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- Submitted by Children on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:58
Swipe series by Evan Angler
Logan knows that everyone needs to get a "Mark" on their wrist at age 13. Without it, they can't get a job, own a home, or even buy a soda. It's not considered a big deal, just a rite of passage. However, when his older sister went to get her Mark, she never came back, and ever since then Logan has had a feeling that he is being watched. When a new student, Erin, reveals that her father has been transferred from the capital to investigate a kidnapper who targets children about to get their Marks, Logan, who is on the cusp of undergoing the procedure, discovers that what seemed like paranoia may have a scary truth behind it. But when he and Erin start to investigate, they learn that the truth may be more complicated, and even scarier, than they could have imagined. While the novel's premise may seem familiar, the strong character development and thorough world-building make it stand out from the dystopian crowd. Recommend it to fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner and other fast-paced, postapocalyse novels.
If you like Swipe, read the rest of the series.
Check out other recommendations on the Kids Featured Item Blog.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 16:33
One Cool Friend by Tony Buzzeo
Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him.
Some Cat! by Mary Cassanova
When Violet the cat is adopted she has trouble sharing her new kingdom with the family dogs until they save her from some home invaders.
Lost and Found by Bill Harley
Justin has lost the hat his grandmother made for him, and if he is to find it in time for her visit he will have to go talk to Mr. Rumkowsky, the gruff old school custodian in charge of the Lost and Found.
The House on Dirty-Third Street by Jo S. Kittinger
A mother and daughter work to turn a hopeless, rundown, and dirty old house into a loving family home with hard work, faith, and the support of their new friends and neighbors.
Helen's Big World by Doreen Rapaport
An introduction to the life and legacy of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan.
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.
Jangles: a Big Fish Story by David Shannon
A father relates to his son the tale of his encounter--and friendship--with a gigantic trout whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jangles when he swims, but who has never been caught.
The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart
A little girl moves to the United States from Mexico with her family and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico about her new life.
I Need My Own Country by Rick Walton
Instructs the reader in how to form one's own country when the time comes, from finding a location, a name, and a flag, to handling the inevitable civil unrest and invasions.
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
- Submitted by Children on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:12
The 2014-2015 Mark Twain Award Nominees have been announced.
Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton
Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Shadow Collector’s Apprentice by Amy Gordon
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin
Pinch Hit by Tim Green
Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
The Young Healer by Frank McMillan
Privateer’s Apprentice by Susan Verrico
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 15:41
The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
“Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” written by Kate DiCamillo, is the 2014 Newbery Medal winner.
Four Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Doll Bones,” written by Holly Black; “The Year of Billy Miller,” written by Kevin Henkes; “One Came Home,” written by Amy Timberlake; and “Paperboy,” written by Vince Vawter.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
“Locomotive,” illustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Brian Floca.
Three Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Journey,” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker; “Flora and the Flamingo,” written and illustrated by Molly Idle; and “Mr. Wuffles!” written and illustrated by David Wiesner.
For a complete list of all the winners, please see the ALA website.
- Submitted by Children on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 14:16
When best friends Dak and Sera discover the key to time travel — the Infinity Ring — they're swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course — and it's up to them to save it. Check out the whole series!
- Submitted by Children on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:35
It is time to vote on the Missouri Building Block Award nominees. To participate you need to read at least 5 of the 10 books. Vote for your favorite using the ballots available at the Children's Desk. We have a set of the books to give away. Ten lucky winners will each receive one of the nominees. Winners will be drawn from the ballots submitted. Voting ends December 31st.
2013 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Nominees
by Michael Ian Black
Pete the Cat and
His Four Groovy Buttons
by Eric Litwin
by Ken Geist
Oh, No, George!
by Chris Haughton
It’s a Tiger
by David LaRochelle
by Jef Czekaj
One Special Day
by Lola M. Schaefer
Find a Cow Now
by Janet Stevens and
Susan Stevens Crummel
Let’s Sing a Lullaby
with the Brave Cowboy
by Jan Thomas
The Duckling Gets a Cookie
by Mo Willems
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 11:13
Presenting Barnum Brown, who, from the time he was named for circus impresario P.T., was destined to do unusual, important things. Obsessed from childhood with fossils--and blessed with an uncanny knack for finding them--Brown began hunting dinosaurs in the American West in the late 19th century. He was hired by New York's Museum of Natural History to find specimens, since that institution had no dinosaur collection at the time. Discover them Brown did, though he didn't unearth any new species--until, after several years of painstaking labor, he discovered the bones, including an intact skull, of the new creature he'd longed to find, later dubbed Tyrannosaurus rex. His "favorite child" took the world by storm, and the dapper Brown, in a career spanning more than six decades, went on to discover more dinosaur fossils than anyone. Fern fills her text with all the salient facts but uses a breezy, humorous, awestruck voice that strikes just the right tone in telling the story of this fascinating, quirky scientist. Kulikov's wittily energetic, earth-toned watercolors enliven the text and add to the fun and interest. Children who gawp at dinosaur exhibits will realize a new appreciation for those who devote their lives to finding and resurrecting extraordinary animals from eons past. And who doesn't love T. rex? (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 7-11) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:44
Ick! Yuck! Eew! : our gross American history by Lois Miner Huey
What was life really like in early America? Readers are transported back to the 1700s for a bird's-eye view. On the first page, they "land" in a city in June 1770. As they stroll around, they learn that conditions were not glamorous. Animals roamed freely, so the streets were riddled with dung and garbage. In addition to the smell, they also dealt with the buzzing mosquitoes, creeping bedbugs, flies, and biting lice. As the journey continues, readers learn about the lack of hygiene and various diseases that were rampant. Side notes and illustrations explain in more detail such things as the smallpox epidemic, rotting teeth, and various remedies used to treat these ailments. The full-color art is a mixture of photographs and reproductions and serves to convince children about the realities of life in the early years of America. This enlightening book would be helpful for research and will attract browsers, although not everyone will appreciate its grossness.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 11:09
The house of Hades by Rick Riordan
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape? They have no choice. If the demigods don't succeed, Gaea's armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
- Submitted by Children on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 11:30
Cool recipes for you by Nancy Tuminelly
It's not impossible for kids with dietary restrictions to find recipes in general-interest children's cookbooks, but it's not easy, either. These titles are a welcome addition. Each one features eight medium-to-easy recipes paired with color photos and bracketed by information about the reasons why people may choose or need to restrict their diet and how to make cooking to these specifications easier. Some ingredients may be unfamiliar to readers not already living a dairy-free or wheat-free life, but chances are that the kitchens in the homes of children with gluten sensitivity, for example, will already contain items like rice flour and xanthan gum. Many recipes call for semi-prepared foods, such as pudding mix or gluten-free pizza sauce, which is perhaps understandable in Wheat-Free and Dairy-Free given the challenges of creating kid-friendly recipes that exclude many common ingredients. Start a conversation and fill an inclusion gap with this series.
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