Thursday, February 5, 2015

ALA Midwinter: Books Galore: Ages 8-12

Once I got home from Midwinter, I divided my new stash of books into age groups.  Here's what I got for (roughly) the 8-12 age group:

The Quirks and the Quirkalicious Birthday by Erin Soderberg (for ages 8-12)

Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan by Cynthia Rylant (for ages 8-12)

The Sun (Sky Science series) by Michael E. Picray

Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb (for ages 8-12)

Best Friend Next Door by Carolyn Mackler (for ages 8-12)

A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner (for ages 8-12)

The Sign of the Cat by Lynne Jonell (for ages 8-14)

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (for ages 9-14)

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater (for ages 8-12)

Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream by Tom Watson (for ages 8-12)

Flying Cars: The True Story by Andrew Glass (for ages 9-12)

Searching for Super by Marion Jensen (for ages 8-12)

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Omega City by Diana Peterfreund (for ages 8-12)

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly (for ages 8-12)

Firstborn by Tor Seidler (for ages 8-12)

Hero by Sarah Lean (for ages 8-12)

The Trap by Steven Arntson (for ages 9-12)

Robots Rule! The Junkyard Bot by C.J. Richards (for ages 9-12)

The Book of Dares for Lost Friends by Jane Kelley (for ages 8-12)

Buckle and Squash: The Perilous Princess Plot by Sarah Courtauld (for ages 7-10)

Fort by Cynhia DeFelice (for ages 8-12)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ALA Midwinter: Books Galore: Ages 5-9

Once I got home from Midwinter, I divided my new stash of books into age groups.  Here's what I got for (roughly) the 5-9 year old age group:

Anna Banana and the Friendship Split and Anna Banana and the Monkey in the Middle
by Anica Mrose Rissi (these are printed as a 2-in-1)
(for ages 6-10)

Escape from Baxters' Barn by Rebecca Bond (for ages 6-9)

Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (for ages 6-8)

The Amazing Stardust Friends Step Into the Spotlight by Heather Alexander (ages 6-8)
* note - I somehow ended up with 2 copies of this one, so if anyone wants the spare, let me know :)

Willy Maykit in Space by Greg Trine (for ages 7-10)

Judy Blume by Kathleen Krull (Women Who Broke The Rules series) (for ages 5-7)

Eva's Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott (for ages 5-7)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ALA Midwinter: Books Galore: Storybooks

Once I got home from Midwinter, I divided my new stash of books into age groups.  Here's what I got in the storybook range:

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis

Jampires by Sarah McIntyre and David O'Connell

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

From Sea to Shining Sea by Callista Gingrich

The Rhino Who Swallowed A Storm by LeVar Burton

ALA Midwinter: Books Galore

I'm just back from the ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter conference in Chicago, which I can easily say was the most awesome professional experience I have ever had.  I am so, so rejuvenated and excited by having just spent four days with amazing professionals in my field, hearing all kind of tips and and best practices.  I've also been incredibly fortunate to meet some authors that I admire.  But--more on all  of that in later posts, because I promised friends that I would start out by sharing a rundown on the incredible list of loot that I stocked up on.

In the exhibit hall at Midwinter, all the major publishers have booths.  And I kid you not, these publishers are literally handing out books.  There are huge stacks of books, just there for the taking.  In some booths, publicists are actually there to intercept librarians as we walk past, handing out the books.  "Would you like a free book?"  Music to my ears.  In other booths, the publicists talk up the books, telling us what they anticipate the next hottest releases in various genres will be.  And once the stacks of books have been given away, new boxes are opened.  So if you walk through the exhibit hall a few hours later, brand new titles will be available.  It's dangerous, I tell you.  I came home with eight gigantic canvas tote bags full of books, all FREE.  Most of them are pre-publication galleys, meaning that most of them aren't available to the public yet, but the copies I have are the form they're going to be in except some basic formatting things, and they have set publication dates for the early months of 2015.

So it may take me several posts to get through all my awesome free new books, but here I go.... If you see anything listed here that you're just dying to read, let me know and I'll pass it your way.  I obviously have a LOT of new books on my shelf and also now have a goal to read all the new award-winners (more on that in another post!), so if you want to break in one of these for me, just let me know.  :)

Harper Lee To Publish Second Novel

Have you heard the news???  Fifty years after the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee's lost second novel, Go Set A Watchman, is finally going to be published!  In this novel, Scout Finch is grown up and returns to Maycomb to visit her father, Atticus.  I know that I, for one, cannot wait to read it.

For more details, see the New York Times article here.