Children’s Blog

Lincoln Summer Reading Suggestions from the 5th Grade

On Monday morning, we had a very pleasant visit with the Lincoln School 5th graders and their School Media Specialist, LeeAnne Toner. We provided some summer reading suggestions to them and in return, they enthusiastically provided some fantastic suggestions to us:

Applegate. K. The One and Only Ivan
Asch, F. Journal of a Cardboard Genius (series)
Auxier, J. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
Birdsall, J. The Penderwicks (series)
Birdseye, T. Storm Mountain
Bosch, P. Secret (series)
Chick, B. The Secret Zoo (series)
Clements, A. Frindle
Collins, S. Gregor the Overlander (series) and Hunger Games (series)
Curtis, C.P. Bud Not Buddy and The Mighty Miss Malone
DiCamillo, K. Because of Winn-Dixie
D’Lacey, C. The Last Dragon Chronicles (series)
DuPrau, J. The Books of Ember (series)
Flanagan, J. Rangers Apprentice (series)
Foley, L. Remarkable
Green, T. Football Genius (series)
Grisham, J. Theodore Boone (series)
Gutman, D. Genius Files (series)
Horowitz, A. Alex Rider (series)
Hunter, E. Seekers/Warriors (series)
Klise, K. 43 Old Cemetery Road (series)
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Korman, G. Swindle
Jacques, B. Redwall (series)
Lasky, K. The Guardians of Ga’hoole (series)
Lin, G. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (series)
Lord, C. Rules
Lore, P. I Am Number Four (series)
Lowry, L. The Giver (series) and Number the Stars
Lupica, M. The Big Field and True Legend 
Palacio, R.J. Wonder
Paolini, C. Eragon (series)
Rawls, W. Where the Red Fern Grows

EnKa Fair 2013

We hope everyone had a great time at the fair this year. Did you see us in the parade on Saturday? Here are a couple of photos if you missed us:

A short time ago, in a library not so far away . . .

On Saturday morning, Peter Stuzziero (teen librarian at  the Scituate Town Library) brought his Star Wars Symposium to Winchester. He managed to draw an enthusiastic crowd, many in costume, even with the beautiful spring weather. Both younglings and grown-up Jedis enjoyed his mixture of humor, trivia and videos.

And don't forget, Star Wars Day is coming up--May the Fourth be with you.

 

Brian Lies at Authorfest!!

Today as part of Authorfest we were so excited to have a visit from author/illustrator Brian Lies author of Bats at the Library! He read to us from one of his books, told us how he creates them and even drew us a picture!

Brian Lies

 

Brian Lies bat

 

Brian Lies drawing

 

A special thank you to WFEE, Brian Lies and all the authors who visited us in town today!

Storytime Superheroes

Bad guys beware! The Fortress of Awesomeness (also known as the Winchester Public Library) is a prime training ground for new superheroes . . .

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,…