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Halloween Books!

The best Halloween ever / Barbara Robinson

The case of the Halloween ghost / John R. Erickson

Horrible Harry at Halloween / by Suzy Kline

Mrs. Jeepers’ scariest Halloween ever / by Debbie Dadey

It’s Halloween, you ‘fraidy mouse! / Geronimo Stilton

Trick or treat! : a Peanuts Halloween / Charles M. Schulz

Horrid Henry and the scary sitter / Francesca Simon

Howl-oween! / Sienna Mercer

Junie B., first grader : boo –and I mean it! / Barbara Park

Halloween crafts / Fay Robinson

Babymouse : monster mash / by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Miss Mary is scary! / Dan Gutman

The peculiar pumpkin thief / by Geronimo Stilton

Zombie kid / J. Scott Savage

That one spooky night / written by Dan Bar-el ; illustrated by David Huyck

Haunted castle on Hallows Eve / by Mary Pope Osborne

Family-friendly audiobooks!

Going on a road trip? Or just looking for a great book the whole family will enjoy? We’ve got you covered!

 

  • Adventures in Odyssey – An adventurous Christian drama read by a full cast!
  • The Boxcar Children- The classic tale of four orphaned brothers and sisters.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia – various readers; Patrick Stewart reads The Last Battle
  • Fablehaven – A fun fantasy series for fans of Harry Potter
  • The False Prince- An action-packed story about an orphan who is chosen to be a “false prince.”
  • Guardians of Ga’Hoole- Fantasy fiction with owls!
  • Hank the Cowdog –  A rollicking good time that’s guaranteed to have the whole family laughing! Read by the author, John R. Erickson
  • The Hardy Boys – The classic boy detectives solve crimes.
  • Harry Potter – The fantastical tale is read by the illustrious Jim Dale.
  • Infinity Ring – An adventurous series similar to The 39 Clues
  • Lamplighter (publisher) – Various Christian-themed stories read by a full cast
  • Nancy Drew – Everyone’s favorite sleuth solves mysteries.
  • Percy Jackson – The popular fantasy series comes alive in the audiobooks.
  • Peter Pan – The timeless story read by Jim Dale.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events – This strange and wonderful series will be a hit with the whole family. Read by Tim Curry
  • Seven Wonders – A sci-fi story about an ordinary boy with extraordinary problems.
  • The 39 Clues – A brother and sister team up to solve a mystery using 39 clues.
  • Wildwood – A magical story about a girl who searches for her brother who was kidnapped by crows.

 

 

 

Early Chapter Books

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Do you have a 1st grader who is an advanced reader? Or maybe you have a 3rd or 4th grader who is still overwhelmed by heavy chapter books. Either way, the following list is a selection of beginning chapter books that appeal to a wide variety of readers. And the best news is, most of them range in AR reading level from 2.0-4.0. These books are great for reading aloud as well!

(Click the title to see if it’s available today!)

Amelia Bedelia chapter books

Bad Kitty chapter books

Chicken Squad

Clementine

Flat Stanley

Geronimo Stilton

Horrible Harry

Ivy & Bean

Judy Moody

Junie B.  Jones

Magic Tree House

Mercy Watson

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew

Nate the Great

Stink

2014 Summer Reading List for K-2

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of The American Library Association (ALA) has released its 2014 summer reading lists for grades K-8. Encouraging children to read over the summer can help them retain more information so that they are ready for the next school year.

Here are the books ALSC recommends for those in grades K-2:

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad. From the creator of the New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk–four times over in alphabetical order.


A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them. An Elephant & Piggie book.


Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina’s fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.


Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han, illustrated by Julia Kuo
Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.


Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.


Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.


Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins
Profiles a series of animals with unusual eyes and explains how such animals use their uniquely evolved eyes to gain essential information about the biological world.


How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Velociraptor for a walk, or try to brush a Tyrannosaur’s teeth? We think of dinosaurs as colossal giants, but how big were they REALLY?


I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.


Journey by Aaron Becker

A wordless picture book.

Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.


Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.


Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.


Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora
The inhabitants of Old Makimba’s farm in Africa, including a baboon, an elephant, and a lion, are described, verse by verse. Includes facts about African animals.


Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
Ol’ Mama Squirrel has raised many babies and kept them all safe from predators, but she may have met her match when a determined grizzly bear threatens to eat her entire family tree.


Panda Kindergarten by Joanne Ryder, photographs by Katherine Feng
Meet the 16 panda cubs who live at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China.


Part-Time Princess by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cambria Evans
A girl escapes her annoying little brother and the drudgery of school and home life when she travels to a magical kingdom each night and embarks on a series of adventures.


Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Ben Cort
Laugh along to rhyming text about pirates on the search for the Pants of Gold.


Rain! by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson
As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.


Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he’s afraid of the unknown “out there.” But then, something unexpected happens that may just change his outlook.


Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.


This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Wilfred is a boy with rules. He lives a very orderly life. It’s fortunate, then, that he has a pet who abides by rules, such as not making noise while Wilfred educates him on his record collection. There is, however, one rule that Wilfred’s pet has difficulty following: Going whichever way Wilfred wants to go. Perhaps this is because Wilfred’s pet doesn’t quite realize that he belongs to anyone.


The Three Ninja Pigs by Cory Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat
In this twist on “The Three Little Pigs” tale, Pig One and Two neglect their ninja school martial arts training and are no match for the wolf, but Pig Three’s practice and dedication saves the day. Includes glossary of Japanese martial arts terms.


Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn.


The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
This book traces out the life and career of Jane Goodall as a watcher of English fauna to her adult work as scholar of animal behavior in Africa.


Check back soon for grades 3-5 and 6-8, as well as our staff picks for pre-K and grades 7-9! 

Win a Copy of The Fault in Our Stars!

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John Green’s wildly popular YA Novel The Fault in Our Stars is being released as a movie on June 6, 2014. The book follows sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, who has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. The Fault in Our Stars has received rave reviews from seemingly every reviewer, and Time Magazine even called it the “Best Fiction Book of the Year.” 

Haven’t read it yet? Or want your very own copy to re-read and dog-ear? Stop by either circulation desk at the library and check out a book to enter! The contest is open to all ages. One entry per day. Three winners will be notified on June 9, 2014. 

In the meantime, check out John Green’s website here for more info and the official movie website here.

 

Good luck!

Catching Fire

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On Sunday, April 27th, Join Kimberly Russell from West Kentucky Community and Technical College for Read to Reel! This month’s book/movie is Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Test your trivia skills and win prizes! Starts at 2PM.

 

Test your knowledge here to prepare!

http://www.goodreads.com/quizzes/1897-catching-fire-quiz

 

7 More Days Until Divergent: The Movie!

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Just one more week until the release of the highly anticipated movie, Divergent, based on the YA novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. Check out the official website here for the movie trailer and discover which faction you would be placed in!

If you’re looking for another book or series to keep you occupied while you wait, here is a list of similar titles:

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness

Coda by Emma Trevayne

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Dustlands by Moira Young

Eve by Anna Carey

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Legend by Marie Lu

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Matched by Ally Condie

Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien

Pulse by Patrick Carman

Razorland by Ann Aguirre

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Soon to be a movie! Released date is scheduled for August 2014 )

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Also being made into a movie! Scheduled for September 2014)

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Have you read any of these? Which are your favorites? Which do you want to see as a movie next? We would love to see Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Legend by Marie Lu (both trilogies) as movies!

Books for Teen Guys

When you’re looking for a new YA book to read, it can seem like the whole section is devoted to girls who want to swoon over a dreamy vampire or happen to become leaders of a revolution. While these books are certainly enjoyable, and even guys can find something to like in them, we wanted to focus on books that are written specifically for teen guys, complete with male narrators or main characters. And very little romance.

All of the following books may be found at the McCracken County Public Library. 

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BOOKS FOR TEEN GUYS

 

THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY BY DOUGLAS ADAMS                                                   

THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN BY SHERMAN ALEXIE

THE MAZE RUNNER SERIES BY JAMES DASHNER                                                                                                  

THE LAST APPRENTICE SERIES BY JOSEPH DELANEY                                                                      

MICHAEL VEY SERIES BY RICHARD PAUL EVANS                                                                                                                  

GONE SERIES BY  MICHAEL GRANT                                                                                                                                  

VARIOUS SPORTS NOVELS BY TIM GREEN                                                                        

VARIOUS BOOKS BY PETE HAUTMAN                                                                                  

YOUNG BOND SERIES BY CHARLIE HIGSON                                                                                                                   

VARIOUS BOOKS BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ                                                                   

THE CHRONICLES OF NICK SERIES BY SHERRILYN KENYON                                                                                    

HOMELANDERS SERIES  BY ANDREW KLAVAN                                                                                                           

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES SERIES BY ANDREW LANE                                                                           

VARIOUS SPORTS NOVELS  BY MIKE LUPICA                                                                                 

I HUNT KILLERS BY BARRY LYGA                                    

VARIOUS BOOKS BY WALTER DEAN MYERS                                                     

ERAGON SERIES BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI                                                                                                       

MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES BY JAMES PATTERSON                                                                                            

SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL BY MICHAEL SCOTT                                                           

CIRQUE DU FREAK SERIES  BY DARREN SHAN                                                                                           

DEMONATA SERIES BY DARREN SHAN                                                                                                       

UNWIND SERIES BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN                                                                                    

ESCAPE FROM THE FURNACE SERIES BY ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH                                                                            

LEVIATHAN SERIES BY SCOTT WESTERFELD                                                                                               

VARIOUS BOOKS BY RICHARD YANCEY                     

 

Have you read any of these books? What would you recommend?

2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards

The master list for the 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards is available on the official website for the award (see the list here). Students across Kentucky will have a chance to vote for their favorite books, making the winners some of the most popular books of the year for children and young adults in Kentucky. Have you read any of these books? Which were your favorites? Here are a few of ours:

 

American Girl Book Club!

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Kaya

Kaya

The library’s first American Girl Book Club was on Saturday, March 30, 2013. We’ll be highlighting each girl in historical order, so Native American Kaya was the focus of the first meeting. Nine girls met to discuss Kaya and the Native American life, particularly as the Nez Perce, Kaya’s tribe, would have experienced it in the Pacific Northwest in 1764. We talked about what food Kaya would have eaten, what she did for fun, how the Nez Perce Indians traveled, and how Kaya learned living in an Indian community. Each girl made a bear claw necklace with colorful beads. We then snacked on dried fruits and nuts while talking more about the life of a Native American in the 18th century. The girls had a great time and each one had wonderful insight to add to the discussion.

 

Felicity

Felicity

The next American Girl Book Club will be Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 3 pm in the 2nd floor Meeting Room. We’ll be discussing Felicity, a colonial girl from 1774. Hope to see you there!

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