Ladybug Nominees 2017

The Ladybug Picture Book Award committee has chosen the nominees for the 2017 Ladybug Picture Book Award.

New Hampshire children, from preschool to third grade, will select the winning picture book when they vote in November 2017. The deadline for sending in votes will be Friday, December 8, 2017 at 4:30pm. Voting materials will be posted on the Ladybug web page in July.

If you want to get ahead of the crowd you can go ahead and order your Ladybug Stickers anytime.

The 2017 nominees for the Ladybug Picture Book Award are:


Book of the Week (3/20/2017)

Ever After by Dianalee Velie (Prescott, AZ: Loose Moose Publishing, 2016).

NH Poet Dianalee Velie's latest volume of verse, Ever After, gives a contemporary spin on our favorite fairy tale characters. I'm quite fond of the poem "Pinnocchio Runs for Office"!
Anyone who wants to be entertained and amused and enjoys unbridled wit should read the poems found here. Here is this gifted poet's take on well-known fairy tales after these much loved stories end. This collection is filled with A-list fairy tale characters whose after lives are every bit as entertaining as their previous lives in these delightful satiric gems. -- Kevin Pilkington
Dianalee Velie will give a reading at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, NH on Saturday 3/25/2017 at 2 pm.


Letters About Literature Update

The New Hampshire Letters About Literature entries have been reviewed by the national judging panel and are now here in Concord to be collated and sent on to our Granite State judges this week. There were 599 New Hampshire letters this year, received from 11 different schools.

Students whose letters are selected as NH semi-finalists will be notified by mail (through their school if they entered that way) by early April. If you want to get the latest LAL news, you can subscribe to LAL news email feed at the NH Letters About Literature page.


Book of the week (3/13/2017)

Kookooland by Gloria Norris (New York : Regan Arts, 2016.)

Gloria Norris brings us a raw, personal look into the early years of her life growing up in Manchester, NH.
"Gloria Norris grew up in the projects of Manchester, New Hampshire with her parents, her sister, Virginia, and her cat, Sylvester. A snapshot might show a happy, young family, but only a dummkopf would buy that.

Nine-year-old Gloria is gutsy and wisecracking. Her father, Jimmy, all dazzle and danger, is often on the far side of the law and makes his own rules—which everyone else better follow. Gloria’s mom, Shirley, tries not to rock the boat, Virginia unwisely defies Jimmy, and Gloria fashions herself into his sidekick—the son he never had.

Jimmy takes Gloria everywhere. Hunting, to the racetrack, to slasher movies, and to his parents’ dingy bar—a hole in the wall with pickled eggs and pickled alkies. But it is at Hank Piasecny’s gun shop that Gloria meets the person who will change her life. While Hank and Jimmy trade good-humored insults, Gloria comes under the spell of Hank’s college-age daughter, Susan. Brilliant, pretty, kind, and ambitious, Susan is everything Gloria longs to be—and can be, provided she dreams big and aces third grade like Susan tells her to.

But, one night, a brutal act changes the course of all their lives. The story that unfolds is a profound portrait of how violence echoes through a family, and through a community. From the tragedy, Gloria finds a way to carve out a future on her own terms and ends up just where she wants to be. Gripping and unforgettable, KooKooLand is a triumph." --Amazon.com
Gloria will be discussing and signing "Kookooland" at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, NH on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm.


Book of the Week (3/6/2017)

Tumbling: Poems by Don Kimball (Finishing Line Press, 2016).
With the craftsmanship and keen sensibility of a skilled poet, Don Kimball's newest collection presents vivid snapshots of his native New Hampshire - its landscapes, its quirky (and occasionally obstreperous) inhabitants - while occasionally augmenting them with unexpected forays into other times and cultures. Whether witnessing the way of trees, which will often "sit it out / on a granite rock / and talk" - or observing, at dawn, "a murder / of crows / in the cocklight" - or finding solace in the memory of a ruined barn, with "both ends leaning inward / like folding hands," Kimball again shows himself to be an articulate translator of the natural world, and a perceptive narrator of his personal journey down the decades." -- Marilyn L. Taylor, Wisconsin Poet Laureate, 2009-2010
Don Kimball is the author of three chapbooks, Tumbling (Finishing Line Press 2016), Journal of a Flatlander (Finishing Line Press 2009) and Skipping Stones (Pudding House Publications 2008).  His poems have appeared in The Blue Unicorn, The Lyric, Rattle, and various other journals and anthologies. Don is currently president of the Poetry Society of N.H., and hosts the monthly poetry reading series at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH.

The Water Street Bookstore will host a reading by Don Kimball and an open mic poetry night on Wednesday, 3/8/2017 at 6:30 pm.