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Feb 07

Book Notes 2/7/2022

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 7, 2022 at 1:54 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

2/27/2022


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Bringing Up Bookmonsters by Amber Ankowski

The Joyful Way to Turn Your Child into a Fearless, Ravenous Reader // Teaching your child to read is monstrously important, and there's no better way to do it than with everyday opportunities for laughter and play. The Ankowskis share tips to help you help your child develop an insatiable appetite for reading-- and have a good time doing it!

372.4 ANKOWSKI


How to Tell Stories to Children by Joseph Sarosy and Silke Rose West

West and Sarosy distill the key ingredients of storytelling into a surprisingly simple method that can make anyone an expert storyteller. Their technique uses events and objects from your child's daily life to strengthen your relationship with your child.

372.677 WEST


How to Examine a Wolverine by Philipp Schott, DVM

More Tales from the Accidental Veterinarian // This collection of over 60 stories and essays, drawn from Dr. Schott's 30 years in small animal practice, covers an astonishing breadth of experiences, emotions, and species. Schott has tales of creatures ranging from tiny honeybees to massive Burmese pythons, although the emphasis is on dogs and cats and the interesting, often quirky, people who love them. Schott's candor gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at a profession that is much admired but often misunderstood.

636.089 SCHOTT


How to Slay a Dragon by Cait Stevenson

A Fantasy Hero's Guide to the Real Middle Ages // Divided into thematic subsections based on typical stages in a fantastical epic, and inclusive of race, gender, and continent, this book is perfect if you're curious to learn more about the time period that inspired some of your favorite magical worlds or longing to know what it would be like to be the hero of your own mythical adventure.

909.07 STEVENSON


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Dec 02

10 Warm and Cozy Picture Books by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 2, 2021 at 4:05 PM by Genesis Gaule

Need a little emotional pick-me-up? Something to melt away the winter blahs? If so, pull your little one close and snuggle up to these comforting and uplifting picture books. Like a cup of hot chocolate and a fluffy fleece blanket, they are sure to leave you feeling all warm and cozy inside.

With Snow:

Want to rediscover the wonder of winter? Try these heartwarming reads!

Extra Yarn

by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

After she finds a skein of colorful magic yarn, an unassuming little girl quietly transforms her community’s cold winter world into something beautiful. It’s a charming, beautifully illustrated story of generosity triumphing over greed that has a modern look but reads like a classic folk tale. // Ages 4-9 Years


Snow

by Uri Shulevitz

In a dull gray town, a boy and his dog spy a single snowflake and rush outside in gleeful anticipation of a wintry wonderland--despite predictions to the contrary by skeptical and grumpy grown-ups. The sparse words are perfectly chosen and compliment the charming illustrations depicting the joy and wonder of the first snowfall. // Ages 3-7


A Big Bed for Little Snow

by Grace Lin

Ever wonder where snow comes from? This simple yet imaginative tale offers a fanciful explanation through a precocious little boy and his new feather bed. // Ages 3-5


Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen

A little girl and her father go looking for owls late one night. When you go owling, sometimes there isn't an owl, but sometimes there is--all you need is a little hope. Wrapped up in familial bonds and traditions, this sweet and poetic story vividly takes you on a journey through the winter woods. // Ages 5-9


And Without:

Need an escape from winter? These books are a perfect pick any time of year!

'Ohana Means Family

by Ilima Loomis and Kenard Pak

Tired of the cold and snow? This cumulative rhyme book will transport you to sunny Hawaii! Join the 'ohana, as they farm taro for poi to prepare for a traditional luau. Includes author’s notes about the significance of poi in Hawaiian culture. // Ages 3-6


Maud and Grand-Maud

by Sara O'Leary and Kenard Pak

Though warm vignettes of cherished sleepovers with her grandmother, Maud’s love and adoration for her “Grand-Maud” shine through every page of this gentle story. It’s a beautiful look at intergenerational relationships and it makes a great choice for a snuggly, bedtime read. // Ages 4-8


My Pillow Keeps Moving!

by Laura Gehl and Christopher Weyant

An enterprising little dog infiltrates its way into the home of an unsuspecting nearsighted man who is out shopping. It’s a delightfully silly case of mistaken identity and found family sure to bring a smile to your face. // Ages 3-7


Original Cat, Copy Cat

by Sarah Kurpiel

Fluffy Pineapple’s comfortable kitty routine is upended by small, sleek newcomer Kiwi. Kiwi mimics Pineapple, following him everywhere--much to Pineapple’s annoyance. A familiar story of pet rivalry with a happy ending, it’s a purr-fectly cozy read for cat lovers. // Ages 3-7


The Rabbit Listened

by Cori Doerrfeld

Focusing on the gift of presence when things are rough, this lovely book feels just like a warm hug. When Taylor’s block tower falls down, they’re distraught and don't know what to do. One by one, all the animals try to tell Taylor how to get over it with no success. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen--which is just what Taylor needs. // Ages 3–5


Here We Are

by Oliver Jeffers

Notes for Living on Planet Earth // A dad's witty handbook to the world and its inhabitants for his new baby. The tongue-in-cheek text takes you on a quick “scientific” tour of earth--perfect for parents with a dry sense of humor. While the colorful illustrations are peppered with cheeky jokes and silly details to keep kids entertained and engaged. It’s loaded with positive messages without feeling preachy and ends on a heartwarming, hug-inducing note. // Ages 3-7



Nov 08

Book Notes 11/8/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 8, 2021 at 1:20 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

11/8/2021


Stop in on November 16 and work with our Artist in Residence, Jill Levene. Learn how to carve a stamp from a rubber block and print it on a community mural. More information


How to Walk with Steve by Robert Fromberg

This is a memoir of a boy's connection with his autistic brother in a family defined by alcoholism, art, and death in a decaying Midwestern city. With exposed-nerve scenes, Robert Fromberg immerses us in an early childhood made relentlessly unpredictable by autism and addiction; teenage years alone in 1970s New York City; and young adulthood as guardian of his brother after the death of their parent.

616.85882 FROMBERG


Raising Ollie by Nick Davis

How My Nonbinary Art-Nerd Kid Changed (Nearly) Everything I Know // Ollie, a funny, anxious, smart kid with a thing for choir and an eye for graphic art, was gravely under challenged and also struggling with identity and how to live totally as themselves. Ollie begged to switch to a new school with “kids like me,” where they wouldn’t feel so alone, or so bored, and so they made the change. Raising Ollie is dad Tom Rademacher’s story (really, many stories) of that eventful and sometimes painful school year, parenting Ollie and relearning every day what it means to be a father and teacher. As Ollie—who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, and prefers art to athletics, vegetables to cake, and animals to most humans—flourishes in their new school, Rademacher is making an eye-opening adjustment to a new school of his own, one that’s whiter and more suburban than anywhere he has previously taught, with a history of racial tension that he tries to address and navigate.

371.1092 RADEMACHER


The Speckled Beauty by Rick Bragg

A Dog and His People // Written with Rick Bragg's inimitable blend of tenderness and sorrow, humor and grit, this book captures the extraordinary sustaining devotion between two damaged creatures who need each other to heal.

636.70092 BRAGG


Taste by Stanley Tucci

My Life Through Food // Stanley Tucci grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the kitchen table. Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about his growing up in Westchester, New York; preparing for and shooting the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia; falling in love over dinner; and teaming up with his wife to create meals for a multitude of children. Each morsel of this gastronomic journey through good times and bad, five-star meals and burned dishes, is as heartfelt and delicious as the last.

641.5092 LP TUCCI


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