Saturday, April 29, 2017

Book Display Ideas: May

Spring is here!

Check out last year's post for May Dates and displays.
All these display ideas were found searching Pinterest. I have not created them. 

Coming Soon: Entice Readers for Summer Reading and big books not yet released
This year I'll add displays around movie releases:

May 5th: Guardians of the Galaxy

Display Idea: Superheroes
I like the background here, but there are tons on Pinterest if you search.

May 12th: King Arthur

Display Idea: Knights or King Arthur
Similar idea - just change the fairy tales to knights. Add a knight and a sword.
May 19th: Everything, Everything
Display Idea: Nature - books with flowers on the cover

May 19th: Alien Covenant

Display Idea: Aliens

Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up

Addie's birthday isn't the day she thought it would be. Instead of feeling more grown-up, she only feels humiliated by all the the events. She can't wait to be sixteen - to wear make-up, have a cell phone, and go out on dates. It's the perfect age.

So when her neighbor gifts her a wishing box, there's only one wish to make.

The next morning when she wakes up, everything is different. Her sister is off to college. She finally got the dog she always wanted. She's super popular at school. She has an amazingly cool wardrobe. But not everything is great. She's missing the last four years of her life. She has lots of questions.

Why isn't she best friends with Grace anymore? Why can't she date the cute boy she likes? Most importantly how did she become this person and can she go back?
My Thoughts: I love Jessica Brody's novels - so I was really looking forward to reading this 13 Going on 30/Big inspired novel. Addie tries desperately to figure out the holes in her life. She has no idea what anyone is talking about, especially her school work. Plus she has no idea how to act around boys or drive her car or feed her dog or put on makeup. All of these little things not only add humor to the story, but they begin to add up making Addie frustrated in her new life. 

I really liked how she tried to piece together what happened with her ex-best friend, starting the night of her 12th birthday. Addie at 16 is a mean girl, but she quickly realizes that's not who she wants to be and she tries to change everything. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: ARC for review
Library Recommendation: Perfect for Middle School collections where everyone's dying to be older, but then you realize it might not be all that's cracked up to be. An entertaining read that will make readers laugh. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

On Your Radar (5)

Title: What to Say Next 
Author:  Julie Buxbaum
Publisher: Delacorte Press 
Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Why it Should be on Your Radar:
Diverse Characters 
Navigating Society
The Notebook
Social Interactions
Finding your people 
Being Yourself

I loved Julie's YA debut, Tell Me Three Things, so I was happy to receive the ARC for What to Say Next - and it's amazingly good.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: ARC sent for Review

Library Recommendation: Highly recommended for All Libraries! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Picture Book Review: Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

Madame Chapeau makes one of a kind hats for her shop - they're all unique and suited for the buyer. But when she's headed to her birthday dinner with her favorite hat, disaster strikes. A crow snatches her hat. Although many people offer her their hats to wear, none of them are quite right - until one of them is perfect.
A heartwarming tale about hats made with love and a strong community who help each other out. Great illustrations - and if they seem familiar, this is the team from Rosie Revere, Engineer

I love hats, so it's no surprise that I loved this book. Just an adorable read filled with fashionable hats and a sweet message. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Words that Make me Skip a Book

This week's topic is the opposite of last week's: words that make me skip a book immediately. 
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 
Sad / Depressing

What about you? What are your book turn offs?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Defy the Stars Blog Tour

About the Book:
Defy the Stars (Book 1)
By Claudia Gray
Published by Little, Brown and Co.
In stores April 4th, 2017
Young Adult Sci-Fi

Our worlds belong to us.

She's a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She's willing to risk anything--including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she's a rebel.

He's a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that's begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he's an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they're not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they're forced to question everything they'd been taught was true.

About the Author
Claudia Gray is the author of the bestselling Evernight series, Fateful, the Spellcaster trilogy, and the Firebird trilogy. She is also the author of the young adult Star Wars novels Lost Stars and the forthcoming Bloodline. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans.

Official Links + Social Media
Visit the Official Site
Follow TheNOVL on Twitter and Instagram
Follow Claudia Gray on Twitter
Hashtag #DefytheStars

Explore the Defy the Stars Universe
Check out an infographic of the Defy the Stars universe.
What’s your place in the future? Take the quiz!
Read the first chapter on Entertainment Weekly!

You could win! (I partnered with Little, Brown to share this giveaway)
Defy the Stars!
One (1) winner receives:
  • Copy of Defy the Stars
  • $25 Visa gift card to forge your own path!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Baby Shower Books to Gift

While baby showers happen all year round, it seems like this time of year, they happen more. I always like to buy books for gifts (Librarian) and I know it's popular for the hostess to ask everyone to bring a book to start off the child's library.

And you get multiple copies of Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or Moo Baa La La La - all of which are fine books, but you don't need four copies of each.

Here's what I like to gift:

First mostly board books, for endurance.

Second, I LOVE the touch and feel books and there are So Many to chose from.  There's lots of pieces to touch and interact with the child.
Title: Baby Touch and Feel: Mealtime, Author: DK Publishing

Third: I Love concept books, it's never to early to learn, especially those from National Geographic. They have bright colors and great photographs.
 Title: National Geographic Little Kids Look and Learn: Bears, Author: National Geographic Kids

Fourth, I Love these classic stories told as board books. They're not a retelling of the story, just using bits from the story as an introduction.
Title: A Little Princess: A BabyLit® Friendship Primer, Author: Jennifer Adams     Title: Anne of Green Gables: A BabyLit® Places Primer, Author: Jennifer Adams

Hope this helps!