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1. The Big 50 Power Pack by Charles R. Smith Jr. Inspires Young Poets!

With Poetry Month being right around the corner, now is the perfect time for Charles R. Smith Jr to announce his latest project, The Big 50 Power Pack.  Sold for $20.00 you can energize your poetry and creative writing instruction with The Big 50 Power Pack powerpoint CD. The 15 photo and 35 writing prompts can be used throughout the year to expand vocabulary, improve confidence and inject fun into the writing process.

What exactly is The Big 50 Power Pack?

The Big 50 is a Powerpoint CD that includes 50 writing exercises. Many of the Common CoreStandards are covered and all of the exercises can be adapted for grades 3-12.  The excerises were developed by Charles from his  twelve years of experience doing writing workshops across the country. All grade levels, teaching college students, and veteran teachers have all participated in the workshops and provided valuable feedback.

Does The Big 50 Covery any of the Common Core Standards? YES!

  1. Reading Foundational Skills
    - Fluency
    - Phonic and word recognition
  2. Writing Skills
    - Use precise language
    -Use sensory details
    - Use descriptive details
    - Timed exercises
  3. Speaking and Listening
    - Comprehension and collaboration
  4. Language
    -Demonstrate understaing of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
    - Interpret figurative language, including similies and metaphos, in context.
    - Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and styleAlso be on the lookout for….Charles’ new  youtube channel!!!  The channel includes videos of his performances and will soon include informational book talks on many of his publications.

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2. Fairfield County LOOK…

Take a quick glance at the latest children’s books stirring up rave reviews from all!  To view complete descriptions please see Kerri’s article in the Fairfield County LOOK!!

Look Another Book                      Jangles A Big Fish Story                       A Flower In The Snow
 Look! Another Book!                                Jangles a BIG Fish Story                       A Flower in the Snow

 

The World Is Waiting For You                 The Candy Smash                        True Colors
   The World is Waiting for You                     The Candy Smash                                 True Colors

 

Big Nath Flips Out                               Seven                         The Tragedy Paper
    Big Nate Flips Out                                              Seven                                                   The Tragedy Paper

                                 

 

 

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3. New Year, New Books!

Brick by Brick
By Charles R. Smith Jr., $17.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0061920820, Release Date: Buy Now

The president of a new country needs a new home, so many hands work together as one. Black hands, white hands, free hands, slave hands.  In this powerful story of the building of the White House, Coretta Scott King Award winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper capture the emotion and toil that created this incredible structure, the home of our president. The White House was created by many hands, several of them slaves’, who will be remembered throughout history for their extraordinary feat. Many slaves were able to purchase their freedom after earning money from learning a trade through this work, which speaks to their unbelievable strength. The title reflects how this towering symbol of America was created by hand, human hands, working toward their freedom, brick by brick. (HarperCollins)

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Brave GirlBrave Girl: Clara & the Shirtwaist Makers Strike of 1909
Illustrations by Melissa Sweet, $17.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 9780061804427, Release Date: Buy Now

When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

But that did not stop Clara.

She went to night school, spent hours studying English, and helped support her family by sewing in a factory.

Clara never quit. And she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little.

So Clara fought back. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers in the country’s history.

Clara had learned a lot from her short time in America. She learned that everyone deserved a fair chance. That you had to stand together and fight for what you wanted. And, most importantly, that you could do anything you put your mind to. (HarperCollins)

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Dirty Gert
By Tedd Arnold, $16.95, Holiday House, ISBN 978-0823424047, Release Date: Buy Now

In a comically offbeat story about acceptance from Arnold (the Fly Guy books), a small girl hungers for one thing alone: “Little Gert loved eating dirt./ The worms all idolized her…. Way back when Gert was just a squirt,/ The earth would tantalize her.” As is the case with too much of anything, there are consequences to Gert’s soil-based diet. After getting soaked in a rainstorm, Gert takes root in her yard and sprouts leaves from her already unruly hair, creating a neighborhood ruckus and media frenzy. Arnold’s bug-eyed characters and squiggly textures are just right for a story about a girl who could give Charles Schulz’s Pig-Pen a run for his money.  (Holiday House)

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Hollywood 2Hollywood, Dead Ahead

By Kate Klise, $15.95, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 9780547852836, Release Date: 4/2/13

In this fifth volume from 43 Old Cemetery Road, the trio at Spence Mansion leaves Ghastly for Hollywood, California . . . and for a shot at stardom!

The film producer Moe Block Busters wants to make the 43 Old Cemetery Road story into a movie—and he promises it will be a sure-fire hit! Lured by the lights of Tinseltown, Ignatius B. Grumply, Olive C. Spence, and Seymour Hope pack their suitcases. But when they arrive in Hollywood, Olive has a sure-fire fit when she discovers how quickly fame changes Iggy and Seymour. Even worse, Olive has been written out of the script! “Little old lady ghosts are so yesterday,” says Moe. “What America wants is a terrifying ghost named Evilo.” Well, if it’s Evilo they want, it’s Evilo they’ll get. And Olive knows just the femme fatale to help her scare Hollywood’s most despicable director half to death. (Houghton)

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Fly Guy Presents: Sharks
By Tedd Arnold, $3.99, Scholastic, ISBN 978-0545507714, Release Date:  5/1/2013

Fly Guy is buzzzzing on over to the nonfiction genre! Award-winning author/illustrator Tedd Arnold brings nonfiction to life with the help of his very popular main character, Fly Guy! This engaging nonfiction reader combines the kid-friendly humor of Fly Guy with the high-interest topic of sharks! Fly Guy and Buzz introduce young readers to sharks with straightforward fun facts, humorous asides, and full-bleed photographs throughout. (Scholastic)

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FLowerKaty Duck, Flower Girl
By Alyssa Satin Capucilli, $3.99, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 9781442472785, Release Date: 5/7/13

Katy Duck dances her way down the aisle at her aunt’s wedding in this cheerful story for beginning readers.

When Katy Duck’s Aunt Ella decides to get married, she asks Katy to be the flower girl! Katy can hardly wait. She practices her “flower girl” moves: swaying like a daffodil in the wind, stretching like a tulip in the sun. But then Katy learns that instead of dancing as a flower, she will be tossing petals at the wedding. So she decides to turn her supporting act into more of a starring role! (Simon & Schuster)

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Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty GreatUnicorn
By Bob Shea, $15.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 9781423159520, Release Date: 5/28/13

Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Goat thought his bike was cool—until he saw that Unicorn could fly to school! Goat made marshmallow squares that almost came out right, but Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! Unicorn is such a show-off, how can Goat compete? When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat learns that being a unicorn might not be all it’s cracked up to be. And when Unicorn shows his admiration for Goat, it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.  (HarperCollins)

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DaredevilDaredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton
By Meghan McCarthy , $16.99, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 9781442422629, Release Date: 6/4/13

In the 1930s most girls were happy playing with dolls. But one girl, Betty Skelton, liked playing with airplanes, watching them fly around outside, and even flying airplanes herself! She lived for an adventure—in the air, the water, and on land—and nothing could stop her, especially not being a girl.

When Betty Skelton was young there weren’t many women flying airplanes or racing cars, but she wouldn’t let that stop her. She was always ready to take on a challenge, and she loved to have fun. Beetty rode motorcycles, raced cars, jumped out of planes, and flew jets, helicoptors, gliders, and blimps. And by the time she was an adult, Betty was known in the press as the “First Lady of Firsts!” (Simon)

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Adventures of Arnie: Bowling Alley Bandit
By Laurie Keller, $12.99, Henry Holt, ISBNG 978-0805090765, Release Date: 6/4/13

As Mr. Bing’s new pet “doughnut dog,” Arnie couldn’t be happier. When Mr. Bing joins a bowling league, Arnie gets to go along to practices and competitions. But then Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls. Someone or something is behind the madness. Arnie, together with his team of goofball friends, must sort through the shenanigans and solve the mystery. Get ready for some sleuthing and even some magic. (Macmillan)

 

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4. Hot Off the Press! Fall Books!

Bill the Boy Wonder
By Marc Tyler Nobleman, $17.95, Charlesbridge, ISBN 978-1580892896

Every Batman story is marked with the words “Batman created by Bob Kane.” But that isn’t the whole truth. A struggling writer named Bill Finger was involved from the beginning. Bill helped invent Batman, from concept to costume to character. He dreamed up Batman’s haunting origins and his colorful nemeses. He named Gotham. Despite his brilliance, Bill worked in obscurity, his name never appearing on a Batman comic. It was only after his death that fans observed Bill, calling for DC to acknowledge him as co-creator of Batman. Their fight for justice continues on.

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True Colors
By Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, $15.99, Random House, ISBN 978-0375860997

 True Colors tells the story of one girl’s journey to find the mother she never had, set against the period backdrop of a small farming town in 1950s Vermont. For her entire life, 10-year-old Blue has never known her mother. On a cold, wintry day in December of 1941, she was found wrapped in a quilt, stuffed in a kettle near the home of Hannah Spooner, an older townswoman known for her generosity and caring. Life with Hannah so far has been simple—mornings spent milking cows, afternoons spent gardening and plowing the fields on their farm. But Blue finds it hard not to daydream about her mother, and over the course of one summer, she resolves to finally find out who she is. That means searching through the back issues of the local newspaper, questioning the local townspeople, and searching for clues wherever she can find them. Her search leads her down a road of self-discovery that will change her life forever.

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Puss in Boots
By Jerry Pinkney, $17.99, Penguin, ISBN 978-0803716421

Jerry Pinkney, one of the country’s most celebrated picture book creators, is a master at reimagining classic tales. Now he has turned his talents to Puss in Boots, and he is at his best with this lively, cinematic version.

For generations, children have delighted in the tale of the clever cat who tricks both a king and a sorcerer in order to win a castle and a princess for his penniless master. The humor, the magic, and a lush Renaissance setting are all on glorious display, and a well-placed gatefold adds to the drama. This elegant new edition of Perrault’s fairy tale will quickly join the list of essentials for every child’s library.
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Mayor Hubble is in Trouble!
By Dan Gutman, $3.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0062042125

My Weirder School weirder than ever!

Election day is right around the corner, and guess who’s running for class president? A.J. and Andrea! Mayor Hubble is going to teach the kids all the ins and outs of politics, and every vote counts. Who’s going to win? Who’s going to lose? And who’s going to kiss a baby? Ew, gross!

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Katy Duck Meets the Babysitter
By Alyssa Satin Capucilli, $15.99, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1442452428

Dancing diva Katy Duck is none too pleased when her parents inform her that she will be staying home with a babysitter while they attend a party. Boo! Katy knows that parties are much more fun than staying home! But when Mrs. Duncan arrives, she shows Katy that spending time with the babysitter may be much more entertaining than she expected…

With carefully worded, easy-to-read text and bright, friendly illustrations, this Level 1 Ready-to-Read is sure to keep beginning readers laughing!

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HOMESICK
By Kate Klise, $16.99, MacMillian, ISBN 978-1250008428

Benny’s parents are splitting up. His mom leaves home after a fight about a mysterious splinter that is rumored to be part of an important relic. Benny’s dad has always liked clutter, but now, he begins hoarding everything from pizza boxes to old motorcycle parts.

As his house grows more cluttered and his father grows more distant, Benny tries to sort out whether he can change anything at all. Meanwhile, a local teacher enters their quiet Missouri town in America’s Most Charming Small Town contest, and the pressure is on to clean up the area, especially Benny’s ramshackle of a house, before the out-of-town guests arrive.

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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
By Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney, $19.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-1423142577

HAND IN HAND presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects’ childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future generations as links in the “freedom chain.” This book will be the definitive family volume on the subject, punctuated with dynamic full color portraits and spot illustrations by two-time Caldecott Honor winner and multiple Coretta Scott King Book Award recipient Brian Pinkney. Backmatter includes a civil rights timeline, sources, and further reading.

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There’s a Fly Guy in My Soup
By Tedd Arnold, $6.99, Scholastic, ISBN 978-0545312844

At a fancy hotel dinner, Fly Guy gets into some trouble–and the restaurant’s soup!

When Buzz and his family have dinner in a fancy hotel’s restaurant, Fly Guy isn’t allowed in. After searching through the hotel’s trash, Fly Guy smells a wonderful aroma coming from the restaurant’s kitchen.

Fly Guy causes some messy mayhem in the restaurant, and in the end, everyone needs a bath!

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 Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems and Paintings
By Douglas Florian, $16.99, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1442413214

Ahoy mateys—it’s time to hoist up the anchors and set sail with a pack of pesky pirates! In this hilarious collection of nineteen poems, readers will meet scoundrels, scalawags, and scurvy dogs (humanand canine). They’ll partake in battles, treasure hunts, and some pirate-style grub (flounder, anyone?). And all the while, picture book greats Douglas Florian and Robert Neubecker will keep pirate fans laughing from bow to stern with their signature sense of humor.

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5. MANATEE SCIENTISTS (by Peter Lourie) Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s 2012 KIDS’ READING LIST picks

Congratulations to  Peter Lourie!

To see more about this award-winning title and Peter Lourie, please visit http://peterlourie.com/books/manateescientists.htm

 

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6. WHAT A LINE UP! Andrea Davis Pinkney and Ted Scheu to Join Weisner, Schmidt, Vanderpool, Krosoczka, Alleys and Litchenfeld at the Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival

17th Annual Plum Creek
Children’s Literacy Festival

Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary & Adult Offerings
Sept. 20-22, 2012

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 – Children’s Day for Seward Schools Friday, Sept 21, 2012 – Children’s Day for commuting schools Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 – Adult Conference Day and David Wiesner luncheon

Featured authors and illustrators for the 2012 festival

 

Wiesner.jpgDavid Wiesner – author and illustrator
APPEARING AT SATURDAY’S ADULT CONFERENCE 

David Wiesner has illustrated more than twenty award-winning books for young readers. Two of the picture books he both wrote and illustrated became instant classics when they won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday in 1992 and The Three Pigs in 2002. Two of his other titles, Sector 7 and Free Fall, are Caldecott Honor Books. An exhibit of Wiesner’s original artwork, “Seeing the Story,” toured the United States in 2000 and 2001. Among his many honors, Wiesner holds the Japan Picture Book Award for Tuesday, the Prix Sorcières (the French equivalent of the Caldecott Medal) for The Three Pigs, and a 2004 IBBY Honour Book nomination for illustration, also for The Three Pigs. Flotsam, was a New York Times bestseller and was recently named winner of the 2007 Caldecott Medal, making Wiesner only the second person in the award’s long history to have won three times.

Wiesner lives with his wife and their son and daughter in the Philadelphia area, where he continues to create dreamlike and inventive images for books.

Web: hmhbooks.com/wiesner

 

Schmidt.jpgGary Schmidt – author

Gary Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He is the author of twenty or so books for young readers, ranging from picture books to young adult novels.  His Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy won Newbery and Printz Honors, and his Okay for Now was a National Book Award finalist.  He lives on an 1830s farm in Alto, Michigan, where he types out in a shed on a 1953 Royal.  Those with typewriter ribbons to spare would be welcome visitors.

Web: hmhbooks.com/schmidt

 

Vanderpool.jpgClare Vanderpool – author

Clare Vanderpool is the award-winning author of Moon Over Manifest, her debut novel which was awarded the prestigious 2011 John Newbery Award. Clare is remarkably the first debut author in thirty years to win the Newbery Medal.

Citing historical fiction as a favorite of hers, Clare set out in writing a historical novel set in the fictional town of Manifest, Kansas, and which is based on the real southeastern Kansas town of Frontenac, where her maternal grandparents lived. Drawing on stories she heard as a child, along with research in town newspapers, yearbooks, and graveyards, Clare found a rich and colorful history for her unforgettable novel.

Clare has just recently begun making appearances at schools, libraries, and conferences, and enjoys meeting children, educators, librarians, and parents who have embraced her and her novel. She resides in Wichita, Kansas with her husband and four children.

Web: clarevanderpool.com

 

Pinkney.jpgAndrea Pinkney – author

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and non-fiction.

Andrea’s novels include With the Might of Angels, a book in the Dear America series, and Bird in a Box, hailed by the New York Times as “a powerful middle grade novel” told with “tenderness and verve.”

Andrea’s picture books include Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, a Parenting Publication Gold Medal winner, winner of the Jane Addams Book Award, the Carter G. Woodson Award for historical works for young people, the Anne Izard Storyteller’s Award, and the Flora G. Stieglitz Strauss Award for Nonfiction; Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride, a Jane Addams Honor Book and School Library Journal “Best Book of the Year,”; and Duke Ellington, a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

In addition to her work as an author, Andrea is Vice President, Executive Editor at Scholastic, where she publishes and edits a robust list of titles.

Andrea was recently named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, a publication for Black professionals.

Andrea lives in New York City with her husband, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, and their two children.

View the teacher’s discussion guide (PDF) for With the Might of Angels.

Web: scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/andrea-davis-pinkney

 

AlleyR.jpgR.W. and Zoë Alley - authors and illustrators

Bob has always enjoyed making pictures that illustrate a story rather than hang on a wall. For the last fifteen years Bob has illustrated new and old stories of Paddington Bear by Michael Bond. A new picture book, Paddington Goes for Gold, and a new novel, Paddington Races Ahead, will publish spring 2012 to coincide with the Summer Olympics in London.

Bob received the 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award for Pearl and Wager One Funny Day by Kate McMullan.  

AlleyZ.jpgHaving grown-up in a family of “literary grammarians”, Zoë has always been interested in words, recited and written. Zoë received her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, and her Ed.M. from Boston University. She enjoys writing as a career that allows her to sit on the couch – her office! – in her pajamas and play with a pen and paper!

The Alleys live in Barrington, Rhode Island, and are the parents of Cassandra and Max. They have collaborated on two very large comic book style books: There’s a Wolf at the Door and There’s a Princess in the Palace.

Web: rwalley.com  /  zoeballey.com

 

Krosoczka.jpg Jarrett Krosoczka – author and illustrator

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid.  He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Then, just six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored. Random House Children’s Books published Good Night, Monkey Boy on June 12, 2001 and Jarrett hasn’t stopped or slowed down since. He currently has authored and illustrated sixteen published books—ten picture books and six graphic novels. He is the two-time winner of the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year in the Children’s Choice Book Awards and has seen his work recommended by national publications like Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm and Lunch Lady series are both in development to be feature films. Jarrett is happily living out his childhood dream in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he resides with his wife and daughter and their pug, Ralph Macchio.

Web: studiojjk.com

 

Scheu2.jpgTed Scheu – author and poet

Ted Scheu (rhymes with “poetry guy”) is part poet, part teacher, part entertainer, part kid. Ted’s poems are published in over 20 anthologies in the US and England, and in his own four collections, I Froze My Mother, I Tickled My Teachers, I Threw My Brother Out, and his latest, Now I Know My ZBCs. His voice is authentic and unique. His poems share real issues that real kids face—at school, at home, and out in the world—often with a surprising twist. Ted is a former elementary teacher in Vermont, where he happily lives. He visits over 60 schools each year helping kids find their own poetic voices in writing workshops. His greatest honor to date is being invited to this year’s Plum Creek Festival.

Web: poetryguy.com

 

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Tom Lichtenheld – author and illustrator

Tom Lichtenheld is a children’s book author and illustrator. He doodled his way through school, then worked as a sign painter, set designer, printer and advertising art director. After a successful career in advertising he gradually made the switch to creating children’s books.  His first book, Everything I Know About Pirates, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2000 and was featured in Newsweek as one of the best books of the year. His 2011 book Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, written by Sherri Rinker, was a #1 New York Times Best Seller.

Tom’s books are consistently praised for their humor, expressive characters, and rich – sometimes hidden – detail. He’s known for creating books that appeal to children and adults alike, and his wide portfolio of books offers something for every age.

Web: tomlichtenheld.com

Festival REGISTRATION

 

Friday, Sept. 21

Children’s Day for Surrounding Area Schools

Saturday, Sept. 22

Adult Professional Conference

  • Where: Concordia’s Seward campus
  • Time: Registration and author autographing begins at 7:30. Sessions begin at 9:00.
  • Registration: Register online or download the PDF form for the adult conference and luncheon with David Wiesner.

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7. Summer Must-Have Books!


In the Bag
By Kate Klise, $14.99, Harper Collins, ISBN 978-0062108050

A successful chef and single mother, Daisy Sprinkle is on vacation with her teenage daughter, Coco, who picks up the wrong duffle bag at the airport. That situation is not improved by the note Daisy finds tucked into her carry-on, apparently from the man in 13-C. Daisy is in no mood for secret admirer notes or dinner dates. Or even men, for that matter. Andrew doesn’t know what possessed him to do something like that. Hitting on strange women on airplanes is definitely not his typical style. But there was something about the woman in 6-B that could not be ignored. Of course, now he has no time to think about her, since his son Webb seems to have made off with a budding fashionista’s luggage.

Determined to make the best of a bad situation, Daisy cooks up a plan to calm her daughter’s panic over the lost bag with a week of fabulous food, shopping, and museum hopping. Andrew is busy working on his latest project and hoping Webb finds enough to entertain himself. Little do they know the teens are making their own plan. . . one that will ultimately reunite Ms. 6-B and Mr. 13-C.

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Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake
By Kate Klise, $16.99, MacMillian, ISBN 9978-0805093131

How embarrassing! Grammy Lamby is coming to visit, but one little lamb is anything but pleased.

Larry is continually rattled by his grandma, what with her secret handshake (which means “I love you”), her flouncy church clothes and loud voice and her extravagant plans for future travel (what if he doesn’t want to go?). Warm and appealing acrylic paintings with just the right amount of detail show Larry’s quiet distress and Grammy’s abundant character as she visits the Lamby home. Grammy is patient and kind despite her eccentricities, and when a summer storm frightens Larry and damages the house, fearless Grammy steps in and helps with comfort and repair. Maybe Grammy isn’t so embarrassing after all! How can Larry show her what he feels? Between a new secret handshake and a surprise that Grammy can open on the train, he is certain to find a way. While providing a nice acknowledgement of Larry’s feelings, this decidedly un-pedantic selection is replete with affection and gentle humor, from the simple text to the beguiling illustrations, and shows how feelings and perspectives can develop and change. Sister team Kate and M. Sarah Klise collaborated here and share some of their own grandma memories on the sleeve in this paean to embarrassing but wonderful grandmothers everywhere.

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43 Old Cementary Road: The Phantom of the Post Office
By Kate Klise, $15.99, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 978-0547519746The letter-loving trio at Spence Mansion has something to grieve about-Ghastly’s post office is about to close, which will cut off their connection to their fans. A new invention called VEXT-mail is threatening to replace not only letters, but books,

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8. Balloons over Broadway Garners the Sibert Award!

Balloons Over Broadway, the story behind Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and its iconic helium-filled wonders garners the Sibert Award!

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.

The story of Tony Sarg, the artistic inventor who conceived the huge balloons that float through New York City each Thanksgiving. Beginning at a very young age, his never-ending zeal for play and discovery delighted millions, and likewise, Sweet’s festive words, mixed media illustrations and thorough research, bring their own contagious joy to this celebration of his life’s creative process.

“Sweet’s book rose above all others this year by brilliantly showing and telling the story of one person’s ideas with passion and panache, demonstrating the very best of what an informational book can be,” said Sibert Medal Committee Chair, Andrew Medlar.

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9. Win a School Visit From Walter Dean Myers!

Walter Dean Myers is named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

In 1968, Walter Dean Myers challenged himself to enter a children’s book writing contest geared toward Black writers. The two-time high school dropout didn’t know it at the time but that competition would change the course of his life…….. 
Mr. Myers, 74, was named named the national ambassador for young people’s literature.  Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and two Newbery Honors, has written more than 100 books, making him an easy pick for Ambassador.  Myers will be the third person to fill this role, a 2-year commitment of promoting reading by speaking publicly in schools and libraries. Created in 2008, the ambassador position is voted on by a committee selected by the Center of the Book in the Library of Congress. Myers will succeed two other Young Adult authors. Myers differs from the previous ambassadors in that his work is more gritty and emotionally involved. Myers himself grew up in Harlem, and showed an interest in reading and poetry in spite of his parents’ illiteracy. Distracted by domestic issues, he dropped out of high school to join the army, but soon “found his way back to writing.” It is the hope of the selection committee that his upbringing and the qualities his novels possess will allow him to relate to young readers.
Win a school visit from Walter Dean Myers!

Describe, in 500 words or less, the event you would develop if he were to visit, how you would spread the word about it, and to whom.

E-mail your entry no later than midnight EST on March 12 to cbc.info@cbcbooks.org (no more than one application). The winner will be notified by March 30.

 

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10. Balloons over Broadway Garners the Sibert Award!

Balloons Over Broadway, the story behind Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and its iconic helium-filled wonders garners the Sibert Award!

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.

The story of Tony Sarg, the artistic inventor who conceived the huge balloons that float through New York City each Thanksgiving. Beginning at a very young age, his never-ending zeal for play and discovery delighted millions, and likewise, Sweet’s festive words, mixed media illustrations and thorough research, bring their own contagious joy to this celebration of his life’s creative process.

“Sweet’s book rose above all others this year by brilliantly showing and telling the story of one person’s ideas with passion and panache, demonstrating the very best of what an informational book can be,” said Sibert Medal Committee Chair, Andrew Medlar.

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11. Win a School Visit From Walter Dean Myers!

Walter Dean Myers is named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

In 1968, Walter Dean Myers challenged himself to enter a children’s book writing contest geared toward Black writers. The two-time high school dropout didn’t know it at the time but that competition would change the course of his life…….. 
Mr. Myers, 74, was named named the national ambassador for young people’s literature.  Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and two Newbery Honors, has written more than 100 books, making him an easy pick for Ambassador.  Myers will be the third person to fill this role, a 2-year commitment of promoting reading by speaking publicly in schools and libraries. Created in 2008, the ambassador position is voted on by a committee selected by the Center of the Book in the Library of Congress. Myers will succeed two other Young Adult authors. Myers differs from the previous ambassadors in that his work is more gritty and emotionally involved. Myers himself grew up in Harlem, and showed an interest in reading and poetry in spite of his parents’ illiteracy. Distracted by domestic issues, he dropped out of high school to join the army, but soon “found his way back to writing.” It is the hope of the selection committee that his upbringing and the qualities his novels possess will allow him to relate to young readers.
Win a school visit from Walter Dean Myers!

Describe, in 500 words or less, the event you would develop if he were to visit, how you would spread the word about it, and to whom.

E-mail your entry no later than midnight EST on March 12 to cbc.info@cbcbooks.org (no more than one application). The winner will be notified by March 30.

 

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12. Sneak Peek…New Books for Spring 2012

Polar Bear Scientists
By Peter Lourie, $17.99 (hardcover), Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 978-0547283050

Follow scientists as they scan the Alaskan wilderness for these magnificent creatures. It is springtime on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey team—the polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart—is gearing up for polar bear capturing. During a capture, all information is collected on the sea ice. The scientists locate bears from a helicopter, tranquilize them, give them tattoo ID numbers and tags, and collect data such as height, weight, and body fat measurements and samples such as blood, hair, feces, and even teeth. All this information goes into a large database studied by scientists such as Drs. Steven Amstrup and George Durner, the former and current leaders of the Polar Bear Research Project. For more than forty years, scientists have been capturing bears in order to get information. What has this information been telling scientists about polar bears and global warming?
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Never Say Never (book 2 of The Genius Files series)
By Dan Gutman, $16.99 (hardcover), HarperCollins, ISBN 0061827649

The precocious brother and sister uncover a secret government plot to use “YAGs,” or Young American Geniuses, to solve the complex problems of the nation, and find that they are on the list. Suddenly, their 3,000-mile road trip becomes a lot more exciting. The McDonalds’ trek across the U.S. includes stops at the Donner Party Memorial, a museum of PEZ memorabilia, and the world’s largest ball of twine, all while being pursued by dangerous “dudes with bowler hats.” Although the interjection of factual information from their college-professor father is a bit forced at times, Gutman’s novel offers a quirky look at Americana that will engage curious minds. Frequent sidebars direct readers to Google Maps to track the twins’ journey, and occasional photos of the attractions add appeal.

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Now I Know My ZBC’s
By Ted Scheu, $12.95 (hardcover), Young Poets Press, ISBN 978-0982549940

The precocious brother and sister uncover a secret government plot to use “YAGs,” or Young American Geniuses, to solve the complex problems of the nation, and find that they are on the list. Suddenly, their 3,000-mile road trip becomes a lot more exciting. The McDonalds’ trek across the U.S. includes stops at the Donner Party Memorial, a museum of PEZ memorabilia, and the world’s largest ball of twine, all while being pursued by dangerous “dudes with bowler hats.” Although the interjection of factual information from their college-professor father is a bit forced at times, Gutman’s novel offers a quirky look at Americana that will engage curious minds. Frequent sidebars direct readers to Google Maps to track the twins’ journey, and occasional photos of the attractions add appeal.

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13. Sneak Peek…New Books for Spring 2012

Polar Bear Scientists
By Peter Lourie, $17.99 (hardcover), Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 978-0547283050

Follow scientists as they scan the Alaskan wilderness for these magnificent creatures. It is springtime on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey team—the polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart—is gearing up for polar bear capturing. During a capture, all information is collected on the sea ice. The scientists locate bears from a helicopter, tranquilize them, give them tattoo ID numbers and tags, and collect data such as height, weight, and body fat measurements and samples such as blood, hair, feces, and even teeth. All this information goes into a large database studied by scientists such as Drs. Steven Amstrup and George Durner, the former and current leaders of the Polar Bear Research Project. For more than forty years, scientists have been capturing bears in order to get information. What has this information been telling scientists about polar bears and global warming?
______________________________________________________________________________________

Never Say Never (book 2 of The Genius Files series)
By Dan Gutman, $16.99 (hardcover), HarperCollins, ISBN 0061827649

The precocious brother and sister uncover a secret government plot to use “YAGs,” or Young American Geniuses, to solve the complex problems of the nation, and find that they are on the list. Suddenly, their 3,000-mile road trip becomes a lot more exciting. The McDonalds’ trek across the U.S. includes stops at the Donner Party Memorial, a museum of PEZ memorabilia, and the world’s largest ball of twine, all while being pursued by dangerous “dudes with bowler hats.” Although the interjection of factual information from their college-professor father is a bit forced at times, Gutman’s novel offers a quirky look at Americana that will engage curious minds. Frequent sidebars direct readers to Google Maps to track the twins’ journey, and occasional photos of the attractions add appeal.

______________________________________________________________________________________

Now I Know My ZBC’s
By Ted Scheu, $12.95 (hardcover), Young Poets Press, ISBN 978-0982549940

The precocious brother and sister uncover a secret government plot to use “YAGs,” or Young American Geniuses, to solve the complex problems of the nation, and find that they are on the list. Suddenly, their 3,000-mile road trip becomes a lot more exciting. The McDonalds’ trek across the U.S. includes stops at the Donner Party Memorial, a museum of PEZ memorabilia, and the world’s largest ball of twine, all while being pursued by dangerous “dudes with bowler hats.” Although the interjection of factual information from their college-professor father is a bit forced at times, Gutman’s novel offers a quirky look at Americana that will engage curious minds. Frequent sidebars direct readers to Google Maps to track the twins’ journey, and occasional photos of the attractions add appeal.

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14. The 16th Annual Plum Creek Festival is Almost Here!

Join Dyanne DiSalvo, Brian Pinkney and Jerry Pinkney for a celebration of books and the people who love them!



 


September 22nd-24th
Concordia University
800 North Columbia Ave.
Seward, NE 68434

The Plum Creek Festival gives children and adults the opportunity to connect with nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators in order to enhance literacy enjoyment and education.

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15. The 16th Annual Plum Creek Festival is Almost Here!

Join Dyanne DiSalvo, Brian Pinkney and Jerry Pinkney for a celebration of books and the people who love them!



 


September 22nd-24th
Concordia University
800 North Columbia Ave.
Seward, NE 68434

The Plum Creek Festival gives children and adults the opportunity to connect with nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators in order to enhance literacy enjoyment and education.

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16. Publishers go the extra mile to promote Author’s books!

 

Kate Klise’s Book gets a little extra spooky right in time for Halloween!

Just in time for Halloween! Kate Klise’s Over My Dead Body (Book 2 in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series) is now out in paperback and Scholastic has put together a fun and free discussion guide to this silly and not-too-spooky ghost story.

 

 

Watch this trailer and go behind the scenes with Andrea Pinkney and her book Dear America: With the Might of Angels !

Scholastic has been busy putting together trailers for new books coming out. Andrea Pinkney had the opportunity to talk about her new book, Dear America: With the Might of Angels.

Dear America: With the Might of Angels is the fictional diary of Dawn Rae Johnson of Hadley, VA. Dawnie’s gripping story takes place in 1954, when Dawnie finds out that she will be the first of her classmates to integrate a previously all-white school.

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17. Publishers go the extra mile to promote Author’s books!

 

Kate Klise’s Book gets a little extra spooky right in time for Halloween!

Just in time for Halloween! Kate Klise’s Over My Dead Body (Book 2 in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series) is now out in paperback and Scholastic has put together a fun and free discussion guide to this silly and not-too-spooky ghost story.

 

 

Watch this trailer and go behind the scenes with Andrea Pinkney and her book Dear America: With the Might of Angels !

Scholastic has been busy putting together trailers for new books coming out. Andrea Pinkney had the opportunity to talk about her new book, Dear America: With the Might of Angels.

Dear America: With the Might of Angels is the fictional diary of Dawn Rae Johnson of Hadley, VA. Dawnie’s gripping story takes place in 1954, when Dawnie finds out that she will be the first of her classmates to integrate a previously all-white school.

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18. Great opportunities to MEET the Authors!

Meet Hans Wilhelm at the Greenwich Arts Council!

Come get an up-close look at the illustrations from Hugaboo, I Love You by Hans Wilhelm (along with other titles).The concept for this exhibition is to bring into focus as an art form the innumerable ways in which illustration in its varied formats shapes our view of ourselves and our world.


The Art of Contemporary Illustration

September 16 – November 6, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 6 to 8pm

Conversation With The Artists 6:45pm
Special Family Event: Saturday, September 24, 1-3pm

For more details on this event  and when Authors will be there to sign books and share their insight on art visit the Greenwich Arts Council website. 

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Don’t miss the chance to meet Roni Schotter!

Have you ever heard Roni read one of her books aloud amongst a crowd? She is a phenomenal presenter and has a gentle way of keeping children captivated throughout her entire story. Take this opportunity to treat your kids to a delicious story read by Roni!
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Montrose, NY
November 4th at 4:15
(This event requires prior registration and is geared for grades 2 and 3)

 

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Save the ART date, September 17th with Dyanne DiSalvo!

Internationally Acclaimed
Best-selling Children’s Author & Illustrator
DyAnne DiSalvo
Will exhibit her original water colors
9/17 Reception and book signing
 

Born, raised and housebroken in Brooklyn, New York, DyAnne DiSalvo decided to become a children’s book illustrator when her kindergarten teacher at P.S 230  told her that, “books were not born in the library.”  Inspired to persue her art — which was the only thing in school that she was ever good at. — DiSalvo followed her lifelong dream, took a lot of subways, got a lot of rejection letters, and finally got her first

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19. “Grounded” by Kate Klise Wins 2011 Judy Lopez Medal…

Women’s National Book Association/Los Angeles Chapter Judy Lopez Memorial Foundation

“GROUNDED” BY KATE KLISE WINS 2011 JUDY LOPEZ MEDAL FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE; FOUR HONOR BOOKS ALSO NAMED; JUNE EVENT IN LOS ANGELES WILL CELEBRATE WINNERS

Kate Klise won the twenty-sixth annual Judy Lopez Memorial Medal for excellence in children’s literature with her novel “Grounded,” published by Feiwel and Friends, a story of family loss and love that is by turns moving and very, very funny as its story plays out among a cast of unforgettable characters in a small town in the Ozark Mountains. “Grounded” and four more outstanding children’s books will be celebrated at a reception and dinner to be held on Sunday, June 12, 2011, at the Faculty Center of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Selected as Lopez Honor Books for 2011 were “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad), in which three young sisters from New York City become acquainted with their long-estranged mother during the turbulent summer of 1968 in Oakland, California; “The Clockwork Three” by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic Press), a richly imagined fantasy novel; “The Haunting of Charles Dickens” by Lewis Buzbee (Feiwel and Friends), a suspense-filled story featuring the great author that takes readers into nineteenth-century London; and “Ninth Ward” by Jewell Parker Rhodes, in which the young protagonist’s strength of character and sense of connection to her community enable her to survive and help others during the devastation created by Hurricane Katrina.

About the event: All friends of children’s literature are invited to attend the celebration of the awards on Sunday, June 12, 2011. The reception and book sales begin at 5 PM, followed by the dinner and program at 6 PM, at UCLA’s Faculty Center, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. For reservations, call 818-363-8650 or see the website at judylopezbookaward.org.

About the awards: The Lopez Awards have been granted annually since 1985 to works of literary excellence for readers aged 9 to 12. They are co-sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association/Los Angeles Chapter, a branch of the national non-profit organization founded in 1917, and by the Judy Lopez Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization created in memory of WNBA/LA founding member Judy Lopez. For more information about the award process or the sponsoring organizations, please see www.wnba-books.org orjudylopezbookaward.org.

CLICK HERE to download Judy Lopez winner’s list.

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20. Sensational Summer Reads for Kids….

Check out our Summer book recommendations for children by clicking the icon below!

 


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21. FALLing in Love With the Latest Children’s Books!

Bun, Bun Button
By Patricia Polacco, $17.99 (hardcover), Penguin, ISBN 978-0399254727

Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma’s pets in the Old Blue Chair. And when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, this special time becomes even more cozy. Then a balloon carries the little bunny away. Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck – or love – magically brings her back home to the little girl who loves her. This heartwarming story celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and is perfect for children who imagine their toys have secret adventures when no one’s watching.
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PIE
By Sarah
Weeks, $16.99 (hardcover), Scholastic, ISBN 978-0545270113

A story about family, friendship, and…pie!  When Alice’s Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world -famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a pie storm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner … including Alice’s mother and some of Alice’s friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy . . . and it’s up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter. Like family. And friendship. And enjoying what you do.

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Fly Guy vs. the Flyswatter
By Tedd Arnold, $6.99 (hardcover), Scholastic, ISBN 978-0545312868

A hilarious new Fly Guy adventure — when Fly Guy joins Buzz’s class on a trip to a flyswatter factory, it’s the “best field trip ever!”

When Fly Guy goes to school with Buzz, they learn that his class is taking a field trip to a flyswatter factory! BAD NEWZZ! Fly Guy tries to hide in Buzz’s pocket, but when the tour guide starts insulting flies, Buzz cannot help but stick his head out. A robotic flyswatter named the Super Swatter detects Fly Guy, and Fly Guy causes a hilarious ruckus in his efforts to escape.

At the end of this zany adventure, the flyswatter factory announces an end to its factory tours and the students use their free flyswatters as art to celebrate the “best field trip ever!”

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Lights on the Nile
By Donna Jo Napoli, $16.99 (hardcover), HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0061667930

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22. Great opportunities to MEET the Authors!

Meet Hans Wilhelm at the Greenwich Arts Council!

Come get an up-close look at the illustrations from Hugaboo, I Love You by Hans Wilhelm (along with other titles).The concept for this exhibition is to bring into focus as an art form the innumerable ways in which illustration in its varied formats shapes our view of ourselves and our world.


The Art of Contemporary Illustration

September 16 – November 6, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 6 to 8pm

Conversation With The Artists 6:45pm
Special Family Event: Saturday, September 24, 1-3pm

For more details on this event  and when Authors will be there to sign books and share their insight on art visit the Greenwich Arts Council website. 

____________________________________________________________________

Don’t miss the chance to meet Roni Schotter!

Take the opportunity to hear Roni read one of wonderful stories!  She is a phenomenal presenter and has a gentle way of keeping children captivated throughout her entire story. Take this opportunity to treat your kids to a delicious story read by Roni!
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
Montrose, NY
November 4th at 4:15
(This event requires prior registration and is geared for grades 2 and 3)

 

____________________________________________________________________

Save the ART date, September 17th with Dyanne DiSalvo!

Internationally Acclaimed
Best-selling Children’s Author & Illustrator
DyAnne DiSalvo
Will exhibit her original water colors
9/17 Reception and book signing
 

Born, raised and housebroken in Brooklyn, New York, DyAnne DiSalvo decided to become a children’s book illustrator when her kindergarten teacher at P.S 230  told her that, “books were not born in the library.”  Inspired to persue her art — which was the only thing in school that she was ever good at. — DiSalvo followed her lifelong dream, took a lot of subways, got a lot of rejection letters, and finally got her first book.  Published since 1980

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23. FALLing in Love With the Latest Children’s Books!

Bun, Bun Button
By Patricia Polacco, $17.99 (hardcover), Penguin, ISBN 978-0399254727

Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma’s pets in the Old Blue Chair. And when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, this special time becomes even more cozy. Then a balloon carries the little bunny away. Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck – or love – magically brings her back home to the little girl who loves her. This heartwarming story celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and is perfect for children who imagine their toys have secret adventures when no one’s watching.
____________________________________________________________________________________________

PIE
By Sarah
Weeks, $16.99 (hardcover), Scholastic, ISBN 978-0545270113

A story about family, friendship, and…pie!  When Alice’s Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world -famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a pie storm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner … including Alice’s mother and some of Alice’s friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy . . . and it’s up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter. Like family. And friendship. And enjoying what you do.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Fly Guy vs. the Flyswatter
By Tedd Arnold, $6.99 (hardcover), Scholastic, ISBN 978-0545312868

A hilarious new Fly Guy adventure — when Fly Guy joins Buzz’s class on a trip to a flyswatter factory, it’s the “best field trip ever!”

When Fly Guy goes to school with Buzz, they learn that his class is taking a field trip to a flyswatter factory! BAD NEWZZ! Fly Guy tries to hide in Buzz’s pocket, but when the tour guide starts insulting flies, Buzz cannot help but stick his head out. A robotic flyswatter named the Super Swatter detects Fly Guy, and Fly Guy causes a hilarious ruckus in his efforts to escape.

At the end of this zany adventure, the flyswatter factory announces an end to its factory tours and the students use their free flyswatters as art to celebrate the “best field trip ever!”

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Lights on the Nile
By Donna Jo Napoli, $16.99 (hardcover), HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0061667930

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24. New York State Reading Association Presents….

New York State Reading Association is gearing up for its 45th annual conference! The Featured Speakers From Our Roster Include:

 

 

 

 

 


Jerry Pinkney                     Alyssa Capucilli                 Peter Lourie                       Patricia Polacco
10/24  12:45-2:00               10/24  10:15-11:15                10/24 10:30-12:45              10/25 8:45-9:45

Come join us at the New York State Reading Association! Listen to our guest speakers tell their story, give writing tips, and sign books. Select titles we be available for purchase for each Author. Signing with take place on the above dates and times!

Hilton Rye Town in Rye Brook, New York, October 23 – 25, 2011

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25. Sensational Summer Reads for Kids….

Check out our Summer book recommendations for children by clicking the icon below!

 


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