Books of the Week!

Here's a list of past Books of the Week!


Week of April 30th

Continuing with all things related to space, stars and galaxies far, far away...guard your grills Earthlings and check out Take Me To Your BBQ, a new picturebook by Kathy Duval!

Aliens have landed on Willy's farm, and they're not leaving without a square dance and a square meal! So fire up that grill, pour on the barbeque sauce, and snatch up that fiddle...

bbq cover


Week of April 8th

This month in the Children's Room we're highlighting all things related to space, stars and galaxies far, far away. Peter H. Reynolds's new picturebook Sky Color beautifully illustrates how a child imagines the sky above us. Check it out today!

How can Marisol ever create a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream...

sky color image

Week of March 25th

In 1968, E.L. Konigsberg became the only author (so far) to receive both the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year. She won the Medal for her beloved classic, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler, and an Honor for the lesser-known Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. Konigsberg also won the Newbery Medal in 1997 for The View from Saturday.

Almost everyone knows the story about the sister and brother who run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but many of today's readers overlook this forgotten classic. Elizabeth is new in town and has no friends until she meets Jennifer, an unusual girl who just happens to be a master witch.

Konigsberg is a masterful writer, and this, her first novel, is no exception. Like many authors she started her career as a teacher. She was inspired to write when she realized that many of her students were "softly comfortable on the outside and solidly uncomfortable on the inside*." This understanding of the inner life of her characters ensures her books' enduring appeal.

Konigsburg book cover

Week of March 18th

Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

three times lucky cover


Week of March 11th 2013

Continuing with the Month of Mystery here in the Children's Room, check out this great graphic novel Spy, Spy Again: True Tales of Foiled Espionage!

Uncover twenty stories of unsuccessful spy missions, from ancient China, ancient India to World War II and the Cold War...

Spy, Spy Again cover

Week of March 4th 2013:

 Hold Fast by Blue Balliett

March is Mystery Month here in the Children's Room! Start it off with Blue Balliett's challenging new novel!

On a cold winter's day in Chicage, Early's father disappeared. Now it's up to her to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father...

Hold Fast book cover



Week of February 25th 2013:

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

We were thrilled when this book won the 2013 Caldecott Medal!

A tiny minnow in a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins...

This is Not My Hat




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