Top Ten Bestselling Children's Picture Books

Each issue of Publisher's Weekly features bestseller lists for all kinds of categories. Here are the top ten bestsellers in the children's picture book category according to the November 20, 2006 issue.

1. Our 50 States by Lynne Cheney, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. (This title is on order.)
2. Pirateology. Edited by Dugald A. Steer. (Library's copies are in teen section.)
3. Thanksgiving Is For Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland. Illustrated by Sonja Lamut.
4. Mommy? by Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorkings and Matthew Reinhart. (This is a pop-up book. Pop-ups are problematic for library collections.)
5. Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis, illustrated by Laura Cornell.
6. A Princess Primer by Stephanie True Peters. (This one has many removable pieces. Again, not practical for library collections.)
7. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.
8. The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket.
9. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
10. Flotsam by David Wiesner.

Willkommen!

All ages are invited to make pine cone and star ornaments, dance to lively tunes played by Luther Schaible on accordion, and eat soft pretzels to celebrate traditions of German, Swiss and Austrian families. To get yourself in the mood, check out some Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales and then party at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm!

It was cool in Los Angeles.

Sunday, November 9. We were working the night watch out of Robbery Detail.

That's classic radio. It turns out that we've got a recording of some of the original Dragnet programs in the catalog. Sadly, though, we don't have the DVD set with Jack Webb.

What we do have -- and I'm going to mix media here -- is a great collection of Raymond Chandler novels. It's like getting a Dragnet fix in conveneint paper doses. Starting with a set like The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, and The High Window should give you a good introduction to Philip Marlow and the hard detective style.

Anyone else have have any crime noir recomendations?

To Kill A Mockingbird at the Michigan Theater

Looking for something to do today, Friday, November 24? Sit back with some popcorn and watch the classic To Kill A Mockingbird at the Michigan Theater at 1:30 PM, part of the Pfizer Family-Friendly Film Series. The movie is FREE for children 12 and under! Afterwards check out the book from the library and spend the weekend curled up with a good book.

"A book is a gift you can open again and again" ~ Garrison Keillor

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It’s the season for giving and if your gifts of choice are books, we have a few suggestions for you.

We LOVE Powell’s Books and their right-on-the-money gift ideas. If you are on a budget, no problem! They have great suggestions for $7 and under.

Next time you are at any of our library locations, pick up a copy of the free review magazine BookPage. The December issue has a special feature called "Great Gifts for Readers of Every Stripe". Get a headstart and download the Holiday Gift Catalog.

We also like Amazon’s 2006 Top 50 Editors’ Picks; the Most Gifted in Books; and their lists of award winners.

Want to do right by the little ones?
Here are the N(ational) E(ducation) A(ssociation) Teachers' Top 100 Books and the Kids' top 100 books; New York Public Library’s 100 Favorite Children's Books and the 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know.

Clueless about those teenagers on your list?
What about music? You will be sure to find something on The Billboard Hot 100 to please them. You could also strongly encourage reading by presenting them with one or more of these fabulous picks from the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults.

And if you have deep pockets and are short on time, and you love shopping as much as scrubbing the toilet with a toothbrush, then there is always the BookBaskets option. I cannot personally vouch of this outfit, but Katie Couric is a satisfied customer.

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All good things must come to an end

One of the most popular manga in the U.S. is Fruits Basket, the story of Tohru Honda and her friendship with the rich and mysterious Sohma family.

After 7 years and 136 chapters, the manga has finally concluded its serialization in Japan; the final chapter was published in the magazine Hana to Yume on November 20th. While you’re waiting for volumes 16-23 to reach the states via Tokyopop’s translations, why not watch the excellent anime adaptation? It’s twenty-six episodes long, spread over four DVDs, and covers events (with a few differences) from the first six volumes of the manga.

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 (Episodes 1-6)
Fruits Basket, Vol. 2 (Episodes 7-12)
Fruits Basket, Vol. 3 (Episodes 13-19)
Fruits Basket, Vol. 4 (Episodes 20-26)

Need something new to read?

I thought I’d read a lot of books until I looked at the Ultimate Teen Reading List. This list comprises over 250 titles (teen and adult) and was compiled by Teenreads.com readers and staffers. See if there isn’t something on the list to perk your interest.

Bag Those Leaves!

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Weekly curbside collection of residential yard waste compostables ends next Friday, Dec. 1st. If you don’t have time to make the deadline but still have leaves to get out of the way before we’re buried in snow, take them to the Drop Off Station for only $2 a bag. And don’t forget, due to Thanksgiving, trash collections will occur one day later than the usual weekly collection date.

Director Robert Altman dies at 81

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Five-time Oscar nominee, Robert Altman, known for such classic films as M*A*S*H, Nashville, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Short Cuts, The Player, Gosford Park and this year's A Prairie Home Companion, has died at the age of 81. Altman was known for his trademark directing style that involved ensemble casts, long tracking shots and overlapping dialogue. Read the obituary on CNN.

Fore!!!

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In 1971, Apollo 14 Commander, Alan Shepard fitted a makeshift eight iron head to the handle of a lunar sample collection device and became the first golfer on the moon. On Wednesday, November 22, 2006, Russian flight engineer, Mikhail Tyurin, will once again bring the sport to space. A Canadian golf club maker, E21, is paying the Russian Federal Space Agency an undisclosed sum for Tyurin’s time. He will be hitting a golf ball from a spring-mounted tee on the ladder next to the hatch of the Russian docking compartment of the International Space Station. The ball will be hit over the back of the station to ensure that it does not damage it.

For live coverage of the ISS Expedition 14 spacewalk visit NASA’s website. The broadcast begins at 5 pm with the spacewalk scheduled for 6 pm. You can also find more information (and the promise of a video clip) at E21’s website.

In preparation for your next trip into space, check out the library’s collection of golf books and DVDs to improve your swing.

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