Mock Newbery Nominees 2019: The Parker Inheritance and The Book of Boy

by Morgan Reeves on December 11th, 2018

 It’s time for Mock Newbery comparisons, round two. This week let’s look at two stories about seeking treasure and finding truth. In “The Parker Inheritance” by Varian Johnson, Candice seeks to unravel the mystery surrounding the treasure that ruined her grandmother’s reputation as town manager. Along the way she uncovers a piece of violent racism the town would like to forget. In “The Book of Boy,” Catherine Gilbert Murdock weaves the mystery of Boy’s identity into the Medieval tale of an enigmatic pilgrim seeking relics of Saint Peter.

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Library Winter Break Activities for Kids

by Mari Redington on December 10th, 2018

As the holidays creep up, it’s not too early to start planning your family’s two week winter break, when the kids are home from school and you already need a break from the coveted family time at home. The library has something going on every day besides city holidays, including a family-friendly party to ring in the New Year! Events are always free and there’s something for all ages. And be sure to sign up for the Winter Reading Program to kick off 2019 with a sweet reading goal. You can register online, at the Children’s Room desk or on the Bookmobile beginning December 17th, look for the link on our website.  Check out these library events coming up while school’s out! 

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Ocean Meets Sky

by Casey Maynard on December 7th, 2018

Ocean Meets Sky  This week for ICPL’s Mock Caldecott, I’m taking a look at the Fan Brothers’ Ocean Meets Sky. This sibling duo has been featured in ICPL’s Mock Caldecott every year that we’ve had one, starting with their debut picture book, The Night Gardener. There’s a reason for this. Consistently, these brothers are producing picture books with whimsical, fantastic, and emotive narratives that also pack an illustrative punch.

There is a prolific children’s book creator who you will see referenced throughout the rest of our Mock Caldecott–Maurice Sendak. Arguably one of the best known children’s book creators of all time, multiple authors and illustrators have paid him tribute this year. His work, his studio space, and even a nib pen he used to own, will all come into play throughout the rest of our Mock Caldecott. This is not something the actual committee can discuss, but since we’re not the committee, let’s have some fun! Read the rest of this entry »

Julián is a Mermaid

by Casey Maynard on November 30th, 2018

Image result for julian is a mermaidThe next title up for review in ICPL’s 2019 Mock Caldecott is Jessica Love’s debut picture book, “Julián is a Mermaid”. Utilizing very sparse text, Love relies heavily on her lustrous illustrations for her narrative. In fact, there are only 92 words in this 32 page picture book and the story can be inferred without the text at all. From endsheet to endsheet, even including the back flap, there is not a single iota of space that has not seen narrative use for Julián’s story.

Overall, this is a journey, both real and figurative, about unconditional love and acceptance, both of ourselves and others. Abuela shows Julián that she will not only care for him, but will help him find his way no matter where it leads him.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mock Newbery Nominees 2019: Front Desk and The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

by Morgan Reeves on November 26th, 2018

In the first round of Mock Newbery comparisons, we’ll take a look at the stories of two girls who learn the value of friendship and community. In “Front Desk” by Kelly Yang, Mia Tang’s courage and kindness makes readers root for the immigrant girl to achieve her dreams, which include owning a motel and becoming a writer. Stacy McAnulty’s book “The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl” follows the evolution of Lucy Callahan from lightning-struck, antisocial math savant to dog-saving middle school friend.

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Hello Lighthouse

by Casey Maynard on November 23rd, 2018

Hello Lighthouse

The next book up for your consideration in our mock Caldecott series is Sophie Blackall’s “Hello Lighthouse”.  Following a lighthouse and its keeper through their final years together, this story is quietly introspective, bittersweet and informative.

What sets this book apart is its incredible design and Blackall’s attention to details. The moment I picked it up earlier this year I was immediately struck by the shape and feel of the book and how it mimics the tall narrow lighthouse. Yet, inside, Blackall uses circular patterns to illuminate the circular nature of the structure, the cycles of life and the passing of time. Read the rest of this entry »

The Prince and the Dressmaker

by Casey Maynard on November 16th, 2018

The Prince and the Dressmaker The first of our Mock Caldecott selections up for review is Jen Wang’s “The Prince and the Dressmaker”. Set in Paris at the turn of the century, this graphic novel is part realistic fiction, part fairy tale and wholly delightful. Not only is the story exquisite, expanding on all of the wonderful fairy tale tropes with which audiences are familiar, but the visual storytelling is truly remarkable.

Since we’re focusing on the art, all I will say plot wise is that this is about a young prince, Sebastian, who enjoys dresses and whose parents are trying to find him a marriage match. He happens across an up an coming haute couture seamstress, Frances, who agrees to make dresses for him to wear in secret. Tensions arise as Frances tries to reconcile wanting to help Sebastian and keep his secret with wanting to further her career. Read the rest of this entry »

ICPL Mock Newbery Awards 2019

by Morgan Reeves on November 15th, 2018

It’s time to prepare for our Mock Newbery Awards this year. The real Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  Read the rest of this entry »

ICPL’s 2019 Mock Caldecott Awards

by Casey Maynard on November 12th, 2018

In preparation for the ALA’s Youth Media Awards librarians and educators all over the country are talking about who could win, in particular the Newbery and Caldecott. Here at ICPL we like to host our own mini version of the awards in the months leading up to the announcement. This year we have narrowed the field of Caldecott eligible titles to 10. I will review one each Friday until we announce ICPL’s winners on January 25th. Voting for the ICPL’s mock awards will begin on December 1st and run through January 21st.

Without further ado, here is the list of ICPL’s Mock Caldecott contenders for 2019–disclaimer they are listed and will be reviewed in order of publication date.

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Minecraft ARTober Creations

by Morgan Reeves on October 26th, 2018

 October has been all about art in many forms from traditional to digital. The tweens in Minecraft got in on the artistic action by creating pixel-style art and statues on the library server. Some were individual efforts and some were combined projects. They had complete creative freedom Check out their creations below.

 

 

 

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