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Children’s Book News: January 2019

We have just added several new audio books for younger children (PreK – 3rd grade).   Currently, they are on display with the new books atop the children’s shelves.  For the most part, hardbound copies corresponding to these audio recordings are available in our collection. Check our catalog as to location. Audio books for older children continue...
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Children’s Book News: December 2018

December 2018 One of the most loved aspects of holiday times is the traditional food that is intertwined in these celebrations.   The books below might just evoke those wonderful fragrances which are a part of our winter festivities. The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Nancy Cote Suggested ages: 4-8 years Rachel feels like...
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Children’s Book News: November 2018

A family comes in many forms and sizes; its members bound together by love and shared experiences.  Today children’s books reflect the variety of families we see all about us.  Here are a few which star families of all types and backgrounds. The Family Book, by Todd Parr Suggested ages: 3-7 years With simple, boldly colored...
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Children’s Book News: October 2018

New children’s books have recently been added to our collection – always a cause for celebration!  They include early readers, picture books both fiction and non-fiction, and chapter books.  There is something for every age – PreK, Primary and Intermediate grades, as well as Middle School.  Children will discover award books, books that bring forth...
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Children’s Book News: May 2017

Every year youth book awards are announced in various categories. This month I will focus on the 2017 John Newbery winners (most outstanding contributions to children’s literature) and the 2017 Randolph Caldecott winners (most distinguished American picture books). All these books are currently available at PCL or on order. NEWBERY MEDAL FOR 2017: The Girl...
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Children’s Book News: April 2017

April brings thoughts of new life whether it’s a green shoot poking through the soil, early desert flowers beginning to bloom, or the miracle of life taking place in an egg. And so this leads me to focus on some special books in which eggs play important roles. Lulu and the Duck in the Park by...
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Children’s Book News: March 2017

This month’s “Children’s Book News” has a bit of a different focus than the usual monthly edition. It’s an FYI blurb, in case some of you may not be aware of particular types of collections available in the Children’s Area. Readers – Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 (located along the first shelf of Easy...
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Children’s Book News: February 2017

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet Suggested ages: 10 – 14 years One day Noah suddenly has his world turned upside down. His parents inform him they will be temporarily moving to East Germany and his name is no longer Noah Keller but rather Jonah Brown. This new identity includes more than a mere name change....
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Children’s Book News: January 2017

SNOW, by Sam Usher  Suggested ages: 3 – 7 years There is nothing more enchanting than to awake to a snowy morning. The young narrator of SNOW bubbles over with enthusiasm as he announces to his Granddad that snow and fun times await outside. Peeking out the door, he gazes onto his front yard’s unblemished snowy...
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Children’s Book News: December 2016

The Penderwicks, A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall Suggested ages: 8-12 years Winner of the 2005 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Though taking place in summer, The Penderwicks is the perfect book to curl up with on a chilly day, warmed by the adventures...
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