Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells! New Christmas Books!

The Best Christmas Ever- by Sylvia Green -When Puss's owner, Jenni moves to the city, Puss doesn't like it and decides to move back to the country. They manage to find each other just in time for Christmas.

The Very First Christmas- The Beginner's Bible

The Wonder Pets Save the Reindeer! - Oh, no! One of Santa's reindeer is stuck in the ice! The Wonder Pets must travel to the North Pole to save her so Santa can deliver all of his presents. Will they get there in time? Join Linny, Ming-Ming, and Tuck on this special Christmas Eve rescue mission!

Mrs. Claus Explains It All-Every year millions of letters to Santa reach the North Pole. Many are requests for presents. And many letters have questions about Santa, the elves and workshops, the reindeer, and, of course, the North Pole.Now Mrs. Claus has her own gift for you - for the first time ever, she's taking a break from her very busy schedule to answer real questions from children of all ages. Join her on a tour of the North Pole and learn some of the best kept secrets of Christmas from the person who knows it all - Mrs. Claus! How does Santa get into my house if we don't have a chimney? What is Santa's favorite kind of cookie? Where do elves come from? Can all reindeer fly? Beautifully illustrated by David Wenzel, bestselling illustrator of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, this picture book reveals the answers to the questions children always ask - and they're all answered by the woman who knows the most: Mrs. Claus!

Thomas' Christmas Delivery-It is Christmas eve, and Thomas wishes he was safe and warm in his shed with the other engines. But Thomas is a Really Useful Engine and has several important deliveries to make. Will he get home in time to make sure his stocking has been carefully hung? And when a big blizzard blows up, Thomas fears that Father Christmas may not find the engine shed at all. The Reverend W Awdry first started telling his young son tales of Thomas, Percy and the other Really Useful Engines in 1944. In 1945, he started writing the tales down, and upon their publication they were immediately embraced by train lovers in Great Britain and worldwide. Before his death in 1997, the Reverend wrote 26 volumes of stories that continue to thrill generations of young readers.

Holly the Christmas Fairy by Daisy Meadows - Theres trouble in Fairyland again. Jack Frost has stolen Santas sleigh with three special gifts on board. Without them, Christmas could be ruined. Can Rachel and Kirsty save the day, with a little help from Holly the Christmas Fairy?

The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald - Stink wants snow for the holidays but it hasn't snowed on Christmas in Virginia in more than a hundred years. Will the new mailman, Mr. Jack Frost, be able to make his wish come true?

Bear's First Christmas by Robert Kinerk - When a young bear is awakened from his winter nap by a mysterious sound, he makes new friends and discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

When Santa Lost His Ho! Ho! Ho! by Laura Rader - As word spreads around the world that Santa has lost his famous laugh just before Christmas, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and the reindeer all try to help but it is a drawing from a little girl that does the trick.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell! - by Lucille Colandro - This time, the hungry old lady swallows a bell, bows, gifts, a sack, a sleigh, and some reindeer! She's about to swallow a candy cane for dessert, when she hears a jolly "Ho! Ho! Ho!" Santa Claus is waiting for a ride! Watch what happens when she whistles, with amazing results! With rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of a classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page--a fun story for Christmastime! This is a wonderful companion to Colandro and Lee's other Old Lady books!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Fiction!

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo-Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

Bed, Bats and Beyond by Joan Holub- It's dawn and time for bats to go to bed, but Fang's brother Fink can't sleep. Soon the whole family tries different bedtime stories to lull Fink to sleep.

Nikki and Deja Birthday Blues-

As her eighth birthday approaches, Deja's biggest concern is whether her father will attend her party, until her aunt is called away on business and a classmate schedules a "just because party" on the same afternoon.

The Smallest Girl Ever; The Boy Who Could Fly by Sally Gardner- Two stories about children who, after enduring difficulties in life, develop magical powers that improve their lives immeasurably.

Bird by Rita Murphy -A GIRL EASILY carried off by the wind. An elderly widow whose husband died under strange circumstances. An isolated dwelling that breeds fear. Miranda has no recollection of where she came from-only that years ago, a gust of wind deposited her outside Bourne Manor. The Manor's sole inhabitant, Wysteria Barrows, took Miranda in and promptly outfitted her with special boots-boots weighted with steel bars to keep her anchored to the ground. But aside from shelter and clothing, Miranda receives little warmth from the aging widow. The Manor, too, is a cold place, full of drafts and locked doors. Full of menace. Full of secrets. Then one day a boy named Farley appears. Farley helps Miranda embrace her destiny with the wind . . . and uncover the Manor's hidden past.
Sword of Waters by Hilari Bell-"I'D LIKE YOU TO FIND THE SWORD FOR ME. DO YOU THINK YOU COULD HANDLE THAT? " Arisa isn't certain how to respond when her mother, the Falcon, formerly a dangerous bandit but now lord commander of the army and navy of Deorthas, entrusts her with this extremely special mission.Everything changed for Arisa when she and her friend Weasel stumbled upon the ancient shield rumored to bestow power upon whoever holds it. With the shield, the Falcon was able to gain her new station, bringing Arisa into a world of royalty Arisa isn't even sure she enjoys. Now the Falcon wants Arisa to get close to young Prince Edoran, and join with Edoran and Weasel to search for the legendary sword that matches the shield. As Arisa's search progresses, however, she realizes she may be in danger from a deadly stranger. Worse - she and her friends may be in even graver danger from someone they know all too well! Critically acclaimed fantasy author Hilari Bell continues the captivating trilogy begun in Shield of Stars with another thrilling, surprising, and wholly satisfying novel.

Theatre for Young Audiences - A collection of plays, many of which are based on favorite children's tales, including such titles as:"Charlotte's Web," "Really Rosie", "Wiley and the Hairy Man", "Wise men of Chelm, ""and "The Crane Wife."

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Beautiful New Books!

No Babysitters Allowed- Hopscotch is a very brave young rabbit until his parents go out and leave him with a babysitter.

When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat- When a young girl dances with her mother to a Louis Armstrong record, she wonders about thenonsense words she hears him singing. Scat? she asks. What's that? The answer comes to her in her dreams, when the great Satchmo himself arrives to teach her how tosing about any old thing, even bubble gum!Coupled with colorful and explosive illustrations that perfectly capture the exhuberence of jazz, thisbeautiful story is sure to inspire readers to sing out loud!

One is a Feast for Mouse- On Thanksgiving Day while everyone naps, Mouse spots one pea, a perfect feast, but he cannot help adding all of the fixings--until Cat spots him.

My Dad, John McCain- This picture book biography, written with great love and insight by his oldest daughter, writer Meghan McCain, shows us the public John McCain and the personal John McCain in a way we've never seen before--making this American hero come to life before young eyes.

Young Ray and Amelia move to a new village in New Mexico and experience the fright and fun of "los abuelos" for the first time. In the cold months of midwinter, village men disappear to disguise themselves as scary old men and then descend on the children, teasing them and asking if they've been good.

How to Make Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.- IN THIS EXUBERANT companion story toHow to Make an Apple Pie and See the World,our young baker sets her sights on a cherry pie. She heads off on a round-the-U.S.A. journey to find all the materials she needs to stock her kitchen: New Mexico for clay (mixing bowl), Washington for wood (rolling pin), Hawaii for sand (sand? to make the glass for her measuring cup, of course). In joyful art filled with small vignettes and sly humor, two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marjorie Priceman takes us on a cross country journey by riverboat, taxi, bus, train, plane-all in search of the natural resources of our country. Includes a brightly painted endpaper map of the U.S.A.-and a recipe for cherry pie, of course!

Two Bobbies Bobbi (the dog) and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything. Bobbi and Bob Cat only survived by staying together. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.

What Really Happened to Humpty? - Detective Joe Dumpty rushes to investigate the mysterious circumstances under which his older brother, Humpty, fell from a wall on his first day as captain of the new Neighborhood Watch program.

Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse - The true story of Seabiscuit, the grandson of one of the greatest racehorses of all time. But he'd lost nearly every race he'd run. Automobile tycoon Charles Howard took a risk and purchased Seabiscuit for a bargain price. With a clever new trainer and a loving jockey, Seabiscuit began winning. But could he really beat the Triple Crown Champion?

When I Grow Up- What do you want to be when you grow up? Consider all your options. How about being a game designer and creating computer action games similar to the ones you play? Or, if you like chocolate, you could become a chocolatier and make delectable treats. There's even the possibility of studying fascinating bugs for a living as an entomologist. The choices are endless. So come read about fourteen professionals and the unusual and satisfying work that they do. Maybe some of these career paths will inspire ideas of your own.

Name That Style - All about isms in Art Learn about fourteen different artists and their different styles.

All About Sleep from A to ZZZZ- Have you ever wondered what happens when you go to sleep? There's a lot more to it than you might think. Part of the time, your body is paralyzed. Part of the time your brainwaves are exploding with activity. If something goes wrong in the sleep process, you might find yourself getting dressed or eating a meal without ever waking up-you might even think you're being abducted by aliens.nbsp; Awardwinning science writer Elaine Scott's clear explanations of what we know about sleep and what's still a mystery, graced by John O'Brien's lighthearted line drawings, will give you a whole new understanding of that third of your life that you spend asleep.

The White Fawn- This book written by Karen Wilson was given to the library by her parents Hugh and Louise Collett in memory of Paul and Mary Lou Mielke. A story about differences and accepting those differences. Located in the peaceful ranching community of Lamoille at the base of the majestic Ruby Mountains in northeastern Nevada.

Emma's Question- When Emma's grandmother, who takes care of her after school and takes her out for bagels on Wednesdays, gets sick and has to go to the hospital, Emma is afraid that she will die--but she is also afraid to talk about her fear.

Skippyjon Jones in the Dog-House- The Siamese kitty boy with the gigantico imagination has returned for another loco adventure. In his room for a time-out, Skippyjon Jones lets his imagination take him to a shack where his Chihuahua friends are yipping and yapping and hiding out from the Bad Bobble-ito, who has taken over their doghouse. How El Skippito chills the Chihuahuas and banishes the Bobble-ito will make more amigos for this endearing and irresistible rascal who made his first appearance in Skippyjon Jones.
Skippyjon Jones -My name is Skippito Friskito. I fear not a single bandito. My manners are mellow, I'm sweet like the Jell-O, I get the job done, yes indeed-o. Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no. . . .He's actually El Skippito, a great sword-fighter ready to battle banditos the world over! With a little imagination and a whole lot of fun, this frisky cat dons a mask and cape and takes on a bad bumble-beeto to save the day. And along the way, he'll be sure to steal young reader's hearts, yes indeed-o!

Who Made this Cake? While a boy and his parents go for an outing, little people invade the house and use their big construction equipment to bake a cake.

Two Can Read Literacy Series- 3 books in each bag for you to check out and read together with your beginner reader!

Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude! - In a story inspired by the modern and groundbreaking writing of Gertrude Stein herself, not alot makes sense. Enter the whimsical world of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.

Home on the Range- - Widely acclaimed for her award-winning picture books, Deborah Hopkinson presents the amazing story of John A. Lomax, the first man to popularize such great American folk songs as Sweet Betsy from Pike, Git Along Little Dogies and, of course, Home on the Range. When John was a boy in Texas, he wrote down all he learned from cowboys. Years later, with the encouragement of a beloved teacher, John set out on a cross-country trip to find more songs for a book. Taking along his clunky Ediphone recording device, he convinced cowboys and Gypsies to sing for him and soon he had hundreds of songs preserved for generations to come. S. D. Schindlers gorgeous art brings the West alive in this inspiring story of discovery, which shows that if you love something as a child, you don't have to give it up as an adult!

About Rodents -Simple text and colorful illustrations introduce various rodents, discussing their physical characteristics, their behaviors, their diet, their common habitats, and the animals who are their predators.

Science Warriors -There are 6,200 known invasive species in the United States, and scientistsare scrambling to stop their unique paths of destruction, which can take a huge toll on regional economies and ecosystems. To effectively combat an invader, scientists must know the organism inside and out: What does it eat? How does it reproduce? What was its environment like in its native home? There are many questions, but just one right answer might yield a weakness in the enemy. In this entry in the Scientists in the Field series, Sneed B. Collard III introduces readers to some of the most brilliant minds, and promising advances, in the war against invasive species.