Reaching and Reading

This Little Piggy

We all know that there are lots of great picture books featuring pigs, but there’s no need to let the little kids hog all the great stories. When you’re rooting through the library shelves, don’t overlook these books that can smooth the transition to chapter books.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig by Kate DiCamillo Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes by Kate DiCamillo Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise by Kate DiCamillo

The Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo features easy-to-read chapter books with lots of illustrations and white space to keep young readers from getting frustrated. If you enjoy these, you’ll also like the Tales from Deckawoo Drive books, set in the same neighborhood.

Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith       Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith was a prolific British writer best known for Babe the Gallant Pig (turned into Babe the movie). Lady Lollipop is a common pig who manages to tame an unruly princess.

The next title is written by Janette Oke, the writer of historical romance novels, and highlights the escapades of a family of piglets. The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke features a shipwrecked pig with the ability to sniff out buried treasure.

This Little Pig by Janette Oke   The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke

Pigs are very smart animals as seen in the next two highlighted books. Flora and Wilbur both manage to prove they have value as much more than a source of protein. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz is aimed more at middle readers, coming in at just less than 300 pages. Of course, Charlotte’s Web is wonderful as a read-aloud for the entire family or for older kids to read alone.

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz    Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Finally, a book that is new to our collection! The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City is a heartwarming tale of family, belonging, and growing bigger when you’ve always felt small. This book by Jodi Kendall was chosen by Indiana school librarians for the 2019-2020 Young Hoosier Reading List.

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City

Pens, Pencils, and Crayons!

As kids and teachers prepare to get back to the classroom, I’d like to recommend a group of picture books featuring witty and wise writing implements. In addition to just being fun books to read, I can also see these as great springboards to “What If?” questions. What if a school bus could tell stories? What if the chalkboard giggled every time a teacher wrote on it? What if your writing paper refused to sit still?

Have you ever wondered how your crayons feel about the things you color? Does the blue crayon enjoy being used down to a nub coloring all that sky? Who knew it was so hard to be only used at Halloween? The “Day the Crayons” books take you into the inner world of the crayon box!

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt    The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

The Little Red Pen by award-winning author Janet Stevens is a story of the dramatic rescue of a pen from a wastebasket. In a clever twist on Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red Writing  is trying to write an exciting story, but has to face the ravenous pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000.

The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens    Little Red Writing by Joan Holub

All of these books celebrate creativity, empathy, and cooperation. Read a few with your children or students, and then put pencil to paper to create your own story and illustrations.

Making Friends is an Art! by Julia Cook     My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard

The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg    Linus the Little Yellow Pencil by Scott Magoon

The Baby Basket

The Aurora Public Library is a proud partner of The Baby Basket ‘Store’. This is a non-profit organization serving families in need of additional resources. The Baby Basket “Store” offers new and gently used clothing for newborn and toddlers up to 36 months and even offers equipment and other supplies needed.

This organization works by eligible participants earning points by using support services. If a participating family attends one of the Aurora Public Library District’s programs, the family will then receive points for attending.  Participants may redeem point for diapers, clothes, or other necessities by shopping at the Baby Basket ‘Store’. Low income families and parents-to-be with children from birth to 36 months may qualify for the program.

The Baby Basket ‘Store’ can be found at 304 Fourth St. Aurora Indiana 47001. Their hours of operation will be from 1-6pm on the second Friday of the month with the exception of inclement weather.

If you would like to help support The Baby Basket, you can help by:

  1. Serve as a volunteer in the organization.
  2. Make a financial donation to help purchase items and supplies.
  3. Sponsor an event (Baby shower, yard sale, raffle) to benefit the Baby Basket.
  4. Donate gently used or new baby or toddler clothing (any sizes from newborn to 4T), high chairs, strollers, swings, pack ‘n plays, etc.
  5. Sign your Kroger Card up for Community Rewards to support the Baby Basket (This doesn’t impact your gas credits.)

If you have any questions, please call 812-926-3000.

April Poet Birthdays

April is National Poetry Month.  

Here are a few famous poets who have April birthdays: 

 

Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou Quote

Poet, singer, author and civil rights activist Dr.Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928.  Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2010.

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Poems

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth Quote

English poet William Wordsworth was born on April 7, 1770.  Wordsworth helped to launch the “Romantic Age” of English literature.

Poems by William Wordsworth.  A selection edited by Edward Dowden.

Poems by William Wordsworth. A selection edited by Edward Dowden

 

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

Irish born playwright, poet and author Seamus Heaney was born on April 13, 1939.  Heaney won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Station Island by Seamus Heaney

Station Island by Seamus Heaney

 

 

Etheridge Knight

Etheridge Knight

American Poet Etheridge Knight was born on April 18, 1931.

The Essential Etheridge Knight by Etheridge Knight

The Essential Etheridge Knight

 

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Playwright and Poet William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564.

No Fear Shakespeare Sonnets

William Shakespeare Sonnets

 

Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren

Poet, novelist and literary critic Robert Penn Warren was born on April 24, 1905. Warren won Pulitzer prizes for his poetry and for his fiction writing.  

The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren

The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren P

 

Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser Quote

American Poet Ted Kooser was born April 25,1939.

House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser

House Held Up By Trees by Ted Kooser

 

Do you share an April birthday with one of these poets?  We’d love to hear in the comments below.

Happy Reading! 🙂

March Author Birthdays

Do you share a March Birthday with your favorite Author?  Here is a look at some famous Authors who have birthdays in March.  

Theodor Seuss Geisel better known as “Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904

Dr. Seuss

Dr.  Seuss wrote and illustrated many children’s books some of which are considered the most popular children’s literature.  He wrote over 60 books and saw his books translated into over 20 languages in his lifetime.

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

Please see the display in children’s section for many of our Dr. Seuss classics.

  Dr. Seuss display

David Murray “Dav” Pilkey Jr was born March 4, 1966. 

Dav Pilkey

Pilkey is the author and illustrator of The Captain Underpants Series which is a character that he created when he was in the second grade.

Pilkey struggled with Dyslexia and ADHD as a child. One of Pilkey’s elementary teachers told him that he could not make a living creating “silly books.”

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Young adult fantasy and science fiction author, Sarah J. Maas was born March 5, 1986.  

Sarah J. Maas

Maas first book was Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

In Throne of Glass, Eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien agrees to compete in a fight to the death battle to gain her freedom.  

Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born March 6, 1806  

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Some of her best known poems are “How Do I Love Thee” and “Aurora Leigh.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Selected Poems

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Selected Poems

This is a collection of some of Barrett Browning’s best known work.  

Children’s author Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937.

Lois Lowry

Lowry’s book The Giver was made into a movie in 2014.  

The GiverThe Giver DVD

Twelve year old Jonas comes to terms with secrets about his seemingly perfect community.  

Author James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947.  He is known for his many thrillers such as the Alex Cross series.   Patterson is the first person to sell 1 million e-books!

James Patterson

Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider

This is the book that introduced the world to detective Alex Cross.

Novelist John Irving  was born on March 2, 1942.

John Irving

Irving is also a screenwriter and won an Academy Award in 1999 for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.

The Cider House Rules The Cider House Rules

Homer Wells has been raised in the orphanage at St Cloud Maine since he was born.  Dr. Wilbur Larch the founder of the orphanage becomes a father figure for Homer.


Children’s author Patricia MacLachlan was born March 3, 1938.  

Patricia Maclachlan

Maclachlan is know for her Newbery Medal winning novel Sarah Plain and Tall.

Sarah Plain and Tall

Children’s author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats was born March 11, 1916.

Ezra Jack Keats

His novel The Snowy Day is a classic.  The Snowy Day won the Caldecott Medal for illustrating in 1963.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats  

My favorite March birthday author is novelist and short story southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor  who was born on March 25, 1925.  

Fannery O'Connor

  O’Connor’s best known short stories are “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is hard to find.” 

The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor

The Complete Stories is a showcase of 31 of O’Connor’s best pieces.

 

Who is your favorite March born Author?  We would love to hear in the comments below.

 

Happy Reading 🙂

 

March 2019 New OverDrive Releases

New month…New Books

The following books are new to the Indiana Digital Download Center for March:

The Book of Signs
31 Undeniable Prophecies of the Apocalypse

by Dr. David Jeremiah

The Book of Signs by Dr. David Jeremiah

Dr. David Jeremiah explores biblical prophecies and how they relate to today.  This novel is an update to Jeremiah’s previous works.

 

Ephesians: Biblical Commentary
Deeper Life Series, Book 1

by Joyce Meyer

Ephesians Biblical Commentary by Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer studies the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  This book serves as a study guide on faith and on Christian living.  

The First Lady
by James Patterson & Brendan DuBois

The First Lady by James Patterson and Brendan Dubois

 To recover from the very public revelation that the president had an affair, the First Lady retreats to a farm in Virginia to rest.  It seems as if she has just cut off all contact in order to get away from the scandal, until a ransom note and the First Lady’s finger are delivered at the White House

The Near Witch
by V. E. Schwab

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

Victoria Schwab’s debut novel.  After a strange boy appears outside of Lexi’s home the children of Near begin to go missing.  They have been snatched from their beds. Lexi begins to wonder if the legends of the Near Witch she has heard her whole life are true.  

Girl, Stop Apologizing
A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

by Rachel Hollis

Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis shares a message to woman about not comparing themselves to other people.  Her message is simple…own who you are and what you want out of life and do not allow others to define that for you.  

Wolf Pack
Joe Pickett Series, Book 19

by C.J. Box

Wolf Pack Joe Pickett Series, Book 19 by C. J. Box

Game warden Joe Pickett notices a link between a mysterious drone and the death of wildlife.  Joe becomes suspicious after the FBI and the DOJ ask him not to get involved.   Especially since the drone operators grandson is dating Joe’s daughter.

Toxic Game
GhostWalker Series, Book 15

by Christine Feehan

Toxic Game A Ghost Walker Series Book 15 by Christine Feehan

While trying to help the sick, Dr. Draden Freeman is infected with a deadly virus that has been spread by a terrorist.  He does not want to risk exposing anyone else to the deadly virus so he forces his team to go home without him.  Freeman goes off on an adventure to find who is responsible.

Firefly–The Magnificent Nine
by James Lovegrove

Firefly the Magnificent Nine by James Lovegrove

The second novel in the Firefly series.  Bandits are trying to gain control over the water supply on Temperance McCloud’s property.   She is the only thing standing in their way from being ruined.

Pre-release: Expected March 19, 2019

The Last Second
Brit in the FBI

by Catherine Coulter & J.T. Ellison

The Last Second Brit in the FBI by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are on a case involving a a French space agency that is set on ending the world.  

Pre-release: Expected March 26, 2019

Fatal Reckoning
by Marie Force

Fatal Reckoning by Marie Force

Marie Force’s novel is about the cold case of the shooting of a Washington Metro Police lieutenant.  His daughter is determined to figure out who the killer is, and if he will strike again.

Pre-release: Expected March 26, 2019

 

Have you tried OverDrive yet?   If you are unsure of how to do this or need help setting this up please stop by the Aurora or the Dillsboro library and we would be happy to assist you with setting this up.

Please make sure you signed in using your library card and pin number. Signing into Overdrive will give you an accurate estimation of wait times for books.

 

As Always, Happy Reading!  🙂

 

Rick Riordan Presents

Since 2005, the year The Lightning Thief was published, author Rick Riordan has enthralled young readers with his adventure stories based on characters interacting with mythological beings. The Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series focused on Greek mythology, the Kane Chronicles looked at Egyptian mythology, and the Magnus Chase series was based on Norse mythology. All of these books had kids running to library shelves to keep up with the newest adventure.

Riordan has now launched a new publishing venture known as “Rick Riordan Presents” with the goal of introducing readers to other authors who are writing mythology-based books for students. These books place the spotlight on some lesser-known mythologies  and have been selected to satisfy even the most ardent Percy Jackson fans.

Aru Shah and the End of Time introduces Hindu mythology. A sequel will be published in April of 2019.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Maya legends play a major role in Storm Runner by Jennifer Cervantes, with a sequel scheduled for September 2019.

Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Dragon Pearl, the third “Rick Riordan Presents” title, was released this month and pulls themes and events from Korean legends.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Explore the richness of world cultures with these newest myth-based adventure stories!

Becky’s Favorite Villains and Heroes In Literature

Villains that I LOVE to hate:

Mrs. Danvers in “Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Mrs. Danvers is at the top of my favorite villain list because she is the epitome of creepy. This sinister housekeeper is always lurking around the Manderley estate. Mrs. Danvers has kept a shrine to Maxim de Winter’s deceased first wife Rebecca. She has kept all of Rebecca’s things just as they once were. Mrs. Danvers is determined to keep Rebecca’s memory alive…

Annie Wilkes in “Misery” by Stephen King

Misery by Stephen King

Author Paul Sheldon is driving through a blizzard when he crashes his car. He is extremely lucky to have been rescued by a woman named Annie who is a nurse. Annie is what you could call the ultimate super fan.  Paul soon learns that Annie loves to read and is obsessed with her favorite author…which just happens to be him!

Napoleon in “Animal Farm” by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Napoleon is an interesting character in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Napoleon becomes the leader after the animals’ rebellion against farmer Jones. Napoleon does some very suspect things such as running off his old friend Snowball and rewriting history to make himself into a hero.

Dorian in “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Dorian Gray is a complicated character.  On the outside, he appears to be a good guy. He is handsome and curiously never ages. Dorian is able to mask his true nature. However, there is something strange about the portrait of Dorian and it reveals a hideous side to Dorian.

 

Every story needs a hero:

Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Atticus Finch’s moral integrity is what stands out for me in this novel. The novel takes place during the Great Depression in the South. Atticus shows courage when he stands up for and defends a black man in court.

Tom Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

This story is set during the Dust Bowl era of the Great Depression. The character of Tom is an unlikely hero because, as a reader, you are introduced to him as he is getting out of prison for killing a man. He is also a character that makes the most transformation, becoming someone totally different than what you think at the beginning of the novel.

Imogene “Idgie” Threadgoode in “Fried Green Tomatoes” by Fannie Flagg

Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg

Fried Green Tomatoes is a favorite of mine. Idgie faces many struggles in her lifetime. The way that she handles situations that arise such as the death of a brother that she idolizes, her best friend Ruth’s violent marriage, and the sexism she experiences during her lifetime is inspiring.

Jo March in “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I was first introduced to Little Women when I was in middle school. Jo March quickly became one of my favorite characters.  The love that she had for her family and the strength she showed in difficult times is what made me admire this character.

Who are your favorite villains and heroes? We would love for you to share in the comments below.

Happy Reading 🙂

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The Aurora Public Library is a proud sponsor of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails high quality books for FREE to children from the time they are born until they turn 5, no matter the family’s income. Each month a newly selected book will be mailed to your child directly to your home and is FREE.

The only requirements are:

  1. Being a legal resident of Dearborn County.
  2. Submitting an official registration form that is completely filled out by a parent or a guardian. (The form must be approved and on file with Hoosier Hills Literacy League) THIS FORM CAN BE FOUND AT ANY OF THE BRANCHES OF AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY
  3. Notify Hoosier Hills Literacy League any time your address changes. The books will be mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact Hoosier Hills Literacy League at the address on this card in order to continue receiving books.
  4. Read with your child.

 

Once you have filled out your registration form and sent it to the Hoosier Hills Literacy League, within two months books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you leave Dearborn County.

 

For more information on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, click the link below:

https://imaginationlibrary.com/

 

MLK for All Ages

As we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21, 2019, why not check out a book to read with your family? Here are some of my favorites to share with kids and teens. Although children are taught about the famous civil rights leader at school, reading as a family can reinforce the values of courage, sacrifice, and non-violent activism.

For the youngest children, these books by Margaret McNamara and Jean Marzollo give simple explanations of the annual holiday celebrating King’s life.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Margaret McNamara   Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo

I love to share Martin’s Big Words, written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier. It summarizes King’s life with emphasis on the power of his words. My favorite King quote from the book is “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” It’s a very moving book, but told in a way that will connect with even young children.

Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

For slightly older children, I have a Dream contains excerpts from the famous speech and is illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Martin & Mahalia takes a unique approach by exploring the intersection of the lives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Written by Andrea Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney, the book concludes with Jackson’s performance and King’s speech at the March on Washington.

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr, illustrated by Kadir Nelson   Martin& Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

The illustrators of the previous three books are certainly among the most highly respected of children’s book illustrators. Together, Nelson, Pinkney, and Collier have won eight Caldecott Honor Awards and numerous Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards.

The next four books get progressively more difficult in reading level, but are well worth reading.

Free at Last!: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Angela Bull   I've Seen the Promised Land by Walter Dean Myers

The following books by Tonya Bolden and Russell Freedman were written for teens, but are also great for adult readers.

M.L.K.: Journey of a King by Tonya Bolden   Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman

One last suggestion would be to check out this title which contains audio files of many of King’s most famous speeches. Choose one to listen to as a family, and you might be surprised to have family members ask to hear more! You can find this item upstairs at the Aurora Public Library in the room with the audio-books.

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.