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  • Never Race a Runaway Pumpkin

    This is #7 in the Roscoe Riley Rules series by Katherine Applegate. It's just the thing for October! First-grader Roscoe is all excited about guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin in the bookstore window to win books for his school library -- and candy for himself. But his superstitious nature takes over when he encounters a black kitten there
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 10-08-2009
  • Underpants On My Head

    We just got 2 new juvenile fiction books by Jessica Harper. The first in the series is Uh-oh Cleo . The second is Uh-oh, Cleo, Underpants on my Head . They say you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but who ever said anything about its title? I went directly to the Underpants book. Given the success of all the Captain Underpants books
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 10-07-2009
  • The Next Newbery?

    I've just read a review of When You Reach Me from our EVPL Newsletters. The reviewer fully expects this book to win the next Newbery Award and/or be high on all the best children's books of the year lists. (Click here to read that review.) Rebecca Stead has written a book that begins with 12-year-old Miranda in the 1979-1980 school year. It
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 10-05-2009
  • Mystery at the Club Sandwich

    Everybody likes a good mystery, right? And a good detective, too. Nick Trunk is a great detective -- that's his picture there on the cover. He works for peanuts -- not bad, since he's an elephant. Doug Cushman tells and illustrates this picture book in the style of the old detective stories and movies, hence the black and white illustrations
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 09-23-2009
  • Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From

    When they found he r fossilized bones in 1974, the scientists had a tape recording of the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds . They were so excited at their discovery that they played it over and over. So the hominid uncovered in Hadar, Ethiopia, has come to be called Lucy. Catherine Thimmesh has written numerous award-winning nonfiction children's
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 09-14-2009
  • Looking For a Classic Children's Book?

    Sometimes it's good to read a brand new book, and sometimes you're looking for one that you know is tried and true. Every so often, Horn Book publishes a current list of children's classics. Their most recent compilation was published in April. Categories include For the Very Young, Picture Books, For Beginning Readers, Stories, Echos of
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 09-14-2009
  • Know Any Budding Authors?

    A Book is the book for them! Mordicai Gerstein has written and illustrated this picture book about a family who lived in a book. "When the book was closed it was night in the book and the family slept. When the book was open it was morning and the family woke up." Then all the characters woke up and went off into their own stories. Every story
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 08-28-2009
  • 9-Year-Old Author Tells How To Talk To Girls, Moms, Dads, and Santa!

    Alec Greven wrote his first self help book at the age of 9 when he was in the third grade in Castle Rock, Colorado, as a school assignment. Then he sold copies of it at his school book fair for $3.00. Now he has a publisher, HarperCollins, and he's taken his advice to such tv spots as Ellen, the Tonight Show, and others. Alec's first book is
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 08-20-2009
  • It's a Duck! No, it's a Rabbit! It's Duck! Rabbit!

    OK, now it's your turn to take a good look at the picture on the front of this book, and it's nice and big so you can really study it. The two unseen characters inside are in disagreement. One thinks it's a duck quacking, and the other thinks it's a rabbit sniffing. "It's a duck. And he's about to eat a pice of bread."
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 08-20-2009
  • Does Your Toddler Love Vehicles?

    Jennifer Riggs Vetter has written a variation of the old song Down by The Station , with lots of modes of transportation. Of course there's the tried and true train to begin with, but this version goes on to include school buses, trucks, ex cavators, airplanes, boats, and more, up to a double page spread of a rocket. Illustrations are by Frank Remkiewicz
    Posted to Kids Blog (Weblog) by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on 07-28-2009
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