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Celebrate Black History Month with Us!


A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson, a Coretta Scott King honor book, uses poetic verse to describe Emmett Till; a fourteen year old boy who was lynched in 1955 for whistling at a white woman while at the grocery store. The illustrations by Philippe Lardy offer powerful, bold symbols that follow the verse.


Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till by Simeon Wright

Wright was twelve years old when he and Till went to the grocery store. He was sleeping in the same bed when Emmett was kidnapped and attended the trial of the men who killed him. A first-hand account of the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till told by the author Simeon Wright, Till's cousin.


Scholar and author Henry Louis Gates has skillfully and superbly written an encyclopedia of African American history in Life upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008. It is an outstanding, well researched book that focuses on defining events, debates and controversies as well as important achievements of famous and lesser-known figures, in a volume complemented by reproductions of ancient maps and historical paraphernalia.

Sue @ Tippecanoe

Newbery, Caldecott & Printz Award Winners


Winners of the American Library Association's top awards for children's and YA books, videos and audios, were announced yesterday.

Kate DiCamillo wins the Newbery Medal for Flora & Ulysses, her second Newbery win. Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

She earned her first Newbery Medal 10 years ago for The Tale of Despereaux, and a Newbery Honor in 2001 for her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie. DiCamillo was sworn in as the fourth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature earlier this month.


After three Sibert Honors over the years for his picture books, Brian Floca wins the 2014 Caldecott Medal for Locomotive which presents a visual exploration of America's early railroads, examining the sounds, speed, and strength of the fledgling transcontinental locomotives and the experiences of pioneering travelers. Locomotive also received a 2014 Sibert Honor citation.


British author Marcus Sedgwick wins the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for Midwinterblood; seven linked vignettes of passion and love unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited throughout various time periods by Vikings, vampires, ghosts and a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon.

For a complete list of award winners and honorees, click here.

Jacki @ Central

How To Be....Anything!

How to Be Interesting (In 10 Easy Steps) by Jessica Hagy

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Short sentences and an abundance of graphs, charts, and diagrams that give advice on having fun, living with a purpose, and being an all-around more interesting person. Written by Jessica Hagy the Webby Award winning author of the blog Indexed.

How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

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Simple words and McClure's signature intricate paper cuts will teach your little ones how to be a purrfect cat. Stretch! Eat! Pounce! Sleep! Sounds about right.

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

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Caitlin Moran dares you to say you're not a feminist. If you insist you're not, she'll tell you why you're wrong. Witty and powerful, How to Be a Woman is part memoir, part rallying cry.

How to Be Compassionate: A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Everyone has the potential for compassion. His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains further that compassion is an essential part of our lives. He asks us to self-examine our responses towards others and offers practical advice on how to be compassionate in our day-to-day encounters with others.

Kristina @ Central

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett and Alex


Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett and Alex; with pictures by Matthew Myers but mostly Alex is the funniest book I've read all year. The cover and pages look like they've been vandalized but actually Alex, a little boy and recipient of the book, has dramatically rewritten the story of Bunny's birthday with scribbles and drawings. What was supposed to be Bunny's happy celebration is transformed into a battle for the ages with Bunny as the villain and Alex as the hero. Rather than hopping through the woods and talking with cute animals, the power hungry Bunny wreaks havoc everywhere he goes. After the President of the United States implores Alex to save the day, he does, using clever tactics and his own special birthday powers.

Valerie @ Central

A Few Words...

A Few Words...


Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack

Two friends, a bunny and a rat, set off to have a picnic. Unfortunately, the weather is not on their side. Using pictures, Jeff Mack tells the story of ups and downs the two friends encounter. Although the book only uses two phrases, "Good news" and "Bad news", it can be a great tool to teach prediction and inference skills to young listeners and readers.


Thumpy Feet written and illustrated by Betsy Lewin

An energetic cat fills the pages of Thumpy Feet. Simple words describe the cat as it eat, plays, and takes a snooze. This book is great for young readers to act out the movements and sounds of the story. Besides, who doesn't love a mischievous cat?


Ah ha! by Jeff Mack

"Aahh!, sighs the happy and relaxed frog. "Ah Ha!" screams the excited little boy as he catches the frog. This book uses simple words to depict a wide range of feelings. When read with expression, children will love the silliness of the frog and his journey. In this book, Mack showcases his ability to reach child through humor, pictures, and a few precise words.


Stick! written and illustrated by Andy Pritchett

Dogs love to play fetch, especially the dog in Stick! Finding a partner to play with proves to be a difficult task. The persistent puppy in this story finally finds someone to play with, and even makes a few friends along the way! Brightly colored pages, simple drawings, and only a few words make this a great story for beginning listeners and readers.

Hillary @ Central

National Book Awards 2013

The National Book Awards (NBA) has a reputation for recognizing literary excellence. Independent panels of five writers choose the National Book Award Winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature. Take a look at the 2013 winners.


Nonfiction--The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer paints a picture of the last 30 years of life in America by following several citizens, including the son of tobacco farmers in the rural south, a Washington insider who denies his idealism for riches, and Silicon Valley billionaire.


Fiction--The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.


Poetry--Incarnadine by Mary Szybist. One poem is presented as a diagrammed sentence. Another is an abecedarium made of lines of dialogue spoken by girls overheard while assembling a puzzle. Several poems arrive as a series of Annunciations, while others purport to give an update on Mary, who must finish the dishes before she will open herself to God. Inside these poems is a deep yearning for love, motherhood, the will to see things as they are and to speak.


Young People's Literature--The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. Just when 12-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year filled with bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for the harvest workers.

Jacki @ Central


Hear about the best books 2013 has to offer. Suggestions made by librarians Tom Olson and Jacki Potratz will make holiday gift-giving a breeze. This is your chance to ask questions before you buy. Many genres, as well as children's and young adult recommendations, will be presented. All books on display will be available for checkout. Preview the titles on our Give Books! 2013 Pinterest board.

Jacki @ Central




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