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Sunday Quiz

Here’s an easy one – I got all of them correct, though a couple almost tripped me up. General children’s lit questions. Enjoy!

http://www.funtrivia.com/trivia-quiz/ForChildren/Childrens-Literature-Trivia-17216.html

Nancy Drew cover from http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com

Cheers,
Miss Molly*

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Picture Book Review

I love, love, LOVE! the new Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld book: Exclamation Mark ……!!!

image from Goodreads

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

Great concept, great design, great story! Short and sweet, the illustrations are simple and bold, blending perfectly with the story of this little exclamation mark who tries so hard to fit in, until he realizes his full potential. I love that this story essentially takes place on that gray/oatmeal-colored, almost-newsprintish, wide-lined paper with the little dashed line in between each that I used in elementary school to practice writing my letters. A fun story for any age, but also a great book to read when learning about punctuation!

This gets 5 Goodreads stars from me!!

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Toto the Tornado Kitten!

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This little girl read the book beforehand and was SO excited to meet Toto! She brought him some food to donate to the local pet shelter.

For those of you who are not familiar with the story, Toto was found in a tree as a newborn kitten after surviving a tornado that swept through Western MA about 2 years ago. A paramedic and his wife found the kitten and saved him. They wrote a book and do story time programs around MA to raise money for local pet shelters. All proceeds from book sales are donated.

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April 17, 2013 · 9:36 pm

Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos image from Amazon.com

This super-cute picture book by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri is a fun read for ages 4 & older. It’ll tell you all you need to know about how to throw a successful taco party for dragons: how they like their tacos and how they don’t (i.e. NO spicy salsa.) Because, of course, it’s something you’ll probably need to know in the future. The illustrations have some hilarious details that will crack you up – my personal favorites describe the different types of parties dragons like….too funny! The end gets a little “spicy” but it’s nothing a few mild tacos won’t fix 😉

Check it out!

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Groundhog Day & Valentine’s Day Displays

Curtesy of Miss Melinda in the Children’s Room…… I knew there was a reason I HAD to buy the groundhog puppet! How cute is that?

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Also Miss Melinda’s creation 🙂

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Eric Carle Signing & Meeting Oliver Jeffers!

I have been completely delinquent about posting – ugh. And I still haven’t posted about my trip to BEA! Planning my summer reading program combined with changing over to a new catalog and circulation system = zero extra time.

However – I did have an amazing day at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with my friend and co-worker, Ali. As a graduation present for Ali, I planned to take her to the museum for the Eric Carle signing. We were both so excited to meet him! I can’t believe I took classes for my MFA program for 2 years and never met him – I did visit his studio once though. Very cool.

So we met Eric and got some books signed. I had two signed for the library – one will be a summer reading prize for a lucky kid!

   

    

But what Ali didn’t know, was that I had some secret inside info about another author/illustrator who was going to be there to meet Eric Carle….Oliver Jeffers! We are both huge fans of all of Jeffer’s amazing picture books (see my paper on on of his books.) So when I told Ali she should buy Oliver Jeffer’s new book and she said she probably should, since she was going to marry him and all, and I said she could propose to him right now since he was standing over there…..the look on her face was priceless! It was pretty funny. So we stalked him for awhile and when he came into the book store (managed by the amazing Eliza Brown) we asked him to sign a few books for us! He was so nice and he signed our books (with little drawings!) and chatted with us. I think we were both walking on air when we left the museum! All in all, a successful day in the life of two children’s room librarians 🙂

       

I just found this picture on Oliver’s tumblr page 🙂 How cute are they? Click HERE or on the image for more on Oliver Jeffer’s Diary.

Oliver Jeffers & Eric Carle – two incredibly talented guys (http://oliverjeffers.tumblr.com/)

This is my cat Charlie asleep near the books and looking very cute.

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BEA is Almost Here!

Super excited to be traveling to NYC to attend BEA (BookExpo America) bright and early Tuesday morning! Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Stephen Colbert at the Tuesday Author Breakfast (boo) but I have tickets to the Wednesday Children’s Author Breakfast (with 2 of my favorite authors: John Green and Lois Lowry!) and also to the Thursday Breakfast featuring Kirstie Alley and special appearance by Jimmy Fallon! (my secret t.v. boyfriend.)

Lots of authors I’m excited to see and LOTS of galleys I cannot wait to get my hands on! Maybe I’ll even have some to give away….perhaps. 😉 I will use some of the autographed copies for summer reading prizes for the kids and teens at the library – some I’ll keep just for me!

 

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I’ll be going with my library director and another librarian I work with. (And contrary to popular belief, Librarians DO know how to party!)

And luckily I now have a new phone – yes, I broke down and got the iPhone 4. (Not the 4S – couldn’t quite rationalize the extra $100.00) But this phone is better than the laptop I am currently typing on so I am very happy to have it! Plus, the BEA mobile app works great on the iPhone – so excited to use it! I’ll try to post pics while I’m there using – yep! – my new phone 🙂

Just did a bit of shopping for the trip (Target & Banana Factory Store – best 2 stores around!) And thanks to my very good friend and popular author of  Shop Talk – the blog from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art I will be attending as a VIP, which I think gets me free coffee in the VIP lounge. I will definitely need it!

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