 2:33 pm
Filed under: Book Review, children

Nate Wright is back and funnier than ever in the fourth installment of the Big Nate series, Big Nate Goes for Broke by Lincoln Peirce. Who said getting detention is bad? For Nate, it led to the idea for starting the Doodlers cartooning club at P.S. 38 Middle School; now he and his friends have a place where “drawing cartoons is what you’re supposed to do.” That should keep Nate out of trouble, right? Ha! Not before he makes a new friend, “goes for broke,” and challenges P.S. 38’s rival Jefferson Middle School’s winning streak in “the Ultimate Snowdown.” Will creativity beat perfection? Read the book to find out!

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2012 Caldecott Books by Tracy
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Book Review, books, children

The Caldecott Medal is awarded every year to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

This year’s winner, A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka, became an instant favorite the first time I saw it. The illustrations tell the story (there are no words in this book) of Daisy and her favorite toy, perfectly capturing the emotion of this little dog and her ball.

This year’s honor books are:

Blackout by John Rocco. When everything electronic shuts down on a hot summer night, the family in this book rediscovers the joy of spending time with each other and their neighbors. I love how the little boy refuses to let things go “back to normal” when the lights come back on; it really captures the wisdom of childhood and what we can learn by returning to simplicity.

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith. The illustrations in this book tell the story of a little boy’s great-grandfather through sculpted shrubs. They capture the imagination with the garden design and the beautiful green hues.

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell. This book illustrates the life of famed anthropologist Jane Goodall and her stuffed chimp Jubilee as she decides growing up to dedicate her life to studying animals in Africa. I love the impact of turning the last page to find a picture of Jane’s “dream come true.” This story is an inspiration to all children to follow their dreams.

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