Friday, January 28, 2011

"Three Seconds" Better than "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"?!

USA Today seems to feel that "Three Seconds" is better than "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo". USA Today is giving "Three Seconds" a lot of love. The New York Times has "Three Seconds" on its New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller List. How about you, why don't you read "Three Seconds" and compare it to the Stieg Larsson Dragon Girl trilogy. Both books are available in a print or audiobook format. Which author gets your love?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Best Children's Books of 2010

There were so many fabulous children's books to choose from, but Miss Alison and Miss Megan managed to narrow it down to just ten titles we loved.

Book 1

The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
Age range 5-8
This is a very funny book for older siblings to read with their parents where the new baby in the house is taking over like a corporate CEO. Clever, tongue-in-cheek observations and great pictures really work wonderfully with the amusing story.

Book 2

The Present by Bob Gill
Age range 3-8
This incredibly simple story and its direct graphic illustrations make a big impact. A lovely, timeless title on sharing.

Book 3

Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson
Age range 5-8
The blossoming friendship between a white and an African American child as they connect over books in a newly integrated 1970s school will feel real to children. Very good supplementary information is included; some background information on school integration and quotes from a speech by President Obama.

Book 4

Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman
Age range 5-10
This book belongs in every science classroom. It is a wonderful mixture of several types of poetry, natural history, and beautiful illustrations which make bacteria and lichen look like works of art.

Book 5

Grounded by Kate Klise
Age range 9-12
After her brother, sister, and father die in a plane crash, Daralynn Oakland receives 237 dolls from well-wishers, resulting in her nickname: Dolly. But dolls are little comfort to a twelve-year-old girl whose world is rocked by the dramatic changes in her life, including her angry, grieving mother’s new job as a hairstylist at the local funeral home.

Dolly gets a job, too, where she accidentally invents a fashionable new haircut. But her real work begins when a crematorium comes to town, and someone has to save a dying business, solve a burning mystery, and resuscitate the broken hearts in Digginsville, Missouri, population 402.

Book 6

They Called Themselves the K.K.K. by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Age range 11 and up
This is an absolutely striking choice for a non-fiction book for older kids. Powerful and painful, it should be required reading for everyone, parents included.

Book 7

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby
Age range 4-8
Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn’t think he would survive– so they brought him into the house where he met Tink, a new dachshund mom. When Tink saw Pink, she immediately adopted him into her family, and helped nurse him back to health. Pink thrived in his new family: the puppies didn’t mind that Pink looked nothing like them—he was just their size.

Book 8

Spork by Kyo Maclear
Age range 4-8
Arsenault's expressive drawings of an unhappy spork are instantly winning. With all the advantages of both spoon and fork how could this fellow remain unloved? But he just doesn't fit in. The spork tries rounding himself off with a hat, then makes himself more forkish with a crown until he becomes the perfect foil for just the right small chubby hand. Adorable!

Book 9

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
Age range 4-8
This sweet picture book starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird, is perfect for back-to-school! Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally learns to read all on his own.

With a story that makes reading fun—and will even help listeners learn to read—this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck & Goose, will make this a favorite.

Book 10

Henry in Love by Peter McArty
Age range 4-8
Henry is a bit of a dreamer and not much of a talker. Then there's Chloe, who says what she thinks and knows how to turn a spectacular cartwheel.

This is the story of how one blueberry muffin makes all the difference.

We hope you enjoyed seeing our selections. If you'd like to get your mitts on any of these titles, you can call us, order online, catch us on facebook, or be sociable and come on in, we're open 7 days a week especially for all of you!

Friday, January 07, 2011

The Best Books of 2010

Get the best books of 2010 at the Collinsville Public Library or through our Lewis and Clark Library System. If you are interested in Teen Fiction, check out this top ten list from last year. "Entertainment Weekly" gives us their take on the best books at their website. For those of you who enjoy good crime fiction in the form of mysteries or thrillers, investigate this "Los Angeles Times" article by Sarah Weinman - who read 462 books last year! Finally, "Booklist Online" provides various lists for different book categories.

Enjoy all these great books in print or audiobook form (CD orMP3). Let us know which books the critics missed!