A Selection of Silly Picture Books

Chicken Butt’s Back! by Erica S. Perl
Check out this book if you want something with simple word play. In this book, a clever child sets his mom up for repeated embarrassment. As one sentence ends with an animal, the next sentence starts with “but.” “deer. But…” becomes, in the mind of the child, “deer butt.” So does everything else that meets this pattern. The colors are vibrant, which goes well with the jokes the story portrays. It follows a very childish premise, but ultimately creates many laughs. Continue reading “A Selection of Silly Picture Books”

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Reviewing Looking for Alaska is relevant for two reasons. The first is that John Green has a new book coming out next month called Turtles All the Way Down. [His older books are likely receiving a resurgence in popularity because of Turtles All the Way Down.] It’s also Banned Books Week in the U.S., and Looking for Alaska is a frequently challenged book as reported by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. It made the Top 10 Most Challenged Books list in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, with the book taking the number one spot in 2015.

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Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week across the country. Check out any of our CPL locations for a display in recognition of the holiday!

What is Banned Books Week? It’s a week to celebrate the freedom to read. This year it begins Sept. 24 and ends Sept. 30.

Libraries, schools and more use Banned Books Week as an opportunity to spotlight frequently challenged and/or banned books, and speak out about the dangers of censoring. The Office for Intellectual Freedom recorded 323 challenges in 2016. [That’s 48 more than in 2015.] Reasons for challenging (requesting the removal of a book in a library), and then consequently banning (removing the book from a library), change over the years. Continue reading “Banned Books Week”

BOB Book Winner 2018 – Differing Abilities

 This Kid Can Fly by Aaron Phillip

DIFFERING ABLILITIES

Because humans are social animals and live in groups, we are taught conformity from an early age.  Nobody wants to stick out and we all strive to blend in. In fact, we often are so concerned about what others think of us that we change our behavior to match those around us even though our opinions may be very different. Here’s the funny thing though – we are all individuals.  So, be yourself!

No one else is YOU, and THAT is your power!

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Picture Books By Kevin Sherry

When I started working for Chesapeake Public Libraries, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean was one of best picture books introduced to me. Reading a bunch of Sherry’s other books was a no-brainer.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
This tale includes the bragging of a squid who thinks he is the biggest creature in the ocean. He swims around the ocean, looking at the various creatures that cannot compare to his size. Each creature is cute in its own way, but even more interesting in that is that all these cute, animated characters also have a bit of realism to them. The book makes good use of fold out pages and spacing. It is the main character/squid, however, that brings readers in. If you know anything about the ocean, you know that squids are not the biggest creatures that live in it. Even so, that is not enough to damper the squid’s spirit… Continue reading “Picture Books By Kevin Sherry”