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Linda C.

Poetry Outside the Box

Move over, budding poets, a new poet is in the house! Karma Wilson, best known for her outstanding picture books (Bear Feels Sick, etc.) has written a delightful poetry book entitled Outside the Box.  Not only is Outside the Box a very entertaining read, the illustrator is Caldecott Honor winner Diane Goode.   Read More..


Take a hike!

Looking for a fun activity this summer that doesn’t cost a lot of money?  Find a nature park and look for its trail system.  Maps are usually available at the visitors’ center.  What a wonderful way to spend the day —hiking on a nature trail, finding all kinds of treasures along the way.  One of our nation’s most popular and renown hiking trail Read More..


The Cart That Carried Martin

April 4, 1968 is a date that will live in history as a day that changed the world. That day the world lost a great leader. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The world was shocked, and mourned the loss of such an amazing man; a man who had led the struggle to end injustice for all people. Read More..


Odd Weird & Little

Patrick Jennings has done it again! How could he write a more delightful book than Guinea Dog, winner of our own Kansas William Allen White Award as well as many other honors from various states.  But he has written another endearing novel titled Odd Weird & Little. You just want to hug it — have you ever hugged a book? Read More..


Bob Books

When asked by patrons for a suggestion on a good beginning reader book, I always recommend Bob Books.  From the feedback I’ve received from parents, children love them.  Bob Books are designed to provide the path for children ready to take their first steps into reading. The stories are simple enough that children feel very successful and say with delight, “I read the whole book!” Read More..


Discovering a Favorite Author

Who is your favorite author or do you have several on that list?  You know, the ones you just can’t wait for their next book to be published.  Quickly becoming one of my favorite authors is Helen Frost.  I simply love her books, especially since most are written in my favorite style – novels in verse (I actually wrote about this in one of my previous posts).  The first title I read was Diamond Willow, Read More..


February – Black History Month

What do you think of in February? Valentine’s Day? Presidents’ Day? Those are great and honorable occasions, but for me February signals Black History Month.

A new addition to our large collection of books about black history is The Girl from the Tar Paper School by Teri Kanefield, the true story of Barbara Rose Johns Read More..


Paperboy: a Newbery hopeful!

Victor is like most eleven year old boys in 1959.  He loves baseball and friends.  He has one handicap, however: he stutters.  Then he takes over his best friend’s paper route for the month of July. This is the beginning of Paperboy by Vince Vawter, a book worthy of a Newbery Award, in my opinion. For Victor, the people he meets on his route challenge his speaking ability, but  Read More..


No one comes home

No one comes home.

That is what they told me.

No one.

Once you go to the white man’s land,

that is where you stay. Read More..


Books in Verse

One of my all-time favorite genres in literature is the verse novel or book in verse. Verse novels often tackle difficult subjects and are far from boring. In fact, they are usually a faster read than prose and very hard to put down. One more page, then one more page leads to the novel’s end rather quickly. These are good for reluctant readers, Read More..