Books for Keeps

November 29, 2015 by


Books for Keeps is an online British magazine that reviews hundreds of children’s books a year and publishes articles about children’s writing. In this week’s issue, they announced the winner of the Guardian’s Children’s Fiction prize just awarded in November to David Almond.

They also shared the shortlist for this year’s Costa Book Award which is of the the UK’s most prestigious literary prizes. This year’s shortlist includes:

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge        Sophie Someone, Hayley Long

Jessica’s Ghost, Andrew Norriss          An Island of Our Own, Sally Nicholls

Indie Bound: The independent booksellers website

November 28, 2015 by

Home Indie Bound is a web site reporting information and best-seller’s lists from independent book stores around the country. Although their best-sellers may sometimes coincide with the NY Times lists, the indie bound lists often have surprises and differences that do not appear on the more common book lists. They seperate sales into categories such as Mysteries, Travel, Cooking, Children’s, Political, Music, Graphic, etc..  Especially useful to support smaller, local businesses, Indie Bound is a site worth visiting.


Coloring Book Clubs

November 24, 2015 by

I just read an article in American Libraries online about the coloring book clubs that have sprung up for adults recently. It mentioned that the popularity of coloring for adults have been helped along by an early coloring book that was published in 2013 by a Scottish illustrator, Joanna Basford, titled Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, which has sold 6 million copies on Amazon. She has several other titles, Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, which was released this past February and Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book, just released this past October. Who knew that there was money to be made by designing coloring books for our adult patrons? Check out Anya’s display as well with neat sheets to color, and grab some pencils and markers and get started. A great way to decompress…


“The Tortoise and the Soldier”

November 22, 2015 by

This excellent new book by Michael Foreman is based on the author’s friendship with Henry Friston.  At the age of 18, Henry enlisted in the Royal Navy just as World War I began.  He and his shipmates saw action in Egypt, specifically near the Suez Canal.  They performed a number of duties from digging trenches, to being stretcher bearers, to fighting the enemy on land and sea.

During one land battle Henry dove for cover after being knocked off his feet from a bomb blast.  He was frightened, struggling to breathe believing that he was a “goner.”  As he rolled into the crater something hit him on the head.  That something turned out to be a living tortoise.  This encounter begins the story of Henry and the tortoise which he named Ali Pasha.

Michael Foreman met Henry many years later.  Foreman was a cub reporter working for a small newspaper in the English village of Corton.  He interviews Henry for a story for his newspaper.  Little by Little Henry shares with Michael his adventures during the war and his “rescue” of Ali Pasha.

This true story will appeal to a young reader who has an interest in history. It is an inspiring tale of courage and friendship between a young boy and a tortoise.  The watercolor illustrations of soldiers, battle scenes and the book’s settings bring to life the story.9781627791731_p0_v1_s192x300.jpg

“Illuminations” at RC Day School

November 21, 2015 by

Inspired by classic children’s literature, “Illuminations” is  an elaborate light display created by the students at Rockland County Day School.  Visitors will walk a storybook trail along which spectators will see vignettes from “Peter Pan, “The Jungle Book,” “Mary Poppins” and many other children’s stories.  Highlights include Captain Hook’s pirate ship, Mary Poppins descending from the trees and the hookah-smoking caterpillar from “Alice in Wonderland.”

“Illuminations is scheduled for December 5 and 6 between 5 and 8 p.m.  Admission charge is $5.00.  Dennis Predovic, who teaches set design at the school,9780451520883_p0_v1_s118x184.jpg said that if the show proves popular, it may be extended.


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