Amazon Teen Bestsellers: Rush Revere and the First Patriots

Apparently radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is trying to make American history come to life for young people, in a series of books about "time-travel adventures with exceptional Americans." The first book in the series is Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, in which Limbaugh created the character of a middle-school teacher named Rush Revere. In the second book, "Rush Revere and First Patriots," the character is transported back to the time leading up to the American Revolution. The second book currently is #9 on Amazon's list of Best Sellers in Teen and Young Adult Books.

Secret Pizza Party

Remember how funny and adorable and hilarious Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri is? Well, they’ve got another picture book out, made just for you fans of silly!

Secret Pizza Party features a raccoon that LOVES pizza. “Pizza smell” gives him the “happy screams.” But the poor raccoon in this book is always being chased off by someone with a broom. All he wants in life is some pizza! Eventually a plan is hatched for a secret pizza party. One that involves avoiding the broom factory and the raccoon-sniffing broom-bots. Will this raccoon ever get some pizza?! Read the book and find out.

You might also want to read Dragons Love Tacos, if you haven’t already. And for more funny picture books check out this nice list we've created!

New Teen Nonfiction: This is NOT a Writing Manual, by Kerri Majors

Kerri Majors was once a teen writer, fantasizing about the day when her book would be published. She'd be featured on "Oprah," and smile politely to her friends with a hidden smirk of pride. But one day she realized that writing was not what she had expected: it really was difficult to face the naysayers and her more successful friends, and she really did need to find a job in addition to her first calling.

Majors has come a long way since then, and her new memoir serves as inspiration to passionate young adult writers with a dream. This is Not a Writing Manual exposes the harsh realities as well as the glorious triumphs that Majors faced as an emerging writer. She does not impose strict grammar rules or stiff writing advice. She simply writes honestly, providing "therapy for writers."

Kerri Majors is best known for her creation of YARN, an online writing magazine for teens. She loves reading YA novels, identifies herself as a California girl, and lives in Massachusetts with her family. To learn more about Kerri, visit her website.

Korean Cookbooks @AADL

Do you like to experiment with cooking? Are you fond of kimchi, seaweed, and sesame oil? Why not try your hand at cooking Korean Cuisine!

The AADL has plenty of Korean Cookbooks in our collection, such as Eating Korean: From Barbecue to Kimchi. In this cookbook/memoir fusion, Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee writes about what it was like growing up in a Korean kitchen. In addition, she provides resources for the unfamiliar shopper, such as a list of Korean groceries by state and a glossary of ingredients and equipment.

Other Korean cookbooks include The Kimchi Chronicles: Korean Cooking for an American Kitchen, by Marja Vongerichten, which was adapted to a popular PBS television series in 2011. The Kimchi Chronicles feature both traditional Korean dishes and the more contemporary fusion dishes; in this unique cookbook, Vongerichten explains how it is easy to translate Korean flavors into the American kitchen.

One of my personal favorite Korean dishes is the spicy beef soup – called 육개장 yukgaejang (pronounced yook-gae-jahng) – which features beef, vegetables, transparent noodles (I like to call them ghost noodles!), and lots of spicy red chili paste (gochujang). This hot and spicy soup is perfect to warm up with in the cold weather we are currently having here in the mitten state! You can find this traditional recipe, along with several others, in the cookbook Authentic Recipes from Korea by Injoo Chun.

For a list of more Korean cookbooks in the AADL collection, visit the public list Kimchi, Bulgogi, and Gim – oh my!

Chesstastic

Sunday February 16, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade K - adult

Join us for one of the world's most popular games with players of all ages and abilities! Chess sets are provided.

Challenge old friends and meet new ones.

Getty Publications Launches Virtual Library With Free Access To Hundreds of Art Titles

Getty Publications launched a Virtual Library, providing free online access to more than 250 of its backlist titles. The books are available to read online or download as PDFs. That’s right, free ebooks!

The publications date as far back as 1966 and span the Getty’s history and include exhibition catalogues, translations of texts on visual arts, works of art historical research, journals and more.
This vast collection of titles from J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, and Getty Conservation Institute are fully searchable.

These titles are a great companion to AADL’s large collection of physical art books that fall under the Ladies Library Collection! These art books are available for checkout, are large format, cover a wide range of art subjects, and are relevant to the average reader as well as academics. If you’re into beautiful art books with wonderful information, Getty and AADL have you covered!

Audiobook for Kids: Malcolm at Midnight

Many favorite children’s books feature heroic mice, but what about heroic rats?

In Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck, we meet Malcolm, a rat who becomes a class pet when fifth-grade teacher Mr. Binney mistakes him for a mouse. When Malcolm learns about rats’ bad reputation, he decides it might be best to let everyone continue thinking he’s a a mouse, especially after he joins the Midnight Academy, a secret society of class pets that has vowed to keep the school safe. But when the leader of the Midnight Academy goes missing and everyone discovers Malcolm is really a rat, he will have to set off alone to save the school from real evil of McKenna School.

Reminiscent of Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux but with a familiar classroom setting, this book would be a good choice for animal lovers and children with classroom pets.

For more books featuring heroic rodents, check out this list.

Winter magic! Jeff Wawrzaszek is doing two shows

With Ann Arbor schools on break next week, you may want to check out two magic shows with magician Jeff Wawrzaszek on Tuesday Feb. 18. An afternoon show is at 2 pm at the Downtown Library and an evening show is at 7 pm at the Pittsfield Branch. This event is for preschool - 5th grade. You can check out Wawrzaszek's website here. At AADL we have lots of books on performing magic.

Meet “It’s All Write!” Judge #3: Roland Smith

Roland Smith is a prolific author of teen and youth fiction as well as youth nonfiction. He started writing on a typewriter when he was just five years old in Portland, Oregon. In college he stumbled across the opportunity to work at a children’s zoo, which opened his eyes to the beauty of nature and wildlife. As an animal keeper he traveled the world and worked with animals for over 20 years! He now writes full time, and still expresses his interest in animals through his nonfiction books for children.

Smith just published the fourth book in his I, Q mystery series, I,Q: The Alamo in July 2013. He is well known for his novel Peak, which won the National Outdoor Book Award in 2007, several state awards, and was listed on ALA’s 2008 Best Books for Young Adults.

If you would like to find out more about Roland Smith, visit his website or his blog.

Stay tuned for the rest of the “It’s All Write!” judges in forthcoming blog posts!

 

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Joe Henry

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January 30, 2014

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In this episode, Martin talks to University of Michigan graduate Joe Henry, the accomplished singer-songwriter and music producer, about his new book Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. Written by Joe and his brother David, the book is a highly personal exploration into the life and times of the legendary comedian, a man who set the stage for the likes of Eddie Murphy, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock. Joe Henry also talks about plans for his next solo album, due out later in 2014, and shares his thoughts about the current state of the music industry.

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