To me, books are everything, pure and simple.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Library Bag Fave: MISS MOORE THOUGHT OTHERWISE by Debby Atwell

5 of 5 Stars to Miss Moore Thought Otherwise or How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough and illustrated by Debby Atwell     Did you know that children were not allowed to go into libraries in the late 1800's? "People didn't think reading was very important for children - especially not for girls." Also, some libraries were not free. This book tells the story of a girl who didn't follow the rules and became one of the founding champions for libraries and the right for children to use them.We, who love children and books, owe a debt to Anne Carroll Moore who made sure that yesterday's and today's children have access to the wonderful world of books. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Library Bag Fave: BRIEF THIEF by Michael Escoffier

5 of 5 stars to Brief Thief by Michael Escoffier,  and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo.

Look at the cover carefully. What do you see? Are you sure? What does it look like? Make some predictions...go ahead...I dare you. I started giggling when I saw this on the library's New Picture Books shelf. Some books continue to make me giggle throughout, but not all. This one, however, not only made me giggle, but made me wonder how artistic, creative, imaginative people get these amazing ideas and bring them to fruition. I so envy them. Yes, yes...if you predicted that a gecko is the thief, you are right. But I bet the rest of your guesses aren't quite on target. You will have a rollicking good time finding out, though, I guarantee it! Yep, that's all I'm saying. You'll just have to check it out to find out why, Leon the gecko, stole these briefs!


Monday, July 29, 2013

Library Bag Fave: DOUG AND PUG by Steve Breen

4 of 5 stars to Doug and Pug by Steve Breen. Great friendship book about two dog-friends who couldn't be more different. A misunderstanding comes between the two good friends but all is well in the hijinks that follows! Hilarious illustrations in an almost graphic book type layout. A great discussion starter about how totally wrong we can be when it comes to our friends and our relationships. The Hating Book by Charlotte Zolotow from 1969 would pair nicely with Doug and Pug. One of the best last page illustrations EVER in Pug and Doug! Loved it!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Library Bag Fave

5 of 5 stars to Count the Monkeys! by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Mac Barnett is a fave of mine (LOVE his Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen) and this book is ALL awesomeness! It's not your typical counting book...not by a long shot! It's a participation book like Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Kids and other human beings will laugh at the craziness that is going on inside! Fun, fun, fun will be had by all who enter!
Mac Barnett

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Every Day by David Levithan



David Levithan has created one of the most unique young adult books I've ever read. A is 16, male, and for all of his life, has awakened each day in the body of someone else. At midnight, he is ripped out of his current host and enters the next. After 16 years of this happening 365 days a year, and, oh joy, an extra day in a leap year, he has rules he follows. Never interfere. Until the day he meets Rhiannon. He experiences all different kinds of sixteen year olds, male, female, happy, sad. You name it, he LIVES it. I'm interested in knowing WHICH type of people he omitted and why, besides the reason that this book would have been VERY long. Both hubby and I rated this 5 out of 5 stars. Ninth grade and up for mature content, BUT, in my opinion, all teenagers should read this.

This video has many, many authors talking about Every Day, who do YOU recognize?