Cover for Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, sequel to Seraphina.
Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.
As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
On sale March 10th, 2015.
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Do any of y’all’s libraries do something different with your Summer Reading Program (like - other than “read this many books/minutes and get a prize) like Nashville or Downer’s Grove? I would love love LOVE to hear about it. One summer reading ends and we start planning the next one right away, eh?
You know those basic lessons we try to teach to our littlest patrons? The ones we hope will foster empathy, growth, thoughtfulness in them? The ones we hope will make them better people as they grow? They can – and should – apply to us too. It can be a much easier first step if you’ll just think of it along those lines.
Stop. Consider. Listen. BELIEVE. Change.
from We Can Do Better: Continuing the Conversation on Anti-Racism by Angie Manfredi
Your must-read post. Whether you’re a librarian or not, this is about being a better person and understanding another person’s lived experience.(via catagator)
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So we do this storytime here on the Riverwalk that is huge. We regularly get 6-800 people at it. It’s more like a revival than a storytime? A book revival! I’m organizing my props for King Bingood’s in the Bathtub and suddenly I’m wildly nervous. So. I’m focusing on how cute my masquerade masks are! TONIGHT WE DANCE IN THE TUB!
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A book of good sports websites from 1999 that I am soooo weeding. What’s the over/under on how many of these websites still exist?
I love paracord. So when I was trying to think up maker programs that can be done inexpensively in only 45 minutes for our maker club at work (I work as a children’s librarian) I naturally got to thinking about paracord.
The kids ended up all making an emergency paracord bracelet to take home, but in order to make it “maker” I started with an exercise to show them how paracord works and how different knots should be used for different situations. For further information of the connection between knots and physics, check out this paper by Sir Michael Atiyah.
I was pleasantly surprised with how well this turned out as a program. The kids got really into it, debating which knot they thought would work best, and coming up with testing methods on their own, such as tug-of-war to test the knot’s strength. Definitely maker!
I love this
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My 3rd - 5th graders are about to learn what a stick bomb is and it’s going to be great.
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HAPPY STAR WARS READS DAY, Y’ALL!
WE ARE HAVING SO MUCH FUN! So when you first come into the children’s department you see our craft. You can cut out Princess Leia’s buns or Yoda’s ears and stick ‘em to a headband to wear proudly.
Over in the Early Literacy center we’ve set up a book display of Star Wars books (it is Star Wars reads day, afterall) (EEEE! As I type this there is a little boy sitting there reading a Star Wars book! SUCCESS!)
Our photobooth is off the hook! Well, not exactly, but I quite like it. I’ve made a backdrop of stars (and declared that this is what the sky looks like over Tattoine if you’re at the south pole on midsummer’s night), we’ve put out our lightsabers, and my awesome coworker has lent us her Star Wars masks (from this etsy shop).
We also have a “vote for your favorite Star Wars character” spot where you can put a pom pom in a parmesan cheese tube and at the end of the day it should be obvious who is the best (hint: Not Vader).
So far the quote of the day is, “Quick! I need a picture of her buns!” (A small child was making herself Princess Leia’s buns craft but she didn’t know why so we needed to show her what Princess Leia’s buns look like.
Passive programming is my favorite. It doesn’t take much time, and it makes a lot of kids happy. We’ve been open half an hour alnd already 9 kids have been enjoying it.
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Today’s Waiting on Wednesday is another gem I noticed while ordering books. There Are No Animals In This Book, Only Feelings by Chani Sanchez, Jeff Koonz, et all. Random House says (of this book):
Masterworks of contemporary art teach kids about feelings and how they can be expressed in art.
The bold work of contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Alex Katz is totally accessible to small children, and in this gorgeous, ground-breaking picture book, these works of art speak to children about emotions.
Children will recognize love, surprise, hurt, and other powerful feelings in these images, which accompany a fun-to-read aloud narrative with a silly twist at the end that is sure to delight younger readers.
Parents can enjoy the art as well as the opportunity to engage their children in a light-hearted discussion of feelings and how they affect ”the beginnings of emotional intelligence.”
Sounds absolutely awesome, yes?
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So I finally bowed to pressure and listened to the audiobook of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. When I was halfway through I noticed the galley of Rose Under Fire on Netgalley so obviously I went right from one to another. I cannot recommend these books highly enough - and that is coming from someone who normally avoids historical fiction like the plague!
So our narrator, a Scottish radio operator, has been captured by the Nazis and is writing her confession which is more a story of her friendship with Maddie than anything. I really can’t say much more because while normally I’m all about spoilers, part of the elegance of this book is how you don’t see any of it coming. It’s all so perfect!
Rose Under Fire I can talk about more easily. It’s more a companion novel then a sequel, but it definately does need to be read second. Rose is a pilot with Maddie and she gets captured while flying over occupied France and sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp. Her story is just as harrowing and heartbreaking as you can imagine. I read this right after rereading Bitterblue and I couldn’t help thinking about what great unintentional readalikes they are. Both are about girls who have been through horrors and don’t know how they’ll survive in this new world without the horrors.
It’s not just a book about Maddie, either. She makes herself a family in the camp that takes care of each other and they all deal with trauma differently but oh my goodness.
Elizabeth Wein was signing copies of these books at ALA and there was no way I was going to stand in that line (oh my goodness it was wild) but I thought about doing it just to get to the front and tell her that she ruined my life. But I wasn’t sure she’d get that I meant it in the best way possible!
So - Rose Under Fire is on sale tomorrow. Code Name Verity is available now. You should probably read them if you don’t mind crying like you’ll never be allowed to cry again. The audiobook of Code Name Verity was especially lovely - I can’t wait to listen to the audiobook for Rose Under Fire because I’m sure it’ll be just as perfect.
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