Picking the 2007 Newbery Winner

The winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal will be announced in January. It's always fun to run your own competition and see if you can spot the winner and honor titles.
Some bookstores and libraries run Mock Newbery contests. These provide good reading lists that can start you on your way. Here are three good lists from three different Mock Newberys. Happy reading!!

http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/children/newbery_current.html
http://www.andersonsbookshop.com/reading_lists/mock_newbery.php
http://www.lori.ri.gov/youthserv/newbery.php

Little Rose brings the thunder!

Looking for a fun western tale to share with your little one? Try Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. This is the inspiring tale of a precocious little girl who chooses her own name, wrestles a bull into loyalty, and rides the thunder right into the sunset. Rose is no ordinary girl, nor will she stand to be thought of as such. She is a strong heroine with a brave song. Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson continue to offer wonderful books with positive, diverse and glowing images of African-American children.

A Salty Story

Mark Kurlansky is back with another magical tale for children, The Story of Salt, an adaptation of his best-selling book, Salt, for grown-ups. Kurlansky spins the history of the compound, “the only rock we eat,” in fascinating historical vignettes accompanied by lovely illustrations, earth tones accented with white echoing throughout the book. Though it’s meant for kids, (ages 8-12), there’s plenty to whet the appetite of adults, too.

Urban Fairies Move into the Downtown Library!

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It was only a matter of time....Local fairy expert Jonathan B. Wright discovered yesterday that some Urban Fairies have moved into the Downtown library, creating a lovely reading room of their own in--where else?--the Folklore and Fairy Tale collection in the Youth department on the first floor. Jonathan has already updated the tourable fairy door map and explained why the fairy chairs have duck feet. We simply must greet our new residents with a reception on Sunday November 26 at 2:00 pm in the Youth Department downtown. There will be an official welcome by Josie Parker, a story, treats and other surprises!

Animated e-audio Story Books and Games

Animated Story Books for kids of all ages! AADL has acquired e-audio learning activites, puzzles, and e-audio from the publisher TumbleBook Library in Spanish, French, and English. Go to our research page and select Tumblebooks Library from the list of available databases. This product will also become available at all of our locations on Youth computers shortly but available today for customers at home.

A deeper understanding of Lemony Snicket

Did you ever notice that the character Mr. Poe has two sons named Edgar and Allen, and realize the connection to the poet Edgar Allen Poe?

If you like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events you may want to check out this article from NPR. NPR has both the audio for an interview with Mr. Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) as well as an article discussing the literary allusions in the books (such as the one above). It's a fun read for any Snicket fan.

Kid Bits - Reading-ish Levels

If your child goes to Elementary School in Ann Arbor Public Schools, the Teachers and Media Specialists guide reading levels by "Alphabet Level". The Ann Arbor District Library has the guides at all Branches in the Reference Collections. It leads Librarians and Parents to identify books at reading levels the schools use. There are 2 titles that cover the elementary school grades, Matching books to readers : using leveled books in guided reading, K-3 and Leveled books for readers, grades 3-6 : a companion volume to Guiding Readers and Writers. These titles are also referred to as "Fountas & Pinnell", the authors' names.

Attention Poke-Players

Heads up for Pokemon events this fall, including Pokemon Sunday Oct. 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the downtown library, when AADL-GT will welcome trainers to a Dual Battle Tournament. Take your Game Boy Advance and your copy of Pokemon FireRed, LeafGreen, Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald -- or try our House Pokemon. Pokemon Sunday is for ages 6 and up. This Saturday, Sept. 30, a download of the scarce, legendary character Mew is planned from noon to 3 p.m. at Toys 'R Us in Ann Arbor. For downloads, stores expect players to meet requirements listed in the fourth item of Top News at the Pokemon web site.

Yee Hah!!

Looking for something to do this Saturday, September 23? Go to the Pinckney Rodeo, which features barrel racing, bull riding, team roping and more. There will also be a petting zoo. Check out the website for location and ticket information. And before you go, get into the mood with these western favorites:
Honky-tonk heroes & hillbilly angels : the pioneers of country & western music
Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show
Nellie and the Bandit
The Cowboy and the Black-eyed Pea.

Not Just for Kids Movie Series

Michigan Theater has posted the schedule for the 2006-2007 Not Just for Kids Movie Series, and there is an exciting lineup. The theater is partnering with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, producing a great experience full of music, movies and theater. The library has many books to compliment the lineup including Peter and the Wolf, Junie B. Jones and Henry and Mudge.

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