March 25, 2015
The Most Popular Books of the Month
This long and dreadful winter is finally, finally coming to a close. At least we had PLENTY of time to power through our to-read lists with all of those snow days and freezing weekends. Unless, of course, you’re from some sunny spot that has never felt the icy grip of below-freezing temperatures . . . in which case, I’m super jealous. But anyway, I asked you last month what books you were reading and loving, and the response was crazy amazing! Thank you everyone who shared their gotta-read-it-right-now picks. Here they are:
Percy Jackson is the runaway favorite this round, but Dork Diaries is getting some serious representation. Go, Dork Diaries fans! Way to show your support! Harry Potter and Heroes of Olympus are neck and neck this time. It’s a very close call. Between the two, which is your favorite?
There were a lot of new contenders this time around, too. I see you, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library! I’m definitely reading that next.
Let’s keep this going. What other books are you super-excited about? What book must everyone in the world read at least ONCE? Share your picks in the Comments below!
See ya next month!
En-Szu, STACKS Writer
March 18, 2015
Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (for ages 6-9) by Claudia Mills
Todays book review comes from MidsummerBook13 on the Reading Buzz Board.
Do you like to read? Then this book is perfect for you! Kelsey Green, Reading Queen has many outstanding characters and a cool plot. I also think it has awesome illustrations. Kelsey loves reading the way her friend Izzy Barr loves running and her friend Annika Riz loves math. She is the best reader in her class, tied with Simon Ellis. Plus, she has a really, really mean teacher, Mrs. Molina. She has the best principal ever, Mr. Boone. She also has a bad reader in her class, Cody Harmon.
When Mr. Boone announces a school-wide reading contest, Kelsey Green is totally in. She thinks Simon is cheating, so she and her 2 best friends Annika and Izzy try to spy on him to figure out if he really is reading all those books he says he is. Kelsey is also kind of sneaky because she reads at her brother Dylan’s band concert, and in math.
Finally, Rob Shepperson is the best illustrator I’ve seen since Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great One‘s illustrator. He draws with great detail and awesome shadow techniques. On the cover, I highly adore the technique he used of drawing a line underneath Kelsey to make it seem as if Kelsey is standing on a solid surface, even though she is really just floating in the pale green and white striped background.
In conclusion, I’ve read a lot of books, so trust me when I say Kelsey Green, Reading Queen is the best one I’ve read in years. It’s great for bookworms ages 6-9, and I would totally give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
March 11, 2015
A New Poetry Book by Nick Cannon
Check out a new Nick Cannon book titled Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems. Filled with humor and heart, this book rhymes its way through a world filled with fantastical robots and dinosaurs, mean lunch ladies, terrifying babysitters and a vegetarian who’s had one too many bowls of beans. Check out an excerpt here!
March 5, 2015
The Nominees Are in for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards!
Some of our very favorite books were nominated for the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards, and YOU get to choose the winner!
The Nominees for Favorite Book are . . .
February 25, 2015
Harry Potter Shipping!
Today’s question comes from BubblyBookworm12 on the Harry Potter Board. I am VERY CURIOUS to see your responses to this one!!
I was taking a break from studying when I realized I hadn’t been here in ages. Aaaaages. So I logged on, had a look at all the old posts, and noticed my Harry Potter shipping challenges. Everyone had such great responses and seemed to enjoy them, I thought why not post another? So, here it goes. . .
This week’s couple is:
Professor McGonagall &Vernon Dursley!!!
Leave a Comment saying why you think they could or could NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS be a good couple!
February 18, 2015
It’s Books of the Month Time!
I know I always get WAY too excited whenever this post comes around, but hey–it’s been a long winter and I’ve had a lot of free time, so I’m running out of books to read. I need your recommendations now more than ever!
Last month, we asked you what books you were reading and loving. I’ve put the results in a word cloud so we can see which titles reign supreme. Check it out:
Well, now! Harry Potter is experiencing a bit of a comeback! It looks like Dork Diaries is moving up in popularity, too! Let’s keep this going. What other books are you reading this winter? What books do you think everyone else absolutely, totally, MUST read, like, RIGHT AWAY? Share your picks in the Comments below!
I’m off to re-read Harry Potter now. See you around.
En-Szu, STACKS Writer
February 4, 2015
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (for ages 10 and up)
Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people — her teachers and doctors included — don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently, her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool level alphabet lessons again and again and again.
If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can’t because Melody can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind . . . until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last, Melody has a voice, but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.
GerbilGeneral10 on the Reading Buzz Board
February 3, 2015
Preview a New Illustration and Play Harry Potter I Spy
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will get a deluxe new edition with all new illustrations later this year, and we have a preview of Hermione!
The illustrator Jim Kay says on his website that this illustration of Hermione is based on his niece Milly, and the door is from All Saints Church in Thornham, but he added all the Hogwarts graffiti himself. The graffiti is actually really cool! If you look closely you can see lots of Hogwarts students’ signatures, like Tom Riddle, Lupin, and even J. K. Rowling (who, I guess, is an honorary Hogwarts student)!
Illustration by Jim Kay © 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
For a REALLY good look at all the graffiti, click on the picture and you’ll get an enlarged version. Tell us in the Comments what other Hogwarts names you recognize in this illustration.
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
February 2, 2015
2015 Newbery Medal Winner
The Newbery Medal is awarded every year by a committee of librarians to recognize “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” Past winners have included The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and Holes by Louis Sachar. Last year’s winner was Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (who also wrote Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux).
This year’s winner was just announced today, and the 2015 Newbery Medal goes to . . .
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Have you read The Crossover yet? Do YOU think it was the best American children’s book published in 2014? Two Honor books were also chosen this year: El Deafo by Cece Bell, and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.
If you were on the committee voting for the 2015 Newbery Medal, which book would YOU have chosen? (Remember, only books published in 2014 by writers in America are eligible.) Let us know in the Comments.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
January 28, 2015
Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud (for ages 11 and up)
And now, a book recommendation from DreamtimeDetermined14!
Oh my gosh! I just finished reading Lockwood & Co. Book #2: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, and it was so amazing! Although, the cliffhanger made me really mad. I can’t wait for book #3!
The series is about a psychic investigations agency in London called Lockwood & Co. It’s managed by the very brave—and very reckless—Anthony Lockwood, who is still a teenager. Lockwood employs 2 other teenagers, Lucy Carlyle and George Cubbins, to help at the agency. The book is told from Lucy’s point of view.
Lucy and George live with Lockwood in the house he inherited from the parents he never likes to talk about. Their house is also headquarters for the agency—the smallest one in London. The city wouldn’t need these agencies if it wasn’t for the problem… Many years before Lucy was born, the problem started. Ghosts started coming back from the dead. People realized that only children could sense the ghosts, and some children better than others. That’s when large agencies started employing children to help defend the country from visitors.
Parts of the books are quite frightening, but I think most people older than 11 should be okay reading it. I enjoyed the books immensely, even though I’ve never liked very scary books or movies. The characters were wonderful and the plot was intriguing. I recommend this series to anyone who is looking for an exciting mystery or just wants a good book to read. If you haven’t read this series you definitely should!
–Scotland on the Reading Buzz Board