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LIttle Penguin

PenguinLittle Penguin Stays Awake is a charming book written and illustrated by Tadgh Bentley.  The illustrations are captivating and vibrant.  The story line is perfrect for a bedtime story and will keep your child's attention.

The Dying of the Light by Robert Goolrick

Goolrick, presents a heady Southern Gothic tale surrounding a grand house and the woman tied to it.  Diana Cooke was born at the turn of the century to a once prominent Virginia family, but dwindling finances force her to marry for money.  Dubbed the debut

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

cover of Then She Was Gone by Lisa JewellAnother excellent suspense from an author who has a knack for storytelling.  Jewell has a way of examining human nature from various angles and her stories are both entertaining and insightful.  It is easy to connect with her characters and their predicaments.

Comic book legend Stan Lee dead at 95

Cover of Stan Lee by Bob BatchelorAmerican comic book writer Stan Lee was the human behind the superheroes. Many marvel at the man who gave his characters extraordinary powers and everyday headaches - a formula which revolutionized comics. The Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four all sprang from his fertile imagination and spilled onto the page. But while his career may have started in pen and ink, it grew and evolved into much more. From digital graphic novels to blockbuster Hollywood films; leading Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation; Stan Lee was prolific. And fans also delighted in seeing Lee's brief cameo appearances in almost every Marvel live-action movie.

Five Senior Protagonists for Your Monday

Last week my grandpa went into surgery (luckily nothing too terrible) and is now recuperating in rehab.  Since he's been on my mind lately, I thought it might be interesting to make this week's book sampler about books that feature elderly characters like him. But, these titles don't just "feature" elderly characters--they star them!  Thank you again to our friends at NoveList Plus for providing us with the list of appeals for each book.  If you see something you like here, why not check out their database for some more great suggestions?  As always, you can find them through our website under Research Resources.

Happy Thanksgiving!

In less than two weeks, we will be sitting around the dinner table and the holiday season will begin.  Before the holidays get in full swing take a moment to share a good book and a craft with your child.  Bear Says Thanks is a delightful book written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman.

Bear

It's Stranger Things Day — here's what that means and how to celebrate...

Cover of Stranger Things season 1On Nov 6, 1983 Will Byers went missing. On Stranger Things Day, we honor him by dressing up, eating eggos, sending memes, and watching and reading strang(er) things.

Five Books-to-Musicals for Your Monday

My dear readers, I've been listening to a lot of musicals lately, so this week, I wanted to give you a list of five books that have inspired stage productions.  While you're reading these excellent books, why not check out the musicals that they inspired?  As always, thank you to our friends at NoveList for providing a list of appeals for each book.  Looking for another book?  Try using NoveList to help you find your next great read!

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles' 'The War of the Worlds' broadcast.

Orson Wells and the Mercury Theatre broadcasting War of the WorldsOn October 30, 1938 The Mercury Theatre on the Air radio show adapted H.G. Wells' 1898 novel The War of the Worlds, setting the story in the United States in 1938 and starting off the narrative as a musical show that turned into a dramatized news report about Martians invading earth.

Happy Hallowilloween!

Celebrate All Hallow's Eve by reading Hallowilloween written and illustrated by Calef Brown. Hallowilloween is a silly spooky collection of Halloween poems. Brown writes about the Vumpire and the Oompachupa loompacabra. The illustrations are as entertaining as the text.

Black Cat