The holiday season is a time for giving, for reconnecting with loved ones, and celebrating traditions. For many people it is also a time for going to see the blockbuster movies that come out this season. Looking over this month's offerings I was surprised to see how many book-related movies there are. If you'd like to extend your viewing experience, considering cuddling up with one of these books this break:
The movie is only the beginning of a trilogy. If you want some closure, finish the story by reading the book. We also have other books by Tolkien and books about Middle Earth at the library to continue the adventure. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
This series imagines an alternate world that can be reached by the use of a magical atlas. The main characters are young J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and J.M. Barrie. Many of the events they witness in this magical land inspire the stories they write, so you'll see a lot of common threads with The Hobbit. It's fun to read about young, fictionalized versions of these famous authors adventuring together. Here There Be Dragons by James Owen
If you like the movie, try reading the books that inspired it. We have the Guardians books and many more by William Joyce at the library. Nicholas St. North by William Joyce.
Set in Norway, this novel is another tale of snowy adventure. But instead of following legendary childhood characters, it brings to life characters from Norse mythology. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
This unique biography for young readers examines not only the hardships Lincoln faced, but the sense of humour he used to get through them. Ample amusing quotes from Lincoln are peppered throughout. Lincoln Tells a Joke by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer; illus by Stacy Innerst
This picture book biography focuses on Lincoln's youth and his love of books and reading. It's a great book if you want to share your interest in Lincoln with a child. Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters; illus by Nancy Carpenter
This series by Charlie Higson follows a young James Bond as he attends boarding school. They have all the mystery and adventure you expect from James Bond, but are aimed at a younger audience. SilverFin by Charlie Higson
This spy thriller set during WWII follows a Norwegian boy who joins the resistance. This story, based on the life of Erling Storrusten, will leave you on the edge of your seat. Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus
For those who don't feel quite ready to read the original novel by Victor Hugo, this story combines the modern and historical to keep readers engaged. Alternating between a modern day teenager and the a girl alive during the French revolution, this story will appeal to fans of modern and historical drama. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
For those who are interested in later French history, this series of graphic novels follows two siblings and the part they play in the French Resistance during WWII. Resistance by Carla Jablonski, illus by Leland Purvis
November was a busy month with the book fair taking over the first floor for a week, grandparents and special friends day, and the Thanksgiving break. Despite students being unable to check out books for about half the month due to these events, there were still 1,804 items checked out. We have a spread of kindergarten to third grade classrooms with the most check-outs and picture books won the favorite area category again, with the 700's trailing close behind. The 500's (the nonfiction animal books) did particularly well this month with two grades working on projects involving researching local animals. We've been busy processing all the new books that were generously donated at the book fair and preparing for the next break, only a couple of weeks away!