Library Trips and Picks #1

I’m exited to announce a new blog feature.  In “Library Trips and Picks”, I’ll highlight books we find at the library.  Thankfully, all of my children enjoy reading, including the youngest who was born with Down syndrome. If you Like me on Facebook, you’ll find a video introducing our “library luggage” from this trip.

My favorite library branch.

There are 10 branches in our local library system.  We’ll try to visit a different one each time.

June 15, 2016 Trip: This is my favorite branch. It’s the closest to us and the librarians are nice.  My children don’t think it has the best selection, but everyone managed to get good stuff. Below the book images are quick thoughts on each.  (Speaking of quick thoughts, hit the comment button to tell me what you are reading.  I love hearing from others!)

Grounded by Kate Klise: Instantly intrigued by the premise of this book–a young girl who tries to save a local funeral home by hosting “Living Funerals” (so those who are still alive can hear the nice things others say about them).  Klise throws in some mystery for good measure. “I had to keep turning the page to find out what happened,” said my daughter.

Nation by Terry Pratchett:  My children are big Terry Pratchett fans, but this one didn’t thrill.  “Main character complained too much and the story rambled,” said my son.

Little Bear’s Picture by Else Holmelund Minarik:  Little Bear books never go out of style.  They’re perfect for entertainment and reading practice.

Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett:  This Pratchett book did thrill.  “Lots of fantasy and humor,” said my young readers.  Mark Beech’s illustrations offered the perfect goofy touch.

The Calvin and Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson:  This classic comic strip is both funny and smart. “The variety of story lines keeps it interesting,” my son added.

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub, illustrated by Melissa Sweet:  A unique take on a classic tale.  But the real star is Sweet’s illustrations.  Grab anything by her if you see it.

Regarding the Bees by Kate Klise with illustrations by M. Sarah Klise:  Pair Klise’s writing with her sister’s illustrations, and you have a winner every time.  Their earlier 43 Old Cemetery Road series is gold.

Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers:  I only knew Jeffers as the illustrator of one of the funniest books I’ve ever read (The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt).  So when I found a book he illustrated and wrote, I had to check it out.  Turns out, he’s just as gifted with words as he is with color and ink.  This is no ordinary alphabet book.  He employs “puzzled parsnips” to illustrate letter P,  “a terrible typewriter” for T and “enigma” for E.  Yes, in addition to giggling at all the silliness, your little ones may learn a few things!

5 thoughts on “Library Trips and Picks #1

  • June 29, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Love this new edition to your blog. Some great book choices! I am reading one of your book selections: ‘The Feast.” I was so intrigued by your description of the book that I purchased it from Amazon. I am on page 110. So far I am enjoying the book. It started off a little disjointed for me but is moving right along now.

  • June 29, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Hello Kim! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. Also, let’s talk again when you finish “The Feast.” I’ll be curious to hear your final thoughts.

  • July 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    “Dragons of Crumbling Castle” is so cute! I picked it up for my 8-year-old, but read it first since I’ve read some of Pratchett’s adult novels and wanted to be sure this wasn’t too scary for him. Loved it, and so did my son 🙂

  • July 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

    So happy you found a story you both enjoyed! “The Carpet People” is my son’s favorite Pratchett book. This may be another title to consider.


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