Archive for July, 2015

New July YA Books Highlights

July 25, 2015

The new July YA Books are in! Click on the Photos to place a hold!


Bombay Blues- by Tanuja Desai Hidier


About a Girl- by Sarah McCarry


“Critter Club” series

July 23, 2015

fpo fpo fpo This series by Callie Barkley is one of my daughter’s latest favorites. Suitable for ages 5-7, four friends create The Critter Club to help abandoned and lost animals. The 8 year-old girls share their love for animals. Each book focuses on one of the girls and their individual lives while connecting it to animals. In “Amy Meets Her Stepsister,” Amy’s dad remarries and she gets a new stepsister. They do not get along until Amy discovers that her new sister is afraid of dogs. Amy helps her overcome her fear and they start to form a healthier relationship.  The books have pictures on almost every page (about 130 pages per title). There are currently 12 books in the series.

“Kid Lit Frenzy”

July 22, 2015

Alyson Beecher, an elementary school teacher, writes a blog called “Kid Lit Frenzy.”  As a firm believer in the value of non-fiction picture books, her monthly blog is filled with helpful suggestions and insights into how to make nonfiction read alouds a rich reading experience.  She says, in a recent posting, that she never gets to many of the titles in her “must share” stack of books.  Reading non-fiction books requires a lot of time:  time for discussion, time to think and absorb, time to write, draw and celebrate the richness of each book.

Her blog is filled with lists of many of her current non-fiction favorites.  She includes brief commentaries on what she thinks each book will bring to the reader.  A few of her suggestions follow.

“A Boy and A Jaguar” by Alan Rabinowitz.  The reader can learn that a love for animals can be deep and a promise to protect them can be deeper.9780547875071_p0_v2_s118x184“Galapagos George” written by Jean Craighead George deals with animal extinction.  Beecher writes that “reading about a special creature that actually became extinct prompted both outrage and sadness” from her students.9780060287931_p0_v4_s118x184“Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes” by Nicola Davies enabled her students to wonder about the world they cannot easily see.  “The power of something very tiny is a very big idea.”9780763673154_p0_v4_s118x184  These are only three titles that blogger Beecher discusses.  Check out her site; it’s very informative.

Memory Man

July 21, 2015

index.aspxMemory Man by Baldacci is his latest suspense novel, a rather hefty one at 403 pages, but the characters pull the reader in right at the start. Amos Decker arrives home one evening from his detective shift to find his wife, nine year old daughter and brother-in law dead, murdered in cold blood. A year and a half later, having lost his job as a detective as a result of this horrific event, he has managed to pull himself together and now works as a private investigator. His family’s killer has never been caught, and no possible suspects were ever found. Until one day when he is paid a visit by his former partner with the news that the killer has confessed, and all bets are off. At the same time, there is a mass shooting at the local high school, and he is enlisted to help profile the shooter. Amos has an unusual memory, due to a massive hit years prior while playing pro football and subsequent brain trauma. As a result, he has both hyperthymesia and synthesia, which means he can never forget anything, similar to having a video recorder in one’s head. Synesthetes can count in colors, see time as pictures, and sometimes associate color with people or objects. Amos’s unusual journey to find his family’s murderer and the shooter at the high school will demand every ounce of strength he possesses. Set a good chunk of time aside for this read, it is well worth it.

“When Kids Call the Shots”

July 21, 2015

Sean Grover, a parent and family therapist, writes in his new book “When Kids Call the Shots” that a generation ago it would have been unthinkable for children to bully their parents without consequences.  Today, he states, it is almost a fact of parenting.  Parent bullying is not new; it has been around a long time.  The difference is that it now has a name.  The prime reason for this problem, he believes, is a backlash against the strict parenting of the past.  Parents make a promise that they are not going to discipline their kids the way that they, perhaps, were.  The result is a backlash that goes too far in the other direction.

In his book he addresses the reasons why they is more guilt and anxiety in parenting today, how to reclaim parent power, and his own struggles as a parent.

The book is published by AMACOM, the publishing arm of the American Management Association.


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