LEGO Contest Guidelines RELEASED!

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AADL's 1st Annual LEGO Contest launches on Wed. August 9 - the guidelines have been released and can be picked up at ANY location. Prizes will be given in 3 categories:
Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12 and the special Parent/Child category. Ribbons will be given out in each category for the following: Best Motorized project, Best Architectural/Engineering project, Coolest Robot, Best Vehicle, Most Creative, Most Sophisticated and the ultimate AADL's Lego Master Builder! Winners will get gift certificates for Toys R Us! Get your copy of the guidelines today!

Elephants and clowns in a tree...what more do you need?

Tree Ring Circus
by Adam Rex

Beautiful, lush ilustrations bring out the imagery of a circus gone haywire. Animals of all types somehow get stuck precariously in a tree. Have fun picking them out from page to page as the scene gets more crazy and impossible. The illustrations really are amazing; each animal, whether tiny or huge, is a wonder to just stare at, let alone play the game of hide and seek with. Very captivating. A fun little picture book for all ages.

How To Be

by Lisa Brown.

How to be a snake. How to be a bear. How to be a dog. These are important things, people. When reading this book I could not help thinking to myself, "yes! Oh my goodness! That's exactly how I would be a spider!" This cute book is all about creative pretending (with a little bit about learning about yourself thrown in), and they nail it perfectly...

Cool Mystery Series for the Grade School Set

You may know all about Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but have you ever heard of The Stink Files? Here is a list of some great mystery books for grade school readers.

For the kids who like Magic Tree House:
Cam Jansen Mysteries: Cam Jansen is a 10 year old girl with a photographic memory.
A to Z Mysteries: Help Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose solve crimes and misdemeaners.
Jigsaw Jones Mystery: Jigsaws puzzles are like mysteries: you've got to look at all the peices to solve the case!

Unusual Adoption

Remember the fascinating story of the baby hippo who was rescued from the sea after the tsunami? He was taken to a sanctuary where he discovered a new mother, a 130-year-old giant tortoise. Two new children's books present this story in unique and heart warming ways. Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff is filled with fabulous photos of Owen as he wins over his unlikely companion. Jeanette Winter's picture book adaption Mama:a true story shows the harrowing journey through rich illustrations and a one word mantra that says it all - "Mama!"

Wordless Wonder - The Flower Man

It's been a while since we've seen much in wordless picture books. The Flower Man is a dandy for studying the details and changes in each picture while develop your own imaginary story. This wordless book may make you want to seek out past favorites like creepy castle, yellow umbrella, or home.

Family Bits: Miraculous Journey

On Valentine's Day 2006 Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane became available. The newest book by DiCamillo, Kate is a great family read-aloud. Edward Tulane is a ceramic doll rabbit who falls from the arms of his adoring Abilene on a trans-Atlantic cruise. Thus begins the "miraculous journey". Extending experiences can be found at http://www.edwardtulane.com/.

Calling all Edge Chronicle Fans!

Mark your calenders to meet the authors, Englishmen Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, of the popular series the Edge Chronicles at Nicola's Bookstore on Wednesday, March 15th at 11am. The Edge Chronicles is a cool British fantasy series with woodtrolls and sky pirates. You might even be able to get your books signed! If you love Harry Potter, you should try this series out.

Remembering Rosa

Nikki Giovanni's newest treasure, Rosa, is magnificently illustrated by award winning artist Bryan Collier. Collier received a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations of the beautiful Martin's Big Words. In this biography for young children Giovanni and Collier capture, in colorful detail, the dramatic moment when Rosa Parks sparked one of the most significant events in the struggle for civil rights.

Smart Gifts

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Need some ideas for that special reader on your list?

“Reader Perfect” suggestions cover many categories, formats and genres, as well as age groups.

Amazon.com gives you not only the Best Books of 2005, but also the
Top 50 Editors' Picks.

For the wee bookworms on your list, there's the age-appropriate Parents’ Choice Holiday Gift Guide.

And don't forget The New York Times Editor's Choice and the 100 Notable Books of the Year.

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

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