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Winter Reads: “And finally Winter, with it’s bitin’, whinin’ wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.” (Roy Bean)

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Even though winter hasn’t officially arrived Mother Nature has doused us with our first big snowstorm of winter in the Midwest and I’m sure it’s just a taste of what is to follow!  With this in mind I’ve been diligently perusing through reviews and reading lists to come up with some new reading material just for you for the impending winter months.  The titles range from adult books all the way down to children’s books.  Get a head start on Old Man Winter and have these titles ready as the snow begins to fall!



BloodrootBloodroot by Amy Greene

Faithful Place Faithful Place by Tana French

Full Dark, No Stars (Hardcover) Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

The Girl Who Chased the MoonThe Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Winter GardenWinter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Wishin' and Hopin': A Christma...Wishin’ and Hopin’: A Christmas Story by Wally Lamb



At Home: A Short History of Pr... At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta... The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murde...The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

Sh*t My Dad Says Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern 

Unbroken: A World War II Story...Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, & Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

The Warmth of Other Suns: The... The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson


Amy & Roger's Epic Detour Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Clockwork AngelClockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Dream Merchant Saga Book 1 The... Dream Merchant Saga: Book One, The Magic Crystal by Lorna T. Suzuki

Intrinsical Intrinsical: The Yara Silva Trilogy #1 by Lani Woodland

Mr. Monster Mr. Monster (John Cleaver #2) by Dan Wells

Salvaged Salvaged by Stefne Miller

Sing Me to Sleep Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison


Benno and the Night of Broken... Benno and the Night of Broken Glass by Meg Wiviott

The Familiars The Familiars (Familiars #1) by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobsen

How The Sphinx Got To The Muse... How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

How to Survive Middle SchoolHow to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart

Out of My Mind Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

The Red Pyramid The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan

Selling HopeSelling Hope by Kristin O. Tubb

Smile by Raina Telegemeier


Clementine, Friend of the Week Clementine: Friend of the Week (Clementine # 4) by Sara Pennypacker

Dog Loves Books Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Fancy Nancy's Fabulous Fashion... Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique by Jane O’Connor

Here Comes the Garbage Barge!Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter

It's a Book It’s a Book by Lane Smith

Shark vs. TrainShark vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld

We Are in a Book! We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) By Mo Willems



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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.”  – Karl Menninger

I was quite happily surprised this morning when I opened my mailbox at school to find an envelope addressed to me. Inside was a letter from our Parent Student Organization Chairperson explaining an essay had been submitted by a student in my honor. The essays were entitled, “My Favorite Teacher.” They were judged by area educators and local radio personalities. The student was fourth-grader, Eve O. Her work was such a touching tribute on the positive impact I have made on her life. As I read her entry it reinforced my decision to become a school librarian many years ago and how what I do really makes a difference in the eyes of students, in particular, Eve’s.

I liked to share her essay with you now!

“My Favorite Teacher”

By, Eve O.

“Read! Read! “How do we hold our library books? Hug them like we love them or put ’em at your side. Ugh!”  Do you have a favorite teacher?  Well, I do. Yes, I’m sure you have guessed.  Mrs. Parker, our librarian, is my favorite teacher. You may be wondering why.  Well, I’m going to tell you.

Almost anything you learn in class you can learn from a book in the library: science, social studies, math, etc.  Children who do not like to read or cannot find a book can always find a book with Mrs. Parker’s help.  Even if they didn’t know or did know that the book existed.  Ever since I was little, Mrs. Parker encouraged me to read.  I did, now look how smart I am.

Mrs. Parker lets the older kids use Kindles and got into the Internet for librarians.  She is nice and smart.  Mostly she is my favorite because I like reading, and she likes reading too.

Even if you tried to persuade me to like a different teacher, I would still like Mrs. Parker, our librarian.  No matter what you do. You can learn things from a book that you learn in class, she helps me find books, and she made me smarter.  Mrs. Parker is my absolute, most amazing favorite teacher.  She should be yours too!

Thanks for letting me share this essay with you.

Happy Reading!



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In Celebration of National Library Week: “What Was Your Favorite Book as a Child?”

I want to thank my husband, Steve Parker, for this beautiful and thoughtful introduction!

Celebrating National Library Week truly allows all who share the love of reading to reminisce and reflect on our favorite books that influenced us in our informative childhood years.  The anticipation of spending quality moments with a book that creates everlasting memories in our lives is a treasure that cannot be equaled.  Everyone can experience a wide range of emotions by discovering or revisiting the building block of our lives through the pages of a book.  Share your thoughts with others! We have a special week to endorse our libraries and reward ourselves by communicating with other readers.  Be good to yourself and take time to indulge yourself with a “good book.”  I know I will.

This past Sunday morning Steve and I were discussing the beginning of National Library Week and the affect books have on children.  It didn’t take us long to share what our favorite book(s) were.  Steve’s was, Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell.  Mine were, from the Nancy Drew Mystery Series, The Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene and Louisa Alcott,: Girl of Old Boston, by Jean Brown Wagoner.  I have a copy of each of these books on display in our reading room.  From our discussion the idea was born: what if I ask others what their favorite children’s book was.  I sent out emails to family and friends. I also posed the question to my followers on Twitter. Our daughter, Sarah, posted the question to followers as well.   It didn’t take long for the responses to start coming in!  It was overwhelming!  Not only did I receive book titles but I also received some endearing short childhood memories from some.  Here are a few I’d like to share:

Jane Riva, “I couldn’t wait for my dad to come home from work.  I would climb on his lap, and he would read me this book. Then, I would stay on his lap when he read the newspaper.  This was a pre-dinner ritual!”

Gordon Duguid, “My favorite book when I was a kid was Scott’s Ivanhoe, which your Mother made me read in 7th grade!”

Kendra Olson, “I didn’t like Nancy Drew because my cousin Sally and I would play Nancy Drew and SHE ALWAYS WAS NANCY DREW!” 

“What Was Your Favorite Book as a Child?”

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – by Dr. Seuss

Submitted by: Marcie Koehler

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – by Mark Twain

                Submitted by: Stephanie Thompson  @Stefaniya

Alice in Wonderland – by Lewis Carroll

                Submitted by: Patty Wagner

Alligator Pie – by Dennis Lee

                Submitted by:  Robin McPherson @uglyshirt

Amelia Earhart biography – Various authors

                Submitted by: Jennifer Scheri

Anne of Avonlea – by L.M. Montgomery

Submitted by: Amanda Marx @amanda_marx

Anne of Green Gables – by L.M. Montgomery

                Submitted by: Amanda Marx @amanda_marx

Anne of Green Gables series – by L.M. Montgomery

                Submitted by: Amy Stumpf and Sarah Varga @SarahVarga

Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret – by Judy Blume

                Submitted by: Gena Wallin, Tiffany Wheeler, Katie Hartauer, and Dee Stewart @deegospel

Berenstain Bears “B” Book – by Stan Berenstain

                Submitted by: Cheri Hovius

Berenstain Bears Series – by Stan and Jan Berenstain

                Submitted by: Caitlin Mills @crmills

Big Doc’s Girl – by Mary Medearis

                Submitted by: Mary Caba

Big Red – by Jim Kjelgaard

                Submitted by:  Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Black Beauty – by Anna Sewell

                Steve Parker and Fran Ogden

The Black Stallion – by Walter Farley

                Submitted by:  Stephanie @KeertanaA

Blubber – by Judy Blume

                Submitted by: Gena Wallin, Tiffany Wheeler, Janice Johnson, and Dee Stewart @deegospel

The Boxcar Children – by Gertrude Chandler Warner

                Submitted by: Jennifer Belden @mommy_grrl   and  Yvonne Smith

Bridge to Terabithia – by Katherine Patterson

                Submitted by: Jenna Maierhofer

Caddie Woodlawn – by Carol Ryrie Brink

                Submitted by:  Stephanie @KeertanaA

Caps for Sale – by Esphyr Slobodkina

                Submitted by: Jane Riva

Cat in the Hat – by Dr. Seuss

                Submitted by: Kendra Olson

Charlotte’s Web – by E.B. White

Nadine Maierhofer, Becky Meier, Dee Stewart  @deegospel  & Sally Royer-Derr @sallyroyerderr

Childcraft:  Storytelling and Other Poems, Volume #2

                Submitted by: Beth Kimes

Choose Your Own Adventure Series – by R.A. Montgomery

                Submitted by: Matt Maldre @spudart

Chronicles of Narnia – by C.S. Lewis

                Submitted by: Kathy Burkhead

Cinderella – by Charles Perault

                Submitted by: Laurie Evans

Danny and the Dinosaur – by Syd Hoff

                Submitted by: Hope Fabris

Danny The Champion of the World – by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

                Submitted by: Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Emily of the New Moon – by L.M. Montgomery

                Submitted by:  Stephanie @KeertanaA

The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew – by Margaret Sidney

                Submitted by: Sue Gumm

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E.L. Konigsburg

                Submitted by:  Amanda Marx @amanda_marx

Garbage Delight – by Dennis Lee

                Submitted by: Robin McPherson @uglyshirt

Go, Dog. Go! – by P.D. Eastman

                Submitted by: Janet Kiper

The Golden Egg Book – by Margaret Wise Brown

                Submitted by: Kendra Olson

Goosebump Series – by R.L. Stine

                Submitted by: Caitlin Mills @crmills  & Samantha (Parker) Foster

Green Eggs and Ham – by Dr. Seuss

                Submitted by: Amy Stumpf

The Happy Hollisters – by Jerry West and Helen S. Hamilton

                Submitted by: Kathy Baker

Hardy Boys Series – by Franklin W. Dixon

                Submitted by: Kathy Baker, Kathy DeSerf, and Cathy Bergstrom

Harold and the Purple Crayon – by Crockett Johnson

                Submitted by: Caitlin Mills @crmills

Harriet the Spy – by Louise Fitzhugh

                Submitted by: Stephanie @KeertanaA  & Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Harry the Dirty Dog – by Gene Zion

                Submitted by: Hope Fabris

Heidi – by Johanna Spyri

                Submitted by: Gerry Vicini, Nadine Maierhofer, and Yvonne Smith

Helen Keller biography – Various authors

                Submitted by: Jennifer Scheri

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – by Douglas Adams

                Submitted by:  David Despain @daviddespain

Ivanhoe – by Sir Walter Scott

Submitted by: Gordon Duguid

James and the Giant Peach – by Roald Dahl

                Submitted by: Jennifer Scheri

Jean and Johnny – by Beverly Cleary

                Submitted by: Mary Caba

Jennie – by Paul Gallico

                Submitted by:  Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Johnny Tremain – by Esther Forbes

                Submitted by: Laura Frizol

Let’s Be Enemies – by Janice May Udry and Maurice Sendak

                Submitted by: Beth Kimes

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe – by C.S. Lewis

                Submitted by:  Dee Stewart @deegospel

Little House Series – by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Submitted by: Amy Stumpf, Patty Wagner, Cheri Hovius, Reagan Stevens,

Laura Frizol, Kimberly Moniz @kimmiekm  & Maggie Hachenberger

The Little Prince – by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

                Submitted by: Zoraida  Sambolin @nbczoraida

A Little Princess – by Frances Hodgson Burnett

                Submitted by :  Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

The Little Red Caboose (Little Golden Book) – by Marion Potter

                Submitted by: Susan Warning

The Little Red Hen (Little Golden Book ) – by Diane Muldrow

                Submitted by: Susan Warning

Little Red Riding Hood (Little Golden Book) – by Mabel Watts and Joe Ewers

                Submitted by: Laurie Evans

Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott

Submitted by: Gerry Vicini, Amy Stumpf, Kendra Olson, Jennifer Belden @mommy_grrl  Ronnie Uebel, Mary Caba, and Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Lord of the Flies – by William Golding

                Submitted by: Dave Mason

Louisa Alcott: Girl of Old Boston – by Jean Brown Wagoner

                Submitted by: Kathleen Parker @marianslibrary

Maniac Magee – by Jerry Spinelli

                Submitted by:  Andrew Shipp @Andrew_ShipPR

Mary Poppins – by Dr. P.L. Travers

                Submitted by:  Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel – by Virginia Lee Burton

                Submitted by: Kellee Widman @kelleew

Miss Nelson is Missing – by Harry G. Allard and James Marshall

                Submitted by: Jane Couto  @JaneHCouto

Misty of Chincoteague – by Marguerite Henry

                Submitted by: Stephanie Thompson @Stefaniya

The Mousehole Cat – by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley

                Submitted by:  Madeleine Milan @maddymilan

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – by Robert C. O’Brien

                Submitted by: Sherry Neimann

My Darling, My Hamburger – by Paul Zindel

                Submitted by: Beth Feldman @rolemommy

My Side of the Mountain – by Jean Craighead George

                Submitted by:  David Despain @daviddespain   

Nancy Drew Series – by Carolyn Keene

Kathy Baker, Kathy DeSerf, Katie Hartauer, Jennifer Belden @mommy_grrl  ; Kathy Burkhead, Cathy Bergstrom, Laura Frizol

Noisy Nora – by Rosemary Wells

                Submitted by: Tiffany Wheeler

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – by Dr. Seuss

                Caitlin Mills @crmills   &  Beth Kimes

The Outsiders – by S.E. Hinton

                Submitted by: Lisa Reilly @lgreilly

Paddington Bear Series – by Michael Bond

                Submitted by: Stephanie @KeertanaA

The Phantom Tollbooth – by Norton Juster

                Submitted by:  Stephanie Thompson @stefaniya

The Pokey Little Puppy – by Jean Sebring Lowrey

                Submitted by: Laurie Evans

The Polar Express – by Chris Van Allsburg

                Submitted by: Trey Evans

The Princess and the Goblin – by George MacDonald

                Submitted by:  Monica Owens @Monica2point0

Ralph & the Motorcycle – by Beverly Cleary

                Submitted by: Lainey Canevaro   @Lainey

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – by Beverly Cleary

                Submitted by: Kimberly Moniz  @kimmiekm

Ramona Quimby Series – by Beverly Cleary

                Submitted by:  Maggie Hachenberger and Sally Royer-Derr @sallyroyerderr

The Raven – by Edgar Allen Poe

                Submitted by: Doriano Carta  @Paisano

Rikki-Tikki-Tembo – by Rudyard Kipling

                Submitted by: Dee Marik

Roller Skates – by Ruth Sawyer

                Submitted by: Pearl Patarozzi

Sam, Bangs, & Moonshine – by Evaline Ness

                Submitted by: April E. @eileen53

Sammy the Seal – by Syd Hoff

                Submitted by: Kim Krueger @Traegonia 

The Secret Garden – by Frances Hodgson Burnett

                Submitted by: Stephanie Thompson @stefaniya

Secret of the Old Clock: Nancy Drew, Book 1) – by Carolyn Keene

Submitted by: Kathleen Parker @marianslibrary ,  Monica Owens @Monica2point0  & Sue Gumm

See Jane Run – by Joy Fielding

                Submitted by: Jane Sack

Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself – by Judy Blume

                Submitted by: Patty Wagner, Janice Johnson,  Dee Stewart @deegospel

The Story of Little Black Sambo – by Helen Bannerman and Christopher Bing

                Submitted by Dee Marik

Superfudge – by Judy Blume

                Submitted by: Shane Severson, Tiffany Wheeler, and Janice Johnson

Surprise Island (2nd in the Boxcar Series) – by Gertrude Chandler Warren

                Submitted by: Marcie Koehler

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – by Judy Blume

                Submitted by: Eric Misener, Tiffany Wheeler, Janice Johnson, and Dee Stewart @deegospel

The Thornbirds – by Colleen Mccullough

                Submitted by: Jane Sack

The Tomb of Ligeia – by Edgar Allen Poe

                Submitted by: Doriano Carta  @Paisano

Trixie Belden Series – by Julie Campbell

                Submitted by: Ronnie Uebel and Laura Frizol

The Velveteen Rabbit – by Margery Williams

                Submitted by: Becky Meier & Kim Fabiano Fassetta  @kimberlyfab

When We Were Very Young – by A.A. Milne

                Submitted by: Phoebe Antonio @PhoebeAnt

Where the Red Fern Grows – by Wilson Rawls

                Submitted by: Sarah (Parker) Evans @PRsarahevans  &  Dave Mason

Where the Sidewalk Ends – by Shel Silverstein

                Submitted by: Gena Wallin

Where the Wild Things Are – by Maurice Sendak

                Submitted by: Katie Hartauer

Winifred’s New Bed – by Lynn Howell

                Submitted by: Kallie Parker

The Wizard of Earthsea – by Ursula  K. Le Guin

                Submitted by:  Stephanie @KeertanaA

A Wrinkle in Time – by Madeleine L’Engle

                Submitted by: Jennifer Belden @mommy_grrl   & Eric Vroman

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories – by Dr. Seuss

                Submitted by: Kathleen Parker @marianslibrary


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A New Week & New Books of Interest!

I’ve come across several new books which will be released this spring. They’ve been featured in some of my reading materials and I’d like to share them with you today. I’ve included a link to Goodreads for further descriptions and reviews as well of each book. Once again these are not only adult books, but I’ve also included young adult book, a middle grade book as well as two children books.  My intention is to hopefully have you add these titles to your ever growing reading list!

Lee Childs new book, 61 Hours, will be released in May.  Childs has an excellent piece of work with his new crime fiction novel. 

Iris Johansen’s, Eight Days to Live: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller, will be released in April.  This is a crime fiction/thriller novel.  I do tend to enjoy these! Teens as well as adults will find this of interest!

David Gordon has an interesting thriller that caught my attention coming out this month entitled, The Serialist.

Alan Bradley’s next installment of his Buckshaw Chronicles #2 – The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag, is a book I’m anxiously awaiting to get my hands on! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, Sweetness at the Bottom of Pie. This series can be enjoyed by adults, young adults, and “tweens.” It will be released March 9.

For middle-grade readers who enjoy a great mystery, James Leck’s book, The Adventures of Jack Lime, will be one they’ll want to check out!

Tom Lichtenheld’s successful children’s book, Duck! Rabbit!, looks to have another winner with his next book, Bridget’s Beret. I’ll be adding this to my K-Grade 2 read-aloud list!

One of my favorite children’s authors, Martin Waddell, has his new book coming out this March. The name of it is, Captain Small Pig. This would make an excellent book for preschool – grade 1. Waddell’s other books are all on my read-aloud lists! Enjoy!

Happy Reading!

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Seneca High School’s Favorite Books of 2009

Today I’ve devoted my blog for the Seneca High School Staff’s Favorite Books Read in 2009. There’s a very nice variety of fiction and non-fiction for your perusal. As with yesterday’s post you might discover a book you might enjoy to read!  Remember to go to www.goodreads.com find out what people have to say about these books.

Tomorrow I’ll post Favorite Reads of 2009 from Family & Friends!

Happy Groundhog’s Day – looks like we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter.


  • The Help, by Kathryn Stockett – submitted by – Kathy Parker and Janice Johnson
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson – submitted by – Kathy Parker
  • Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley – submitted by – Kathy Parker
  • My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Piccoult – submitted by – Fran Ogden
  • Virgin Earth, by Philllipa Gregory – submitted by – Nichole Olson
  • The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown – submitted by – Kirk Houchin
  • The Twilight Series, by Stephenie Meyer – submitted by – Jenna Maierhofer ,Margaret Wrublik, and Kerri Johnson
  • The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks – submitted by – Kim Sedlock
  • The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold – submitted by – Margaret Wrublik


  • Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson – submitted by – Fran Ogden
  • Marley and Me, by John Grogan – submitted by – Fran Ogden
  • For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago, by Simon Baatz – submitted by – Kathy Parker
  • Cold Tangerines, by Shauna Neiquist – submitted by – Nichole Olson
  • Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality, by Donald Miller – submitted by – Nichole Olson
  • Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others, by Marco Iacoboni – submitted by – Andy Jackson
  • Dreams from My Father, by Barack Obama – submitted by – Cathy Bergstrom
  • The Professor, the Banker and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time, by Michael Craig – submitted by – Jeff Stenzel
  • In the President’s Secret Service, by Ron Kessler – submitted by – Mary Martin
  • Kiss and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup, by C.K. Lendt – submitted by – Chris Jackson
  • Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog (Paperback)
  • Marley & Me Illustrated Edition: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog (Hardcover)

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