More to try while waiting for Wimpy Kid

well, okay, you've already tried the books Miss Mary suggested in her blog for you to try while waiting for Wimpy Kid #4 to come, so here are even more to try while you're waiting (yay!). A couple of these are so new they still say "on order" in the catalog.

October author birthdays

Let's talk about birthdays. There are too many authors who were born in October to talk about all of them, so I'll just mention a few. RL Stine's birthday is October 8. He of course is the author of Goosebumps. Did you know RL Stine used to write joke books?

Wimpy Kid Madness!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodick Rules    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Vampires, Mummies, Werewolves...Oh My!

Monstrous tales come from around the world of creatures that dwell in mysterious sites. Hidden from the light of day...until now. Below are some of the scariest monsters in history. Dare to read what most have kept unspoken.

Warning: These books are not for the faint of heart, and are not intended for young children.


Not for the Faint of Heart

Happy Halloween!

During October, many older children enjoy reading scary stories. I have collected a few items that I think you will enjoy. Please be aware, that these books are not for young children.

If you have a favorite scary book I would love to hear about it.  You can leave comments below, or come visit me at the library.  I love saying hi to my friends.

Books as Art, pt 2

More watercolors. Another of my favorite artists is Marc Simont.

He won the Caldecott medal in 1957 for A Tree is Nice. All the pictures in this book are not in color. It was too expensive back then to do every picture in color, so publishers just printed every other spread in color when they made picture books.

Book Club Mania

I love Book Clubs! (In fact, my own personal book club meets for our monthly meeting this weekend!) I'm sure you're thinking, "Well, of course you love book clubs! You're a librarian!" But, you don't have to work in a library to enjoy book clubs. I promise, there is something fun and entertaining about gathering with a group of friends and peers and discussing books. (And, it doesn't have to be a novel! You can discuss anything ranging from biographies to graphic novels.) Don't feel like the discussions need to be like you are sitting in your reading or English class. Book groups aren't meant to understand the symbolic meaning of that word found on page 55. (Does that sound like your English class?!) Instead, book talk discussions can just be why you like (or dislike) the book. Book clubs should be relaxing and fun!

Squirrel Tales

You’ve read the facts. Now just for fun, here are some satisfying squirrel stories:

October is Squirrel Awareness Month

Squirrel Tails Tales for Young Readers

Books as art, part 1

So. Today's entry is about one of my favorite artists: Hiroe Nakata. She illustrates with watercolors. Sometimes she also uses gouache (which is basically a thicker watercolor) or ink.

Most of the characters she paints are humans, but she's done three duck books.

duck skates Are those ducks cute, or what?

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