All summer long, my son has been on an Encyclopedia Brown kick – reading every book about the boy detective that the library owns. The stories about the clever kid who solves mysteries with his brains are interesting and fun, and my son loves to read them out loud – and challenge me to figure things out before Encyclopedia does. I never do. And so it was with great sadness that we heard that Donald Sobol, the author of this beloved series, died this week at 87.
According to the New York Times obituary, Mr. Sobol wrote 28 Encyclopedia Brown books through the years, the last one just before he died. Fortunately, we can look forward to reading Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Soccer Scheme this October.
With summer in full swing, many folks are taking family road trips and vacations, or looking for new ways to keep out-of-school children occupied and engaged at home. One great solution is to check out some awesome audiobooks from your local DPL branch!
This alternative format is a big hit for keeping kids occupied during long trips or on hot summer days, as well as helping kids who may not be completely comfortable with reading independently to enjoy the experience of books. While it may seem somewhat counterintuitive, audiobooks actually promote children’s literacy. They do this by modeling correct pronunciation and fluent reading, expanding vocabulary, offering children with differing abilities and learning styles the opportunity to get engaged with books, and, most importantly, improving children’s listening skills.
One of the summer's hottest memoirs is Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef. If you want another culinary memoir to read while you're waiting for this highly acclaimed book, check out some of these other tales of cooking education & life in the kitchen.
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:
Looking for that next great read, flick, or band? Look no further! DPL staff is now sharing their expertise and experience with book, movie, and music reviews. Head over to denverlibrary.org/reviews to get our informed staff's opinions on what to read next - or what not to read.
Once you get to the Reviews starting page, there are a number of ways you can find great reviews. We recommend starting by browsing by type of material - look for the most recent reviews, highest DPL-rated items, and most discussed - or browse by genre. If you're looking for something more specific, try a keyword search on the left side of the page.
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?
I’m reading this great book. It’s so hilarious that I’m literally snorting with laughter.
What’s it about?
(long, uncomfortable silence)
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.