Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer

5th Aug 2015

“This inspiring picture-book biography of a trailblazer in the field presents insight into the challenges of women interested in science during the late 19th and early 20th centuries… The realistic illustrations capture the time period and complement the text. This title will be a welcome addition to collections looking for biographies of women scientists, or people who overcame adversity.”
Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego. – School Library Journal

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Little Red Bat

5th Aug 2015

“Generating sympathy for a bat isn’t always easy. Gerber pulls it off, though, thanks to some rewarding research and an engagingly repetitive structure. A little red bat hangs among the autumn leaves and wonders if she should stay in her tree or fly south. One by one, she meets a cast of woodland creatures, each of whom has its own plan. . . . It’s a lot to think about— enjoyably visualized in a spread in which all predators appear at once—but the little bat’s careful final decision is a wise one.” – Daniel Kraus, Booklist

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Tales Of Old Columbus

18th Aug 2015

Published by the Columbus Historical Society, Through Children’s Eyes is the first new Columbus history book for children published in 40 years. Within its 58 pages are seven historical fiction stories researched and written by the author. Each is told from the perspective of the main character, an 8-year-old child. Topics include a child’s experience with the Underground Railroad, Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Columbus, the birth of the first African American child in Franklin County, and others.

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Firefly Night

18th Aug 2015

From Booklist: “In this lovely story, inspired by lines from Longfellow’s ‘The Song of Hiawatha,’ a young Chippewa girl asks the wah-wah-taysee (firefly) to use its light to guide her home through the forest. . . . Lyrical rhyming stanzas are rhythmic and soothing; enchanting, luminous watercolor-and-pencil art, richly detailed, captures the magic and wonder of nature and its inhabitants.” FINALIST, OHIOANA AND OKLAHOMA BOOK AWARDS

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Blizzard

18th Aug 2015

From Booklist: “Using short, rhyming phrases, a little boy contrasts the wintry weather outside with the cozy comfort he’s enjoying indoors: ‘Outside the snow is piling up./Inside, hot cocoa fills my cup./Outside the snow surrounds a tree./Inside, a soft quilt covers me./’ Children will enjoy the short, rhyming phrases, which create familiar, concrete images. Accessible to very young children, yet still satisfying to older ones, this appealing picture book will be a good choice for reading aloud for story hours with a winter theme.” COOPERATIVE CHILDREN’S BOOK CENTER RECOMMENDED BOOK.

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Arctic Dreams

18th Aug 2015

From Bookwatch: “Carole Gerber’s Arctic Dreams is cast in the form of a free-verse poem in which an Eskimo mother spins a story that takes her sleepy child on a journey through the Arctic. The mother’s vivid descriptions prompt the Eskimo child to imagine that he is part of every scene, experiencing the grandeur of this vast region with all his senses, before falling quietly asleep, surrounded by the animals he encounters along the way. Gerber’s rhythmic text is vividly and memorably illustrated by Marty Husted’s superb watercolors. PICK OF THE LIST, GREAT LAKES BOOKSELLERS’ ASSOCIATION

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Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby

18th Aug 2015

From School Library Journal: “Gerber’s lyric quatrains in Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby smoothly tell the story of getting baby to sleep as a storm rolls in on a coastal Irish farm. Sister takes down the wash, brother gathers peat, mother brings it in, grandpa brings in the sheep, father fastens the shutters, grandma builds the fire, and when everyone sits around it to talk, baby finally falls asleep. In all, a darlin’ choice for bedtime collections.”  Parent Council Award of Excellence.

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Jessica McBean, Tap Dance Queen

18th Aug 2015

Jessica is tired of being teased about her size – skinny – and her hobby – tap dancing – by two boys in her class. She gets the last laugh when she teams up with her beagle, Elvis, and her bus driver, Ralph Zizzmore, and surprises everyone at her school talent show. Chapter Book, Blooming Tree Press

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