Monday, December 23, 2013

2013 Notable Children's Books

"This is Not My Hat" by Jon Klassen won this year's
Caldecott Medal for outstanding illustration. 
Each year, a committee made up of members for the American Library Association's Association for Library Service to Children (or ALSC) pulls together a list of Notable Children's Books.

Here we've highlighted some of the notable books that we have in our library collection. Stop in or order these online or over the phone today!

For Young Readers:
Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead, illustrations by Erin E. Stead.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs retold by Mo Willems
Let's Go For a Drive (an Elephant and Piggie book) by Mo Willems
Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

"The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate
won this year's Newbery Medal for outstanding
writing in children's literature.
For Middle Readers:
Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (on CD)
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles (on CD)
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (on CD)
Unspoken: a Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead by Rebecca L. Johnson

Stay tuned next week for more notable books, including those for older juvenile readers and young adult readers! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Best Books of 2013: Adult titles

'Tis the season for "best of" end-of-year lists! For this week's blog post we took a look at the Best Books of 2013 according to review publication Publisher's Weekly. From there we located all the books on their list that we have here at Eager Free Public Library. Find these titles on our shelf or give us a call and we'll put them on hold for you!

Fiction titles

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Tenth of December by George Saunders
The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterston 
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Non-fiction titles

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
There are lots of good "best of" lists for 2013 - meaning you have plenty of books to choose from in case these aren't of interest to you, or if you've read all of these!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Curl Up with a Classic

Our cozy classics corner!
As we start hunkering down for a Wisconsin winter, why not pick up one of the many classic books we have at Eager Free Public Library? It’s a great time of year to dig in to a work by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and many more.

A sampling of titles found in our classics section:

The charming Emma Wodehouse is convinced that she knows better than just about everyone when it comes to matters of courtship and love.

Looking for a quick read? This classic detective story showcases the keen observation skills of Sherlock Holmes in all their glory.

You may have read Tom Sawyer or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain in high school, but his short stories are wonderfully smart and funny too.

A Christmas Carol and Other Stories by Charles Dickens
The holiday ghost story is one of several short stories by this famous nineteenth century English writer.

Beloved by Toni Morrison
This award-winning novel tells the powerful, harrowing story of a family of former slaves in post-war Ohio.

Find these titles and many more in our classics corner - just look for the green spine labels! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Anthologies

Believe it or not, there’s only one library due date between now and the end of 2013! That means that there’s never been a better time to check out an anthology of holiday stories to share with family and friends, or to snuggle up with on your own, armed with hot cocoa (candy cane swizzle stick optional).

For Grown-Ups
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris – a collection of irreverent short stories by humorist David Sedaris.
At Christmas the Heart Goes Home: a Holiday Treasury by Marjorie Holmes.
818.5409 H736
Christmas Poems, Stories, and Carols from Gramercy Books.
394.2 Christmas
Seven Stories of Christmas Love by Leo Buscaglia.
394.2 B96
Journey into Christmas, and Other Stories illustrated by James Aldrich.
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For Families
Christmas Stories for the Very Young selected and edited by Sally Grindley; illustrations by Helen Cooper.
+P Christmas-White H-C
Hark! A Christmas Sampler by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Tomie dePaola; music and arrangements by Adam Stemple.
J808.8 Yolen
A Family Christmas from the Readers Digest Association.
394.2 F21
A Little House Christmas: Holiday Stories from the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrations by Garth Williams.
+J Wilder
The Christmas Book: Stories, Poems, and Carols for the Twelve Days of Christmas selected by Caroline Royds; illustrations by Annabel Spenceley 
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Here's a tip: give us a call or put these on hold through RockCat now since holiday books tend to go really fast!