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Murder Will Out: Murder, She Baked Debuts on Hallmark Channel

Chocolate chip cookie murder by Joanne Fluke — Joanna Fluke's Hannah Swensen will make her movie debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00PM.  Hannah is proprieter of Lake Eden's (MN) premier bakery, The Cookie Jar.  In-between her detecting, Hannah generously shares her delicious recipes.

Murder Will Out

The killing game by Iris Johansen — If you are a fan of Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series and have access to Netflix, the Eve Duncan movie THE KILLING GAME starring ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK star Laura Prepon) is now available on Netflix streaming.

Classic Children's Books

Everyone might have their own definition of what makes a "classic" book, perhaps it's an award-winner, something that's stood the test of time, or simply something everyone reads and is familiar with. Here are some titles that might be considered classics today.

Moo, baa, la la la! by Sandra Boynton — Sandra Boynton is a widely recognized illustrator and has created a delightful series of board books for the youngest patrons.

The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle — Other books written or illustrated by Eric Carle might also be considered classics, but this one is arguably the msot recognizable. For other titles written by Eric Carle, look in J PICTURE BOOK CAR.


Where the wild things are by Story and pictures by Maurice Sendak — "Let the wild rumpus start!" Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated many well-known children's books in addition to this one, many of which can be found in J PICTURE BOOK SEN.

Realistic Fiction for Fourth Grade

Fiction stories for readers looking for an escape into reality. Suggestions are geared for fourth graders, but may be enjoyed by others.

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume

The best Christmas pageant ever by Barbara Robinson  Although centered on a Christmas pageant, this remains a hilarious story about how people can surprise you. 

School daze collection by Jerry Spinelli

The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Wonder by R.J. Palacio — And if you liked Wonder (or if the hold list is still long), try Absolutely Almost.

Biographies for Fourth Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these. Suggestions are geared toward fourth graders, but may appeal to everyone.

Vincent van Gogh and the colors of the wind by text by Chiara Lossani; illustrations by Octavia Monaco

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr; paintings by Ronald Himler

Chuck Close: face book by Chuck Close

A stranger at home: a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton; artwork by Liz Amini- Holmes -- The continuing story of Olemaun, which was begun in Fatty Legs.

The pilot and The little prince: the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sis -- If you're interested in reading the classic story of The Little Prince, look in JFICTION SAINT-EXUPERY.

National Poetry Month Biographies

Celebrate National Poetry Month by getting to know more about the lives of some of our greatest poets:

Longfellow: a rediscovered life by Charles C. Calhoun


Yeats's ghosts: the secret life of W.B. Yeats by Brenda Maddox


Dylan Thomas: a new life by Andrew Lycett


From noon to starry night: a life of Walt Whitman by Philip Callow


Rough magic: a biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander


Dante by R.W.B. Lewis

Nonfiction Picture Books for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, try one of these great picture books featuring the true stories of strong, smart women throughout history. 

America's champion swimmer: Gertrude Ederle by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener
Describes the life and accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in the early women's rights movement

Eleanor quiet no more: the life of Eleanor Roosevelt by written by Doreen Rappaport ; illustrated by Gary Kelley
Explores the life of Eleanor Roosevelt from her upbringing, education, and marriage to Franklin Delano.



Elizabeth leads the way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the right to vote by Tanya Lee Stone ; illustrations by Rebecca Gibbon
Describes the life of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a pioneer of women's rights.

Louise Erdrich Wins Library of Congress Prize

On September 5, 2015 Louise Erdrich will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Ms. Erdrich has won the National Book Award for The Round House and the National Book Critics Award for Love Medicine.  She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for The Plague Of Doves