Friday, March 10, 2017

New Audiobooks and Playaways


As Brave As You by Peter Reynolds
2017 Schneider Family Book Award Winner
2017 Coretta Scott King (Author) Award Honor Book
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
2016 Schneider Family Book Award Winner
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka
The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
2017 Newbery Honor Book
Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs
The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
2017 Newbery Honor Book


The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Moo by Sharon Creech
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Robot Revolution by James Patterson

The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli

Look for these new items on our shelves, or place a hold on them today by stopping by, going online or calling us at 631-363-6133.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

1KB4K Achievement

Congratulations to Braelyn R. for completing 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

She is the fifth child to complete the program since its launch in October 2014!

See how everyone stacks up so far:

9 children have reached
50 Books
8 children have reached
100 Books
5 children have reached 
150 Books
4 children have reached 
200 Books
1 child has reached 
250 Books
3 children have reached 
300 Books
1 child has reached
400 Books
1 child has reached
450 Books
1 child has reached 
550 Books
1 child has reached 
600 Books
2 children have reached
650 Books
1 child has reached
700 Books
and 5 children have completed 1,000 Books!

Keep up the good work!

Check out our 1KB4K Wall of Achievement to see pictures of all children who complete the program.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Read Across America


Grab your hat, and read with the cat!
Celebrate reading with us today, March 2nd, on the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss.

Readers of all ages are encouraged to participate, because...
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."


According to the National Education Association
"children who are read frequently develop stronger reading skills."  Reading positively impacts a child's counting skills, their ability to write their name, their ability to read, or pretend to read, their reading proficiency and math skills, letter and sound recognition and more.

Check out this list of Educator Recommended Books for all ages.

Ask us about our different reading programs:
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (birth - Pre-K)
Beginning Readers Challenge (grades K - 2)
Independent Readers Challenge (grades 3 - 5)


Saturday, February 25, 2017

2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Honoring an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

Nikki Grimes

The 2017 winner is Nikki Grimes, whose award-winning works include "Bronx Masquerade," which won Coretta Scott King Author Honor in 2014.  In addition, Grimes received the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award in 2016 and the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 2006.

Read her full bio here.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
For the most distinguished beginning reader book.

Children's Book Winner:

by Laurie Keller

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Walt and his friends are growing up fast!  Everyone is the something-est.  But...what about Walt?  He is not th tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest.  He is not the anything-est!  As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!

2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor Books:
by Greg Pizzoli
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by Mike Twohy
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by David Milgrim
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by Kara LaReau
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What did you think about "We Are Growing"?  Did you enjoy it?  What did you like about it?  Do you think one of the other books should have won?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2017 Stonewall Book Award

2017 Stonewall Book Award
Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award given annually to an English-language children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.

Children's Book Winner:
by Rick Riordan

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Thor's hammer is missing again.  The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon - the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds.  But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands.  If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants.  Ragnarok will being.  The Nine Worlds will burn.  Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki - and the price he wants is very high.

Young Adult Winner:

by Meredith Russo

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2017 Stonewall Book Award Honor Books:

by Anna-Marie McLemore
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by Jenny Downham
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What did you think about "The Hammer of Thor"?  Did you enjoy it?  What did you like about it?  Do you think one of the other books should have won?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

2017 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
For the most distinguished informational book for children.

by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

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Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy.  Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and on of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear.  Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death.  The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: "One Man, One Vote."

2017 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award Honor Books:

by Candace Fleming
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by Caren Stelson
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Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II
by Albert Marrin
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We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
by Russell Freedman
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What did you think about "March: Book Three"?  Did you enjoy it?  What did you like about it?  Do you think one of the other books should have won?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017 Pura Belpre (Author) Award

2017 Pura Belpre (Author) Award
Honoring a Latino author whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

by Juana Medina

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Juana loves many things - drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogota, Columbia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever.  She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class.  And she especially does not love learning the English.  Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense?  But when Juana's abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning - one that Juana will need to speak English to go on - Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all.  Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones - the hearts - of readers everywhere in her first adventure, presented by namesake, Juana Medina.

2017 Pura Belpre (Author) Award Honor Book:
by Alexandra Diaz
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What did you think about "Juana & Lucas"?  Did you enjoy it?  What did you like about it?  Do you think one of the other books should have won?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!