caldecottBest Books of the Year

Welcome to 2017 and one of our favorite times of year!  The list of award-winning books has been announced.  This year’s Caldecott awarded for the most distinguished American picture book for children is “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michael Basquiat,” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. The Newbery awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature is “The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” written by Kelly Barnhill. Check out these books and lots more on the complete list of award winners compiled by the American Library Association.

Another great list of best books of 2016: Librarian extraordinaire Betsy Bird has compiled a list of her favorite children’s book titles in all categories on her “A Fuse8 production” blog. Ms. Bird compiled 31 lists in 31 days! Then completed this final list of her top 100 books of the year. Enjoy some of the amazing books from this past year and let us know, what were your favorite books of the year?



Book Review by Benjamin C.

We have a new book review by library reader Benjamin C.

Dinosaurs for Breakfast by Amy J. Lemke is a funny comic book. The main character is a little boy named Josh. Josh almost eats a dinosaur egg at breakfast. Josh believes that chicken eggs are really dinosaur eggs. He takes an egg from his mom and makes it his pet. A dinosaur comes out of the egg!  You’ll have to read it to find out more.

(There is some kind of food hidden in every picture).

Thanks, Ben for a great review!


Dog Diaries: Sparky by Kate Climo


A review by Talia B.

“I was so excited when the new Dog Diaries book: Sparky came out. It is about a fire dog (Sparky) in the time of the great Chicago Fire. At that time, horses instead of engines hauled equipment to fires. So the dogs kept the horses calm. Sparky helped with the rescues during the Great Chicago Fire. If you want to hear more about what Sparky did, you should really read this book.”

“If you like this book and want to read the rest of the series read Dog Diaries #1 Ginger, #2 Buddy, #3 Barry, #4 Togo, #5 Dash, #6 Sweetie, #7 Stubby and #8 Fala. If you want to get the horses side of the story read Horse Diaries: Cinders.”

“I enjoyed this book and think you will too!!!”

Thanks, Talia, great review! If you want to read this great series, check out a title from your library.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

We are having so much fun with the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program @ the library.  What we really LOVE are all the preschoolers and parents reading together!  Check out the “Wall of Fame” with the list of readers on their way to 1,000 books.  The fabulous Betsy Bird (librarian and book reviewer)  in addition to having a great name (and blog) has compiled a list for School Library Journal of the Top 100 Picture Books. It’s a good source to find books to read together.

Check out Betsy’s Blog and the list of picture books:

Book Review: The War that Saved My Life



The Newbery and Caldecott Awards were announced in the beginning of February. As usual, there were a lot of our favorite titles on the honor list, including “The War That Saved My Life”  by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley,a book we couldn’t put down. There were also some surprises (ready to go on our To-Read List!)  A lot of the great readers that come in to the library agree. See the review below:

Review by Katherine T. Grade 5

“I would recommend the book, “The War That Saved My Life” because the suspense feels so real that so much emotion will come to you. I love the book so much because the way the author explained the events was perfect. Also, I love the dialog between the characters. The main character, Ada, meets a lot of new friends and has fun, but before she can do that she has to deal with her horrible mother.To make it worse she is a “cripple” who never left the house because her mom is so ashamed. She doesn’t miss the chance to leave with her brother when the war comes.

Thanks, Katherine! Great review.  If you want to read a historical fiction story full of suspense with a character you’ll really root for, check it out!

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Here are a few current favorite titles we couldn’t put down.

“Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan

“Goodbye Stranger” by Rebecca Stead

“The Thing About Jellyfish” by Ali Benjamin