Thursday, November 9, 2017

We have moved!

Recently, our library system adopted a new name: Rutherford County Library System. We decided to embrace the spirit of change here on our blogs, as well, but we're changing far more than our name!

We have combined all three of our blogs--adult, teen, and children's--into one blog, called RCLS Reads. Now it will be even easier for you to find the reviews, readalikes, and features that you expect from us.

We launched our blogs on November 13, 2013. We are so grateful that you have spent the past four years reading along with us, and we hope you'll follow along as we begin this new chapter.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wearable Books!

Books of fun for everyone by Donald Lemke.

We all know that reading books are fun. But what about when you wear the book!?
A wearable book provides a costume for every adventure. And we all know that when it comes to adventuring and treasure hunting; preparedness is top priority. We have beards, teeth, hats and masks for any and every occasion. Have fun and take lots of pictures! One day they will be a great memory to look back on.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Recently Added Juvenile Fiction

Check out these chapter books that we've added to our collection! (All syopses from Goodreads.)

5 Times Revenge by Lindsay Eland

Five unlikely friends. Two bullies. One epic prank. Part The Breakfast Club and part The View from Saturday, this funny, heartwarming novel about friendship and standing up for yourself will appeal to fans of Chris Grabenstein and Jennifer L. Holm.

The Ballad of a Broken Nose by Ame Svingen
Bart is an eternal optimist. At thirteen years old, he’s had a hard life. But Bart knows that things won’t get any better if you have a negative attitude. His mother has pushed him into boxing lessons so that Bart can protect himself, but Bart already has defense mechanisms: he is relentlessly positive…and he loves opera.

The Great Mouse Detective: Basil and the Cave of Cats by Eve Titus
Basil the mouse detective sets off on a journey to solve one of the greatest mysteries of mousedom: Do miniature cats exist? Leading mouse scientists aren’t certain, but they believe that answers can be found in India.

The Celebrity Cat Caper by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens are excited to meet their favorite celebrity Walter the Cat, who makes the funniest videos on the Internet! And when this celebrity cat inherits a million dollars from his owner, he becomes even more famous! But someone seems to be angry about the will and is stealing things from Walter s house. Is this cat too famous for his own good?"

Clawdeen Wolf and the Freaky Fabulous Fashion Show by Nessi Monstrata

Dear Diary,

Everyone knows that I am a no-nonsense werewolf--I never back down from a challenge, and I run right over any obstacle that get in my way! But lately I'm having a hard time dealing with my pack...there are SO MANY of them, and they are always in my hear. I have a creeperific fashion show coming up, and the fam is causing so much drama that I've barely had time to work on my designs. I feel like I'm being pulled in so many different directions. What's a ghoul to do?


Dumbness is a Dish Best Served Cold by Jamie Kelly
Life at Mackerel Middle School is as dumb as ever -- but Jamie Kelly may have finally found the key to fame, fortune, and fabulousness. Together with Isabella and Angeline, she's come up with a moneymaking idea, and it has to do with food. Everyone likes food! They're going to be rich!

Mary Molds a Monster by  Lisa Mullarkey 
Join Jacob and Margaret as they travel back in time to Lake Geneva, Switzerland. It's 1816, and
George Gordon, Lord Byron has challenged Mary and Percy Shelley and himself to compose a scary story. Jacob and Margaret know that Mary's tale will be Frankenstein. But Mary is struggling with writer's block! Can Jacob and Margaret help Mary mold a monster?

School of the Dead by Avi 
From Newbery Medalist Avi comes the spine-tingling story of Tony Gilbert, who must solve a mystery surrounding the ghost of his uncle Charlie.

The Wolf's Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn
Award-winning author Susan Williams Beckhorn delivers a tale set in Paleolithic times. Inspired by modern discoveries, Susan’s careful research creates a vivid picture of a time when the first wolves came to live with humans and forged a bond that lives on to this day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mini Myths Board Books

Joan Holub tells  the classic Greek mythology stories with a postmodern twist! The board books are for toddler-preschool age groups. Children can learn valuable life lessons with our tiny heroes.  Leslie Patricelli uses brightly colored illustrations to captivate tiny readers. Together, they provide a lively and comedic take on classic mythologies.

The mini myths have a lot to offer multiple generations.  They create a love and passion for classic stories at an early age, while other age groups can enjoy re-reading them. The adventure continues even when the story is over; each book contains a brief summary of the original story, which can provide more discussion between parent and child. Everyone wins with these books! Below I have listed the titles we have in our collection with a brief synopsis of each one. Happy reading!

Be Patient, Pandora! Pandora's curiosity trumps better judgement, after being warned not to open the box. She finds the cupcakes inside ruined but hopes to be forgiven by mom.

Play Nice, Hercules! Playing strong is what Hercules really wants to do. But when playing strong leads to disaster, he must use powers of good to restore the tower and ask forgiveness.

Brush Your Hair, Medusa! Ice cold stares and expressions of shock will not persuade this diva to brush her hair. But when the hairdresser approaches Medusa with bravery and confidence, a successful brushing follows.

Please Share, Aphrodite! Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera compete against one another for Paris' candy apple. Aphrodite soon learns that boasting after her win is not fun for everyone else. The boasting stops, the friends make up, the apple is shared, and friendship is restored.

Good Job, Athena! Arachne needs her shoe tied and, luckily, Athena is there to help.   Sadly, Arachne decides to take the credit for this newly learned skill. She quickly learns that with great knowledge comes great responsibility when she cannot help the other children tie their shoes. Athena saves the day and all is forgiven.

Don't Get Lost, Odysseus! On a shopping trip with his mother, Odysseus gets distracted by a play area inspired by the Odyssey. At first his adventure is fun, but when he realizes he is lost the anxiety sets in. But not to worry because mom is close by. Once the family reunites all is well.

Be Careful, Icarus! A story about being aware of one's surroundings and the importance of being careful. Icarus learns this when is special kite gets caught in the trees and rips. Luckily, dad is there to save the day.

Make a Wish, Midas! Midas loves the color yellow! He wants to share wonderful color with everyone and everything. A painting mess is not far behind and Midas learns there can be too much of a good thing.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Star Wars Epic Yarns Board Books

I discovered these adorable board books over Christmas. After seeing The Force Awakens, my Star Wars obsession was in full swing as I was Christmas shopping for my toddler. I wanted to buy anything and everything Star Wars for him but realized all good things are better in small doses. When I found these books sitting on the shelf I said, "PERFECT! My son must have all of them."

Jack and Holman handcrafted these characters with felt. Recreating the scenes and surroundings add the extra special touch allowing fans to travel back to their favorite moments in the movies. Go behind the scenes, here, to see how the scenes and characters were created. 

These books should be at the top of your list, if you are a parent educating your children about Star Wars. Think educational board books meet Star Wars. Creators, Jack and Holman Wang summarize Episodes IV, V, and VI with 12 words accompanied with iconic scenes. They include all of the high notes, from Luke training with Yoda, to the classic fight scene between Vader and Luke. They did a great job. The best part? My son loves them and falls asleep with one each night. No joke. Parent win! 

Check out a copy today! A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi are all available.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Atypical Animals

There are a ton of books out there about animals. Bears, barn animals, monkeys, dogs, cats...You know the typical animals. But what about all the OTHER animals out there? I'm talking about Sloths, Moles, or even a bandicoot! Don't get me wrong, I love fluffy puppies and kittens, but I am a lover of all animals to my very core. The following is a list of charming stories about adorable atypical animals. I have enjoyed the "research" for this blog post, as I have read each one to my own child. They will warm your heart and make you laugh all while you share some educational time with your child. 
Happy Reading!

Sparky! by Jenny Offill:  I absolutely LOVED this story! From the whimsical illustrations to the heartwarming story, I loved every ounce of it. The artist is Chris Appelhans who was the illustrator and production designer for the movie Coraline, which explains why I adored them so much.  So, what is it about...
A little girl receives a sloth via mail order. At first, it appears there is nothing exceptional about this pet. Sparky sits in the tree, eats the tree, and is content with the comfort of life. This makes things difficult when trying to teach Sparky cool, new tricks. But as the story comes to a close the girl discovers just how wonderful AND irresistible Sparky is! 
Warning parents: this story may cause children to have a longing for his/her own pet sloth.

Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis:  A cute little book with an entertaining take on creative classification. A series of objects are compared to a puffin. It becomes clear that there are similarities but in the end there is NOTHING like a puffin. Your child is guaranteed to view the world with a new creative outlook, after reading this one.

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee: Another story featuring the relationship of a child and his exotic pet. Once again, this story too has adorable illustrations. A rhinoceros may not be able to play fetch, catch a ball or do awesome tricks. He can do something much more than stop criminals and pop balloons. A story of pet ownership: expectations, excitement of ownership, first impressions, and the ups and downs that come with all of the above. 

Astrid the Fly by Maria Jonsson: I found myself rooting for little Astrid throughout the story. This book may not sway you to the compassionate and loving side of house flies but it will be a load of fun. Astrid the fly has been warned about all the scary things a tiny insect can encounter in a human home (vacuum cleaners and swatters, oh my!). But no one ever told her the refrigerator, while inviting, could be so scary. Adventure and humor awaits all in this book.

How Do You Hug a Porcupine? By Laurie Isop: Confession: This review just might be bias because I ADORE porcupines. They might have quills that can prick but they are just so darn cute! It's so easy to hug dogs, cats, horses, or even a snake. But getting around those prickly pricks of a porcupine can be tricky. That doesn't mean the porcupines should be left out. Open your arms wide and prepare for a hug fest, welcoming ALL animals!

Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root: This book combines going on a bear hunt with fun jokes/puns. Get your walking shoes ready because looking for a moose can be quite a journey. Children will get a kick out of the funny jokes played on the visual ques. A seek and find fun for everyone!

Crickwing by Jannell Cannon: Who knew my heart could be warmed by a cockroach and ants? Great story-telling accompanied by some whimsical illustrations. The story tells the tale of a cockroach, who has been bullying some of the smaller insects. As the story unfolds Crickwing learns how his actions makes others feel when he is bullied himself. A lot of great lessons in this book: bullying, team work, friendship and forgiveness. 

Night Animals by Gianna Marino: I will start this review off with a personal story. I read this story to my 18 month old, Gregory. He called the skunk a cat (yes, I immediately thought of Pepe Le Pew) and then proceeded to snuggle with the picture of said skunk. When something like that happens, it has to be shared and a review must be written. 

It all begins with possum hearing a rustling or is it? What could possibly be out at night? As possum continues on his journey, more animals join for they are scared too. Together they make quite a discovery when they realize they are night animals too. I found this to be a charming story. Plus it is a fun way to teach children to identify/classify nocturnal animals. 

My Pet Book by Bob Staake: Are you a bookworm? Does your child love books? Then this is the book for you! A tale of a boy who decides the typical pets are not for him. For him, the perfect pet is a bright red book. It is quiet, doesn't make messes, doesn't require any training, and it will never make you sneezy. Perfect! But one day the pet book goes missing, which is followed by a lively adventure to reunite the boy with his book. Adorable, funny, and charming this book is sure to his a soft spot.

Shy Creatures by David W. Mack: I wish this story was around when I was a child. I was a very shy child and this book would have made me feel a bit more comfortable in my skin.  A shy little girl decides to care for shy creatures when she grows up. Even though these magical creatures are big and sometimes intimidating, they are shy. The story is told in rhyme (much like Dr. Suess). Watch your child's imagination ignite with all the magical creatures.

Hunwick's Egg by Mem Fox: Hunwick is a bandicoot, which is a cute animal of the rodent family. They are marsupials found in New Guinea, Australia. Hunwick discovers a mysterious egg in his burrow, after a storm during the night. No one knows what to do with the egg. Hunwick, however, knows that some TLC and friendliness can make the world a better place. Hunwick shows us that a little love and a lot of care can make anything special. 

Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke: Julia and her house settle into their lovely new town. Everything is great but it's too quiet. So, she decides to put up a sign welcoming all lost creatures to their home. Pretty soon Julia has more than enough housemates to take care of the "quiet problem." When you've got mermaids, trolls and sea monsters in your house things can get a bit crazy and MESSY. Julia proceeds with kindness and love as she regains control of her household by teaching the creatures how to participate in daily chores.

I thought this was such a sweet story. Through beautiful illustrations and a heartwarming story, Hatke is able to show children how and why taking care of the home is important. Most importantly he shows how everyone big or small, furry or hairless, sea-dwelling or fire-breathing; has a unique way they can help others. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Times They Are A-Changin'

With Daylight Saving Time coming to an end, not only do we have to adjust to the time change, but we have to help our kids adjust as well.  Transitioning can be difficult for some kids, but perhaps we can make the process more fun by adding a few new stories to their bedtime routines. Try checking out one of these storybook collections from our easy section, which feature several childhood favorite characters: