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Be Part of the Tenth Annual Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards!

The Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, presented by the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader, are the only national book awards chosen exclusively by kids and teens! Click here for a printable list of all titles.  Click on the individual titles within this blog to see where you can find the books on our shelves.  Then cast your vote online.  Voting is open until May 7, 2017!

K- 2nd Grade Finalists
DON’T WAKE UP THE TIGER by Britta Teckentrup
FRANKENCRAYON by Michael Hall
KING BABY by Kate Beaton 
MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG by Lisa Papp
NANOBOTS by Chris Gall
PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT HATCHING by Laura Gehl; illus. by Joyce Wan
THE THANK YOU BOOK by Mo Willems

3rd-4th Grade Finalists
THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER by Carl Sommer; illus. by Ignacio Noe
DUCK ON A TRACTOR by David Shannon
THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT by Pat Miller; illus. by Vincent Kirsch
NOODLEHEAD NIGHTMARES by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss; illus. by Tedd Arnold
ONCE UPON AN ELEPHANT by Linda Stanek; illus. by Shennen Bersani
WHOOSH!: LONNIE JOHNSON'S SUPER-SOAKING STREAM OF INVENTIONS by Chris Barton; illus. by Don Tate
WOLF CAMP by Andrea Zuill

5th-6th Grade Finalists
BOOKED by Kwame Alexander
FUZZY by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger
GARVEY’S CHOICE by Nikki Grimes
HILO BOOK 2: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD by Judd Winick
MAKER LAB by Jack Challoner
THE MISADVENTURES OF MAX CRUMBLY 1: LOCKER HERO by Rachel Renée Russell
WET CEMENT by Bob Raczka

Teen Finalists
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
THE CROWN by Kiera Cass
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon
THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp
A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir 

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Can You Say Kwame?

Of course you can!  Kwame Alexander is one of the top names in youth literature.  What?!?!  You somehow haven't heard of him?!?!  He won the Newbery Medal for The Crossover in 2015.  And he's already published three books this year.  Yes, your math is correct.  Three books in three months.  I told you the man was a powerhouse!

  • Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures
    A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world. 
    Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore's lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species.
  • Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
    Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award–winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.
  • The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life
    You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives? 
    Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.

     

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Power Rangers Movie Night Out

You know you want to see it.  You were a big fan as a kid and, though you've matured tremendously, you still kind of love it.  I totally understand.  I feel the same way about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  If you're a teen (ages 13-18) who loves Power Rangers and wants to see the new movie FOR FREE, sign up to be part of Hoover Public Library's Teen Movie Night Out on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.  We pay for your ticket to see it at the Patton Creek Carmike with fellow Power Ranger enthusiasts.  If you want snacks, that's on you.  Seating is limited, so sign up online or by phone (444-7826) TODAY.

March is Women's History Month -- a perfect time to take a look at the Amelia Bloomer Project!  The Amelia Bloomer Project has been creating an annual list of the best feminist books for young readers (ages birth through 18) since 2002.  They use the simplest definition of feminism: the belief that women should be equal to men.  Hear, hear!  The 2017 list features 69 titles.  They also create a Bloomer Top Ten list.  This blog is going to focus on the titles that made the list AND won the hearts of your local librarians.

The National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council have worked together to select the best STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) books of the year.  The 2017 list is the debut list.  Choose absolutely any one.  You can't make a bad choice.

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Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.

Summer applications are accepted from March 1 to May 15.  All applicants must attend one of the following training sessions; Friday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. or Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.