Archive for the ‘Chapter Books’ Category

So You Want to Be President?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

It’s impossible to escape from election fever with candidates campaigning regularly in Ohio. Here are some fun books to answer kids questions and curiosity in a non-partisan way!

Cover of Grace for President

Enjoy the irresistible energy of Grace in Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio. When Grace learns that a woman has never been president of the United States, she sets out to change that, running for class president. Even the Electoral College is explained in a very straightforward way.

Cover of Bad Kitty for President

Not to be left out, Kitty runs for President of the Neighborhood Cat Club in Bad Kitty for President.  Is she the purrrfect candidate!? Along the way terms like caucus, primary, endorsement and others are explained, along with kissing babies, grassroots campaigning, the role of money and the media, and the perils of mudslinging.

 Cover of So You Want to Be President?

So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George presents an entertaining glimpse into the president’s lives. “The President never has to take out the garbage.” And “You probably weren’t born in a log cabin. That’s too bad. People are crazy about log-cabin Presidents. They elected eight.” David Small’s cartoon style illustrations (think caricatures!) are a highlight of this Caldecott Award winning title.

Cover of Vote!

A brief history of voting rights is presented in Eileen Christelow’s Vote!  Who has the right to vote? Who decides?

Cover of Those Rebels, John & Tom

Can two people who seem to be polar opposites get along? Find out in Those Rebels, John & Tom  by Barbara Kerley. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson could not have been more different. One short, the other tall; one who loved to debate and could speak for hours on end, the other quiet, preferring to write out his arguments. But united by a common cause, these rebels were instrumental to the formation of our country.

Enjoy learning about history, presidents, and don’t forget to exercise your right to vote this November!


Celebrity sightings coming to a bookshelf near you….

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

You may have grown up with picture books by Jamie Lee Curtis and you may be familiar with Madonna‘s English Roses series (12 books and counting!) and you may have read a book by Jay Leno, Tiki Barber, Julianne Moore, or even the Duchess of York (aka Sarah Ferguson).

Who are these guys?  They are people who have made names for themselves as comedians, sports figures, actors or, in the case of Sarah Ferguson, by marrying a member of the British royal family.  So guess who has written his first fantasy novel?

Kurt Hummel.  That’s right, Chris Colfer, the actor who plays Kurt Hummel in Glee has written his first book! And it’s one he’s been working on since he was TEN YEARS OLD.

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Alex and Conner Bailey get a special present from their grandmother for their 12th birthday–a book called The Land of Stories that has been in the Bailey family for a very long time.   The twins are surprised that she has decided to pass it on to them–but not half as surprised as they are when they discover that the book is a portal into a world where familiar fairy tales are true!

Ready to find out what happens?  The Land of Stories hits the shelves July 17, 2012.

And to top it off, the Olympics are exactly 16 days, 1 hour and 11 minutes away (and counting).  While you’re waiting, for the Opening Ceremony on July 27,  why not check out Go-for-Gold Gymnasts, a new series by Olympic gold medalists Dominique Moceanu and Alicia Thompson?

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Reserve it!

This series follows the ups and downs of the members of an elite gymnastics team; each book focuses on one of the team members.  Dominique was the youngest member of the U. S. Olympic team to ever win gold.  She was 14 at the 1996 games in Atlanta, Georgia.  I was surprised to learn that she lives in the Cleveland area, right here in Ohio!

Lastly, for you basketball fans, check out Amar’e Stoudemire’s new series, STAT – which stands for Standing-Tall-And-Talented.  The first book comes out in August.  Amar’e is the captain of the New York Knicks!

Coming soon

Amazing who you’ll meet on our shelves – come check ‘em out!

Review from Tween ARC: Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Wondering what new book to be on the lookout for?

 Check out Emily’s review of Charlie Joe Jackson’s guide to not reading:

Charlie Joe Jackson ( or Charlie Joe ) is in middle school. But, believe it or not he has only read one book in his entire life! When his only source to complete his schoolwork tattles, Charlie Joe finds himself in a major pickle. In this hilarious tale involving position papers, bad books, tons of tips, cute crushes, and bad backstabbers, you will laugh your head off and fall in love with the character and the book.

Ages: 9-14

Some bad words!

Other recommendations:
Toby recommends the graphic novel: Marvel 1602

Cailin enjoyed the suspense and mystery surrounding: The Visconti House

Emily recommends Printz Award winner: Shipbreaker

Kailey recommends: Clara Lee and the Applepie Dream


 Flint Heart (New Katherine Paterson, coming soon)

Cailin can’t say enough good things about the amazing: Wonderstruck (New Brian Selznick coming soon)

Robert couldn’t put down: Gregor the Overlander (it’s a series!)

And Cailin also enjoyed: Skary Childrin and the carousel of sorrow
(New–In Process)

Stay tuned for more recommendations from the ‘Tween ARC club. By the way, if you’re in 4th or 5th grade, and LOVE to read and talk about books…there’s room in the ARC! Register on-line!

And the winners are…

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the children’s literary award winners for 2011!

Newbery Medal

Or check out winners & honor books from past years!

Caldecott Medal

Or check out winners & honor books from past years!

Coretta Scott King Award

Or check out winners from past years!

Best books for trasitioning readers

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Transitioning from easy readers to chapter books can be really scary!  It’s so comfortable in the reader room — it’s a relatively small collection, and if your child is ready to transition they can probably read everything in the room.  Stepping into the chapter book room, where the vast majority of the collection is above your child’s reading level, can feel like being thrown into the swimming pool before you know how to swim!

We know your pain, and we’ve created a section just for you!  Just outside the reader room, you’ll now find the First Chapter collection, designed specially to help kids transition from easy readers to chapter books. 

If you’re still stumped, try the five finger test and check out our tips for choosing books for kids.

39 Clues Live Webcast Today!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Into the Gaunlet, the final book in the 39 Clues series is being released today!  If that’s enough to send your kid into a fit of manic giggles, you’ll want to read on. 

Today at 4:00, all seven of the 39 Clues authors will unite to present a live webcast and answer real readers’ questions!  The group will offer behind-the-scenes information on the Cahills, provide insight into their favorite parts of the clue hunt, and even reveal new information! 

Click here for more information or to view the live webcast.  It’s free!  And if you can’t make it live, don’t fret — it will be available for replay immediately after the event.



Read This! The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Homer P. Figg and his big brother Harold are alone in this world.  Homer’s father died before he was born.  His mother passed away when he was just a young sapling of a boy leaving Homer and Harold at the mercy of their uncle Squinton Leach, the meanest man in Maine.  (Ooooh, Squinton Leach.  Just writing down his name gives me the shivers. )

Squint’s meanness reaches a new level when he sells Harold to the Union Army in place of a rich man’s son.  When Homer finds that the enlistment isn’t legally binding because Harold is underage, he knows he has to rescue his brother.  His journey includes (but is not limited to) getting swindled, being kidnapped once or twice, starring in a traveling show as a vicious pig boy, a balloon ride, and a final stop at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Don’t let the goofy cover of this Newbery Honor Book fool you — this humorous book doesn’t gloss over the ugliness of war.  Homer sees the front lines, and he doesn’t like it one bit.  Still, Homer’s ability to spin a yarn will entertain just about every reader.

Summer Reading is Upon Us!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

It’s finally summer!  Yippee!  Time for lazy days at the pool, family vacations, and non-school-required reading! 

Need help getting started?  Check out our suggested books for: reading aloudbabies, toddlers and preschoolers; very beginning readers (kindergarteners); readers who are moving up (first grade); second graders; third graders; fourth graders; fifth graders; middle schoolers; and teens.

And don’t forget to come to our Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party this Thursday, June 10th from 9:00 — 5:30.  We’ll have balloon animals, face painting and jugglers! 

Don’t worry, even if you miss the party, you can still sign up for the SRP anytime starting Thursday.  With programs and prizes for pre-readers, kids, teens, and adults, we’ve got something for everyone!

Read This! The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

Miss Penelope Lumley is hired right out of school (Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females) to work as governess for Lord and Lady Ashton.    She is looking forward to starting her job, but nobody will tell her about the children until she discovers them on her own—in the barn, howling like dogs!  It’s then she learns that she has been hired to “civilize” these kids, who have been raised by wolves (really, they howl, bark, and chase squirrels!). 

The book is a cross between Jane Eyre and Lemony Snicket—with emphasis on the Snicket—and is, pardon me, a howl!   Warning: nothing is neatly tied up—the book ends with a cliff-hanger.

More new chapter books!

More of Miss Susan’s favorite books!

Classics for Kids!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

You read it — and loved it — when you were a kid.  (Heck, maybe your mom read it, too!)  Don’t worry, your kids won’t think it’s lame.  Classics never get old!

More classics for kids!