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Saturday, April 25, 2015

What's New in Children's Books

book is a gift you can open again and again.” ~ Garrison Keillor ...
What's New In Children's Books?
As a Teacher Librarian, I must say... I am always on the "look-out" for that next great book. As an educator, there is nothing more exciting... inspiring... and rejuvenating then meeting up with other educators, librarians, and "hot off the press" books. Ever since Peggy Sharp began the NW What's New in Children's Books workshops, I have been honored to meet so many outstanding authors. I have had the privilege of bringing unknown titles to audiences for over 30 years. Many of my "go to" favorite authors have been discovered while learning "what's new" in books. So I was thrilled with the opportunity to spend a day just "soaking" up all of the newest titles with my co-workers.

MrsK's picks:
  1.  The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett: Not only are the illustrations the most delightful journey, this wordless picture book has the lasting endearment of working hard for something you want. A little girl wants a shiny green bicycle, what must she do to earn the money? As each season comes and goes, she learns the value in doing jobs that will help others. In spite of a crashing disappointment, she discovers how giving an expected gift is rewarding. When it looks like her goal is unattainable... that's when she learns how love and appreciation can be turned around.
  2.  The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak: Now here is an excellent "read aloud" for every age. Created with fun-filled word choice... a completely ridiculous story line... and a perfectly crafted entertaining quality... this book delivers what every reader desires... FUN with a book! Children love hearing this book over and over, especially with many different readers. Their joy explodes with giggles and excitement... it is contagious and exhilarating!
  3. A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd: This marvelous story combines a small town's mystery, a new middle school, Dr. Zook's Ice Cream, and a friendship that can make "cords align" to make all things right. Felicity collects words. Words that appear every day, every where. Spindiddly words that hover, that creep, that shimmer, and . She's lived in six different states and longs for the one word that will give her joy... home. Will a duel in Midnight Gulch really bring back the magic for the town, her family, and for the Threadbare brothers? So delightfully crafted, you will not want to close the book and ever leave Midnight Gulch.
  4. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin: My choice for the most beloved character of the year. Meet Rose Howard, a young girl who is obsessed with homonyms. When her father brings home a dog in a rain storm, Rose names it Reign. Rose is in the fifth grade at Hartford Elementary in New York. Not very many people understand Rose. While Rose tells us the story about Reign and the hurricane, she introduces us to herself, her thoughts, and her challenges as a high functioning Autistic student. We learn about her Uncle Weldon, her father Wesley, her mother who ran away, and Mrs. Leibler. Once in awhile a reader discovers a book that remains forever opened in your mind and your heart. Just as Tuck Everlasting or Bridge to Terabithia , Rose and Reign will become friends for a life time.
   Picks on my to Read List:
Just click on the book covers to get reviews at Barnes and Noble 
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts   The Madman of Piney Woods   Greenglass House  The Night Gardener   Brown Girl Dreaming  The Princess in Black   The Fourteenth Goldfish   Dory Fantasmagory (Dory Series #1)   Louise Loves Art   Little Elliot, Big City    Shadow Chasers  Lindbergh  The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus    Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual  Blizzard Mix It Up!     Firebird    Quest   Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons   Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos 

Meet the Educator:
Barbara Sandars  Barbara Sanders graduated from Augustana College in 1970 and left her hometown of Rock Island, Illinois to come to Oregon, hoping to find a teaching job! She landed in an open-space team-teaching school where she taught kindergarten and grades 1-3 while getting her Master in Library Science...that degree led her into the centralized library of another open-space school, where she helped develop flexible library scheduling and student-centered checkout (before computers!). She opened Catalyst Bookstore in 1988 and for the next 14 years helped the teachers, librarians, and parents of the Northwest keep up with the growing field of children's and YA literature; she is now an adjunct professor at Concordia University in the field of children's literature, where she has been instrumental in the development of the NW Center of Children's Literature. She has been an elementary teacher and school librarian for many years in addition to owning her own bookstore and serving as a school consultant on the newest and best books for the classroom, particularly those that will reach reluctant readers. She sees her mission as staying on top of all the new titles published for students each year and sharing a wealth of practical strategies to connect reluctant readers and books.
Barbara’s extensive experience translates into seminars full of hands-on involvement with books and outstanding ideas for getting books into the hands and hearts of reluctant readers.
She is married to Steve, they have 6 children ranging in age from 12-30; and, joy of joys, 3 grandchildren! She loves to travel and reading everyday is a must!
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