Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

It's that time of year again--Thanksgiving! You should check out the Thanksgiving-related books in our library: books about the Pilgrims, Squanto, the Mayflower, and those cold hard days in the New World. And now...you can find one in your AR reading range, too. Like this....

Sunday, September 30, 2007


The American Library Association has put together a wonderful list of websites for kids: CLICK HERE to visit their page.

Find out more about all these topics.

* Animals
* Dinosaurs
* Zoos & Aquariums

* Authors & Illustrators
* Children's Book Awards
* Expanding the Classics
* Favorite Children's Stories
* Lugares en españ­ol para niñ­os
* Writing by Children

* Astronomy & Space
* Biology
* Chemistry & Physics
* General Science
* Geology
* Science Experiments
* Weather & Environment

* The Arts
* For Kids By Kids
* Fun for Younger Children
* Games & Entertainment
* Museums
* Music
* Sports

* Biographies
* US History--General
* US History--Pre-Colonial-1865
* US History--Post Civil War
* World History

* Computers & Technology
* Mathematics

* Geography & Maps
* News & Current Events
* Cultures of the World
* Politics & Government
* Religions of the World

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Emily Windsnap

If you've been waiting for the novel, The Tail of Emily Windsnap, then you will be pleased to know it has arrived. We have the sequel, too. Check it out!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Magazines are fun!

These are a few of the magazines available in our SAS Library.

Highly respected award winning literary magazine for children ages 6-14 who love to read

Cricket feeds the minds and imaginations of reader's ages 9 to 14. Every issue of Cricket is filled with stories, poems, puzzles, recipes, and science and nature articles-all designed to stimulate the imagination and help young people to discover and explore the world around them.

Spider weaves a web of wonder for kids ages 6 to 9. Spider is a fun magazine for independent young learners. It's especially written and edited for children who have reached that amazing age when they first get excited about reading on their own. Spider has short stories, poems, activities and games for children between the ages of six and nine.

Ask investigates the world with past and present inventors, artists, and thinkers, and scientists. From the publishers of Click, Ask offers cartoons, contests, projects, Web experiments, games, and puzzles for kids ages 7 to 10 (grades 2 - 4).

Ask helps kids understand how the world works and how discoveries are made.

Dedicated to helping children aged 6 to 12 become lifelong learners, each issue investigates a single high-interest topic in science or social studies. The combination of dramatic color photography, high-impact illustrations, and informative kid-friendly text engages readers with compelling content.

Kids' Discover has thematic issues, puzzles and recommended reading lists for children ages seven to 13; pyramids, volcanoes, oceans, television, bubbles, earthquakes, food, Columbus, trains, weather, space, deserts, The Maya, glass, rain forests, The Roman Empire.

Monday, June 04, 2007

More Books for Summer

As long as we're talking about award winning books, here's a copy of the Newbery Medal Home Page!

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

2007 Medal Winner
The 2007 Newbery Medal winner is The Higher Power of Lucky written by Susan Patron, illustrated by Matt Phelan, published by Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson.

In “The Higher Power of Lucky,” Patron takes us to the California desert community of Hard Pan (population 43). Ten-year-old Lucky Trimble eavesdrops on 12-step program meetings from her hiding place behind Hard Pan’s Found Object Wind Chime Museum & Visitor Center. Eccentric characters and quirky details spice up Lucky’s life just as her guardian Brigitte’s fresh parsley embellishes her French cuisine.

“‘Lucky’ is a perfectly nuanced blend of adventure, survival (emotional and physical) and hilarious character study... as well as a blueprint for a self-examined life,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Jeri Kladder. “Through Lucky’s experiences, we are reminded that children support one another just as needy adults do.”

2007 Honor Books

Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm, (Random House)

In Holm’s book, 11-year-old Penny looks forward to spending the summer rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers and scheming with her cousin Frankie. Instead she navigates the space between her two families and uncovers the reason for their estrangement in this funny and touching tale of intergenerational love set in 1953.

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (Delacorte Press)

In “Hattie Big Sky,” 16-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks is looking for a place to belong – a home. In 1918 she leaves Iowa for the Montana prairie. In this engaging first-person narrative, Hattie strives to forge a new life. Vivid imagery and careful attention to historical detail distinguish this memorable novel that portrays her struggle to “prove her claim.”

Rules by Cynthia Lord (Scholastic)

“A boy can take off his shirt to swim, but not his shorts.” Twelve-year-old Catherine creates rules for her younger, autistic brother David in an attempt to normalize his life and her own; but what is normal? In the debut novel, “Rules,” Lord’s heroine learns to use words to forge connections with her brother, her workaholic father and a paraplegic friend. With humor and insight, Lord demonstrates the transforming power of language.

Summer Reading

2007 Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winners

The American Booksellers Association announced the winners of the 2007 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards, recognizing those titles independent booksellers most enjoyed handselling during the past year, as voted by the owners and staff of ABA member bookstores.

This year's winners are:

Children's Literature: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Knopf)

Children's Illustrated: Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paul Kahumbu; photos by Peter Greste (Scholastic)

Four 2007 Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Books in each category were also chosen by ABA member booksellers. They are:

Children's Literature Honor Books
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Volume One: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! by Lynne Truss; illustrated by Bonnie Timmons (Putnam);
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (Megan Tingley Books/Little, Brown)
Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (Disney Editions)

Children's Illustrated Honor Books
Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor; illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (HarperCollins)
Flotsam by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Candlewick)
Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter's Companion by Captain William Lubber; edited by Dugald A. Steer (Candlewick)

The Book Sense Book of the Year winners and honor books were selected by booksellers from titles most often nominated for the Book Sense Picks lists in 2006. Booksellers were also able to write in titles on the ballot. Only books published in 2006 were eligible.

Friday, April 13, 2007

National Library Week

It's National Library Week!
April 15th--April 21st

...and it's National Poetry Month, too. Come to the S.A.S. Library and check out some poetry. We have a very good selection of poetry anthologies.

See you there.

Sunday, April 01, 2007


'Fancy Nancy,' by Jane O'Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.
March 12, 2006

Jane O'Connor, who wrote the "Nina, Nina Ballerina" stories, teams with the illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser in "Fancy Nancy."

It's the story of a ball of fire who is always dressed to the nines. Glasser's action-filled pen-and-ink drawings put Nancy in wild tutus, ruby slippers, fairy wings and fuzzy slippers: this heroine is never demure, never subtle and probably never quiet.

She has redecorated her bedroom with feather boas, Christmas lights, paper flowers and showy hats. Her doll is named Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier. So enterprising is she in her pursuit of fanciness that she offers lessons to her plainly dressed family. They attend, taking notes, and Nancy helps dress them in bows, ornaments, top hats and gaudy scarves. "Ooo-la-la!" Nancy cries in delight. "My family is posh! That's a fancy word for fancy."

The message here is welcome — fanciness (unlike physical beauty) is available to anyone with a can-do spirit — and the writing is adorable. Nancy's joy is infectious, and her over-the-top elegant vocabulary pays off in a warm twist. The story ends with the family's simple declarations of love: "All I say back is, 'I love you,' " Nancy says. "Because there isn't a fancy — or better — way of saying that."

Saturday, February 24, 2007

British Library’s ONLINE GALLERY

Visit the British Library’s ONLINE GALLERY and leaf through Lewis Carroll’s original Alice’s Adventures Underground. You can actually turn the pages! Click here: British Library’s ONLINE GALLERY

Monday, February 12, 2007


And Other Poems.
By Jack Prelutsky. Illustrated by Carin Berger.

31 pp. Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers. $16.99. (Ages 4 to 8)

Here's the newest book by the very first "Children's Poet Laureate." It's a lot of fun to read and the illustrations are great, too. You can check it out from our SAS Library, but be sure to visit Jack's website, too.

J. PATRICK LEWIS of the New York Times has this to say:

Like Lewis Carroll’s Humpty Dumpty, Jack Prelutsky pays his words extra because
he makes them do more work. What Carroll did in marrying verbs like, say,
“chuckle” to “snort” to arrive at “chortle,” Prelutsky does for nouns, in a way
that leaves his fellow poets scratching their heads and wondering, Why didn’t we
think of that?
Last fall, Prelutsky was fittingly named the first
Children’s Poet Laureate, by the Poetry Foundation. On the heels of his
“Scranimals,” another neologistic tour de farce, comes his new book, “Behold the
Bold Umbrellaphant.” What do you get when you cross a toad and a toaster — can
you guess? — a Pop-up Toadster. Or an alarm clock and an armadillo? Well, I
won’t spoil all the surprises. Such nonsense begs to be read aloud, even if
you’ve sneaked away to read the book by yourself with a flashlight in a closet.

The cleverness and comedy in “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant” are
occasionally trumped by the metronomic march of insistent iambs and ditzy
dactyls. But who’s going to quibble? Certainly not children, who will most
likely follow Prelutsky every step of the way in a book bursting with mischief.

See you in the library!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Catholic Schools Week: Jan. 29th--Feb. 2nd


Read about Elizabeth Ann Seton, the foundress of the Sisters of Charity and the first Catholic free school in America as well as the first Catholic orphanage and the first Catholic hospital. You'll be inspired!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica

Maybe animal stories are not your “cup of tea.” Maybe you ‘d rather read sports stories. Mike Lupica, the New York Daily News columnist, has a new book out, Miracle on 49th Street. Here’s a review from his website:

Josh Cameron has it all: a World Championship ring with the Boston Celtics, an
MVP award, a clean-cut image, and the adoration of millions. What he doesn't
have is family. Until the day 12-year-old smartaleck Molly Parker confronts him
in a parking lot and claims to be his daughter — the only daughter of Jen
Parker, Josh's college sweetheart and the still the only girl he's ever loved.
Trouble is, Jen Parker died last year, and now Molly has tracked down the father
she never knew, the one her mother never wanted her to know about. Josh Cameron
cares about two things only: himself, and basketball. The last thing this
superstar wants or needs is a 12-year-old daughter. Yet this isn't just any
12-year-old. Mr. World Champion has finally met his match.

Check it out from your SAS Library. ( We also have Heat and Travel Team.)

Read an excerpt

Friday, January 05, 2007

Happy New Year 2007

Well, animal lovers, we have good news for you. The library has added some terrific dog stories. Newbery Award winner Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes is a longtime favorite for ages 8 and up. Read how the disappearance of a new puppy named Ginger and the appearance of a mysterious man in a mustard yellow hat bring excitement into the lives of the Pye children.

James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories is really for adults but junior high students will love reading about Tricki Woo, Prince and the card above the bed, Jock top dog , Jake rides into town , Gyp only one woof , and Brandy the dustbin dog.