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Phoenix Book Club - Oversize 2017

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Oversize? What does that mean? This month we closed out the school year with books from this often overlooked collection in the Children's Room.

Oversize

So what are they and where are they? Oversize books in the Children's Room are usually picture books, but not picture books for little kids. These aren't the sorts of picture books that make good bedtime stories or read-alouds. They're just as colorful and fully illustrated as the books in the picture book collection, but they're intended for older readers. They might be much longer than your typical picture book. They might be scarier or more sad than most picture books are. Or they might just be tackling a really tough subject that would go over the heads of younger readers. These books belong in with the chapter books, but they're too big to put on the same shelves as children's novels. So they end up with their own section and big kids have picture books to read too!

This was the perfect type of book to read for the end of the school year. With classes coming to an end and plenty of end-of-year events to deal with, the group needed short books they could zip right through. All that said, everyone took a pile of them! Reactions were good, with most kids having finished multiple books. The genres were all over the map, from fantasy to historical fiction to books with puzzles built into the illustrations. The nice part about them? The kids could easily finish even one they didn't love, then move on to another.

For July we'll all be reading The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg. There are copies set aside in the Children's Room at the main library or you can place a hold on it yourself. Grab a copy, then join us on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Children's Room to talk about it!

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