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    Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s many picture books have won her the Caldecott Honor Award twice and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award twice, as well as many other awards. She has also exhibited her art at multiple galleries, and she won an Emmy Award for her work in the network television business as an animator and designer. 

    Laura grew up on Long Island where she began drawing at the age of two. Later she received her BFA at State University of New York. According to her website, “Laura has been an artist and a writer for as long as she can remember and has always wanted to make picture books for children. In the fifth grade, she’d written an essay that stated with absolute certainty that she was born to make picture books. By that time, she had written and illustrated her own little library.” 

    Laura brings bold colors, important learning concepts, and new ways of looking at the world together in a way that both kids and adults love. The Provo Library is very excited to have picture book author/illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger coming to BYU’s Books for Young Readers Symposium this week. Check out a few of these great titles: 

    7.12.17 GreenGREEN
    (2012) 

    With die-cut pages and rhyming text, Seeger explores the many shades that one color can have. The reader sees examples from nature of jungle green, khaki green, fern green, and a few greens they would never expect. This book won the Caldecott Honor Award and is bound to be a classic. 

     

    7.12.17 First the EggFIRST THE EGG
    (2007) 

    This picture book presents various forms of transformation: first the tadpole, then the frog. As expected with Seeger, some of the pairings are a delightful surprise. This book is a great way to introduce young children to ideas of cause and effect, life cycles, and the interconnectedness of our world. 

     

    7.12.17 Dog and BearDOG AND BEAR:TWO FRIENDS, THREE STORIES
    (2007)

    A stuffed bear and an energetic dachshund join the ranks of great friendship duos to be found in easy reader titles. They help each other, laugh together, and have adventures. These short and sweet tales with simple text are perfect for young children just learning to read on their own. 

     

     

     

    7.12.17 I Used to Be AfraidI USED TO BE AFRAID
    (2015) 

    This simple story shows examples of things a little girl used to be afraid of, such as spiders and dark shadows, and how she conquered those fears by seeing each thing in a new light – being awed by the beautiful intricacy of a spider’s web or making shadow puppets on the walls. This is a great way to start a conversation about fear with young children.

     

     

  • Lego Crew Jr. (ages 5-7) meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month to build fabulous creations using the Library’s Lego bricks! Their masterpieces are then exhibited in the display case for four weeks. Here are some fun facts about our favorite creative building time:

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  • american history audiobooks

    My love of history began in college when I discovered that instead of the dry list of facts I had assumed history books contained, they were actually full of incredible stories, unbelievable drama, powerful personalities, and world-changing events. And it was all real! However, when real life started for me after college, the time I had available to read enormous historical volumes understandably lessened, and my quest for knowledge about the past was largely put on hold.

    But last year that all changed when I discovered the OverDrive collection offered through the library’s website. I downloaded the free app onto my phone, chose a digital audiobook to download, and plugged in my earbuds. As I did yard work or cooked dinner, I could also be experiencing the thrill of political intrigues or the tragedies of the battlefield. Doing the dishes got a whole lot more exciting! Here are five of my favorite audiobooks on American history that are available through OverDrive. 

    worst hard timeTHE WORST HARD TIME: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THOSE WHO SURVIVED THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL
    by Timothy Egan
    (2006)  

    In the middle of the Great Depression, those living in America’s heartland experienced calamity in a form like nothing ever seen before or since: the “black blizzards” of the Dust Bowl. Determined to hold onto their hard-won land, families faced the risk of losing their crops, animals, homes, and health. Telling in their own words how they lived in sod huts with wet sheets placed over the cracks, or how they bottled sagebrush to eat after all the crops were gone, the grit and endurance of these survivors is truly incredible. 

    summer moonEMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON: QUANAH PARKER AND THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMANCHES, THE MOST POWERFUL INDIAN TRIBE IN AMERICAN HISTORY
    by S. C. Gwynne
    (2010) 

    A vivid history of the Comanches and their last stand to stop white settlers from taking the Indian lands of the Great Plains. During the 40-year territory war, many fascinating characters arose on both sides, including Quanah Parker, son of a Comanche chief and a white woman who had been kidnapped as a girl but grew to love the Indian way of life so much that she refused rescue by her European relatives.

    undauntedUNDAUNTED COURAGE: MERIWETHER LEWIS, THOMAS JEFFERSON, AND THE OPENING OF THE AMERICAN WEST
    by Stephen E. Ambrose
    (1996)

    Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark led an expedition of men and one woman past the boundaries of what was then the United States and into the great unknown. They endured hardships, saw jaw-dropping natural wonders, took specimens of plants and animals unknown to European settlers, and began their education in the complicated relationships of the native peoples with each other and with the whites. The ultimate adventure story that helped make America what it is today.  

    clouds of gloryCLOUDS OF GLORY: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF ROBERT E. LEE
    by Michael Korda
    (2014) 

    Although uncomfortable with slavery and not in favor of secession, when Lee was offered the command of the Union Army at the start of the Civil War, he refused the post because he said he could never fight against his beloved Virginia. He became the brilliant Confederate general who would fight the long defeat with dignity and a strong sense of honor. A detailed and fascinating portrait of the man who would become the nation’s greatest military leader and earn respect and admiration from both North and South.  

    marmeeMARMEE & LOUISA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF LOUISA MAY ALCOTT AND HER MOTHER
    by Eve LaPlante
    (2012) 

    Much has been made of Louisa May Alcott’s father and his influence on her and her writing. But now a great niece of Louisa’s, with the help of newly discovered family letters, brings Louisa’s mother, Abigail May, out of obscurity. She effectively argues that it was Louisa’s intensely close relationship with her mother -- and their shared frustration at being intellectual and ambitious women in a time that discouraged female independence -- that was truly the greatest shaping force in Louisa’s life.

     

    (Need help with OverDrive? Check out our tutorials page.)

  • easyreaders

    In recent years, the genre of beginning reading books – or easy readers – has improved leaps and bounds from the days of repetitive clunky text and boring plots (“She will run. She is fast. She will run fast.”).  

    Arguably the greatest master of the easy reader is Mo Willems, who created the beloved Elephant and Piggie series. These stories, written in conversation bubbles between the two friends, managed to offer text that was simple enough for the youngest reader but didn’t lose the natural flow of real speech, not to mention being so funny that even adults were eager to read the latest installment.  

    But now that the 25th and last Elephant and Piggie book (THE THANK YOU BOOK)  has been published, it’s time to discover new reading buddies. Here are five newly published easy reader books (each the beginning of a series) that are reminiscent of the zany humor, comic illustrations, and tender friendship we loved about Piggie and Gerald.  

    duck duck porcupineDUCK, DUCK, PORCUPINE!
    by Salina Yoon
    (2016)

    Big Duck likes to be in charge of her brother, Little Duck, but it’s usually Little Duck who ends up getting her and their friend Porcupine out of trouble.  


    pig in wigWHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A PIG IN A WIG
    by Emma J. Virján
    (2015)

    This silly rhyming story features Pig taking a boat ride and adding more and more fun along the way: a frog and a dog and a goat on a log!  



    ballet catBALLET CAT: THE TOTALLY SECRET SECRET
    by Bob Shea
    (2015)

    Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony want to play together but the only thing Ballet Cat wants to play is…ballet. Can their friendship survive Sparkles’ totally secret secret?


     

    snail and wormSNAIL AND WORM: THREE STORIES ABOUT TWO FRIENDS
    by Tina Kugler
    (2016)

    After Snail tries less than successfully to play tag with a rock, he is delighted to meet Worm, and the two invertebrates set off on adventures.


     

    rabbit and robotRABBIT & ROBOT: THE SLEEPOVER
    by Cece Bell
    (2012)

    Rabbit meticulously plans a sleepover with his friend Robot, but things don’t go quite as planned: Robot only likes screws and bolts on his pizza, and then the remote goes missing. Can Robot save the day?

  • WWII nonfiction

    World War II and the Nazi Regime are endlessly fascinating subjects for historians and the public alike. Thousands of books have been written about the most violent and disturbing years of the 20th century. As time goes on, more discoveries are made in the form of newly uncovered letters, diaries, and declassified government documents. In addition, the passage of time gives us new insights and a deeper understanding of how these events have impacted our world.

    Here are 5 excellent books about World War II written in the last 8 years. 

    12.29.2017 Higher CallA HIGHER CALL: AN INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF COMBAT AND CHIVALRY IN THE WAR-TORN SKIES OF WORLD WAR II
    By Adam Makos
    (2012)

    In December 1943, American bomber pilot Charlie Brown and German ace flyer Franz Stigler met in the skies over Germany. The bomber, nearly torn to shreds and with half its crew dead, was miraculously still flying, but a few shots from the Messerschmitt would end all that. In an extraordinary gesture, Stigler, risking a firing squad if his superiors found out, let the bomber escape and even escorted it to safe airspace. Forty years later, the two men would seek each other out and their stories would finally be told. 

     

    12.29.2017 Hitlers Holy RelicsHITLER’S HOLY RELICS: A TRUE STORY OF NAZI PLUNDER AND THE RACE TO RECOVER THE CROWN JEWELS OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE
    By Sidney Kirkpatrick
    (2010)

    The Nazis plundered many masterpieces of art and history during WWII, but a secret bunker held the ones that Hitler valued most: the Spear of Destiny and the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. World rulers throughout history had been obsessed with these ancient artifacts, but at the end of the War they disappeared. Revealing the story of the lost jewels for the first time, Kirkpatrick takes readers deep into the twisted Nazi ideology of medieval mysticism and world domination. 

     

    12.29.2017 Iron WindAN IRON WIND: EUROPE UNDER HITLER
    By Peter Fritzsche
    (2016)

    There has been much written about the Nazi political and military leadership, but what about ordinary German citizens? What did they think of the Nazi party, and how did they deal with the chaotic and violent actions taking place in their country? Using diaries, letters, and more, Fritzsche creates a wider and more nuanced understanding of the effects of the War on German civilians. 

     

    12.29.2017 GI BridesGI BRIDES: THE WARTIME GIRLS WHO CROSSED THE ATLANTIC FOR LOVE
    By Duncan Barrett
    (2014)

    Over 70,000 British women became GI brides, marrying American servicemen who were stationed in Britain during WWII. This is the true story of 4 of these women, who gave up everything for love and faced the challenge of making a new home in America with a husband they sometimes barely knew. 

     

    12.29.2017 BonhoefferBONHOEFFER: PASTOR, MARTYR, PROPHET, SPY
    By Eric Metaxas
    (2010)

    As Nazism spread across Germany, there were a few who were bold enough to stand up to the Regime and even attempt to sabotage it. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Now considered one of the greatest theologians of modern history, Bonhoeffer was a Christian pastor who fought against the Nazi ideology with words and actions. Using newly discovered documents, Metaxas reveals Dietrich’s extraordinary life and his courageous death.

     
  •  Boy Reading

    One of the joys of being a Children’s Librarian is sharing both new and classic picture books with kids during our programs. Even in our Library Kids, Jr (ages 5-8) craft program and our Lego Crew (ages 5-8) program, we always start by reading a picture book aloud. 

    Over the years I’ve gotten a lot of laughs, a lot of “awwws,” and a lot of funny or deep questions from my audience. I’ve had to learn which books appeal to adults but not necessarily to kids, and vice versa. I’ve been surprised by the children’s comprehension of subtle humor and their ability to recall specific details of stories we read weeks before. 

    While each child, of course, has their own individual tastes in reading, and while both boys and girls enjoy the following books, I have found that the following five picture books have a special appeal for young boys. They feature epic battles, outrageous humor, over-the-top situations, exaggerated technical and imaginative details, and funny voices.  

    3.2 If I Built a HouseIF I BUILT A HOUSE
    By Chris Van Dusen
    (2012) 

    Jack describes the house of his dreams that he plans to build, complete with self-cooking kitchen, indoor racetrack, and a scuba diving room. 

     

    3.2 Im a SharkI’M A SHARK!
    By Bob Shea
    (2011) 

    This shark is not afraid of anything! Not the dark, not giant squids, not big mean bears. But the reader begins to suspect that there is one thing that Shark is scared of. 

     

    3.2 Mustache BabyMUSTACHE BABY
    By Bridget Heos
    (2013) 

    Baby Billy is born with a mustache. The doctor says that only time will tell if it’s a good-guy mustache or a bad-guy mustache. At first Billy’s cowboy mustache and cop mustache help him bring justice and order. But soon his mustache starts curling at the ends… 

     

    3.2 The Legend of Rock Paper ScissorsTHE LEGEND OF ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
    By Drew Daywalt
    (2017) 

    Inspired by the childhood game of rock, paper, scissor, this is an outrageous and hilarious depiction of the original epic battle between the three mighty warriors. 

     

    3.2 Shark vs. TrainSHARK VS. TRAIN
    By Chris Barton
    (2010) 

    Shark and Train pit themselves against each other in one competition after another, including swimming, bowling, pie eating and more. Who will win?

     
  • housefridayfaves

    There is an interesting trend on the rise in nonfiction literature. More and more, authors who write a nonfiction book for adults will then go back and edit their work and re-release it as a slightly shorter, more streamlined version meant for young adults. While some people are skeptical of the need for two versions of the same book, I find I quite like the new variety on offer. These books can fill the gap between juvenile nonfiction and adult nonfiction, which is great news for some middle grade readers who want to read something more advanced, for young adults who appreciate a tailored and easier transition into adult books, and for certain adults—ahem—who like their nonfiction quick and easy with all the good bits left in.

    Here are five wonderful books that were either adapted for young adults or written specifically with them in mind.

    the family romanovTHE FAMILY ROMANOV: MURDER, REBELLION & THE FALL OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA
    byy Candace Fleming
    (2014)

    Thousands of diamonds sewn into clothes to hide them from the soldiers, starving peasants beating at the castle gates, and a princess who may have survived her family’s murder. This fascinating page-turner tells the story of Russia’s last czar, Nicholas II, and his family, who lived in supreme luxury, loved each other fiercely, and completely failed their people in their greatest crisis.

    boy on a boatTHE BOYS IN THE BOAT: THE TRUE STORY OF AN AMERICAN TEAM’S EPIC JOURNEY TO WIN GOLD AT THE 1936 OLYMPICS
    by Daniel Brown
    (2015)

    During the dark days of the Great Depression, nine boys from the University of Washington, the sons of loggers and farmers, took on the elite German rowing team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and showed Hitler and the world the meaning of American determination.

    race to save the lord god birdTHE RACE TO SAVE THE LORD GOD BIRD
    by Phillip Hoose
    (2004)

    This award-winning book focuses on the legendary Ivory-billed Woodpecker and the span of 200 years during which Americans went from trying to shoot it for their stuffed bird collections to desperately trying to save it from extinction.

    unbrokenUNBROKEN: AN OLYMPIAN’S JOURNEY FROM AIRMAN TO CASTAWAY TO CAPTIVE
    by Laura Hillenbrand
    (2014)

    When Louis Zamperini and two fellow airmen crashed into the Pacific Ocean in the middle of World War II, they could not have known that it was only the beginning of one of the most famous and harrowing survival stories ever told. After surviving the dangers of the ocean, they then had to survive the physical and emotional torture of a Japanese POW camp, while their hope of ever returning home slowly ebbed away.

    revenge of the whaleREVENGE OF THE WHALE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WHALESHIP ESSEX
    by Nathaniel Philbrick
    (2002)

    This young adult adaptation of In the Heart of the Sea tells the true story of a whaleship that was sunk by an angry whale and the long struggle to survive for the captain and sailors stranded in a few small lifeboats without food or water. 

     

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    Find them in the catalog: 

    EXTRA YARN

    A HAT FOR MRS. GOLDMAN

    KNIT TOGETHER

  • Do you like fairytale retellings but are tired of the same old Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast storylines? There are lots of wonderful retellings inspired by lesser-known stories from Europe to the Middle East to Asia. 

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    FIND THEM IN THE CATALOG: 

    SUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW

    TOADS AND DIAMONDS

    SHADOW SPINNER

  • Full of food puns and anthropomorphic ingredients, kids and adults will get a kick out of these witty breakfast adventures.

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    Find them in the catalog: 

    ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT

    EVERYONE LOVES BACON

    LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST

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    Find them in the catalog: 

    DARK LIFE

    CITY OF EMBER

    THE FIREFLY CODE

  • childrens sculptureWe get many questions at the Children's Desk about the distinctive artwork featured in our area. The large sculptures of a unicorn and a dragon that sit behind the desk are especially good at eliciting curiosity and admiration. We often find toddlers who have sneaked behind the librarians' chairs so that they can stare up in awe at the fantasy creatures and try to touch them.

    These colorful and whimsical creations are the work of local artist Jean Jeppson Clay. To make her "cloth machê" art, she first builds a framework of the shape and then covers it with cloth dipped in a glue mixture. When this dries it becomes very hard, and then Jean adds paint and adornments until her one-of-a-kind masterpiece is complete. Besides the two sculptures behind the Children's Desk, many more of Jean's creations are displayed throughout the children's side of the library on top of shelves and in window wells. 

    Come visit us and experience the talent of a great local artist!

     

    You can also see more of Jean’s work at bagelislandcreations.com!