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Kids of Color on Book Covers

August 10, 2017 Leave a comment

See a .pdf with 2017 picture books featuring kids of color on the cover here.

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Historical Fiction for Children & Teens

July 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Links to Lists of Historical Fiction for Children and Teens

Awards for Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults

Periodical Articles 

  • Whose History Is It?: Diversity in Historical Fiction for Young Adults by April M. Dawkins. School Library Connection, May/June 2017 pp.12-15 (you can access this through researchIT CT)
  • Decolonizing Nostalgia: When Historical Fiction Betrays Readers of Color by Sarah Hannah Gomez. The Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2016. pp. 20-25 (you can access this through researchIT CT)

Information About Historical Fiction

*Asterisked books are available at the Middletown Library Service Center, Middletown, CT
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Booklist: Connecticut Nonfiction

March 27, 2017 Leave a comment

True stories from Connecticut history.*

Grant, Anne. Danbury’s Burning: The Story of Sybil Ludington’s Ride (H.Z. Walck, 1976)
A retelling of the events surrounding Sybil Ludington’s ride to warn the townspeople about the burning of Danbury during the Revolutionary War.

Lefkowitz, Arthur S. Bushnell’s Submarine: The Best Kept Secret of the American Revolution  (Scholastic, 2006)
Describes the creation of an underwater ship called the American Turtle by Yale graduate David Bushnell in 1776, and its use in an attempt to sink the British navy’s flagship, the HMS Eagle, in New York harbor. Grades 5-10

Swanson, June. David Bushnell and His Turtle: The Story of America’s First Submarine (Atheneum 1991)
A biography of the eigthteenth-century Connecticut farmer who invented the submarine first used in naval warfare during the American Revolution. Grades 3-6

Van Rynbach, Iris. Everything From a Nail to a Coffin (Orchard, 1991)
Traces the ownership and development of a retail establishment in Glastonbury, Connecticut, thus reflecting life in the town between 1874 and the present. Grades 1-4

Van Rynbach, Iris and Shea, Pegi Deitz. The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story About Suffrage (Clarion, 2010)
In the 1800s, Abby and Julia Smith refused to pay an unfair property tax that they had no voice in establishing. When the authorities confiscated their cows, the Smiths bought them back at auction, year after year, attracting the attention of women’s suffrage supporters across the country. Grades 1-3

Wollett, Laura A. Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show on Earth (Chicago Review, 2015) Recounts the true story of the 1944 Hartford circus fire, one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. history. Grades 4-8

*Note: Most of these books are out of print, so check your library, or try to purchase through a book re-sale company.

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Booklist: Parenting in the Digital Age

March 2, 2017 Leave a comment

A list of fairly current books to consider for the parent shelf.
(download .pdf with ISBNs and cover scans)

52 Ways to Connect With Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid: How to Engage With Kids Who Can’t Seem to Pry Their Eyes from Their Devices! by Jonathan McKee

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair with Teresa H. Barker

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales

Born Reading: Bringing up Bookworms in a Digital Age—From Picture books to eBooks and Everything in Between by Jason Boog

Breaking the Trance: A Practical Guide for Parenting the Screen-Dependent Child by George Lynn

Digital Families: Tips and Guidelines for Living in an Online Society by Alfredo Abad Domingo

The Game is Playing Your Kid: How to Unplug and Reconnect in the Digital Age by Dr. Joe Dilley

Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids and How to Break the Trance by Nicholas Kardaras

Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen Driven World by Gary Chapman

How to Entertain, Distract, and Unplug Your Kids!: Tricks, Tools, and Spontaneous Screen-Free Activities by Matthew Jervis

iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up by Janell Burley

Managing Screen Time: Raising Balanced Children in the Digital Age by Edmond Schoorel

Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age by Yalda T. Uhls, PhD

The New Age of Sex Education: How to Talk to Your Teen About Cybersex and Pornography in the Digital Age by Jennifer Weeks

The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age by Lynn Scholfield Clark

Parenting for the Digital Age: The Truth Behind Media’s Effect on Children, and What to Do About It by Bill Ratner

Parents and Digital Technology: How to Raise the Connected Generation by Suzie Hayman & John Coleman

Raising Generation Tech: Prepare Your Children for a Media-Fueled World by Jim Taylor, PhD

Reclaiming Conversaton: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time by Victoria Dunckley

Screens and Teens: Connecting with our Kids in a Wireless World by Kathy Koch

Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices by Jodi Gold

Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (And Survive) in their Digital World by Devorah, Heitner, PhD

Why Are You Always on the Phone?: SMART Skills with the Smartphone Generation by Michelle Mei Ling Yeo

Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age by James P. Steyer

Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens by Lisa Guernsey & Michael H. Levine


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Booklist: Alternate History

December 6, 2016 Leave a comment

Blackwood, Gary L. The Year of the Hangman (Dutton, 2002)
In 1777, having been kidnapped and taken forcibly from England to the American colonies, fifteen-year-old Creighton becomes part of developments in the political unrest there that may spell defeat for the patriots and change the course of history. [What if the British won the Revolutionary War?].

Caine, Rachel. Ink and Bone  (NAL, 2015)
Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly, but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden … When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life–and soon both heretics and books will burn. [What if the Library of Alexandria survived?]

Davidson, Jenny. The Explosionist (HarperTeen, 2008)
In Scotland in the 1930s, fifteen-year-old Sophie, her friend Mikael, and her great-aunt Tabitha are caught up in a murder mystery involving terrorists and suicide-bombers whose plans have world-shaping consequences. [What if Napoleon won at Waterloo?]

Grant, Michael. Front Lines (HarperCollins, 2016)
1942, World War II. The most terrible war in human history. Millions are dead; millions more are still to die. The Nazis rampage across Europe and eye far-off America. The green, untested American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled–the armed forces of Nazi Germany. But something has changed. A court decision makes females subject to the draft and eligible for service. So in this World War II, women and girls fight, too. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, three girls sign up to fight. [What if women were drafted to fight in World War II?]

Graudin, Ryan. Wolf by Wolf (Little, Brown, 2015)
The first book in a duology about an alternate version of 1956 where the Axis powers won WWII, and hold an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents to commemorate their victory. [What if we lost World War II?]

Richmond, Caroline Tung. The Only Thing to Fear (Scholastic, 2014)
It has been nearly seventy years since Hitler’s armies won the war, and sixteen-year-old Zara St. James lives in the Shenandoah hills, part of the Eastern American Territories, under the rule of the Nazis–but a resistance movement is growing, and Zara, who dreams of freedom, may be the key to its success. [What if Hitler won World War II?]

Strasser, Todd. Fallout (Candlewick, 2013)
When an unthinkable nuclear attack occurs in an alternate-reality 1962, Scott is forced into his father’s bomb shelter with his family and neighbors, where they rapidly consume limited supplies and fear the worst about the fate of the world outside. [What if the Cuban Missile Crisis ended with a nuclear attack?]

*Asterisked books are available at the Middletown Library Service Center, Middletown, CT
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Booklist: Unity, Kindness, Peace

November 23, 2016 Leave a comment

Picture Books

Antony, Steve. Green Lizards vs. Red Rectangles (Scholastic, 2015)
The green lizards and red rectangles are always at war, until enough of them question why they are fighting.

Beaumont, Karen. Wild About Us! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)*
From Elephant’s long nose to Kangaroo’s huge feet to Monkey’s stick-out ears, everyone is worth celebrating, no matter what they look like.

Bloom, Suzanne. What About Bear? (Boyds Mills, 2010)
When Fox joins Goose and Bear for playtime, one of them is left out and someone must figure out how all three of them can play together.

Foreman, Jack. Say Hello. (Candlewick, 2008)*
Written when the author was ten years old, tells of a dog and a boy who are both lonely until they are included by others.

Graham, Bob. How to Heal A Broken Wing (Candlewick, 2008)* When Will finds a bird with a broken wing, he takes it home and cares for it, hoping in time it will be able to return to the sky.

Halperin, Wendy. Peace (Atheneum, 2013)*
Based on the Eastern philosophies of the Tao Te Ching, a lyrical picture book explores the eternal question of how to promote world peace and shares inspiring quotes from famous peacemakers while counseling readers on how to find peace within oneself.

Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand (Viking, 1936)*
Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

LeBox, Annette. Peace Offering (Dial, 2015)*
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text show different ways that peace can be found, made, and shared.

Lovell, Patty. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon. (Putnam’s, 2001)*
Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.

Nelson, Kadir. If You Plant a Seed (Balzer+Bray, 2015)
While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

Otoshi, Kathryn. One (KO Kids Books, 2008)*
A number/color book reminding us that it just takes one to make everyone count. (CIP) Bullying. Courage. Colors. Counting. E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Teacher’s Choice Award.

Parr,Todd. The Peace Book (Little, Brown, 2004)
Describes peace as making new friends, sharing a meal, feeling good about yourself, and more.

Pinkney, Jerry. The Lion and the Mouse (Little, Brown, 2009)*
n this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.

Seuss. Dr. Horton Hears a Who (Random House, 1954)*
A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallest Who of all helps convince Horton’s friends that Whos really exist.

Stead, Philip C. A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Roaring Brook, 2010)*
Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his friends who live at the zoo until the day he stays home because he is sick.

Stein, David Ezra. The Nice Book (Putnam’s, 2008)
Monkeys, mice, snakes, cats, and many other animals demonstrate how to act towards others.

Verdick, Elizabeth. Words Are Not For Hurting (Free Spirit, 2004) Encourages toddlers and preschoolers to express themselves using helpful, not hurtful, words. Includes a note for parents and caregivers on language development.

Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth. The Kindness Quilt (Cavendish, 2006)
Minna does a lot of thinking about her project to do something kind, make a picture about what she did, and share it with her classmates, but finally comes up with an idea that spreads to the whole school.

Willems, Mo. Can I Play Too? (Hyperion, 2010)
Elephant and Piggie learn to play catch with their new friend Snake.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Each Kindness (Penguin, 2012)*
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

ALSC Booklist – these books are included in the list above.
*Asterisked books are available at the Middletown Library Service Center, Middletown, CT
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Booklist: Jack the Ripper

October 13, 2016 Leave a comment

Fiction for Teens

Johnson, Maureen. The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1 – Putnam, 2011)
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation. Also books #2 and #3, The Madness Underneath and The Shadow Cabinet.

Kirby, Matthew J. A Taste for Monsters (Scholastic, 2016)
In 1888 seventeen-year-old Evelyn Fallow, herself disfigured by the phosphorus in the match factory where she worked, has been hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man–but when the Jack the Ripper murders begin she and Merrick find themselves haunted by the ghosts of the slain women, and Evelyn is caught up in the mystery of Jack’s identity.


Maniscalco, Kerri. Stalking Jack the Ripper (Little, Brown 2016)
A gothic murder mystery set in gritty Victorian-era London, where an intrepid society girl finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

Petrucha, Stefan. Ripper (Philomel, 2012)
Adopted by famous Pinkerton Agency Detective Hawking in 1895 New York, fourteen-year-old Carver Young hopes to find his birth father, but when he becomes involved in the pursuit of notorious killer Jack the Ripper, Carver discovers that finding the truth can be worse than ignorance.

Reeves, Amy Carol. Ripper (Ripper series #1 – Flux, 2012)
Sent to do volunteer work at the Whitechapel Hospital in the east end of London in 1888, seventeen-year-old Abbie discovers the identity of Jack the Ripper. Also the next two in the series, Renegade and Resurrection.

Nonfiction for Teens

Anderson, Jennifer Joline. Jack the Ripper (Unsolved Mysteries series – Essential Library, 2012)
Discusses the unsolved Jack the Ripper murders in Victorian England.


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