Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fresh Picks! April

April is nearing it's end, and we've been busily getting ready for summer reading. We're going to have lots of great programs and activities to keep you and your family busy. Only 51 more days until all the craziness starts! Until then, here are some of our new books to keep you occupied:

The Riverman by Aaron Starmer. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014.

This first book in the Riverman trilogy is truly original and exciting! Fiona Loomis, the weird girl next door, tasks Alistair Cleary with writing her biography. After Fiona visits a magical world through the portal in her basement, she learns of a creature called the Riverman who steals the souls of children, and fears hers may be next. Alistair must separate fact from fiction, and fantasy from reality to save Fiona and possibly himself. 

Book Level: 4.9
AR Points: 10.0

Home by Carson Ellis. Candlewick Press, 2015.

Ellis' illustrations give a whole new meaning to home. Every page is filled with delightful interpretations of many different homes, from a Norse god, to a raccoon, to the little old lady who lives in a shoe. 

A Violin for Elva by Mary Lyn Ray. Illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Houghton Mifflin Hartcourt, 2015. 

This is a story not only for kids, but also great for adults. Full of passion for music, Elva wants a violin. After her parents won't let her get one, Elva spends her time pretending. As she moves through her life her passion never fades, but she always has some reason for not learning to play violin. A story that shows the importance of following what makes your heart sing, and for learning it's never too late.

The Wild Weather Book: Loads of Things to Do Outdoors in Rain, Wind, and Snow by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield. Frances Lincoln, 2013. 

Although there were some flakes recently, we're hoping that there won't be any more snow. This is Ohio, so who knows, but here's hoping. However, there's bound to be wind and rain. Some might think that neither are good for playing outside in, but this book will show you otherwise! Loaded with fun things to do in all kinds of weather, this book is great for chasing away boredom. Use your imagination and creativity to make a natural umbrella, or rain shadows. Blow some bubbles in the wind, and make a wind flag! This book is an exciting way to engage your imagination and wonder for the world.

With May almost here, our new calendar is out and chock full with all the programs we'll be doing this summer.  For more information on our upcoming programs check out our website

Monday, April 13, 2015

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world! Founded in 1996, National Poetry Month is celebrated all over by schools, publishers, poets (of course), and libraries. As lovers of reading and all things literary, GMPL joins in the festivities. Here are some great books to introduce and foster the love of poetry in your kids:

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Silverstein is classic poetry for children. The poems are silly, sometimes weird, and heartfelt. Paired with fun illustrations, even adults can get behind the youthfulness of Silverstein.

i carry your heart with me by e.e. cummings. Illustrated by Mati McDonough

This picture book takes the work of a poet, e.e. cummings, someone not necessarily recognized as writer of children's poetry, and makes it accessible to readers of all ages. McDonough's illustrations compliment the words of cummings, and creates a beautiful, heartwarming poetic experience. 

Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

While some boys might take to poetry like it's second nature, other might not express interest. Raczka and Reynolds paired up to bring a book of haiku poems specifically with boys in mind. The book moves through the four seasons with poems involving all sorts of activities,  including splashing sisters with muddy puddles. A great book for boys who don't think they like poetry. 

Poems in Black & White by Kate Miller

Miller's illustrations are as beautiful as her poems in this book. Her poems vary in style, and explore different subjects, from a comet to bowling! This book is great for children and grown-ups alike.

For kids interested in exploring poetry online, check out Jack Prelutsky's website for all kinds of fun: For the whole month of April, we'll have our poetry display up in the children's department. Come in to check out these, and many more!