Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins & Paul O. Zelinsky
While I usually choose funny, vividly illustrated children’s books, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this sweet little story! With their Little Girl away, three special toys venture outside to experience snow for the first time! I particularly love that the three toys are a Bison, Stingray and a rubber ball. Not the usual collection of toys you would expect! I also enjoy how each toy views the outside world in a unique way which adds a level of depth to the story that children outside of the recommended age limit (K-Gr. 2) can appreciate. The illustrations have a classic feel to them that transport you back to your own childhood, and the magic of snow. Lovely!
Bryant and May Series by Christopher Fowler
Christopher Fowler’s Bryant & May books are very well written and highly entertaining. Arthur Bryant & John May are elderly but still on the job hunting criminals. They work for the Peculiar Crimes Unit of the British police and the crimes they encounter are very peculiar, indeed. So is Arthur Bryant! The first book in the series is Full Dark House.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Set in the same world as the Grisha series, Bardugo’s new fantasy trilogy reads like Ocean’s Eleven–but with MAGIC. I’m not usually a fan of books where there are more than two main characters, but Bardugo does a great job of developing all six of her main characters within the confines of just one book. This first installment is pretty satisfying….until the very last page which sets up the story for book number 2. An absolute must-read for your fantasy fans–and a good crossover for your adventure junkie fans.
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
This is NOT your typical fantasy book, and if I hadn’t already been a fan of Rae Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorns, I probably would not have picked this up. The magical element is there: Leah Westfall can magically sense gold, and her family has a plot of land in Dahlonega Georgia. But the magical aspect of the story stops there. The rest of the story involves Leah’s trials on the trail to the California Gold Rush. An excellent read.
All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
This is the second in the series featuring Laurie Moran, television producer. Laurie is asked to look into the disappearance of bride to be, Amanda Pierce. She was all set to marry her college sweetheart when she vanished without a trace and Amanda’s family want Laurie to find out what has happened to her. Laurie will also feature this cold case on her T.V. show “Under Suspension”. As with all of Mary Higgins Clark’s books there is plenty of mystery and suspense to keep readers guessing as well as plenty of “suspects”.
The Cherokee Regional Library System is now offering special library cards just for kids! Your first library card is always free! Replacements will continue to cost $2. These special Kids Cards are available at all four Cherokee Regional Library branches.
I highly recommend The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Le Cirque des Reves comes to town unannounced, mysteriously there when yesterday it was not. Magical and breathtaking, it is only open at night. Behind the scenes, two young magicians named Celia and Marco are engaged in a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood. But their shadowy instructors have left out a very important detail, for unbeknownst to Celia and Marco, there can be only one winner left standing. Now Celia and Marco are falling in love and the fates of everyone involved, performers and patrons alike hang in the balance.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
This hilarious little book is one of my many favorite, quirky children’s books. A story about a little Victorian-esque town where it’s animal inhabitants are quite prim and proper. Mr. Tiger decides he’s feeling stifled, and needs to experience a little freedom! So he does! He strips right down to his stripes and prances around the jungle in all his glory! Soon he starts to miss his buddies in town though, so he decides he’s going to go back but perhaps not be SO proper. His friends, after recovering from the horror of Mr. Tiger gallivanting around like a wild cat, decide that perhaps it’s ok to let loose every now and then as well. Colorful, dramatic illustration, and a very witty sense of humor easily make this book a fun read for you and your child(ren)!
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Quirky. Lovable. Charming as a glass of sweet tea on a summer day, A Snicker of Magic is one of the best Middle Grade novels I’ve read in the last five years. As luck would have it, Natalie is a Chattanooga so you might run into her some day!
Half Yard Christmas by Debbie Shore
My recommendation for December is Half Yard Christmas by Debbie Shore. It is the perfect book for fun Christmas projects. Whether you are a sewer, crafter or just love looking at Christmas decorating ideas, this book is for you! There are sew and no sew projects to make. I liked the country burlap banner on page 25 so much I made one for our children’s department! Hope you enjoy this book!
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp
This is an advent guide for families of all ages with activities and scripture readings for each day leading up to Christmas. This is a great way to help your family keep the spirit of Christmas close, and to remember the reason for all the fuss during the holidays. My little toddler is a little too young for the discussions, but the gorgeous pictures hold his attention as we create this ongoing family tradition.
The Cherokee Regional Library System has a new modern resource for history lovers and genealogists alike. The library has recently digitized their collection of the Walker County Messenger from 1880 to 1965.
The digital version of the Walker County Messenger can be searched using keywords, specific dates, and more. Currently, the digital version is only accessible in-house at the Chickamauga and LaFayette branch libraries. Plans to make the digitized copies available online are in progress.
The Walker County Messenger was digitized at low-cost by Tom Tryniski of New York, an amateur archivist who has been highly lauded by the national genealogy community for his dedication to newspaper archiving. This partnership was created with the help of Sam Hall, founder of Deep Zoom Chattanooga, and a voice for historic preservation in the Chattanooga/North Georgia community.
The library hopes to digitize the Dade County Sentinel next.
The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt, Illustrator Lee White
I loved, loved, loved the whimsical play on words. Penelope is like many kids these days with full schedules and no free time to daydream. She falls, literally, into a “hole” in her schedule into the “Realm of Possibilities” Her adventures are full of fun characters and silly situations that are alive with time references and Poor Richard aphorisms. It’s a fun read for any age, and reminds us time is precious, but so are the people we meet along the way. (Ages 8-12)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This is a steampunk, futuristic fairytale which has been sitting on my shelf because I just thought this is something I would not enjoy. But I loved it! You will connect with the characters and be rooting for their happy ending. This is the 1st book in the Lunar Chronicles. The second book, Scarlet, is Little Red Riding Hood’s story and the third book, Cress, is Rapunzel’s. I love the way Meyer weaves the stories together and can’t wait to see how she brings Snow White’s story together, which comes out this month. Continue reading October Staff Picks→