This past fall, the Columbia Public Library hosted its third season of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery program. Youth in grades 4-8 were invited to join us twice per month to discuss possible Newbery Award contenders for 2014. The John Newbery Medal is an award given annually for the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children. At these interactive sessions, we discussed six Newbery contender books, and kids were able to defend the book they felt deserved the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery award.
This year we read the following books:
Click image to enlarge
The DBRL online catalog has a new feature. You can now sort your catalog search results using Lexile scores! Lexile scores are assessments based on readability or difficulty of a text. How do you use this new feature?
- In the catalog, go to “Advanced Search.”
- Look for the heading “Limit my search results by.”
- Choose a collection you want to search in, such as “Juvenile Fiction.”
- Under “Text Complexity,” choose a Lexile range, such as between 400 and 500.
- Hit the “search” button and see what books match your specified Lexile search.
For more on Lexile scores, visit their website.
A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, was born on January 18th. From books to CDs and DVDs, we have a great collection featuring Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and all of Christopher Robin’s toys. The Pooh stories are timeless tales of colorful characters, imaginative adventures and – most importantly – friendship.
Share these interesting facts about Milne and Pooh with your family in honor of A.A. Milne’s birthday this week.
- Many of Milne’s characters in his books had real-life counterparts. Christopher Robin was named after Milne’s own son, Christopher Robin Milne. Winnie the Pooh was his teddy bear.
- Milne worked for a secret propaganda unit in World War I. He was also a playwright and detective novelist, but he was always best known for his children’s books.
- Most of the stuffed toys that inspired the Pooh characters are on display at the New York Public Library.
After checking out your favorite Pooh stories, be sure to visit Disney’s Winnie the Pooh site for lots of fun crafts and other activities.
Friday, January 16th is Appreciate a Dragon Day! The dragon is a key creature in mythology all over the world. Use Appreciate A Dragon Day to explore the cultural significance of dragons and take enjoyment in your child’s imaginings!
Since dragons seem to fly off the shelves, we make sure and have plenty of books available for all ages. Try some of these gems, from picture books to juvenile nonfiction to teen fiction.
“Oh So Brave Dragon” by David Kirk
The dragon in this story knows he is supposed to be brave, because that’s what dragons do. He’s brave and ready ready to try out his fearsome roar! But when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends to find the noise and to help him be brave. Young readers will relate to Dragon’s fears and delight in his quest to be brave. Continue reading
Mysteries seem to be popping up in my life this week. I’ve been building my Lego Detective Office at home (yes, at 35 years old). Meanwhile, at the library I’ve recently had lots of requests for younger reader mysteries. While Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children, Three Investigators and Sisters Grimm are some of my go-to books for children’s mysteries, we do offer mysteries for younger kids. If you’ve ever had a child mention a mouse detective, don’t be so sure they’re talking about the Disney movie. Instead, your child is likely a fan of Geronimo Stilton and his friends. Continue reading