An Unconventional Librarian’s Holiday Gift Guide: The Wild Ones, Animal Adventures for Tweens

The Wild Ones by C Alexander London

The Wild Ones: Moonlight Brigade by C Alexander London

The Wild Ones: The Great Escape by C Alexander London


I love The Wild Ones series and so will your reader!


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You Can Be a Cool Kind Kid by Barbara Gilmour, an anti bullying book for the littles

Although October is winding down, it’s still important to remember that it’s Anti-Bullying Awareness month. I’m a firm believer in anti-bullying campaigns. Is there anyone who is pro-bullying? If so, I want nothing to do with them.

But I ramble. Here’s an anti-bullying book for the littles. It’s actually a series of books along with items that can be used for a school curriculum: a cd, wristbands, bookmarks, word charts, flash cards (yay!), etc.

You Can Be a Cool Kind Kid by Barbara Gilmour

In the first book, we meet Tanner, he thinks everything is cool. Except bullying. Bullying is not cool. Neither are bad words or being rude. During the rest of the book, Tanner illustrates ways to be cool, by using good manners, helping people, being polite, etc.

The book is a great way to teach self-respect and respect for others. Little ones will get it AND the characters inside the book are a good diverse representation!

BTW I ADORE their slogan: Social Skills that break the cycle of bullying by redefining cool.


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Teachers, get you some of this!





No Summer Slide Reading Picks: Middle Grade


As promised, here’s my Summer Reading picks for middle grade/tweens.

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Tween Book Club Among the Hidden: Shadow Children


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This month’s Tween Book Club pic is Among the Hidden: Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix.  I’m fangirling all over Haddix because she writes books for kids that make them THINK!

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If you haven’t read it, put it on your TBR list.  You’ll be hooked!

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PLOT: Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he’s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows–does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?


I KNOW, RIGHT?? Have you read it? What about any other books from Peterson?

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The Lemonade War the Tween Book Club pick at Towne Book Center & Cafe

It should come as no secret that I love kids books.  And? Unless you don’t follow me (why would you do that?) then you prolly haven’t heard me RAVE about my first tween book club meeting at work, Towne Book Center & Cafe.  I also do the social media stuff there.  Check us out on FB and Twitter.  Anyway, our first book was The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis.  I chose this title because it’s on many of the summer reading lists in the suburban Philadelphia area and I thought it might be a fun way to help kids get through their reading lists.

Unconventional librarian Lemonade War

As you can see, I bribed the kids with smoothies and stickers! Not really. Bribe is such an ugly word.  The kids were eager to discuss the book and while all of them liked the book, they each were able to add their own personality stamp as to why they connected with the story. One brave soul even admitted that she identified with Evan because her little brother (sitting next to her) was like Jessie and sometimes it could be frustrating.  What she did confess, however, is that she is PROUD of her little brother for being so smart.  I think Evan could take a lesson from this young lady, don’t you?

We were all in agreement that the fruit flies were icky and so was Scott.

Next month? We’re reading We are Not Eaten by Yaks by C. Alexander London, which I’m really excited about because I just picked up his latest,  Proxy, at BEA and I can’t wait to read that as well.  Click the title and watch the book trailer.  Guarantee you’ll laugh!

Have you read the Lemonade War or We Are Not Eaten by Yaks?