You may have noticed the two, small, blue portable file boxes on the floor near the desk in the Children’s area. In one you will find current and past winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and William Allen White awards – to name just a few. Other awards are more specific: the Scott O’Dell Award is for historical fiction, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is for books for Read More..
When I was in grade school I would faithfully watch the Mr. Wizard television show every week. I would gaze in amazement as he mixed beakers of liquid and they miraculously changed colors, or poured substances into a paper cone that would bubble, foam, and then harden into a solid Styrofoam shape. During that time period my father would often return from trade shows and tell Read More..
For over one hundred years Kenneth Grahame’s masterpiece, The Wind in the Willows, has held a special place in the hearts of millions of readers both young and old. For me, this cherished work of friendship set in a rapidly disappearing natural world has always stood alone – complete and perfect. Read More..
If you have visited the picture book section of the Children’s Library lately, you might have noticed that the books there are being reorganized into subject groups or “neighborhoods” such as Arts, Favorites, Growing, and Learning. This will help the library patron to easily find what they want by category first, then by author or name. Some titles will have special stickers Read More..
As much as I enjoy reading children’s literature, I equally enjoy re-reading those select novels that have had an especially profound effect on me. I’m referring to those rare gems that once discovered are never completely forgotten. For me they are classics such as The Lord of the Rings, Charlotte’s Web, The Wind in the Willows, and The Secret Garden, as well as many Read More..
Not too long ago a friend of mine approached me at the Children’s desk and asked if we had the book Tumtum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall. Who and who, I inquired. Tumtum and Nutmeg Nutmouse, he explained are proper, married mice that live in a thirty-six room mansion hidden in the broom cupboard behind a dresser in a tiny ramshackle cottage Read More..
Emily Jenkins’ timeless and endearing early chapter book Toys Go Out details the small adventures of three beloved playthings that belong to the Little Girl who sleeps on the high bed with the fluffy pillows. They are Lumphy, a tough little night-owl buffalo; StingRay, a know-it-all plush stingray; and Plastic, who is not sure what she is. In six related stories about identity, Read More..
Three hundred years ago a Scottish sailor named Alexander Selkirk was abandoned on a small, uninhabited South Pacific island off the coast of Chile. There he stayed for more than four years surviving on the local flora and fauna and keeping a watch out for friendly (British) ships. Once back home his story aroused great interest. Some even think Read More..
Enola Holmes (the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes) wakes on her fourteenth birthday to find that her mother, the unconventional Lady Eudoria Holmes, has gone missing. She has left Enola some intriguing gifts, though, including a book of ciphers and a volume on the meaning of flowers. In The Case of the Missing Marquess, the first novel in the fascinating six-part Read More..
True, it may be snowy and windy, but soon the drab shades of winter will be replaced with the vibrant colors of spring. The crocus are already beginning to bloom, followed shortly by quince, forsythia, redbuds and others. It’s time to get outside and get dirty – in the garden. Whether you have a large yard, a small balcony, or just a narrow window sill, there’s a garden Read More..