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New History Books Do you like reading history? Then check out this new booklist History Books, Recommended in 2017. Below is a sample from that list. The selections are from the ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
February 20, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

This prize-winning first novel from George Saunders bends the mind and history in a way that still has me reeling. Lincoln in the Bardo is set in the days following eleven-year-old Willie Lincoln's death in February of 1862, at a borrowed crypt in a Washington, DC cemetery filled with ghosts of all sizes and stripes, many of whom don't know they are dead, and all of whom are surprised when a very tall, very alive President Lincoln comes to visit.  The President spends a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 19, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of: The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas

Smash YA hit The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas took home a handful of awards at American Library Association Youth Media Awards, a few months after winning the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. The hype is real, you guys, it's THAT GOOD. Starr, a black teen that lives in a low income neighborhood but attends a fancy private school, watches her worlds collide, clash, and come crashing down after she witnesses the shooting death of a friend at the hands of a nervous police officer. Starr' ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
February 16, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Earning multiple awards including a Newbery Honor, a Caldecott Honor (for illustration), and Coretta Scott King Honors for writing and for illustration, Crown celebrates one black boy’s experience in the barber’s chair, and how that fresh cut can elevate both self-esteem and self-confidence. James’ realistic illustrations are dazzling, with bold painterly strokes of color, that capture subtle nuances of feeling, character and setting. And Barnes’ words resonate with references to barbers as ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
February 15, 2018 | 0 comments
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Reader Spotlight Today we're talking with one of our library partners about what they're reading - Madison-area author Catrina Sparkman. Read on to find out a little more about Catrina and some books she recommends, and come hear her and two other Madison-area authors, Poet Fabu and Sherry Lucille, read from and speak about their own work and the work of three African American writers from the 20th Century with ties to Madison at the upcoming program Hidden ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
February 14, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of: Hello Universe by: Erin Entrada Kelly

This year's Newbery Award for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature goes to Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Told from the shifting points of view of four kids, Hello, Universe is both an exciting and thoughtful, quiet and suspenseful. It's the story of a quiet kid that gets trapped in a well, and the three seemingly disparate kids that set out to find him. Infused with Filipino folklore, there is a lot to love in this story about courage ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
February 13, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of ALA Youth Media Awards The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Denver today. A list of 2018 award winners follows: John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature - Hello Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly Randolph ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 12, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned his ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

Grab your running shoes - we are off!  A little red cat sees an open front door, runs out, and the adventure begins.  He is chased by an alligator, then a bear and a chicken - in that order.  This nearly wordless book it so much fun on a couple of different levels.  Each page has a letter, both the upper and lower case, and a delightful picture the relates to the letter.  The reader has to figure out what word is being illustrated.  But your job is not done there, ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
February 9, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Not-So-Secret Society: Tale of the Gummy by Matthew Daley

Books that involve gangs of problem solving kids, hijinks and hilarity are perennially popular at my house. I checked this new book out because it looked like it fit that bill, and boy did it ever. Wherever this series goes I will follow. Madison, Dylan, Emma, Aidan and Ava are twelve years old, classmates, and members of the Not-So-Secret Society.   The Not-So-Secret Society is first seen ready to explore a hidden world under the subway when they are interrupted by an alarm telling them ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
February 6, 2018 | 0 comments
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Reader Spotlight Today we're talking with one of our library partners about what they're reading - Madison-area author Sherry Lucille. Read on to find out a little more about Sherry and some books she recommends, and come hear her and two other Madison-area authors, Catrina Sparkman and Poet Fabu, read from and speak about their own work and the work of three African American writers from the 20th Century with ties to Madison at the upcoming program ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 31, 2018 | 0 comments