We at the library are excited to participate with K-State in exploring their common book, The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. I wrote back in March about why I loved the book, so I won’t go through all of that again. I know that once you read it your curiosity will be caught, so here […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
West of the Moon takes place in 19th century Norway. Thirteen-year-old Astri and her little sister Greta have lived with their aunt ever since their father left for America, but the story begins when Astri is sent away to work for a widowed goat herder in the mountains. Abused and mistreated, Astri plans her escape […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
From unicorns to Tyrannosaurus Rex, strange beasts have a way of inhabiting our imaginations. The Griffin and the Dinosaur tells the story of Adrienne Mayor. As a child, Mayor was fascinated by the nature surrounding her in the South Dakota prairie. As a young adult, she became fascinated with the myths of fantastic creatures of Greek […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
The lives of readers of all ages are enriched by reading non-fiction. For parents and educators of beginning readers, it can be a daunting task trying to find non-fiction books that don’t overwhelm or discourage their children. There is a great wealth of easier non-fiction that still presents true facts and useful information. Here are […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
I can’t tell you how often people ask me if a certain book is appropriate for the age of their child. It is something I often struggle with as a parent of two kids, also. Short of reading every book in the universe, it is really tricky to answer this question. Even if I have […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan is a wonderful, enigmatic picture book which will be enjoyed equally by both the young and old. The book records two boys’ summer adventures as a series of rules–all of which, of course, are determined by the older boy as he attempts to exercise his seniority over his younger […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
When Kara Westfall was 6 years old, her mother was accused for the most heinous of crimes: witchcraft. Now – 6 years later – Kara and her family are still shunned and denounced by the citizens of De’Noran. When Kara ventures into the Thickety – a forbidden forest that covers most of De’Noran – she […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
In her debut novel, Shooting Kabul, N.H. Senzai introduced the precarious world of a childhood in war-torn Afghanistan. The main character from that novel, Mariam, appears in Saving Kabul Corner as best friend to protagonist Ariana, a precocious 12-year-old living in Fremont, California. Mariam’s family owns a market in a large shopping plaza among the Afghan community. […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Once upon a time a pig, a mynah bird, and a cat lived on a farm…sounds like the beginning of a strange joke, doesn’t it? These are the characters from the fun story, Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit. Ernest the pig and Gabby the mynah bird are happy to welcome new animals to their owner’s […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Meet the adorable poodles Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-la-la…and Gaston. Wait, one of these pooches is not like the others. But it’s not for a lack of trying. Gaston may look different and grow faster than his sisters, but he tries to learn everything his mama teaches him and his poodle mama loves him so! What will […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.