Monthly Archives: December 2014

Review of the Week

Barnett, Mac. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. Jon Klassen, Illus. Picture Book. Candlewick, 2014. [42]p. $16.99. 978-0-7636-6229-5. OUTSTANDING. GRADES PRE-3. In this humorous tale, we see two friends and their dog dig and dig and dig in the hopes … Continue reading

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Booklist’s Best List and other End-of-the-Year Best Children’s Books

Looking for more end-of-the-year lists of Best Children’s Books? Linda Perkins recommends the Chicken Spaghetti website for a handy list of all the “bests” and awards: . Also check out Booklist’s Editors’ Choice: Susan Faust of the San … Continue reading

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Author Robert San Souci Dies

Robert San Souci Dies: Noted folklorist and children’s author Robert San Souci died on Dec. 19, 2014 after a fall and head injury. This Bay Area author often collaborated with his brother Daniel San Souci, who would illustrate Robert’s books. … Continue reading

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Review of the Week –

Kanefield, Teri. Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement. Non-fiction. Abrams, 2013. 56p. $19.95. 978-1-4197-0796-4. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 4-8. In 1951, a high school junior named Barbara Rose Johns led her … Continue reading

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Read-Alikes for Alexander’s “Chronicles of Prydain” Series

Check out ACL’s new Read-Alikes page on our website: We have rearranged the index into three parts: author, book title, and subject/series. It is easier to use and to find things. Please give it a look! Read-alikes for Lloyd … Continue reading

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Norman Bridwell Dies, New ACL BayNews Posted

Norman Bridwell Dies at age 86: Author Norman Bridwell, creator of “Clifford, the Big Red Dog,” has died in Martha’s Vineyard. “Clifford,” published by Scholastic, was created in 1963 and quickly became a popular book with young readers, and later … Continue reading

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Review of the Week: Jacob’s New Dress

Hoffman, Sarah. Jacob’s New Dress. Chris Case, Illus. Picture Book. A. Whitman, 2014. [32]p. $16.99. 978-0-8075-6363-1. OUTSTANDING. GRADES PRE-2. One of Jacob’s favorite things to do at school is to put on dresses in the “dress-up corner.” After wearing a … Continue reading

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Paddington Bear Do-It-Yourself Programming Ideas

Paddington Bear Do-It-Yourself Programming Ideas There are several movies coming out this winter that are based on popular children’s books. You can capitalize on the publicity these films will get with a library program celebrating those books. One that should … Continue reading

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New Cocktail Book from Tim Federle

Federle, Tim. Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist. Illus. by Eda Kaban. Running Press, 2014. $15. ISBN 978-0-7624-5505-8. Looking for the perfect baby shower gift? This cocktail recipe book uses popular Mother Goose rhymes as the basis … Continue reading

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Review of the Week – “Leroy Ninker Saddles Up”

DiCamillo, Kate. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up. Chris Van Dusen, Illus. Fiction. “Tales from Deckawoo Drive Series”. Candlewick, 2014. 90p. $12.99. 978-0-7636-6339-1. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 1-3. In the first of a new series that includes some of the characters from the author’s … Continue reading

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