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Murder Will Out: Harry Bosch Returns

Look for the return of Bosch to amazon.com's streaming series on February 13.  Featuring the character from Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series, amazon.com Prime tested the waters last Fall with a one hour Bosch videocast.  If you haven't read this award-winning series try it now.

The black echo by Michael Connelly

To Kill a Mockingbird Alternatives for Teens

It was just announced yesterday that Harper Lee will be releasing a sequel this summer to her Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbirdpublished over 50 years ago. We've already received requests for the book, titled Go Set a Watchman, so hop on the hold list now before you forget. In the meantime, we've compiled a list of books that reference and draw inspiration from the classic.

Mockingbird: (mok'ing-bûrd) by Kathryn Erskine
In this National Book Award winning title, ten-year-old Caitlin, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, references
To Kill a Mockingbird as she struggles to come to grips with her grief after her brother is killed in a school shooting.

Movies for Black History Month

Amistad [videodisc] by DreamWorks Pictures in association with HBO Pictures ; produced by Steven Spielberg


The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman [videodisc] by Tomorrow Entertainment, Inc


Boycott [videodisc] by produced by Preston Holmes


Daughters of the dust [videodisc] by a Geechee Girls production


Down in the Delta [videodisc] by Miramax Films and Showtime present an Amen Ra Films and Chris/Rose Productions production


Get on the bus [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures presents a 15 Black Men production in association with 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks ; a Spike Lee joint

Realistic Fiction for Second Grade

Looking for books about regular folk? No fairies or princesses, mysteries, or history here.

Ivy and Bean by written by Annie Barrows  Looking for tales of friendship? Check out all the Ivy and Bean books at J FICTION BARROWS.

Freckle juice by Judy Blume  For anyone who thought having freckles is a good idea because they disguise the dirt on your neck.

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry  All about an imaginative second-grader who likes to tell stories.

Biographies for Second Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these and be inspired. Suggestions are geared toward second graders, but can be enjoyed by many ages.

Imogen: the mother of modernism and three boys by Amy Novesky  An introduction to a little-known photographer, who blended career, art, and family.

The Beatles were fab (and they were funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer  Don't forget to accompany a reading of this band biography with some music

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

Good Morning! In the world of Children's Books, today is awesome! Among the many winners and honorees announced early this morning, we had the winners and honorees named for the Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Award. Be sure to check out these really well done non-fiction titles!

2015 Winner:

The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator




2015 Honorees:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


The family Romanov: murder, rebellion & the fall of imperial Russia by Candace Fleming


Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker by words by Patricia Hruby Powell ; pictures by Christian Robinson


Neighborhood sharks: hunting with great whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

Newbery Award Winners 2015

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the Newbery for over 90 years for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, commonly given to a chapter book. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

The John Newbery Medal for 2015 has been awarded to:

The crossover by Kwame Alexander


The John Newbery Honor Books for 2015 are:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


El deafo by Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky

Murder Will Out: March, 2015

Hallmark Movies Mysteries Channel announced three new made-for-tv movies based upon  popular mystery series written by Joanne Fluke, Charlaine Harris, and Peter King.  Look for them this Spring, 2015.

Chocolate chip cookie murder by Joanne Fluke.  In Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen's Cookie Jar is the place to be.  In addition to delicious cookies and great coffee, Hannah and her gang are clever amateur detectives.

A bone to pick by Charlaine Harris.  As a member of the Real Murders Club, librarian Aurora Teagarden and her group try to solve baffling cases. When Aurora unexpectedly inherits an old house complete with an unidentified skull, they have a real murder to solve.

Dying on the vine by Peter King.  Goodwin Harper, The Gourmet Detective, is a retired chef.   As a specialist in rare spices and ancient recipes, Scotland Yard brings him in when poisoning is suspected.