Book of the Week (9/24/2018)

First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great by Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018).
Celebrate the genius, diversity, and grit of immigrants and refugees in this boldly illustrated guide to 36 American trailblazers.
The men and women in this book represent nations from Somalia to Germany, from Syria to China, from Mexico to Sweden, and more. They are people like Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international singing sensation Celia Cruz, star basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, world-renowned physicist Albert Einstein, and influential journalist Jorge Ramos. And they are all immigrants or refugees to the United States of America. Their courage, their achievements, and their determination to change the world have helped make our country a stronger place. Perhaps after reading their stories, you will be inspired to make the world a better place, too. -- Publisher's blurb
Join NH authors Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace for a book signing event at Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, NH on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1 pm.


Book of the Week (9/17/2018)

Snow Sanctuary by Lee Hall Delfausse (Sarasota, Fla. : Peppertree Press, 2018).

Local author Lee Hall Delfausse has been a national champion in two sports; a World Cup ski racer and a USTA national tennis champion. She has also taught American Literature and writing, as well as coached tennis at The Derryfield School, New Hampshire Technical Institute and Bishop Brady High School.
"Avalanches, injury, paralysis, death, loneliness-all part of international ski racing-are predictable dangers compared with the corruption of coaches. Lia Erickson learns how to grapple with these challenges in her ski journey through the Sierra Nevadas and the European Alps, eventually gaining courage from her teammates and herself."--Publisher's blurb
Praise for Snow Sanctuary:

"I loved the novel! What amazing characters and images you've created, and what a complicated story laced with kindness, treachery, innocence and its loss." Susie Tomkins, teacher, editor 
"This ski racing saga takes us back to the 70's, but it couldn't be more timely. It's a well-told "Me Too" story-male coaches taking advantage of young, ambitious female skiers. You need to read this!" Susan Winthrop, ski writer and literary critic 
 "Skiing makes me feel free and limitless. The vivid descriptions in Snow Sanctuary capture that exact feeling." Ollie Olsen, avid skier, actor and script writer "How does it feel going 70 mph on skis? What is one willing to risk or do to make the Olympic ski team? This literary novel tells all in a page-turning tale built on memorable characters. I couldn't put it down." Rosie Fortna, Olympic ski racer.

Join Lee on Friday, September 28th, 2018 at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, NH at 5:30pm!


Book of the Week (9/10/18)

The Abridged Field Guide to North American House Creatures by Jaime McGuigan (Troy, NY: TBM Books, 2018).
The Abridged Field Guide to North American House Creatures serves as an introductory guide to a half-hidden world, where the dimensional borders are just a touch more porous. It provides a fully illustrated, in depth look at all available scientific, historical and anecdotal evidence about twenty-five evolutionarily astonishing creatures, commonly known as house creatures. Among these occasionally troublesome creatures are those responsible for hiding your keys, eating your socks or making you forget why you walked into a room.
Not only house creatures populate these pages and you will also meet thirteen of the most influential people to investigate them. Among these researchers are a children’s etiquette writer from the 17th century, a lovelorn and a possibly mad inventor from the late 1800s and an oil company geologist who became a champion of the environmental movement in the 1970s. -- Publisher's blurb.
Meet NH author/illustrator Jaime McGuigan at Toadstool Bookshop in Keene on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm, where she will present and sign her fantastical book!


Ladybug Voting Guide

Over the past ten Fridays we have been posting information about all of the books nominated for the 2018 Ladybug Picture Book Award. All of these posts have been compiled, along with a couple of additional links, into a printable 2018 Ladybug Voting Guide.
We hope this information will help you to plan great story times this fall and be ready to hold voting at your school or library by the end of November. All votes must be received before 4:30pm on December 7, 2018 to be counted.


Book of the Week (9/3/2018)

Too Much! Not Enough! by Gina Perry (Toronto : Tundra Books, 2018).

NH children's book author and illustrator, Gina Perry introduces us to the characters of Moe and Peanut; two completely opposite friends. "Too Much! Not Enough!" is the first book in the Moe and Peanut series.
Move over, Bert and Ernie: there's a new odd couple in town! Exuberant Peanut and steadfast Moe are roommates and best friends . . . most of the time.

Peanut is messy. Moe is neat.

Peanut is loud. Moe is quiet.

Peanut always wants more. Moe always wants a little less.

Can these two learn to appreciate their differences?

With bright, bold, eye-catching illustrations and two adorable characters, Gina Perry has created a book that will appeal to all the Peanuts and Moes in the world -- whether they think it's too much or not enough!-- Publisher's blurb
Join Gina on the following dates:

September 9th, 2018 (Reading/Signing) with Mark Hoffmann at 2pm at The Bookery in Manchester, NH.
September 23rd, 2018 (Reading/Signing) with Jannie Ho and Jennifer E. Morris at Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, NH (time tbd)
October 6th, 2018 at the Children's Book Festival at Strawberry Banke's Fall Festival in Portsmouth, NH from 11am-3pm.