Friday, July 3, 2020

Children's Book List: 'Am I the Only One Who...?' Books About Feeling Different

During these Interesting Times, the Children's Department has been hard at work updating our book lists. Whether you're looking for a book on a particular topic (like feeling different) or want to read something similar to that series that you just finished up (and now have that empty, lost feeling), we've probably got a book list for that. You can find the full list of our children's book lists on our website. We've also put all of these awesome lists on Beanstack. If you haven't had a chance to check out Beanstack, you really should. It makes signing up for and monitoring summer reading a breeze! We'll be highlighting some of our book lists in these blog posts throughout the summer. Happy reading!

Everyone feels different at one time or another, even adults. Here are some books with characters you may be able to relate to.


The Proudest Blue
by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali
New York City: Hachette Book Group, 2019

It's Faizah's first day of school, and her older sister Asiyah's first day of hijab. Author and Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad weaves a beautiful story of brand new experiences and learning who you are.







El Deafo

by Cece Bell
New York: Amulet Books, 2014

Based on the author's own experience, the main character loses her hearing at age four due to illness. She struggles to connect with her classmates and make friends while wearing bulky hearing aids with long cords (it's the 70s). In her imagination, she's 'El Deafo' and has superpowers, but these don't quite transfer over to the real world.





Wonder
by R.J. Palacio
New York City: Alfred K. Knopf, 2012
 
However you're imagining Auggie's (August) face, it's worse than that. In his own words, and those of his family and friends, Auggie begins his journey in the public school system after being home schooled all his life.

Children's Book List: Reading Takes You...Across the USA in Chapter Books!

During these Interesting Times, the Children's Department has been hard at work updating our book lists. Whether you're looking for a book on a particular topic (like feeling different) or want to read something similar to that series that you just finished up (and now have that empty, lost feeling), we've probably got a book list for that. You can find the full list of our children's book lists on our website. We've also put all of these awesome lists on Beanstack. If you haven't had a chance to check out Beanstack, you really should. It makes signing up for and monitoring summer reading a breeze! We'll be highlighting some of our book lists in these blog posts throughout the summer. Happy reading!

If you're looking for a road trip this summer without the hassle, we've got chapter books set in every state, plus D.C.!

MARYLAND
Jacob Have I Loved
by Katherine Paterson
New York City: Crowell, 1980

This Newbery Medal winning book follows Sara Louise Bradshaw and her family, on a small island in the Chesapeake Bay. Sara Louise's twin sister, Caroline, is beautiful and frail and has always received more attention from the moment they were born. Jacob Have I Loved is a coming of age tale that examines family and relationships, and what it means to be happy.






NEW JERSEY

Superfudge
by Judy Blume
New York City: E.P. Dutton, 1980

This beloved sequel to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing has the Hatcher family moving to from NYC to New Jersey for the summer. As well as having a baby. You know, nothing at all to adapt to. 








NEW YORK
The Cricket in Times Square
by George Selden
New York City: Ariel Books, 1960

A Newbery Honor winner, Selden's classic tells the story of Chester Cricket, who ended up in Times Square by accident. Befriended by animals and humans alike, Chester's musical ability amazes the subway station and surrounding neighborhoods. 




Children's Book List: Reading Takes You...Across the USA in Picture Books!

During these Interesting Times, the Children's Department has been hard at work updating our book lists. Whether you're looking for a book on a particular topic (like feeling different) or want to read something similar to that series that you just finished up (and now have that empty, lost feeling), we've probably got a book list for that. You can find the full list of our children's book lists on our website. We've also put all of these awesome lists on Beanstack. If you haven't had a chance to check out Beanstack, you really should. It makes signing up for and monitoring summer reading a breeze! We'll be highlighting some of our book lists in these blog posts throughout the summer. Happy reading!

If you're looking for a road trip this summer without the hassle, we've got picture books set in every state, plus D.C.!

ALASKA
Snow Bear
by Jean Craighead George, paintings by Wendell Minor
New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1999

Bessie Nivyek sets out to explore a huge block of ice that has been pushed up out of the Arctic Ocean overnight. Snow Bear, the polar bear cub, is also exploring. He and Bessie play together while Bessie's brother and Snow Bear's mother watch nervously. Gorgeous paintings bring the Arctic and an unlikely friendship to life.




CALIFORNIA
Dream Something Big
by Dianna Aston
London: Dial Book, 2011

Over the course of 34 years, Italian immigrant Simon Rodia used found materials to create a piece of artwork that would become a U.S. National Landmark. A build-your-own-tower activity at the end makes this interactive book a hit.






MASSACHUSETTS
Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
New York: The Viking Press, 1941

This timeless classic follows Mr. and Mrs. Mallard as they lead their family through the streets of Boston to their new home. The sepia toned illustrations show a duck's-eye view of the city. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Children's Book List: Reading Takes You...Around the World!

During these Interesting Times, the Children's Department has been hard at work updating our book lists. Whether you're looking for a book on a particular topic (like feeling different) or want to read something similar to that series that you just finished up (and now have that empty, lost feeling), we've probably got a book list for that. You can find the full list of our children's book lists on our website. We've also put all of these awesome lists on Beanstack. If you haven't had a chance to check out Beanstack, you really should. It makes signing up for and monitoring summer reading a breeze! We'll be highlighting some of our book lists in these blog posts throughout the summer. Happy reading!

One of the great things about reading is it can allow you to escape to anywhere in the world! Our international reading list has selections set in over a dozen countries, so you're sure to find your next adventure. 


Miriam at the River
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Khoa Le
Minneapolis: Kar-Ben Publishing, 2020

Seven year old Miriam takes a basket holding her baby brother down to the reeds and rushes of the Nile. With a kiss, she sends him out into the river. She has seen and dreamed what will happen next: the Pharaoh's daughter pulling him from the water and raising him as her own. One day her brother
will return.  


 

The Blind Men and the Elephant
by Karen Backstein, illustrated by Annie Mitra
New York: Scholastic, 1992

Returning to the parable's Indian roots, this picture book shows what can happen when we only have part of the story. 




 


Artemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer
New York: Viking Press, 2001

Artemis Fowl is a brilliant criminal mastermind, with a family mansion in Ireland. His family (and their fortune) have been on the wrong side of the law for generations. His latest plan is to ransom a fairy for its gold and find his missing father. Completely realistic plans for a twelve year old.   

Monday, June 29, 2020

Virtual LEGO Club: Week 4

It's Week 4 of of Virtual LEGO Club, and it looks like we've been invaded!! This week was all about aliens.


Take a look at some of the out-of-this-world creations our builders came up with!









Make sure to visit the Galesburg Public Library Facebook page to catch our Week 5 challenge.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Children's Book List: Nonfiction (for kids who HATE nonfiction)

During these Interesting Times, the Children's Department has been hard at work updating our book lists. Whether you're looking for a book on a particular topic (like feeling different) or want to read something similar to that series that you just finished up (and now have that empty, lost feeling), we've probably got a book list for that. You can find the full list of our children's book lists on our website. We've also put all of these awesome lists on Beanstack. If you haven't had a chance to check out Beanstack, you really should. It makes signing up for and monitoring summer reading a breeze! We'll be highlighting some of our book lists in these blog posts throughout the summer. Happy reading!

There is some nonfiction out there (for all age levels) that is great for research, but can be a bit dry for leisure reading. If you've got a kid who doesn't like nonfiction (or you are such a kid), check out some of the most engaging nonfiction books that we've come across this year.

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
New York: Neal Porter Books, 2020

Honeybee follows 'Apis', beginning with her chewing her way out of a wax cell 'and into a teeming, trembling flurry. Hummmmm!' We see how she interacts with her sisters, and works seven different jobs in the hive. Gathering nectar is only the last stage in her life. She also cleans the hive, takes care of the larvae and the queen, and more. In her short life, she'll fly 500 miles and visit 30,000 flowers. 



Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team
by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2019  

On June 23, 2018, young Titan, 11 of his Wild Boar soccer teammates, and their coach set off to explore a local cave in northern Thailand. Outside, monsoon rains began to fall, and the team quickly became trapped. As the water levels rose in the cave, they wondered if they would make it back out.




Yves Klein Painted Everything Blue and Wasn't Sorry.
by Fausto Gilberti
New York City and London: Phaidon Press, 2019 

Gilberti is an award-winning illustrator and author whose children's books have recently been translated into English. Yves Klein Painted Everything Blue and Wasn't Sorry. is a charming biography that follow its subjects with fun illustrations (and lots of blue). 


  

Children's Book List: Historical Fiction

During these Interesting Times, the Children's Department has been hard at work updating our book lists. Whether you're looking for a book on a particular topic (like feeling different) or want to read something similar to that series that you just finished up (and now have that empty, lost feeling), we've probably got a book list for that. You can find the full list of our children's book lists on our website. We've also put all of these awesome lists on Beanstack. If you haven't had a chance to check out Beanstack, you really should. It makes signing up for and monitoring summer reading a breeze! We'll be highlighting some of our book lists in these blog posts throughout the summer. Happy reading!


We've got almost a thousand years of historical fiction on our book list. Organized by year, it's got books from Korea in the 1170s (A Single Shard) to San Francisco in 2001 (Shooting Kabul). Here are a few of our favorites.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth Speare
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958

In 1987, sixteen year old Katherine 'Kit' Tyler arrives in Connecticut from sunny Barbados. Fleeing a marriage to a much older man after her grandfather dies, she hopes to find refuge with her aunt, uncle, and two cousins, none of whom she's met before. Puritanical New England is in stark contrast to the Caribbean, and Kit swiftly finds herself the subject of gossip and scorn. After she befriends Hannah, an elderly Quaker who lives on the outskirts of town, gossip swiftly turns to suspicion of witchcraft. 


I Survived the Great Molasses Flood
by Lauren Tarshis
New York: Scholastic Paperbacks, 2019

Carmen and her father moved from Italy to Boston four years ago. She's doing well in school, her neighbor Tony is her best friend, and she rides a horse named Rosie around the neighborhood. A popular spot with the local kids is a huge metal tank that hold millions of gallons of molasses. It's always leaking, and the kids are able to take samples of the tasty syrup. But the leaking seems to be getting worse. On the afternoon of January 15, 1919, a horrible noise shakes the city. The tank has burst! A wave of molasses 20 feet high is sweeping through the city! Will Carmen and Tony be able to make it to safety?


Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcout, 1989

It is 1943 and Annemarie Johansen is ten years old and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Nazi soldiers have occupied her city and country for several years now, but have rarely bothered her or her best friend Ellen Rosen. But now there is talk of 'relocation' and Annemarie must be very brave to help Ellen and her family escape to safety.