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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

And the winners are...




On Maud Hart Lovelace's birthday, the Red Balloon Bookshop hosted a party for her where the winners of the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award were announced!

Here's Maud, welcoming us to her party. She told us about life in Mankato in the early 1900s, and invited kids to help her tell a story.








And here is Mr. Saulpaugh, owner of the first horseless carriage in Mankato. (Do you recognize him? He's a member of our book club!)













Here he is again, driving with Mrs. Saulpaugh and Maud's friend, Midge, who got the first ride. Maud says, "Wave, everyone!"














And now, the winners! For Division I, grades 3-5:


Third Place: Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings!










Second Place: Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret!













First Place: Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs!











For Division II, grades 6-8:


Third Place: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen!











Second Place: Cinder by Marissa Meyer!












First Place: Breathing Room by Marsha Hayles!












And here's a sneak peak at the new nominees. (You can see a list of them all on the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award website.)




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Maud Hart Lovelace Award: Upcoming Events

It's time to celebrate our reading and voting! Winners of this year's Maud Hart Lovelace Award will be announced on Saturday, April 25 -- Maud's birthday! New nominees for 2015-16 will also be announced.

Please join us at one or both of these events:

Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday, Maud Hart Lovelace! Red Balloon Bookshop will celebrate by hosting the live announcement of the Maud Hart Lovelace Awards for 2015-2016! Celebrate this year’s winners, hear the announcement of next year’s nominees, enjoy a presentation by Maud from the History Players, register to win Red Balloon gift cards, take home a bag of book-related goodies, and celebrate with birthday cake! For more information, click here.

Sunday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m.

Hey kids, don't miss the final party for I Read! I Vote! Join us to celebrate the book winners and learn about next year's nominees. Games, treats, and fun! All bookmark design contest entries will be on display, and winners will be announced. For more information, click here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Next meeting: Saturday, April 11!

Our book club meets this Saturday, April 11, at the Hamline Midway Library from 1:30-2:30 p.m. New members are always welcome!

We want to hear about the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees that got your vote. We'll also have a selection of the best kids' books of 2014 for you to check out. We'll share recommendations, have snacks, and enjoy a book or two together.

Feel free to post your thoughts on the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees here on our blog! You can see a list of the Division I nominees in the right sidebar, under "March" in the "Blog Archive." Just click on the title of the book you'd like to post about. Remember to follow online safety guidelines. Never share any personal information online.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

~ Caryl & Jean

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.