Saturday, November 23, 2013

New & Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees!!

The Miracle of Easter- Easy text and warm illustrations depict the public life of Jesus leading up to the Resurrection.


I Love Perfect Puppies and Cute Kittens- Learn a lot of information about cute kittens and puppies.

Piglet (Look and Find)- As Piglet and engages in a variety of activities with his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood, readers are invited to find related items hidden in each picture, such as things that are smaller than Piglet, bubbles with special shapes and snowflakes that are exactly alike.

Dreaming Up-  A collection of concrete poetry, illustrations, and photographs that shows how young children's constructions, created as they play, are reflected in notable works of architecture from around the world. Includes biographies of the architects, quotations, and sources.

Temple Grandin- An authorized portrait about Grandin's life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame key disabilities through education and the support of her mother.


Bomb- Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

Lincoln's Last Days- Describes the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the hunt to track down John Wilkes Booth and his accomplices. 

Chuck Close: Face Book- Presents an autobiography about the author's artistic life, describing the creative processes he uses in the studio and his struggles with his disabilities. Includes a self-portrait mix-and-match section with divided pages to flip, that demonstrates his techniques and images.

Louisa May's Battle- Louisa May Alcott is best known for penning Little Women, but few are aware of the experience that influenced her writing most-her time as a nurse during the Civil War. Caring for soldiers' wounds and writing letters home for them inspired a new realism in her work. When her own letters home were published as Hospital Sketches, she had her first success as a writer. The acclaim for her new writing style inspired her to use this approach in Little Women, which was one of the first novels to be set during the Civil War. It was the book that made her dreams come true, and a story she could never have written without the time she spent healing others in service of her country.

Buffalo Bird Girl- Traces the childhood, friendships and dangers experienced by Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Indian born in 1839, whose community along the Missouri River in the Dakotas transitioned from hunting to agriculture.

More New Books With Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees!!!!!!

Say Hello to the Snowy Animals- A young sled dog named Husky greets his arctic friends, each of whom responds with its own characteristic sounds.

Today is Halloween!- Illustrations and rhyming text describe the fun of trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon- When Gertie moves in next door with fancy toys and a huge television set, Molly shares lessons she learned from her grandmother about home-made playthings and imagination. 
The Little Christmas Tree- A young fir tree hates feeling small and useless, but as winter falls and Christmas approaches a small boy and his family discover that the tree is the perfect size for something very special.

Little Sweet Potato- When Little Sweet Potato gets knocked out of his garden patch, he is forced to search for a new home. 
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore- Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books, and after a tornado carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes- Beatrice is so well-known for never making a mistake that she is greeted each morning by fans and reporters, but a near-error on the day of the school talent show could change everything. 
Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine- Rosie's rival, Violet, outdoes her in everything until the class plants seeds for a unit on gardening.

Lemonade in Winter- Pauline and her brother John-John set up a stand to sell lemonade, limeade, and lemon-limeade one cold, wintry day, then try to attract customers as Pauline adds up their earnings.

Stuck- When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things. 

 George Washington's Birthday- On George Washington's seventh birthday, he does chores, misbehaves, and dreams of a day when his birthday will be celebrated by all.  

Nightsong- Chiro, a young bat, is nervous about flying into the world for the first time without his mother, especially on a very dark night, but he soon learns to rely on his "song" to find his way and stay safe. 
Mousetronaut- A small but plucky mouse named Mike is sure that he can help the Space Shuttle astronauts, and ends up saving the whole mission. Includes facts about NASA and space travel. 

A Home for Bird- Vernon the toad takes the silent Bird on a journey in hopes of finding Bird's home.
Z is for Moose- Moose, terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together, then awfully disappointed when his letter passes, behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him. 

It's All About Me-ow- A cat gives three kittens advice on how to charm, entertain, and communicate with their new human family.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Young Hoosier Bood Award Nominees!

Cardboard- When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.

After Eli- After the death of his older brother, Daniel Anderson became engrossed in recording details about dead people, how they died, and whether their deaths mattered but he is eventually drawn back into interaction with the living.

Wonder- Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. 

Sophie Simon Solves Them All- Sophie Simon, a third-grade genius, wants a graphing calculator so she can continue to study calculus while she rides the bus to school, but her parents are more concerned that she does not have any friends.


The Trouble With the Chickens- A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.


May B.- When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May, who suffers from dyslexia, from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.

Plunked- Sixth-grader Jack Mogens loses his nerve after getting hit by a pitch, and has to dig deep within himself to avoid giving up the sport he loves. 
Spindlers- Accompanied by an eccentric, human-sized rat, Liza embarks on a perilous quest through an underground realm to save her brother, Patrick, whose soul has been stolen by the evilest of creatures--the spider-like spindlers

Guinea Dog- When his mother brings home a guinea pig instead of the dog he has always wanted, fifth-grader Rufus is not happy--until the rodent starts acting exactly like a dog
Summer of the Gypsy Moths- A foster child named Angel and twelve-year-old Stella, who are living with Stella's great-aunt Louise at the Linger Longer Cottage Colony on Cape Cod, secretly assume responsibility for the vacation rentals when Louise unexpectedly dies and the girls are afraid of being returned to the foster care system. 
The Vengekeep Prophecies- A magical tapestry prophesies doom for the town of Vengekeep, and to everyone's surprise twelve-year-old Jaxter Grimjinx and his family of con artists appear to be the town's saviors.

The Lions of Little Rock- In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.
In A Glass Grimmly- Companion to: A tale dark & Grimm and The Grimm conclusion. Frog joins cousins Jack and Jill in leaving their own stories to seek a magic mirror, encountering such creatures as giants, mermaids, and goblins along the way. Based in part on fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. 
Here Lies Linc- While researching a rumored-to-be-haunted grave for a local history project, twelve-year-old Lincoln Crenshaw unearths some startling truths about his own family. 

Summer of the Mariposas- In an adventure reminiscent of Homer's Odyssey, fifteen-year-old Odilia and her four younger sisters embark on a journey to return a dead man to his family in Mexico, aided by La Llorona, but impeded by a witch, a warlock, chupacabras, and more. 
Splendors and Glooms- When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.

Shadow on the Mountain- In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy. Includes historical note, code-breaking activity, and instructions for making invisible ink.
One For the Murphys- After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and struggles with opening herself up to their love.

Navigating Early- Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.
Jump Into the Sky- In 1945, thirteen-year-old Levi is sent to find the father he has not seen in three years, going from Chicago, to segregated North Carolina, and finally to Pendleton, Oregon, where he learns that his father's unit, the all-Black 555th paratrooper battalion, will never see combat but finally has a mission.

Fourmile- A mysterious stranger arrives at a boy's rundown Alabama farm home, just as a dangerous situation is unfolding for the twelve-year-old and his widowed mother.
The False Prince- In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

December Activities for Children

December will be here before we know it.  See the two flyers below about activities for children.  Registration is required for both events and space is limited so please call early.  Thanks, Karen


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mixture of New Books!!!

The Night Before Christmas- For decades families have gathered to read this enchanting holiday poem that has a magical new version featuring original illustrations filled with warmth and sentiment by America's premiere Santa painter Tom Browning.


Pete the Cat Saves Christmas- When Santa falls ill and Christmas may have to be canceled, Pete the cat comes to the rescue.
The Christmas Quiet Book- Illustrations and simple text explore the quiet moments of Christmas, such as searching for hidden presents, forgetting a line during a Christmas pageant, and listing for Santa's sleigh bells.

The Sweet Smell of Christmas- Six treated strips, disguised as part of an illustration, give off odors enabling the reader to smell the same Christmas smells as Little Bear. 

The Snow Must Go On- On Christmas Eve residents of Antarctic Springs put on a big show to tell everyone that the South Pole is a jolly place to be at Christmastime.

Tacky's Christmas- Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, Perfect, and Tacky are having a wonderful Christmas, complete with an unusual tree, when Tacky's odd behavior saves them from a group of hunters. (With CD)

Christmas Cricket- On Christmas Eve, a little cricket finds its way into a house where its singing is thought to be the voice of an angel.

The Christmas Wish- Young Anja, whose greatest dream is to be one of Santa's elves, makes friends with the animals that guide her on the journey from her home in the far North to meet Santa.

Robot Rampage- Donatello builds a robot to help fight evil, but when it malfunctions, Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a technological terror to battle.

Thanksgiving Day Thanks- Sam has trouble deciding what he is grateful for during a Thanksgiving-themed classroom assignment. Includes facts about Thanksgiving Day.

Can't-Wait Willow- Willow has looked forward to seeing the Over-the-Top Circus and enjoying treats there, but on the big day she is distracted by all sorts of treats and fun and by the time she arrives at the circus, it is over and she has no money left. Includes tips for parents.

The Snatchabook- The woodland animals of Burrow Down are ready for a bedtime story, but where are the books? 

Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus- Barbie escapes marrying the evil wizard and finds out that he has turned her long-lost sister into a flying horse. Together, the sisters find magical treasures that will help conquer the wizard and save their kingdom.


We're Going On A Leaf Hunt- Three friends go on a hike searching for fall leaves.