This week’s staff pick isn’t an individual work, but the entire collection of Maya Angelou, who passed on this week. Maya was a strong civil rights supporter and voice, and her work has affected millions. She was a truly great literary voice, and will be missed.
We have several of her works if you’d like to bring some home via book, ebook, or audiobook.
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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko is this week’s staff pick, chosen by one of our superb Children’s Librarians!
“In this appealing novel set in 1935, 12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family move from Santa Monica to Alcatraz Island where his father gets a job as an electrician at the prison and his mother hopes to send his autistic older sister to a special school in San Francisco. When Natalie is rejected by the school, Moose is unable to play baseball because he must take care of her, and her unorthodox behavior sometimes lands him in hot water. He also comes to grief when he reluctantly goes along with a moneymaking scheme dreamed up by the warden’s pretty but troublesome daughter. Family dilemmas are at the center of the story, but history and setting–including plenty of references to the prison’s most infamous inmate, mob boss Al Capone–play an important part, too. The Flanagan family is believable in the way each member deals with Natalie and her difficulties, and Moose makes a sympathetic main character. The story, told with humor and skill, will fascinate readers with an interest in what it was like for the children of prison guards and other workers to actually grow up on Alcatraz Island.–Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library”– School Library Journal.
This book is aimed at middle school students, and is a great, interesting read for boys and girls. It’s also the beginning of a series, so if you or your kids love it, the story continues!
We have multiple copies in print and an audiobook edition.
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Happy Mother’s Day! We hope it’s a fun and fantastic day with your family and that they did lots of great things for you!
We have over 1,000 titles with mothers as a subject. They cover a huge range, from fiction to nonfiction, and all areas of motherhood. Poke around and see if you like any here.
In The Sparrow, it’s 2019, and “humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being “human.” Words like “provocative” and “compelling” will come to mind as you read this shocking novel about first contact with a race that creates music akin to both poetry and prayer” — Goodreads.
We have it in book and audiobook format.
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For whatever reason, boys (generally speaking) don’t read as much as their female counterparts. Happily, there are a growing number of resources dedicated to finding books for young(er) male readers, like Guys Read, Books 4 Boys, Best Books For Boys, Booksforboys.com, and Read Kiddo Read. Some of them break up recommendations by what’s in them like dragons, aliens, at least one explosion, etc. Book recommendations cover a wide range of ages from toddler through the teen years, so try some of these titles today.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of sites for girl readers too. Like Empowering Books for Girls, A Mighty Girl, and Scholastic recommendations for girls.
Still having trouble convincing them to read? Why not try a book trailer? It’s exactly like a movie trailer, but for books. Drum up some excitement so they know what they’re reading will be action packed, or have dinosaurs, or what have you. Try sites like Book Trailers for Readers or Slime Kids. You can always search for a particular books title + “book trailer”. For example, you could type “green eggs and ham book trailer” into the search bar of Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search engine.
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