***Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 11th at 1:30 p.m.***

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Place your votes!

If you were not able to come to our March book club meeting, or if you are still working on reading three of the 2014-15 Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominees, you can still place your vote! Stop into any St. Paul Public Library during the month of March to fill out a ballot and put it in the voting box. Just ask the librarian where you can find them.

Also, don't forget the Bookmark Design Contest! Design a bookmark promoting your favorite Maud Hart Lovelace nominee. Winners will receive a $40 gift card to Wet Paint or Red Balloon Bookshop, and will have their artwork made into real bookmarks and distributed throughout Saint Paul! Contest ends March 15 and is open to kids in grades K-8. Pick up an application form at your nearest library, or download it here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Next Meeting: Saturday, March 7!

Hello, Kid Readers!

Our book club meets this Saturday, March 7, at the Hamline Midway Library from 1:30-2:30 p.m. New members are always welcome! Activities will include:

  • Our final discussion of the 2014-15 Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominees. Which ones were your favorites? Place your votes!
  • Wheel of Book Fortune: Answer questions about the nominees and win a prize!
  • Button making: Make a button featuring the cover of a favorite nominee.
  • Kids Book Club blog: Post your comments about your favorite Maud Hart Lovelace nominees here on our blog! (You can do this from home, too; remember to follow online safety guidelines. Do not share any personal information online.)
We hope to see you on Saturday!

~ Caryl & Jean

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Aliens on Vacation

We've been reading the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees! Post a comment to share your thoughts on the Division I nominee, Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith.

David isn't happy about leaving Florida and his friends to summer with his crazy grandmother in "Middle-of-Nowhere," Washington. Arriving at her Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, he isn't surprised by its the-60's-meets-Star-Wars decor, but he is surprised by the weird-looking guests. It turns out that each room in the inn is an off-earth portal and his grandma the gate-keeper, allowing aliens to vacation on Earth. Grandma desperately needs David's help monitoring the visitors, shopping for cartloads of aluminum-foil for dinner, and taking rambunctious alien kids, that glow-in-the-dark and look like trees, camping. The problem is, the town sheriff, already suspicious about Granny, is a scout leader camping in the same spot. Will David blow Granny's cover, forcing the B&B to shut down for good, or will the intergalactic police have to intervene?

To learn more about this book, visit Clete Barrett Smith's website.

As Simple As It Seems

We've been reading the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees! Post a comment to share your thoughts on the Division I nominee, As Simple As It Seems by Sarah Weeks.

Verbena Colter knows she’s bad news.

Trouble from the get-go. How could she not be, with parents like hers? Her mother practically pickled her before she was even born, leaving Verbie to struggle with the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. And her father was just plain mean. Verbie wishes she could be somebody, anybody other than who she is. Enter Pooch, a flatlander boy visiting for the summer. When Pooch and his mom rent the house next door, Verbie takes the opportunity to be someone else entirely. And what starts out as a game leads Verbie into a surprising and heartwarming journey of self-discovery.

To learn more about this book, visit Sarah Weeks's website.

Belly Up

We've been reading the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees! Post a comment to share your thoughts on the Division I nominee, Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs.

Twelve-year-old Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Fitzroy has murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. He believes that Henry, the hippopotamus at the brand-new FunJungle, has been murdered. The zoo’s top brass claim the hippo went belly up the natural way, but Teddy and his feisty friend Summer McCraken have other ideas. Could the culprit be FunJungle’s animal-hating head of operations? Or is it FunJungle’s owner—Summer’s dad—a man who is much more concerned about money than animal welfare? The deeper Teddy and Summer dig, the more danger they’re in—because when it comes to hippo homicide, the truth can’t be caged!

To learn more about this book, visit Stuart Gibbs's website.

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!

We've been reading the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees! Post a comment to share your thoughts on the Division I nominee, Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott.

Victor Godwin, a serious-minded boy genius living in Philadelphia, discovers that Ben Franklin never died - he was put into suspended animation, and was hidden away for more than 200 years in Victor's basement! An accident re-awakens Ben centuries before he was supposed to be, and there's a problem - when Ben runs low on energy, he turns into a rampaging monster desperately hungry for electricity! All this while Victor is trying to take first place in the school science fair. But with one of history's preeminent scientists helping out, what could go wrong?

To learn more about this book, visit Matthew McElligott's website.


We've been reading the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees! Post a comment to share your thoughts on the Division I nominee, Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu.

Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it's up to Hazel to go in after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," breadcrumbs is a stunningly original fairy tale of modern-day America, a dazzling ode to the power of fantasy, and a heartbreaking meditation on how growing up is as much a choice as it is something that happens to us.

To learn more about this book, visit Anne Ursu's website.