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Join the Marina neighborhood EVERY SATURDAY @ 11am for storytime!


 

 

 Hosted by the Burlingame Public Library and furnished by Books Inc! Meet former Ambassador for Children's Literature, JON SCIESZKA! Tickets are free, but extremely limited, so call the Children's Desk at 650.558.7400 extension 3 for more information!            

                               

Come join the Berkeley neighborhood tots for STORYTIME every Thursday!

                                  




 

If you're not already following the man on Twitter, then you may have missed the super exciting announcement he just made... Scott Westerfeld has finished the manuscript for GOLIATH, the final book of his Leviathan Trilogy (Book 1: Leviathan, Book 2: Behemoth). And not only is the book finished, but it's going to be released more than a month earlier than previously anticipated, on September 13th, 2011! So if you haven't started this uber-cool steam punk retelling of WWI pick it up now... and lucky you, you won't have to wait for the thrilling conclusion for a year like the rest of us have! For ages 10 and up.

It's hard to deny that there's a glut of books written especially for girls... so thank goodness for Guys Read! Headed up by former Ambassador for Children's Literature JON SCIESZKA (rhymes with fresca!), Guys Read provides the kind of lit the fellas can get excited about-- and we're excited too. With contributions from an all star line up of kids authors, like Mac Barnett, Jeff Kinney and Eoin Colfer who wouldn't be? For ages 8-12.

Books just don't get much cuter than this new one from Candace Ryan and Mike Lowry. Minimal words in this silly, super simple story make this book a must for parents with squirmy kids who just cannot sit still. Blessedly brief, with charming illustrations, Ribbit Rabbit treats readers to robots, playtime and a heart-warming set of bestest-forever-and-ever friends. So if you like Mo Willems' books, Bear in Underwear or especially the Socksquatch, give this book a go!

Ok, so not all kids are going to love Billy Collins... but don't worry, there are plenty of awesome poets who write especially for tots!

 

Orenstein balances humor, insight and empathy with apparent ease in this treatise on all things pink. Starting with (but not limiting herself to) the Disney Princess brand, (which began only in 2000) Orenstein critically examines the girlie marketing phenomenon, from the seemingly innocuous Dora the Explorer to the controversial nude Miley Cyrus photo shoot. Written with the practical and loving eye of a parent, Orenstein explores the possible ramifications of heavily gendered media in both the short and long term. After reading this book, you'll never look at an American Girl doll or Bratz doll the same way again. As compelling as it is hilarious, Cinderella Ate My Daughter is essential reading for all parents of girls, people who used to be girls and even people who were never girls at all. And written by a Bay Area (Berkeley!) Native to boot!

2011 is going to be a great year for kids movies... because it seems like they're all based on books! So while the Potter-files count down the clock until Harry and Voldemort's final duel, and Twihards breathlessly await Bella and Edward's wedding, here are some other books that have been adapted to to sate your literary viewing needs.

 

Due out this February is THE EAGLE, based on Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth. For ages 10 and up, this historical novel is the perfect read for that kid who's obsessed with military history. Set in Roman occupied Britain, this book has it all: action, historical detail, unlikely friendship and adventure. Sutcliff based most of her setting detail on archeological findings, and she is thusly able to sneak in a little history lesson while weaving her complicated tale of pride, redemption and bravery. Oh, and bonus! If you love The Eagle of the Ninth, don't fret! Sutcliff wrote an entire series of novels set in the Anglo-Roman era!

 

Also out in February is the sci-fi / action / thriller I Am Number Four, based on the Pittacus Lore novel by the same name. Some know Pittacus as Lorien's ruling elder, others know him as James Frey. Whoever this Pittacus is, he's penned the most popular YA sci fi / action novel since Suzanne Collins' runaway hit, The Hunger Games, and I am Number Four is sure to appeal to that same crowd. So track down a bullet proof vest, find a safe vantage point and get amped for the most explosive teen title on the scene, appropriate for ages 14 and up. 

 

 If the previous two titles promise a few more battle scenes than you're interested in, then get excited, because coming out this August is the most adorable story about penguins ever to get the Newbery Honor Award. Mr. Popper's Penguins, written by Richard and Florence Atwater, is the wholesome and hilarious tale of a humble house painter with grand dreams of Arctic exploration. When his favorite adventurer sends Mr. Popper a penguin, he embarks on an unforgettable tale of penguin husbandry and circus performances. Though the movie casts Mr. Popper as a successful New York business man instead of a house painter, it still promises all the hijinks and preciousness that only penguins could provide. Appropriate to read aloud to kids ages 4 and up, or else on their own ages 6/7 and up. 

 

 

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