Kids Love Books!!

Children’s Author to visit Wenatchee Public Library

Angela Morris - Tuesday, February 21, 2012
 

Come meet Lisa Ard who has written her first book called“Fright Flight!. Lisa grew up in Wenatchee and now lives in Portland. Wenatchee Public Library has copies of her book if you’d like to read it before you come hear her speak. Fright Flight is the first of the Dream Seekers series, and it’s based on a really interesting idea that a 12 year old boy and his family experience dreams in a much more significant way than normal people – whatever they dream while they are asleep is actually happening. A good example is that the book’s main character Patrick, often has dreams about sweet treats – and consequently wakes up very sick after a night of dreaming of gorging on ice cream sundae! You can imagine the consequences of dreaming about something really dangerous! His mom is also a dream seeker but has more highly developed skills in managing what happens in her dreams, so there is hope that Patrick will grow into a more mature dreamer that can handle anything that happens in his dreams. Meanwhile, he has great adventures – and more to come as the series unfolds. It is a fast read – and I think most kids 8-12 would really enjoy it – it might even spark some fun writing ideas for teachers and kids alike.    Wenatchee Public Library March 11 at 2:00.

Caldecott Medal 2012

Angela Morris - Monday, February 13, 2012
  A couple weeks ago I wrote about the 2012 winners of the Newbery Medal which is an award for excellence in chapter books. This week I wanted to give you the titles of the Caldecott Medal winner and honors that were announced in January. Remember, this award is given for “excellence of execution of artistic technique, interpretation of story/theme/concepts, appropriateness of style, and excellence of presentation for a child audience”. In other words, it is an award given for a book that is superior in how well the illustrations help tell the story, the art quality is of the highest standard and it is pleasing to the eye of a child. Think how hard it would be to make a decision! – there are so many wonderful books published every year.

The winner of the Caldecott Medal is “A Ball for Daisy” by Chris Raschka. The Caldecott committee says it is the story “of an irrepressible little dog whose most prized possession is accidentally destroyed”. The colors and illustrations are bright and bold and in a very kid-like style.

The first honor book is “Blackout” by John Rocco. It takes place in a large city where the electricity goes out one night – see people's first reactions and then find out how they cope. This link will take you to the author's website to view his Book trailer – very interesting. http://roccoart.com/blackout.html

The second honor book is “Grandpa Green” by Lane Smith. I love the whimsical illustrations in this book.

The third honor book is “Me....Jane” by Patrick McDonnell. This is a story about a young Jane Goodall – and the beginnings of her love for chimpanzees.

North Central Regional Library has all of these books in our collection, so what are you waiting for?


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