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Get Groovy with Pete the Cat

Book jacket of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Calling all Pete the Cat fans! Put on your white shoes and head over to the Green Valley Ranch Branch on Monday, July 9 at 10:30 am to meet Eric Litwin, author of the Pete the Cat picture books.

Sing and dance along with Mr. Eric as he plays guitar and harmonica and shares his musical stories. While fun for all ages, Mr. Eric is a sure-fire hit with the preschool set.

A former classroom teacher, Mr. Eric has performed at Lincoln Center and at schools and libraries across the country. He is the winner of a Parents Choice Award and currently has two books on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Get in the mood for Mr. Eric's visit by checking out these titles:

Are you dreaming of white?

Blood and Ice by Robert Masello

Are you dreaming of snow? Wishing that winter was a bit closer? Here are a couple thrillers sure to chill you to the bone!

  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • A family of off-season caretakers get snowed-in, but does the danger come from without or within? Chill out with this classic King novel.

    A group of Antarctic explorers discover something unexpected in the ice but will any of them survive to tell the tale?

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Write to Win!

Review books on the Summer of Reading website from Friday, June 22 through Monday, July 30 and you could have a chance to win prizes including an iPod Shuffle!

Here are some questions to think about when writing your book review:

The Plot & Characters
Is the story exciting and believable? Is it a story you can get involved in? Are the people in the story believable? Are you interested in finding out about them? Can you picture the characters in your mind?

Is it a Good Read?
Once you’ve read the beginning, does it make you want to read more? How do the characters talk to each other? Does it seem real?

What it Looks Like?

Two “Big C’s”: Cancer and Communes. Great Summer Reading. I’m Not Kidding.

the fault in our stars

I’m reading this great book. It’s so hilarious that I’m literally snorting with laughter.
What’s it about?
Cancer.
(long, uncomfortable silence)
Really.

It’s also touching, and tragic, so keep the tissues handy.
I’m talking about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It's about two teens dealing with various aspects of cancer. As with most of his books, I’m totally smitten. The banter between characters is very highbrow. I don’t know any teenagers who really talk like Green’s characters, but he’s a skilled writer and his characters are enchanting and well-developed. This is a must-read for adults and older teens.

Recommended Summer Reads

Shadow and Bone cover

All signed up for Summer of Reading but aren't sure what to read to earn those prizes? Check out these hot recently published titles that are sure to make those hours of summer reading fly by!

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - Two friends, orphaned by war, join the battle against flesh-eating monsters. This book is gripping and hard to put down!
  • A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan - Full of romance and suspense, this book features mathematical eighteen year old genius, Digit, who is recruited by the FBI to foil a terrorist plot.

Mon Dieu! Parenting Advice Crosses the Atlantic

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to raise a child in France, this is the year for you, because no fewer than three books about French parenting have been released this year.

Two of them – Bringing Up Bebe and French Kids Eat Everything – follow the same general arc. They were both written by American mothers who found themselves raising children in France. Although initially disoriented by the experience, both women found much to admire and emulate about the French way

Fairytales Retold, reshaped and reimagined

Cover: The Rose and the Beast, by Francesca Lia Block

Wicked, the amazing Broadway hit came to Denver April-May, I have seen the show, I have read the books and I LOVE Wicked, and now Snow White and the Huntsman is tearing it up at the box office but what about other lesser known retold stories?

I have a fascination with stories told from the outsider's perspective, or stories told with an unexpected slant. It has always been a dream of mine to get a degree that studies fairytales just so I could spend years and years and years reading and rereading the same stories told different ways, but I digress.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child

A quiet tale of love that will envelop you as softly as the first snow of winter.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, is a mysterious tale that takes place in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1920's. Seeking isolation and peace, Jack and Mabel, an older couple, endure the Alaskan wilderness all the while mourning the fact that they are childless.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: NPR's Back-Seat Book Club Pick for June

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

I'm so excited NPR has selected Diary of a Wimpy Kid for the Backseat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds because I LOVE this book. It's been awhile since I was 9-14, but this book made me feel like a kid again.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid started out as a web comic on funbrain.com and it was so popular that the book series was born. Part of the appeal of these books is that they look and sound like the actual diary of a kid.

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