Category Archives: Children’s

Knots in My Yo-Yo String : The Autobiography of a Kid, by Jerry Spinelli

A poignant, funny montage of 1950’s childhood memories by this award winning author who grew up in Norristown, PA.

RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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J. K. Rowling Goes to Harvard

OK, so you can’t expect a children’s book author to talk about the Marshall Plan.  Nonetheless, J. K. Rowling gave a wonderful speech at Harvard’s Commencement this past Thursday, titled “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination.”  Harvard Magazine has the full text and video of the speech.

Or, if you just want more Harry Potter, you have many choices at the library.  We have the books in the children’s, young adult, adult, paperback, and large print collections, and translations in Russian, Chinese, Hebrew, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Latin.  They’re also available on CD and cassette, and don’t forget the movies!  We also have related items, such as books on the meaning of Harry Potter, a leadership book based on Harry Potter, and even a knitting book (Charmed Knits).  Just search the catalog under author for Rowling, J. K., or under keyword for “Harry Potter” (in quotes).  

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My Favorite Book: Citizen of the Galaxy, by Robert Heinlein

The first book of Heinlein’s science fiction that I read and hugely enjoyed, leading me to read every one of his many novels.

Reviewed by: kh

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My Favorite Book: Up the Street and Down, by Emmett Betts and Carolyn Welch

My favorite book when I was in first grade. What a genuine thrill to be able to read on my own. I remember reading from this book to my teacher, Mrs. Cafaro, and being very pleased with myself.

Reviewed by: kh

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My Favorite Book: A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson

To pass the time and help a hospitalized speechless Alzheimer’s patient who had just suffered a stroke I read aloud poetry.  Several visits had passed without any communication from the patient, but during a reading of “Bed in Summer” from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Child’s Garden of Verses, without any prompting from me the patient recited the last few stanzas.   Who knows how many years had passed since she had read this poem!   That is the last time I heard the patient utter any complete sentences.   This memory makes the Child’s Garden of Verses my most unforgettable book.  

Reviewed by: Nancy J.

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