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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D.E.A.R. and Celebrate Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday

by Marina Stop right where you are! Just Drop Everything and Read! Today marks the 100th (!!!!!) birthday of beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary. She created such memorable characters as Ralph S. Mouse, Henry Huggins and the spunky, unforgettable Ramona Quimby. Today is also the day that has been selected to celebrate the month-long event of Drop […]

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Happy 100th Birthday Ezra Jack Keats

by Danielle Celebrated children’s book illustrator and author Ezra Jack Keats (March 11, 1916 – May 6, 1983) would have celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this month. Keats is known for his 1963 Caldecott-winning book The Snowy Day as well as Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair and Googles! Many of his picture books centered around Peter and his life growing up […]

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The BFG Movie

by Jackie I know that we focus primarily on adult material on this blog, but I can’t help but be excited about the trailer for this movie. I vividly remember my fourth grade teacher Miss Russet reading Roald Dahl‘s BFG aloud to us. It, along with Matilda, remain among my favorite children’s books. It occurs […]

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Dawn’s Gift Book Suggestions

by Dawn I’m not saying I’m some sort of Grinch, but man do I hate shopping for the holidays. Crowded malls, constant carols, and all that pressure to find just the right present…not my happy place. But there is something wonderful about finding just the right thing for that someone special. Over the next few […]

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Pacific Northwest Book Awards: 2016 Shortlist

by Dawn The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has announced its 2016 Book Awards Shortlist!  The list of 12 books came from 250 nominations, and are all books written by Northwest authors and published in 2015. The final 6 winners will be announced in early January.  How many have you read? Which is your favorite? See […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: Richard Spelman

by Richard Spelman I was born in Seattle, and spent my early years in the great NW before having the good fortune to be moved to the great state of Hawaii at the age of 11. I graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1985 with a B.Ed. and in the years that followed […]

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