Posted in Book Review

Over and Under the Snow

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By Kate Messner

Art by Christopher Silas Neal

Yesterday, it really snowed in my town. I played outside and lost my hat for a few minutes. Then I spent time warming inside. No hot cocoa just yet (Mom is still trying to figure out a version that works with my food restrictions).

I borrowed the book “Over and Under the Snow” from the school library. I did not know a big snow storm would come, but now this is the perfect book to review.  It tells us what is under the snow.  The girl is skiing with her Dad in a snowy forest. She asks a question about what is under the snow. Her dad shares there is a secret kingdom of animals staying safe.

The art is beautiful. It helps tell the story. I like this story about it tells me the facts about where animals are in the winter.

I think people who want to learn about where animals go in the winter should read this.

Posted in Book Review

Five Christmas Penguins

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By Steven Lenton

Five Christmas Penguins is a silly book. It’s kind of short and it is a counting to five book. I like this book because it has penguins. I have had it a long time because I have liked penguins for a long time.

I recommend this book to kids who are learning to count to five and people who need some silliness.

I give this book 10 stars and 3 bonus stars.

Bridget note: it is snowing today in my town. Maybe I will be a silly penguin in the snow later!

Posted in Ask the Librarian

Ask a librarian: Adryana (Ana) Billotti

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Name of Library: The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library. http://www.washcolibrary.org/

What kind of librarian are you? I’m a Children’s Librarian at our Central Library. I work with upper elementary and middle school aged children. I do STEM, Coding, and Tech programs. I, also, am in charge of planning our library system’s Summer Reading Club.

How long have you been a librarian? I have been a Children’s Librarian for over a year now, but I have been working in libraries for six years.

What lead you to wanting to be a librarian? My elementary school librarian! One day in fourth grade, she had my class break into groups to do a scavenger hunt through the library. For whatever reason, I was able to find everything very quickly and easily. One of my classmates asked me how I knew where everything was. I told him I didn’t know, the library just made sense to me. From fourth grade to now, I have never dreamed about being anything else.

How do you pick books for your library? That’s actually not too much a part of my job; my boss handles most of that process! However, I know he reads a lot of book review magazines and he is always open to taking suggestions from our patrons and other librarians. If you ever really want a book, just ask your librarian to try their hardest to get it for you!

Do you have a favorite author? I love Kate DiCamillo (mostly because she wrote a book about a squirrel, and I am more than slightly obsessed with squirrels). I, also, think Gordan Korman is hysterical.

How do you decide what book to recommend to a specific kid? I really let the child tell me what they want. I do have some go to authors, but I just ask the child a few questions, and then pull several books for them to look through. I always let the child make the final choice!

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TBT/Holiday Gift Suggestion

Today I am re sharing an earlier review of a book I think would make a great holiday present. This week, I am sharing Peanut Butter & Jellyfish by Jarrett J Krosoczka 

I think the story is good for kids in school.  So add it to your holiday shopping list!


By Jarrett J. Krosoczka

THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!! WHOOOO (Yes, I know I am yelling)

This book is about being nice to people who are not nice to you. The way you treat people is how they will treat you. But in this case, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish treat Krabby nicely even though he is not. They want to be his friend. When he is mean to them, they pretend not to hear him.

This is another good book about being nice to others. It fits my Sunday theme of doing good well. I recommend it to all kids, especially the kids who are bullied.

Also, I listen to Jarrett J. Krosoczka on Kids Place Live. He does book recommendations periodically. I like to learn about new books from him!

Posted in Author Meet Up, Meet the authors

Meet the Author: Kelly DiPucchio

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Kelly & me!
Author website/social media: http://www.kellydipucchio.com Twitter: @kellydipucchio

Tell me a little about yourself: I am the author of over 20 picture books for kids. I love to read, travel, spend time with family, go to the movies, and talk to my dogs.

When you were my age, did you like to read? From as far back as I can remember, I loved reading and books. My first memory of a book was one my mom used to read to me called The Surprise Doll. When I was your age I liked reading Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

What was your favorite story? My favorite book when I was a kid is still one of my favorites today – Horton Hears A Who by Dr. Seuss

How do you get your ideas? I get my ideas from all sorts of people and places. I got the idea to write Gaston because I saw a super cute French Bulldog puppy on Youtube!

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Is it hard to write a book? It’s not hard to write a book when I’m really excited about my idea but there are some days when I get stuck. When that happens, I usually take a break and read.

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written/illustrated? I get asked this question a lot and I honestly don’t have a favorite. They’re all special to me for different reasons.

What author do you really like right now? Just one?! That’s tough! I’m really enjoying Ryan Higgin’s Mother Bruce picture books right now. I’m also totally in love with Abby Hanlon’s Dory Fantasmagory books. See? That’s two. Sorry!

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? Read! And then read some more. In order to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. Also, start drinking coffee.

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Liberty’s Journey

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Illustrated by Richard Egielski.

I choose this book by Kelly DiPucchio because I really like the Statue of Liberty. I was even her for Halloween.

This book is about Lady of Liberty going on a journey. She travels across the US. You see her in cities and farm fields.She stops at the Golden Gate Bridge.  There a boy gives her a bunch of post cards.

I recommend this book to everyone, especially if you like the Statue of Liberty like I do.

Tomorrow, Kelly answers my questions! She is local to me so I have met her few times. She is really nice

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The Night Before Christmas, Deep Under the Sea

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Written by Kathie Kelleher

Illustrated by Dan Andreasen

This is a funny book because it is Santa and the deep sea. Santa is a walrus (I think) and rides a conch shells pulled by seahorses.  He visits Lobster House on the night before Christmas. All he gives them are sand dollars. There is even a poop deck at the Lobster House.

This is a fun Christmas book because it is different. It is colorful and a little kid would really like it. It is really fun!