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Booktalking "Sugar Hill" by Carole Boston Weatherford

Sugar Hill is at the heart of Harlem, New York, the mecca of African American art and culture. Read More ›

Booktalking "My Dad Thinks He's Funny" by Katrina Germein

The lame jokes, the corny repertoire. None of it is funny, yet you are supposed to laugh. We've all been there with our parents.Read More ›

Booktalking "News for Dogs" by Lois Duncan

Andi and Bruce love their dogs, Bebe, Friday, and Red Rover more than anything.Read More ›

Booktalking "Doctor White" by Jane Goodall

Hospitals can be scary places for kids. All of the machines, strange noises and people that they do not know can be confusing. Sometimes, they endure painful procedures. They do not feel well, and they do not know what is going on. They miss their friends and family. Luckily for them, they have Dr. White.Read More ›

Booktalking "All Four Stars" by Tara Dairman

Gladys Gatsby is a sixth-grade chef-in-training. A bona fide foodie, she loves everything pertaining to food. Read More ›

Booktalking "Return to Sender" by Julia Alvarez

12-year-old Tyler is enjoying life at his Vermont farm, and all seems well. Then, his family hires illegal immigrant Mexican workers. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Birthday Ball" by Lois Lowry

Princess Patricia Priscilla and yellow cat, Delicious, lead a life of luxury... but it's boring, boring, boring. Read More ›

Booktalking "I Lived on Butterfly Hill" by Marjorie Agosin

Ten-year-old Celeste is living an idyllic life in Chile with her parents, relatives, and friends Gloria, Lucilia, Marisol and Cristobal... until things start changing. Read More ›

Booktalking "Roller Derby Rivals" by Sue Macy

In New York City in 1948, Midge "Toughie" Brasuhn and Gerry Murray duke it out on the roller rink for the benefit of thousands of TV viewers. Read More ›

Un-fair-y Tales: Mixed-Up and Irreverent Stories

Many children today are only familiar with the neat and tidy endings to ooey-gooey, sunshine stories. While these types of stories most certainly have their place in childhood, isn't it much more interesting when something unexpected, dark, or silly happens instead?Read More ›

Booktalking "Vincent's Colors" by Vincent Van Gogh

yellow sky and sun / blue and white jug / grey-green trees and pink sky / yellow buttercups...Read More ›

Booktalking "Black Gold" by Marguerite Henry

U-see-it is small, but what she lacks in size, she makes up for in heart.Read More ›

Booktalking "Stable" by Ted Lewin

The barn on Caton Place was built in 1930. They provide riding lessons, pony rides, parties, and carriages for special events. Gallop, a therapeutic riding program, helps people with disabilities improve their lives through contact with equines.Read More ›

Booktalking "Molly the Pony" by Pam Kaster

A children's book telling the story of a pony with a prosthetic leg.Read More ›

Booktalking "Blue Ribbon Summer" by Catherine Hapka

Brooke is in love with her Chincoteague pony, Foxy. She schools the pony herself, but it is a slow, gradual process. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Lost and Found Pony" by Tracy Dockray

The pony in this story is plaintive and adorable. Read More ›

Booktalking "Born to Trot" by Marguerite Henry

Rosalind is a mare that Gibson can hang his hopes on. The young boy loves exercising horses, and he loves the way that the trotting Standardbred moves. She is all heart, and she responds to her driver's urging with all that she has.Read More ›

Children's Book Week is May 4-10, 2015!

At a recent Children's Literary Salon, Children's Book Council Communications Director, Nicole Deming, gave a presentation about the history and present day of Children's Book Week.Read More ›

Booktalking "Goal!" by Mina Javaherbin

Ajani and friends play football in South Africa... after he has finished his homework and gotten water from the well.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Summer of May" by Cecilia Galante

May and Olive text each other all day long. May's fiery temperament is calmed by Olive's gentle ways; they seem to complement each other... until they stop understanding each other.Read More ›
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