Kids

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2016 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

Every year the American Library Association gives out a number of awards for excellent children's books.

Award winners for younger readers:

             

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Moses LoBeau is a spunky, independent, 11 year old girl being raised by the Colonel and Miss Lana in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. She would like to find her “upstream mother,” since she was found floating down the river in a hurricane as a baby, but loves and is loved by her unusual found family. When a murder occurs and her family is put into danger, Moses and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, start “Desperado Detectives” and attempt to solve the case. This book won a Newbery Honor Award for good reason.

Phoenix Book Club: Graphic Novels

Comic books, graphic novels, manga, whatever you call them and whatever you prefer, we read them this month.

Graphic Novels

Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer

The fourth and latest book in the Land of Stories series takes the half-magic twins, Alex and Connor Bailey, back through the Fairy Tale World and beyond. In search of the masked man that looks like their deceased father, and accompanied by the unusual and highly amusing group of Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks, Jack and Old Mother Goose (also known as OMG), they enter other worlds - Neverland, Oz, Wonderland, and King Arthur’s Britain. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook of this, read by author Chris Colfer, a Golden Globe winning actor for his work in Glee.

Phoenix Book Club: Mysteries

Disappearances, ghosts, murders and more were the focus of this month's mystery theme.

Mysteries

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Check out our new reading program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers! 

Do you think you can read 1000 books with your child before they reach Kindergarten? It might be easier than you think! Any book you read counts, whether it's an audio book in the car, books read at a storytime, board books, ebooks, or a book you read to them. You can even count every single time you read that one old favorite over and over.

Phoenix Book Club: School Stories

Who doesn't want to read about school at the end of the summer? Turns out, we all really enjoyed it!

School Stories

The New Small Person by Lauren Child

Elmore Green is an only child, and he likes it that way. He has his own room, his own jellybeans, and best of all, his parents think he is “simply the funniest, cleverest, most adorable person they had ever seen.” Everything changes one day when the new small person arrives. The new small person follows Elmore around, copies whatever he does, and licks his jellybeans -- but he also shares his toys and keeps Elmore company when he’s had a scary dream.

Launchpad Tablets for Kids!

Kid-friendly tablet computers are coming to the children's sections at all Quincy library locations! And yes, you can check them out and take them home. Looking for more games and activities for your kids to play? Try a Launchpad! Each tablet comes pre-loaded with games and apps for kids and the tablets themselves are sturdy and made for kids to use. Got a dinosaur enthusiast in the house?

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

A beautifully crafted novel, Echo tells the intertwining stories of Friedrich, a 12-year-old in Germany during Hitler’s rise to power; Mike, an 11-year-old orphan in depression-era Pennsylvania; and Ivy, the daughter of migrant workers in Southern California, one year after Pearl Harbor. The thread connecting the kids’ stories is music, specifically a harmonica with almost magical qualities. The characters’ stories are richly told, and Muñoz Ryan’s writing makes the book a joy to read.

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