My Childhood in Books

by Lindsey A. In February, I was fortunate to attend the 15th Annual Western Washington University’s Children’s Literature Conference. I watched presentations from Pam Muñoz Ryan, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Sophie Blackall, and Kevin Henkes. A common theme among these youth authors and illustrators was their personal history of reading; specially, what led them to become […]

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Meet the WA Authors of the 3rd Grade Reading Challenge

by Karin T. This month, Washington authors Patrick Jennings and Kelly Jones have even more third-grade fans than usual. Patrick and Kelly visited schools in Snohomish and Island counties as part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge. The Reading Challenge is a literary trivia program. Third graders work together to develop […]

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Picture Book Writers: Children’s Author Biographies

by Emily Z. In the other half of my library life I plan library storytimes for children. Before I ran away and joined the library, I ran the children’s department at a bookstore. At this point I’m no longer certain which came first, a love of children’s literature or a livelihood that demanded it. Either […]

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Sno-Isle Staff Favorites of 2017

by Kimberly P. Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot. . . As the year winds down, it’s the customary time of “year-end” lists. Best movies of 2017, Best Books of 2017, Best Dressed of 2017. . . If you can think it, there’s probably a year-end list for it. At Sno-Isle, we’ve put together a list […]

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Awards Round-up: February 2017

by Michelle C. Welcome to the February Awards Round-up! At the end of each month we compile the book, movie, television and music winners for that month. February has the double whammy of the Grammys and the Oscars. Get ready to place some holds! Academy Awards Presented annually on television, the Oscars can cause a flurry of […]

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Nostalgia

by Marina When I was a kid I was a fanatic for books about horses. And sometimes dogs. And The Baby-sitters Club. But mostly horses. I started out by devouring the Billy and Blaze series. Multiple times. And then anything by Walter Farley–my absolute favorite was Man O’ War. (I still have my paperback copy.) Marguerite […]

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Celebrate Roald Dahl Day

by Marina I just couldn’t resist. I’ve already done a couple of centennial posts and I feel like I’m on a roll. What’s one more? Roald Dahl is most well known for the many children’s books he has written. Most of them were hugely popular–and still are–but some of them weren’t at first. Several have been made into movies (plus […]

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Summer Time Comfort Books

By Stacey Some books leave such a warm memory, you like to revisit them from time to time. For me summer is a lovely season for finding the time to reread some old favorites. With so much to read what makes the reader return to an old favorite? What touches you? I asked staff at […]

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Writing Outside of Their Box?

By Stacey One of the most frequent questions asked at the library is, “I like ____” (fill in the author), what else have they written? Generally, the person is looking for a similar book, but sometimes I bring up an unexpected find, a book uncharacteristic for that particular author. Years ago I discovered Ian Fleming […]

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2016 E.B. White Read Aloud Awards

by Lindsey On April 6, 2016, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) awarded two titles for the E.B. White Read Aloud Award. The winners were chosen by a committee of six children’s booksellers from The Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), in collaboration with ABA. The award is divided into two categories: The E. B. White Read […]

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