Monday, May 20, 2013

Great New Graphic Novels

 Here at the library we have been really excited about all of the great new graphic novels recently added to our ever-growing juvenile graphic novel section! Check out some of my favorite picks for the month of May- they are a great choice for a fun beach read or weekend road trip! 

Mermin- Book One: Out of Water by Joey Weiser

"MERMIN the MERMAN from MER?!"  That's the question Pete and his friends ask after finding the fish-boy Mermin washed up on the beach! Mermin has escaped from the oceanic world of Mer and is ready to have some fun on dry land. Fishy pursuers are hot on Mermin's tail and set on bringing him back to Mer, but why? 

 Mermin is packed with humor, action and super fun illustrations. The bright colors in this book seem to pop right off the pages! This story will appeal to kids of all ages and will truly spark your imagination as to what lives under the sea!

Mermin-Book One: Out of Water by Joey Weiser. Published by Oni Press; 2013

Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

  In this third installment of the Hildafolk series we find our plucky blue-haired heroine Hilda thrust into a new world in the city of Trolberg, far from her wooded birthplace. She worries that this new city will not bring the same adventures and excitement as her old home, but she is in for a surprise when we discover that the annual Bird Parade is not as plain as it seems!

Pearson's playful artwork and muted color choices make this visually interesting, and the story is full of discoveries and great for anyone who has ever moved to a new place and felt disappointed or bored. The New York Times even wrote a stellar review for this title that you can read here.  Be sure to read Hildafolk and Hilda and the Midnight Giant too!
Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson. Published by Flying Eye Books; 2012

 Owly: Tiny Tales by Andy Runton 

 Owly is an adorable little owl with many woodland friends who get into all sorts of trouble and adventures. Owly has been likened to the stories of Winnie the Pooh and is sure to please young readers with it's heartwarming characters. Runton's black and white illustrations, wordless narrative style and inventive use of symbols and action make this a charming read.

This is the fifth graphic novel in the amazing all-ages Owly series, Tiny Tales, and collects the very first out-of-print Owly stories from the original mini-comics, as well as the out-of-print Free Comic Book Day stories Splashin' Around, Breakin' The Ice, and Helping Hands. The book also includes some cool bonus material, such as an "Early Owly" sketchbook section and "How To Draw Owly".

Owly: Tiny Tales by Andy Runton. Published by Top Shelf Productions; 2012

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Children's Book Week May 13th-19th

Children's Book Week is all about celebrating our favorite books, authors, and illustrators.   Truthfully, we don't really need a special themed week to remember what books we love, but it's nice to let the world know how much we all love reading and sharing with others our love of stories and characters. It's what children's librarians do everyday! And we aren't the only ones who love to share books; School Library Journal recently published their own list of favorites: the top 100 best children's titles OF ALL TIME!  In addition, The Children's Book Council has several lists of favorites called the Children's Choices Book Awards.  These lists are voted on each year by kids of all ages.

With so many great titles to choose from, it is definitely tough to just pick one favorite.  On the bright side, GMPL makes it easy for you to make numerous selections to read with your favorite people. Stop by our children's area to check one (or many) out! 
You can also celebrate Children's Book Week by writing your own story using some of our favorite author's story starters.  They've given you a few sentences to start with, it's up to you to finish!  Maybe your stories will make the top 100 list some day.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Web Wednesday with Mother Goose

It's never too early to get your baby into books!  May 1st is Mother Goose Day, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to scope out some awesome web sites!

StoryBlocks is an amazing site for kids and parents alike.  You can search the many videos for songs and rhymes to do with your wee ones.  My favorite part of the site is that the videos usually include a quick tip for enriching literacy skills using Every Child Ready to Read, which is the literacy initiative our library uses. You can search the videos by keyword, age group, language, or just browse past favorites. 

My next favorite site is called Day by Day and made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services in Idaho.  Every day of the year you can access new songs, rhymes, stories, and much more.  This site makes it easy to spend a few minutes each day with your child doing literacy rich activities.

Another notable site is the Mother Goose Club
Mother Goose Club is a great resource for well-known nursery rhymes, as well as the more obscure oldies.  You can search rhymes by category such as action, animals, counting, etc.  Once you find a rhyme you can read the words, hear it sung, or watch a video of Mother Goose Club members performing it with the actions.  They also provide a page just for parents with the lyrics and history about the rhymes.  You can also print out sheet music to follow along on an instrument!

These are just a few of the great resources out there for you and your little ones to enjoy together.  Don't forget to sign up for Mother Goose classes at the library - they begin May 8th and space is limited!