Adults who love to read are very good at keeping up with the “book news” and knowing when a new book by a favorite author is being published. We often start placing people on the Hold list months before a publication date. Kids are not always as good at letting us know about upcoming books. Here are some of the new books by some very popular authors of chapter books. We try hard to follow the series, but we sometimes miss one, so don’t be shy about letting us know if we need to order something by your favorite writer.
Chris Colfer is the author of the best-selling series Land of Stories. He’s currently on book # 3 of the Tale of Magic series, also set in the Land of Stories universe. In addition, he had a graphic novel come out at the end of June that tells the origin story of Goldilocks.
Kate Dicamillo is a two-time Newbery Medal winner and a former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her latest book surprisingly has a medieval setting and features a goat! The Beatryce Prophecy is also illustrated by Caldecott winner Sophie Blackall. You’ll recognize Brian Selznick as the author of The Invention of Hugh Cabret (also a great movie) and Wonderstruck. Kaleidoscope is probably best for older kids as the collection of related short stories is described as drifting through genres, time, and even space (Booklist).
Gordon Korman is the author of over 80 books for children and teens. Linked tackles the subject of prejudice when a swastika is painted on a school wall. Jerry Spinelli is another perennial favorite. On Dead Wednesday, every eighth grader in Amber Springs is assigned the name and identity of a teenager who died a preventable death in the past year. The kids don black shirts and for the whole day everyone in town pretends they’re invisible–as if they weren’t even there. The adults think it will make them contemplate their mortality. The kids know it’s a free pass to get away with anything.
Who are your favorite children’s authors? Let us know what book you are eagerly anticipating!
Maybe we can blame it all on Captain Underpants, but the latest trend in books for kids seems to be UNDERWEAR! And nothing is more sure to make a group of kids giggle than just saying that word. Here are some of the newest picture books from the “undies” category.
This book by Aaron Reynolds is probably my favorite. It’s perfect for the 4-7 year old crowd, and if you enjoy it, be sure to also check out his book Creepy Carrots.
Who doesn’t adore a dragon book? The underwear is just icing on the cake!
Monster searches for a perfect replacement pair of underpants in this book by Tad Carpenter.
Everyone has an occasional day when things just feel off. Could it be because you’re just wearing your underwear?
Someone has left their underwear hanging near Bear Cub’s house? Which animal will claim the tighty whities?
Laughing has been proven to be good for your health, so don’t delay! Go find some kids to share these books with.
For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises — some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.
After reading A Boy Called Bat, you’ll want to dive right into the next two books in the series.
For more “unusual pet” stories, give these books a try! Rascal and The Tarantula in My Purse are juvenile biographies (J 912), and Flora & Ulysses and Pax are juvenile novels found in the juvenile fiction of the library.
Beginning on Monday, June 14th we will be giving away copies of Time Together: Me and Dad in honor of Father’s Day! Stop by Aurora or Dillsboro to pick up your free copy! We will be giving away one copy per family while supplies last!
Time Together: Me and Dad features snapshots of a father and child enjoying every day moments together. From reading a book to playing outside, these small moments are the ones that create big memories. Don’t miss out on your chance to pick up this heartwarming book!
Go on a safari and search for animals in the windows of local businesses for our Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt! Just pick up a recording sheet during our open hours to get started at the Dillsboro or Aurora Public Libraries. There will be a different scavenger hunt in Aurora and in Dillsboro, so make sure to pick up the correct recording sheet at the correct library! Prefer a night safari or an early morning hunt? You can start your scavenger hunt at any time of day on or after June 1st.
Images of animals will be posted in the windows of several local businesses for you to find along with a QR code that links you to books about the animal you found! Once finished, return the completed recording sheet back to the library to get the password into Beanstack to get your badge! Not using Beanstack? You can receive a sticker for your hard work once your recording sheet is turned in. Please hunt safely and responsibly!
Ready to get hunting? The scavenger hunt kicks off on June 1st and ends July 24th.
The Aurora Public Library District would like to thank participating local businesses for their support and cooperation for our scavenger hunt!
The Aurora Public Library District will begin in-person Storytimes in June. We’re looking forward to exploring the Summer Reading theme “Tails and Tales.” So that we can still operate within social distancing guidelines, children must be registered in advance.
Here’s how it will work:
- Registrations will be limited to 5 family units at Aurora Storytimes and 6 family units at Dillsboro Storytimes.
- Each family will sit together at a table or on the floor.
- Children need to remain at the table while stories are read.
- Crafts will be provided and families may either make the craft at the library or take the kit home to complete.
- Tables and chairs will be disinfected prior to and after each Storytime session.
- Masks are strongly recommended for adults and teens who are not fully vaccinated.
Stephanie has missed all of our young patrons and is eager to share some of her favorite stories about animals. Everyone in the family is also invited to participate in our Summer Reading Challenges to earn prizes while enjoying all the fun of reading great books.