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The Greatest Skating Race by Lousie Borden

The JIF (Juvenile Illustrated Fiction) Collection at TCPL is a treasure trove of provocative titles.  JIF may also be defined as ‘picture books for older audiences’ and I would like to suggest that these are great titles for adult to enjoy reading aloud and sharing as well as for families with school-aged children.  My eye [...]

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

I’ve followed William Joyce’s endeavors since he first broke into print with George Shrinks.  He is the cofounder of Moonbot Media, an animation and storytelling collective in Shrevesport, Louisiana and  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore  first appeared as a groundbreaking story app and then as the 2011 academy award winning short film [...]

The Three Little Pigs: an Architectural tale by Steven Guarnaccia

Pastiches of childrens’ stories are always very popular, and often calibrated for older audiences. Such is the case with The Three Little Pigs: an architectural tale.  Illustrator Steven Guarnaccia from the Parsons New School for Design, has taken the classic tale using architects Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright for his pigs…and builders!Wright’s [...]

Maggie’s Second Chance by Nancy Furstinger

Maggie’s Second Chance by Nancy Furstinger is a picture book that tells the story of a pregnant dog abandoned when her owners move.  Luckily before she starves to death (they left her inside an empty house), a realtor discovers her and gets her to the dog pound.  She delivers her puppies and of course they [...]

Temple Grandin: How the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world by Sy Montgomery

The story of Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery is written for kids who just don’t fit in.  Temple Grandin was diagnosed with the brain disorder known as autism when she was three.  Her father wanted to send his daughter to live in an institution but her mother knew Temple was smart. She found schools and [...]

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. He’s lived for the last 27 years at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. Ivan spends his days in his glass enclosure being watched by humans and creating artwork that’s sold for profit. His fellow companions are Stella an elephant injured from the treatment of her previous [...]

His Name was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During World War II by Louise Borden

Who was Raoul Wallenberg? Few people recognize his name, which is the whole point of His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg. In 2005, the author Louise Borden wrote a fabulous biography about the creators of Curious George and their escape from Nazi-occupied France. Now seven years later, Borden’s writing is mesmerizing, as she creates outrage over [...]

The Great Molasses Flood by Deborah Kops

On January 15, 1919, the headlines read – “Huge Molasses Tank Explodes in North End; 11 Dead, 50 Hurt.” In Boston, a tank filled with 2,300,000 gallons of molasses had exploded creating waves 50 feet high. That wave swept everything before it. 100 men, women and children were caught in the sticky stream. Buildings, vehicles [...]

May B. : A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose

*May B.: A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose* A young girl’s struggles Told in verse. Abandoned on the Kansas plains. Finding her voice amidst the howling silence. If you like Sharon Creech, Karen Hesse. A historical with heart. Cathy R.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. I wasn’t surprised to hear Jack Gantos had won the Newbery Medal. He has a quirky writing style that meshes hysterical comedy with gut-wrenching, quiet drama. How could the committee resist this main character, aptly named Jack Gantos? Is this winner a memoir or fiction? Even if the [...]

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