David Wiesner has already won three Caldecott medals for his superior illustrations. His newest book follows the adventures of a cat, some aliens, and the creatures who live in the walls of a house. Will he win an unprecedented 4th medal?
We've got a pre-pub book and t-shirt to give away! Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series, is writing a new series called Five Kingdoms. We have an advanced copy of the first book titled Sky Raiders. Sky Raiders introduces Cole Randolph who along with his friends has been pulled into another place known as the Outskirts a state somewhere between dreaming and waking. Cole has to find his friends, correct the unbalance of magic in the five kingdoms and find a way to get everyone home to stay. Written for ages 8+. Danger and adventure abound!
Below is a video of Brandon Mull talking about the series. The clip is followed by the contest admission form.
Drawing will take place on January 21, 2014. We will contact the winner that day. Winner must be able to pick up the book and t-shirt at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd. Upper Arlington, OH 43221; we cannot deliver or mail the items.
Sky Raiders Give-Away Entry Form
Have you ever wished you could change the words in a book? Add a plot twist? Get rid of a character? Jazz things up?
That is exactly what Birthday Bunny Alex decides to do when “Gran-Gran” gifts him a gentle storybook about a sweet bunny who worries that his friends have forgotten his birthday. Alex turns his new Birthday Bunny book into “Battle Bunny” by erasing, crossing out, and adding new dialog, description, characters and drawings right into the book.
This hilarious, and very creative, book will interest even your most reluctant reader. Recommended for children ages 5-9 (or 10 or 11 or 87, according to Alex).
Drawing will take place on February 12th, 2014. We will contact the winner that day. Winner must be able to pick up this book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd. Upper Arlington, OH 43221; we cannot deliver or mail this item.
Battle Bunny Give-Away Entry Form
Yesterday, the American Library Association announced the winners of the best children’s and teen books published in 2013. Copies of all these wonderful books can be reserved in our catalog.
If you like well-illustrated books, check out the Caldecott winner, “ Locomotive” by Brian Floca.
The Newbery award for outstanding writing went to “ Flora & Ulysseys: the illuminated adventures” by Kate DiCamillo.
“ Parrots Over Puerto Rico” by Susan L. Roth was recognized with the Robert F. Sibert Informational Award.
Beginning readers should check out “ Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli, the winner of the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award.
For the complete listing of awards, their winners, and honor books, visit ALA’s website. ( http:// www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/american-library-association-announces-2014-youth-media-award-winners )
Back in November we gave away a copy of Bedtime Math, a book encouraging and providing fun ideas for parents and kids to share math at bedtime.
We all love to share stories at bedtime with our little ones as well, right? Why not do both? Did you know that here at UAPL we have a collection of books that incorporate math problems WITH narrative? You'll find a great selection in the 513 area of our non-fiction collection in the Youth department. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- Pigs at Odds: Math with Fun and Games by Amy Axelrod (513 Ax)
- The Best Bug Parade by Stuart Murphy (513 Mu)
- Lights Out! by Lucille Penner(513.2 Pe)
We are looking forward to all of the benefits of joining the CLC (Central Library Consortium) in a few weeks, and I know you will be as well! What will this mean for teachers? Check it out:
- Much improved catalog! Many of our teachers have raised concerns over the years regarding our current catalog's lack of functionality when searching for materials. The catalog you will be using beginning in April will deserve an “A+”! Improved functions include automatic search suggestions, Novelist integration for item searches (Novelist provides Lexile scores for most print materials), and a more intuitive interface. You will be able to keep track of your search and borrowing history, and be notified when items of interest are added to the catalog.
- Access to more than 4 million items! Many of our teachers are looking for multiple copies of one title in order to share amongst many students. While we do have many duplicates of more popular items here at UAPL, such as Newbery winners, you will have access to many more duplicate items once we join CLC in April. Also, since you will have access to items carried at other CLC libraries, you will be able to reserve must-have items that we don't carry here at UAPL.
Important things teachers need to know:
- During our transition to CLC we will not be able to put together any Teacher Collections. We apologize for this inconvenience. We recommend that you prepare any unit needs now and request your Teacher Collections for completion before April 3rd. Teacher Collections cannot be completed between April 4th and April 9th. This means that Teacher Collections cannot be requested between 3/28 and April 10th, since they require 5 days to compile.
- Access to our catalog will be unavailable from 9 pm on April 3rd until 10 am on April 9th, so be sure to request items ahead of time to ensure you have what you need.
- We will be open during this transition time, so if you find that you need items while the catalog is unavailable, we encourage you to come on in and our staff will help you find items to satisfy your unit needs.
- One last but very important thing, you must bring your physical Teacher card in during these days if you want to check out any items. Be sure to come in before this time to replace any lost cards.
Hi teachers! Did you know that we have a dedicated collection at the Main UAPL library just for you? It is called Educator Resources, and it is located in the Youth department near the juvenile non-fiction. The materials in this collection are useful for anyone dedicating their time to teaching children: traditional teachers, homeschoolers, preschool leaders, librarians, and parents. Here are three examples of what you can find here:
The New Social Story Book by Carol Gray (372.6 Ne). This is an amazing, yet simple book with 13 chapters of “Social Stories” that can be copied and turned into swatches. The content is intended to help teachers guide children and adults who are on the autistic spectrum with understanding and learning social and life skills. Examples of chapters include Learning to Chew Gum, Smiling, and even Escalators.
Teaching with Favorite Magic Tree House Books by Deborah and Frank Murphy (372.6 Ro). The Magic Tree House series is a great source for beginning a new Social Studies unit. This book will give you tips and activities to use for extending many of the titles from the series.
Incredible Edible Science by Liz Plaster and Rick Krustchinsky (372.35 Pl). In this book you will find loads of science activities for early learners that focus on observing, classifying, predicting, inferring, and more.
In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys. Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind.
Archie the Goat and Skinny the Hen are trying to cross the moat. In rhyming style they conduct all manner of scientific experiments to help them to the other side of the moat. Sometimes the solution is easier that you think! A rousing readloud for grades K and up.