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Read It Before You See It

If you like to read the book before you see the movie, you may want to put your name on the hold list for Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. It hits theaters December 14th, and if it will be worth seeing even if it’s only a quarter as good as the book (yes, the book […]

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Have You Listened to a Good Biography Lately?

It seems to be the time of the year that classroom assignments turn to thoughts of biography. Yes, those books that tell the stories of real people. Fortunately, fans of fiction and nonfiction agree: biographies are fun to read, whether you use your eyes or ears to do so. Basing engrossing narratives on interesting facts, […]

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It’s Award Season for Books

Music has the Grammys, TV has the Golden Globes, and movies have the Oscars. There is no single award for books. Books, specifically books for Children and Young Adults (YA), are a little different. On February 12, the American Library Association (ALA) will host the Youth Media Awards Ceremony in Denver, and the entire ceremony […]

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Pigging Out on Books

With more holiday feasts on the horizon, it’s no wonder that most people think of “pigging out” as an act of mass consumption. When I talk about pigging out, though, I mean something somewhat different – thanks to Patrick who is 9 and loves pigs, I’ve been consuming (reading) lots of books featuring pigs. I’m […]

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Rules of Reading

Reading, when done right, is joyful. It opens up the world to all kinds of possibilities. When I was a kid, though, some of my relatives thought I read too much, and some of my teachers thought what I was reading was “trash.” I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had such experiences. […]

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Recommendations for Kids: Sci-Fi

Excited about ComicCon? I am. Because I was introduced to cons through science fiction conventions such as WorldCon and DragonCon, just the thought of ComicCon got me excited about reading new science fiction from our library. It’s never too early to start enjoying science fiction.  For the youngest kids Zelda’s Big Adventure by Marie Alafaci, […]

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