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Surf’s Up!

Surfing was newly added to the Olympic Games in Tokyo this year, so why not hang ten with one of these books? For younger kids:  Dude! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat (2018). A platypus and a beaver are out surfing, but there's something big lurking underneath the water. This hilarious book will have [...]

By |2021-07-13T15:11:17-04:00July 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Travel to Tokyo

The opening ceremony for the 2020 Olympic Games will be held tomorrow in Tokyo, Japan. We may not be able to physically travel to Japan right now, but we can armchair travel there through one of these books set in Tokyo. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (272 pages; 2020). In a small [...]

By |2021-07-13T15:58:57-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Back to School Picture Books

I know it might seem too early to be thinking about Back to School, but the time is now to request picture books about starting a new school year! Here are some great back to school picture books to share with the young students in your life. I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison. [...]

By |2021-07-13T15:45:30-04:00July 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Archaeology of Indiana Jones

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the archaeologist who gave adventure a a new name: Directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg teamed up to give us Indiana Jones, who made his debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark. As a young and impressionable viewer Dr. David WestReynolds was blown away by the thrills he saw [...]

By |2021-07-10T15:15:05-04:00July 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Once Upon a Time is Now

When people think of fairy tales, they often think of childhood, but a lot of adults love fairy tales too! No novel-length retellings this time (that's a blog post for a different day), but brief bites of fairy tale flavor for grown-ups. A book I recently read and loved was Veronica Schanoes's short story collection [...]

By |2021-07-07T15:43:38-04:00July 8th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller (2019), 357 pages. (Overdrive/Libby ebook also available) She was known to millions as Emily Doe.  After her sexual assault on Stanford's campus, her rapist was convicted, only for the judge to sentence him to a paltry handful of months in jail.  At the same time, "Emily Doe" [...]

By |2021-06-30T13:18:34-04:00July 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award 2021

In case you are wondering what the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is, do not fear! I am here to fill you in with everything you need to know.What is the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award?Each year, a committee is composed of experts in children's literature and children's development to choose five of their favorite [...]

By |2021-06-29T13:08:56-04:00June 29th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments