Posts Tagged ‘favorite books’

Flora and the Flamingo

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

I’ve found one of my favorite picture books of the year!

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Hopefuls for the Newbery Award

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

As I mentioned before, the winner of this year’s Newbery Award will be announced on January 28th.  Here are two books I hope are in the running for the award: Wonder by R. J. Palacio The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Monday, December 17th, 2012

I finally read The Witch of Blackbird Pond and liked it very much.  It won the Newbery Medal in 1959.  It was highlighted back in November on Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-a-Day Almanac.

If you like historical fiction with a little bit of romance, I think you will enjoy reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond.



Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Truly wonderful!

Find the book in our catalog here.

Find out more about the book and the pledge to Choose Kind here.

The Hero’s Guide to Saving your Kingdom

Friday, August 24th, 2012

I am only half way 3/4 of the way through this book but it is hilarious!  Hilarious!  I can’t wait to finish it.  Find it here.

Here are some lines to entice you:

This was the first knight Frederic had ever seen in real life (and frankly, even the ones he’d read about in books weren’t very exciting-his favorite bedtime story was “Sir Bertram the Dainty and the Quest for the Enchanted Salad Fork”).


Here’s what a typical day for Liam might be like: Breakfast; foil a burglary; lunch; rescue lost children from ferocious wolves; serve as guest of honor at ribbon-cutting ceremony for new blacksmith shop; dinner; carry frail grandmother from burning building; healthy snack; bed.


It’s a bit mysterious,” Liam said. “Gustav, do you have any thoughts?”

“You smell like melon,” said Gustav.

“Thank you,” said Liam.  “That was very constructive.”


Soon Prince Duncan and Snow White moved out of the royal castle…to a secluded manor in the countryside.  There, Duncan let his quirkiness flow freely.  He organized his toothpick collection alphabetically (they were all filed under T); he practiced sitting upside-down; he loudly yelled out the name of every animal that ran through their yard (not the type of animal it was, but the actual name he thought it should have, like “Chester,” “Skippy,” or “J.P. McWiggins”).


“Can you believe the man rhymed ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ with ‘crumpled napkins’?  I don’t even know how that got past the Bards’ Board of Acceptable Rhymes.  But I digress.

The One and Only Ivan

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Have you read The One and Only Ivan?  It is absolutely wonderful.  Heartbreaking, but wonderful.  I had the chance to hear the author, Katherine Applegate, talk about Ivan last year.

I was just thinking about the book yesterday when I found out that the real Ivan passed away earlier this week at the age of 50.

If you haven’t read it yet or you want to re-read Ivan, you can find the book at the library here.

Also, check out the book’s website to see the book trailer and to learn more at

The blog Watch. Connect. Read has a ton of great information about the book as well the world of Children’s Literature.


Anne of Green Gables Birthday

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Happy 103rd Birthday, Anne of Green Gables!

What a perfect time to re-read the series or discover Anne Shirley for the first time!

Find the books and movies here at the Wheaton Public Library.

“I shall never forgive Gilbert Blythe,” said Anne firmly.  “And Mr. Phillips spelled my name without an e, too.  The iron has entered my soul, Diana.”

“You’d find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair…People who haven’t red hair don’t know what trouble is.”

” ‘Anne, are you killed?’ shrieked Diana, throwing herself on her knees beside her friend. ‘Oh, Anne, dear Anne , speak just one word to me and tell me if you’re killed.’ ”

” ‘I am well in body although considerably rumpled in spirit, thank you, ma’am,’ said Anne gravely.  Then aside to Marilla in an audible whisper, ‘There wasn’t anything startling in that, was there, Marilla?’ ”

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think.  It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

(can you tell Anne is a favorite?)


Down on the Farm

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

I was re-reading two favorite farm books recently and wanted to share them with you.  Not only are these titles delightful, but they have some great websites associated with them.

Tillie Lays an Egg by Terry Golson with photography by Ben Fink.  Check out Golson’s website,, for a live video of her chickens and more about the author.

Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary by Maya Gottfried and paintings by Robert Rahway Zakanitch.  Learn all about Farm Sanctuary at

The Penderwicks, Part II (Discussing Part III)

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Well, I have finished the most recent Penderwicks book, The Penderwicks at Pointe Mouette!  I have loved getting to know the Penderwick sisters and, secretly, hope there are more adventures to come. 

Have you visited Jeanne Birdsall’s website?  If you are a fan of Anne of Green Gables or E. Nesbit, you will love this website and all of the quotes she has chosen to include.  Get to know the woman behind the Penderwicks here.

The Penderwicks

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I know I am six years late but I just read The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy.  What a delightful book!  Growing up with a sister, I have always had a fondness for stories involving the deep bonds between sisters and their imaginative adventures.

The Penderwicks won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2005 and is currently on our Battle of the Books reading list.  If you enjoy the first Penderwicks, there are more books that follow the sisters: The Penderwicks on Gardam Street and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette.