Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oh Joy, A Baby BOY!

I'm going to be an aunt!!
So excited for his arrival on June 13, 2014
Congratulations Jennifer & Nyle Chambers!

Word of the Day...


Truth of the Day...

"Yee-haw!" says Cowboy. "You fixed it."

Octopus says, "Some things work better with a friend."

By Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

Monday, January 27, 2014

Caldecott & Newbery Winners Announced Today!

You Can Teach an Old Picture Book New Tricks...

"Once upon a time, there was this bear. One minute, he was strolling in the woods, all happy-go-lucky....
The next minute, he didn't have a crumb-of-a-clue where he was.
He was one COMPLETELY lost bear."

GOLDILOCKS AND JUST ONE BEAR is a lovely retelling (more of a sequel, really) of the Goldilocks tale by Leigh Hodgkinson with a fresh and fun new take on the story. I absolutely adore the originality of this voice and the use of fanciful language throughout. The surprise twist at the end is just the icing on the cake of this picture book delight! This is a perfect example of how you put a new spin on an age-old tale.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mockingbird Books Best Sellers...

Thanks to Mockingbird Books for sharing this info, it's so good to stay on top of what's selling in the market. Gotta love and support our local, independent bookstores!

OUR BEST SELLERS OF 2013 (We thought you might like to know!)
Board Books (some of our topselling Authors - too many great ones to list)
Bonny Becker
Loren Long
Matthew Porter
Leslie Patricelli
Alice Shertle
Picture Books
Good Night, Good Night Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton
Books for Ages 4-8
Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden
Horatio's One Wish by Josh Kriesberg
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Gannett
Books for Ages 9-12
Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Sasquatch Escape #1 by Suzanne Selfors
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Books for Ages 11-13
Counting by 7's by Holly Sloan
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Kiki Strike #1 Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
Books for Young Adults
Book Thief  by Markus Zusak
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott
Historical Fiction
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus
Hild by Anicola Griffith
Written in Stone by Roseanne Parry
Graphic Novels
Bird and Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Smash: Trial by Fire by Chris Bolton
Copper by Kazu Kibuishi

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

~Robin Williams, Dead Poet's Society

Library Visit...

2 great books!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Dreams, if they are any good, are always a little crazy."

~Ray Charles