Staff Picks

Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013

bookcoverIn this first volume by Bill Willingham entitled Legends in Exile, you are introduced to fairy tale, legend, lore, literary and storybook characters from your childhood.

Showers, Rabbits and a Multi-lingual Chicken

Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013

april showers by george shannonBegin Spring by reading a story about a sure thing: Showers in the month of April.

George Shannon with illustrators Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey create a chorus of dancing frogs exhorting the joys of getting soaking wet.  Although the frogs “do what’s right” and ‘play by the rules,” danger lurks when a snake comes shimmering by.

Read April Showers and discover a surprise for both reader and frog.

Mermaids, ducklings and secluded coves

Published on Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mysteries like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have led to a boom in Scandinavian fiction for adults.  But what about fiction for children?  In this installation of Reading Through Time and Space, we will travel to a peaceful, misty country made up of one peninsula and 443 islands.  It's the home of Legoland, Viking festivals and delicious smørrebrød sandwiches -- that's right, Denmark!

Staff recommendations

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

w.dclibrary.org/node/34688#overlay=node/34688/revisions/111137/editWas it the cover illustration or the title, Defending Jacob, that drew me to this book?  The description on the inside of the front jacket promised a suspenseful mystery full of guilt, betrayal, a father's fierce loyalty and his love for his son.

'Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle, and Shake'

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

CD cover for Jazz for KidsJazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle, and Shake is a family friendly jazz compilation that will appeal to adults and kids of all ages.  It includes familiar favorites like “Old McDonald” and “The Muffin Man” alongside lesser known delights such as “Rag Mop” and “Doop-Doop-De-Doop.”  It is a great collection to teach children about jazz and a few of its famous musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. 

Self Help Book Recommendation

Published on Monday, April 1, 2013

Let Go Now: Embracing Detachment book coverLet Go Now: Embracing Detachment by Karen Casey is an informative and practical read, if you wish to take time for yourself and develop a sense of inner peace.

Introducing... Aldo Zelnick!

Published on Friday, March 29, 2013

Aldo Zelnick is a fifth grader, an artist, and a collector of words. He keeps track of the events of his life in a journal, where he draws funny cartoons and confesses his innermost thoughts. Each of his journals focuses on a different letter. So far, there are seven books in the series.

They are written by Karla Oceanak, illustrated by Kendra Spanjer, and published by Bailiwick Press. Click the titles below to see each of the Aldo Zelnick books in the library's catalog.

Find them at the Tenley library in the children's fiction section, under J Oceanak.


Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013

bookcoverThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a New York Times bestselling book. It's definitely worth opening up and reading and you don't have to be a serious book lover or an adult to do it.

'Great Wall of Lucy Wu'

Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Great Wall of Lucy WuWendy Wan Long Sheng’s  The Great Wall of Lucy Wu  is a familiar-feeling story of Lucy, a sixth-grade Chinese American who loves basketball. Lucy is looking forward finally to a perfect year — she’s out from under the shadow of her beautiful and flawless older sister who has gone to college.  She has her own room now and she is looking to find her own identity. 

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