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Andrew Luck Book Club

Andrew Luck Book Club

I often get recognized by my teammates and the media for my passion for Andrew Luck Book Club 150reading. And it’s no secret that I enjoy sharing suggestions for books with my teammates, family and friends. So starting this online book club felt like a natural and really fun opportunity. AndrewLuckBookClub.com will be a platform for me to share my love of reading with an even larger audience. By using #ALBookClub on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, let’s build a community of readers. ~ Andrew Luck

New for Spring 2017: Andrew Luck Takes Book Club to Airwaves – The Andrew Luck Book Club will air monthly on Monday nights at 9 p.m. on 90.1 FM, and listeners can also access the show via podcast.

 


Andrew’s Picks So Far:

The Lost Years of MerlinThe Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron Print, CD, eBook, eAudio

A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures. Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Zen ShortsZen Shorts by Jon J. Muth Print
When Stillwater, a giant panda, moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways. To Addie he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Number the StarsNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Newbery Medal winner, 1990. Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Little House on the PrairieLittle House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Pa’s homestead thrives, Laura gets her first job in town, blackbirds eat the corn and oats crops, Mary goes to college, and Laura gets into trouble at school, but becomes a certified school teacher. Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


HatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen Print, CD, eBook
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce. Andrew: Why I Chose This Book


Maniac MageeManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli Print, CD, eBook, eAudio
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries. Newbery Medal winner, 1991 Andrew: Why I Chose This Book

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Meet the Author: Grace Lin

Meet the Author: Grace Lin


Books by Grace Lin:

Dumpling DaysStarry River of the SkyWhen the Mountain Meets the MoonWhen the Sea Turned to Silver

Websites:


More about Women’s History:

 

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Getting to Know New Neighbors from Around the World

Getting to Know New Neighbors from Around the World

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immigrant-welcome-center-logo“By helping newcomers feel welcome and valued, we are helping empower our newest residents to be a part of our city’s future.” ~ Immigrant Welcome Center

At the library, we have all kinds of resources for kids to learn about their immigrant neighbors:

  • Booklist: Friends Around the World – Books that are a window into the lives of children living in different places. Children eat, go to school and Their Great Giftplay all over the world. How are these experiences in different places different? How are they the same?
  • Booklist: Their Great Gift – The Immigrant Experience  Celebrate the people who have journeyed so far to start a new life here in America.  These books highlight the experiences, talents and hard work each of them brings – all of these things are a gift. We are lucky to have them joining our communities!
  • Booklist: Immigrant Stories – Here are some favorite books that will give you a chance to walk in the shoes of someone coming to America from somewhere new. You will meet some good friends in these stories. They are so strong and brave! Many of the stories are based on real people, often the author or a relative of the author.
  • Booklist: Christmas Around the World
  • Booklist: Cinderella Around the World
  • Booklist: Chinese New Year
  • Around the World: Celebrations
  • Around the World: Crafts and Games
  • Around the World: Food
  • Around the World: Tales & Stories
  • The Belpre Medal – An award presented each year to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding book for children. 2016 Pura Belpre Medal Winners
  • Homework Help: Countries of the World
  • Leer por Internet Ahora Mismo: Historias en Español

 

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Meet Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature

Meet Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young Peoples’ Literature

Yang“The position of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature was created to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.

The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is named by the Librarian of Congress for a two-year term, based on recommendations from a selection committee representing many segments of the book community. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and ability to relate to children.”

Library of Congress National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature

The new Ambassador for the next two years is Gene Luen Yang. The theme for his two year term as ambassador will be “”Reading Without Walls”

Ambassadors:

  1. 2016-2017 Gene Luen Yang
  2. 2014-2015 Kate DiCamillo
  3. 2012-2013 Walter Dean Myers
  4. 2010-2011 Katherine Patterson
  5. 2009-2010 Jon Scieszka

Websites:

Books:

The Promise, Part 1 The Promise, Part 2 The Promise, Part 3 The Search, Part 1
The Search, Part 2 The Search, Part 3 The Rift, Part 1 The Rift, Part 2
The Rift, Part 3 The Rift Smoke and Shadow Secret Coders

Information Provided by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Happy 100th Birthday, Jean Fritz!

Happy 100th Birthday, Jean Fritz!

 

Jaen Fritz PhotoBorn on November 16, 1915, Jean Fritz has written over 30 books for children since her first book, Bunny Hopwell’s First Spring was published in 1954.  Fritz is probably best known for her Newbery Honor book “Homesick” and for many, many entertaining biographies.

History isn’t boring, once you get to know the people,” says children’s author Jean Fritz. “In my writing, I give people their place.” From National Endowment for the Humanities: Jean Fritz

I’ll tell kids something funny, and they’ll all look at their teacher, to see if it’s OK to laugh. You can almost hear them thinking, `This is history. Is it supposed to be funny?” From: Christian Science Monitor: Author Jean Fritz Shares History’s Facts – and Funny Moments

One of the most interesting things I read about her is this:

In her books about real people of the past, Jean Fritz never makes up dialogue. Instead, she draws on the real letters, diaries, and journals of those people, using only words that they actually wrote or spoke. This practice can make writing scenes and conversations difficult, but Fritz feels it keeps her writing true to the people involved.” From Meet the Author Jean Fritz

Prize winning children’s author Jean Fritz takes takes the viewer along for a research trip at the Hasting’s Public Library:

What an interesting lady! Want to know more?:

Websites:

 

Books:

homesick You Want Women to Vote Lizzie Stanton Alexander Hamilton the Outsider The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Whos Saying What in Jamestown Thomas Savage

Streaming Video:

Watch Jean Fritz’s books:

Whos That Stepping on Plymouth Rock Will You Sign Here John Hancock

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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