Have You Ever Wondered What the Library Staff Reads?





Winter break is right around the corner and I know that many of you will be looking for books to read.  So, I thought that you might like to see what children's books are on my booklist currently.  Like many others in Children's Services, I read books written for teens and adults as well, but that's a blog for another day.

 Do you have any favorite books? I would love to hear what you enjoy reading.  As for the books listed below, I hope that you enjoy my selection.

The Unfinished Angel Sharon Creech
In a tiny village in the Swiss Alps, an angel meets an American girl named Zola who has come with her father to open a school, and together Zola and the angel rescue a group of homeless orphans, who gradually change everything.

"This hilarious and endearing novel by Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech reminds us that magic is found in the most ordinary acts of kindness."   – Harpercollins  

Sharon Creech is one of my favorite authors. You can learn more about her on the Sharon Creech website.

Guys Read Funny Business  introduction by Jon Scieszka ; stories by Mac Barnett 
Best of friends / Mac Barnett -- Will / Adam Rex -- Artemis begins / Eoin Colfer -- Kid appeal / David Lubar -- Your question for author here  Kate DiCamillo & Jon Scieszka -- A fistful of feathers / David Yoo -- Unaccompanied minors / Jeff Kinney -- What? You think you got it rough? / Christopher Paul Curtis -- My parents give my bedroom to a biker / Paul Feig -- The bloody souvenir / Jack Gantos.
I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!  I adore many of the authors that worked on this 
collaborative project.
Bink and Gollie Kate DiCamillo
Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.
I'll be honest; I have already read this book and absolutely loved it!  In fact, my niece will be getting it for her Christmas gift this year (shh).
Bink and Gollie, was also included in the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book for 2010; and, I completely agree that the creative work is brilliant!  Authors Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, along with illustrator Tony Fucile, have created two characters that demonstrate the importance of friendships in each of our lives.  




 Fish  Gregory Mone

Eleven-year-old Fish, seeking a way to help his family financially, becomes a reluctant cabin boy on a pirate ship, where he soon makes friends--and enemies--and is asked to help decipher clues that might lead to a legendary treasure.
Interesting fact about Gregory Mone
Author Gregory Mone, may be new at writting children's books, but he is also a contributing Editor at Popular Science and freelance magazine writer.
The Reinvention of Edison Thomas  Jacqueline Houtman
Middle school student Eddy Thomas loves science and inventing, but has trouble with people. Finally he meets some friends who appreciate his abilities and respect his unique view of the world. With their help can he rethink his definition of success?
Learn more about author Jacqueline Houtman 
The Night Fairy  Laura Amy Schlitz
When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.
Interesting Fact
2008 Newberry award winnerLaura Amy Schlitz, had been turned down by 10 publishers before her work,

Photograph provided by Horia Varlan's photostream  on Flickr.