As a children’s librarian, I get the feeling that I can never read enough. Sometimes it seems that young patrons–and their parents–think I’ve read every book in the library. Not true. Obviously there’s no way I could read all of the books in my library’s collection and continue to be a functioning adult. However, patrons can expect their librarian to be familiar with all parts of the collection and capable of giving recommendations.
My new tactic for staying on top of the collection is to “read around the room.” Each week it is my goal to select 5-7 books to read, each from a different section of the children’s room. I’m also set on selecting a YA book and adult book to read.
My reads for the past week were:
Middle Grade Fiction
This book has the magic and mystery that attracts many middle grade readers. Horton finds a note from an estranged magician uncle that sends him on a hunt for treasures from his family’s past. 4 out of 5 stars.
A picture heavy graphic novel that will appeal to elementary and middle grade graphic novel lovers. Beaver Brothers must combat a team of evil penguins plotting to freeze their patch of sea-shore. 3 out of 5 stars.
This 32 page picture books quickly tells the compelling story of Rachel Carson–author of Silent Sprint (written in the 1960s, about the use and effects of pesticides). 4 out of 5 stars.
This book shows a cave kid who wants a pet–but he must work to find the right pet for this cave family. Heavy on pictures, light on text–great for toddlers transitioning from board books and pet lovers of all ages. 3 out of 5 stars.
Part of the Fly Guy Series, Fly Guys stows away as his owners go on vacation. He enjoys the trip and saves the day by helping the family find their way home. 3 out of 5 stars.
By far–this was my pick of the week. John Green writes an honest portrait of teens living and dying with cancer. By that description alone you’re probably thinking that this book is terribly tragic–it is tragic–cancer is tragic. Yet The Fault In Our Stars manages to be hilarious, compelling and entertaining (but yes, it also gets sad). A great read for older teens and those looking for perspective on dealing with illness. 5 out of 5 stars.