Tuesday, November 13, 2012

How to Make a Librarian Happy: November 2012 (part 2)

Yesterday, I showcased a lot of YA and middle grade books I was able to get for the charter school's library at the Scholastic book fair.  Now, let me present the new books for the younger students (there are also middle grade-appropriate books here; upper elementary students and middle school students read a variety of things).

All photos are mine.  All links are to Goodreads, unless otherwise noted.

Christmas pack of books - eight for $25!
Puppy Place: Maggie and Max by Emily Miles
Horrible Harry and the Christmas Surprise by Suzy Kline
The Christmas Toy Factory by Geronimo Stilton
The Christmas Party from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
The Kids from the Polk Street School: December Secrets by Patricia Reilly Giff
Ready, Freddy!: The Perfect Present by Abby Klein
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Flat Stanley: Stanley's Christmas Adventure by Jeff Brown

Popular series
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of the Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey (That hurt to type.)
Judy Moody's Mini-Mysteries by Megan McDonald
Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff) by Barbara Park
Dork Diaries: How to Dork Your Diary and Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell
School of Fear: The Final Exam by Gitty Daneshvari

While You Were Sleeping by Steve and Matthew Murrie
Pokemon Essential Handbook
Scholastic 2013 Book of World Records by Jenifer Corr Morse
100 Deadliest Things on the Planet by Anna Claybourne

For my princess problem
Barbie: Fairytale Collection
Fancy Nancy: Hair Dos and Hair Don'ts by Jane O'Connor (I actually think Fancy Nancy is a lovely girl.)
Perfectly Princess: Orange Princess Has a Ball by Alyssa Crowne

Boyish books
Ninjago: Way of the Ninja

An acclaimed book
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Animal picture books
Marley and the Kittens by John Grogan
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin
A Kid for Jack by the Fourth Grade Students at Piney Grove Elementary in Kernersville, NC
Ponyella by Laura Numeroff

Mythical Monsters (a replacement copy)
World's Worst Monsters & Villains by Kieron Connolly (This book is amazing factually, but as my dear boyfriend pointed out to me, horribly illustrated.  That's Cthulhu on the cover.)

Animal nonfiction
Animal Heroes by Sandra Markle
Incredible Insects Q&A by Sally Tagholm

Political nonfiction
See How They Run by Susan E. Goodman

And last, but far from least, are some books bought as donations to the library!
Faith, Hope and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Peirce
Magic Tree House: Eve of the Emperor Penguin by Mary Pope Osborne

I'm very pleased with the amount of books we were able to get.  The kids will love them!

Monday, November 12, 2012

How to Make a Librarian Happy: November 2012 (part 1)

Last week was the Scholastic book fair during parent-teacher conferences.  Despite having very few volunteers, we did pretty well.  Thanks to previous fairs and the resulting Scholastic Dollars we'd earned, the school made out like a bandit as far as what I was able to get from the fair for the library.  There were bargain books and nonfiction, picture books and best-sellers, and I think my students will be very happy with the nearly 60 books we ended up with.

And maybe I'll review a few here.  Let me know what you'd like to hear about!

(All photos are mine.  All links are to Goodreads, unless otherwise noted.)

Graphic novels
Undertown volume 1 by Jim Pascoe
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
Spider-Girl volume 3 by Tom DeFalco

Bargain books (middle grade and YA)
The Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw
Brand-New Emily by Ginger Rue
Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
Star Crossed: Aries Rising byBonnie Hearn Hill
A Friendship for Today by Patricia C. McKissack

Popular series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Origami Yoda: The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger
Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (it already has two holds placed)

Popular authors
Witch & Wizard: The Gift by James Patterson
The Vampire's Promise (3-in-1 reprint) by Caroline B. Cooney
101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies by Lee Wardlaw

Trendy YA
Choke by Diana Lopez (I intend to read this.)
Skinny by Donna Cooner

Fast! by Ian Graham
Lost and Found by John Malam
How to Draw Harley-Davidson Motorcycles by Jickie Torres
Mine Eyes Have Seen by Bob Adelman (photographer) and Charles Johnson
Guinness World Records 2013 (sure to circulate wildly)

Part two will come soon!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

National Novel Writing Month!

It's November 1, and as many of you may know, it's now National Novel Writing Month!  (Also, happy birthday to my dad.)  Are any of my readers participating?  This is my third year; I "won" last year with my High Fantasy Medieval Zombie Apocalypse ... which I pretty much haven't touched since.  :P  This year, I'm trying to write picture books about science-oriented princesses.  If I'm going to make 50,000 words, that's going to be a lot of picture books.  I'm also hosting write-ins at the school/public library.

What does this mean for the blog?  I'm taking a much-needed break, or at least turning down the heat.  I wrote eleven posts last month, and had one guest post.  That's a lot around here.

I will likely post picture book reviews during this time.  I needed to do research.  Plus, those are short and quick.

I'm currently also reading A Game of Thrones in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.  If you're not familiar, the book is more than 800 pages long, and is perhaps one of the shorter books in the series.  It's also the subject of a hot series on HBO.

Winter is coming, but thoughts of Jon Snow keep me warm.
Best of luck to all who are participating in National Novel Writing Month!