Picture Book Best Seller List

When you think of best seller lists you think of John Grisham's new title or the South Beach Diet. But there are lists for all kinds of books. Here is the list of the current best selling children's picture books according to this coming Sunday's New York Times.

1. Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O'Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. This sequel is as good as the original. See #6.
2. Someday by Alison McGhee. Illustrated by Peter Reynolds. A Mother's Day favorite.
3. Thanks to You by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton.
4. Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan. Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Children's version of the author's Marley and Me.
5. On the Night You Were Born written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman. This is a celebration of a child's birth.
6. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor.Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. This has been on the best seller list for 69 weeks.
7. Flotsam by David Wiesner. 2007 Caldecott Medal winner.
8. Ghost Ship by Mary Higgins Clark. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. A writer of mysteries for adults is trying her hand at a children's book.
9. Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long. Illustrated by David Shannon. A crew of pirates try their hand at babysitting.
10. The Longest Season by Cal Ripken Jr. Illustrated by Ron Mazellan. This title is being ordered but is not yet in the system.

Take it to the top

On May 16, 1975, Japanese climber, Junko Tabel was the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Later, in Japan, reflecting on the trip, she commented,"I can't understand why men make all this fuss about Everest- it's only a mountain." Since then, more women have met or want the challenge including a group of Nepalese women who call themselves Daughters of Everest. These are Sherpa women who want to climb but are held back by traditional customs and financial constraints.

If you're preparing to challenge some summits this summer, you'll find some great inspirational and reality testing reading at the library in our books on mountaineering.

The lives of others

May 16 is Biographers Day, the anniversary of the meeting in London on May 16, 1763 between James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. Boswell is one of the first
writers to be known primarily as a biographer and his work, Life of Samuel Johnson, is regarded as a model of biographical writing. It is also a testament to his fortitude in pursuing Johnson who was known for his biting wit and sullen nature as evidenced by this characteristic quote: "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

Are you an Action Team Type?

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May 18 is the target date to join a Strategic Action Team for the Ann Arbor Public Schools. As the schools face a budget crunch, action teams will work through the summer. Anyone interested in being on a team should contact Liz Margolis, 734.994.2236 or margolis@aaps.k12.mi.us .

Gone hiking. Please leave a message...

Did you know there is a great hiking trail just west of Ann Arbor? It's the Waterloo-Pinkney Trail. My son and I hike the trail at least once a year. It's one of the trails featured in 50 Hikes in Michigan by Jim Dufresne. Get the book, plan your trip, and then head out for the trails before the bugs get too bad.

Affordable Europe, Really!

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If you are heading to any of these 15 hot travel destinations in Europe this summer, the New York Time staff and contributors have great money-saving tips for you.

In these Affordable Europe: City Guides, you would discover cheap eats, bargain hotels, and great shopping guaranteed not to max out your credit card :
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Florence, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rome, St. Petersburg and Vienna.

Be sure to send us a postcard and post your own tips online.

Periodicals Listmania!

Periodicals Listmania!Periodicals Listmania!

Did you ever wish you could browse the entire list of magazines the library has in the collection? Or perhaps narrow it down by branch? Well buckle yourself in because sometimes wishes do come true.

It is now possible to view the complete list of magazines and newspapers in the collection, narrow it down by location - Downtown, Malletts Creek, Northeast, West and Pittsfield, look at what titles are brand new, and look at what foreign language titles are in the collection.

Glorious gardens

To inspire you as you dig in the dirt, here are two new garden books. 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die is a grand tour of some of the most elegant and interesting gardens in the world including ones everyone knows like Central Park but more exotic ones as well like the Bagh-e-Eram in Iran or the Brook Cottage Garden in England. Seventy photographers, hoticulturalists and writers assembled this volume and it's a beauty.

A new trend in gardening that also has a positive enviromental impact is the rain garden.

"New" stickers on foreign language books make browsing easier!

Effective immediately, all new foreign language books at all branches will have "NEW" stickers on them. These stickers are the same as the "NEW" stickers on other books with new and the month/year it was received. These "NEW" stickers are put on to make browsing the foreign language collection easier and make locating new titles easier. If you have any suggestions or comments on the foreign language collection, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

New Joan Blos Book to be Celebrated

A book release party for the new young adult novel Letters from the Corrugated Castle: A Novel of Gold Rush California, 1850-1852, by Ann Arborite Joan Blos is coming up 7 p.m. Wednesday May 16 at Shaman Drum Bookshop. The book completes a geographical trilogy started with A Gathering of Days, which won a Newbery Medal, and continued with Brothers of the Heart.

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