Whether you're a kid or a kid at heart, one can't deny the charm and wit that is found in the Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond.
Available in both picture book and novel form, Paddington Bear has charmed readers for over fifty years and for a good reason! With simple day-in-the-life type stories of Paddington, a bear from darkest Peru who has traveled to England, you're treated to a good deal of smiles and laughs. It seems that no matter how hard he tries, Paddington gets into trouble wherever he goes!
The most highly anticipated label change our young readers have been asking for is finally here: Juvenile Graphic Novels!! Starting today, we are adding the label JG to the fiction Juvenile Graphics, and are shelving them all together at the beginning of the Juvenile fiction section.
Mildred L. Batchelder had a goal to "eliminate barriers to understanding between people of other cultures, races, nations, and languages." A former director of the Association for Library Service to Children, she also worked at various libraries and served thirty years with the American Library Association starting in 1936. Today the Mildred L. Batchelder Award is given yearly to a book that was written in a language other than English in a country other than the U.S., and then translated into English for U.S. publication.
Remember when you were a kid and your English teacher handed you a list of recommended books for you to read over the summer? Did you read any of them, or just roll your eyes and throw the list away? If you threw away the list, you missed out on some great books.
Once you’ve been coming to the Library for a while, it’s very easy to get stuck in a reading rut. You always check the Young Adult section for interesting reads, then maybe you move on to the Feature Films section, or you look for the new books released by your favorite author. But, what do you do when you can’t seem to find anything new?
Do you tell people who see your Harry Potter book that you are reading it for some non-existent niece or nephew? Do you cover your Twilight novels with Patterson or Grisham dust jackets? If so, then you are one of the many adult fans of juvenile and young adult literature who feel a secret shame or embarrassment over your enjoyment of these wonderful books. Don’t!
Every year, from January 1st through March 1st, Mid-Continent Public Library holds a reading challenge for all staff members. The goal is to read as many young adult and juvenile books as you can, but participation is totally voluntary. All that is required is to keep a written list of titles read and the number of pages in each book.