New and Notable in the Children’s Wing
September 30, 2008
Especially during times of budgetary restraint, each and every library purchasing decision is weighed very carefully, with an eye toward balance. Last month, I tried to spread funds equally over all age groups and formats. Here’s a peek of what’s new and notable on the shelves in the Children’s Wing:
First off, an extra special thank you goes to the McDermott sisters, Addy (age 6), Maia (age 4) and their cousin Zoey McCullough (age 6). These enterprising Truckee kids generously donated half of the proceeds from their lemonade stand this summer to help us buy new books. The picture book purchased in their honor is the latest by esteemed author and illustrator, Patricia Polacco, For the Love of Autumn. Other new picture books added to the collection include the sequel to Bats at the Beach called Bats at the Library and a new one by Caldecott award-winner Kevin Henkes entitled Old Bear.
New additions in the Easy Reader section for our beginning readers are three sets of Bob Books, bound together in sets of four stories each with an accompanying CD. These have been perennial favorites over the past decade, but were not housed in a sturdy enough fashion (flimsy small format paperbacks in an equally flimsy “box”) to add to the library’s collection until now. According to the publisher, Bob Books were designed to provide structure and success for children learning to read and encourage the joy of reading through simplicity, consistency and warmth.
These carefully graduated books introduce reading sounds logically and progressively. The success of Bob Books lies in the millions of proud new readers who have said, “I read the whole book!
New chapter books include the latest editions to popular series, including Eclipse from the Warrior Power of Three series, book two of the Tapestry series called the Second Siege and a new series by Rick Riordan of Percy and the Olympians fame, called the Maze of Bones, first title being the 39 Clues. New young adult novels include the fourth installment of Stephenie Meyer’s Eclipse series entitled Breaking Dawn, the third and final installment of the Eragon trilogy, Brisingr, and the sixth tome in the Artemis Fowl series, The Time Paradox. The series concept is alive and well in youth publishing!
New books on CD include three of the aforementioned series titles: 39 Clues, Breaking Dawn and Brisingr, as well as two recent classics Redwall and James Herriot’s Treasury for Children. New DVDs include “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Eloise” titles for the little ones, the summer sensation “Camp Rock” for the tween generation, and two Disney live-action comedies from the 1960s for the nostalgic set and their kids or grandkids: “That Darn Cat” and “Blackbeard’s Ghost.”
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In non-fiction, we have exciting new additions to the Ologies series (Dragonology, Wizardology, Egyptology and Pirateology) with Monsterology and Mythology. If you haven’t seen these sumptuous creations published by Candlewick, you are in for a treat! Star Wars fans will enjoy the latest DK publication The Clone Wars: A Visual Guide. Danica McKellar (think Winnie Cooper in “The Wonder Years,” all grown up now with a summa cum laude math degree) has written her second bestselling math book for middle school girls: Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who is Boss. Her valiant goal is to reduce the math-phobia that often seizes tween and teenage girls in middle school and beyond. McKellar said that she wrote the book “to show girls that math is accessible and relevant, and even a little glamorous” and to counteract “damaging social messages telling young girls that math and science aren’t for them.” Perhaps I would’ve considered an entirely different career path if books like this were published 30 years ago!