Five Fall Stars

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Until the power goes out and I am “disconnected,” Hurricane Irene has given me a chance to check out lots of websites to read about the new fall books. As always, there are so many titles to look forward to, but even on a limited library budget, these five books should be at the top of any school’s list:

1. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. A win-win for teachers and students. Art teachers will especially love this book about the power of creativity.

2. If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff. Talk about “money in the bank” for story time. Whenever I have a few minutes, I can pull any of the books from this series off the shelf, and the kids are happy. And this wins for cutest cover hands down!  Pair this book with Laurie Keller’s, Arnie the Doughnut, about a donut who becomes a dog! I know. It’s confusing. But out dog, Arnie, was named after this charming book.

3. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. Jeffers, the British author of Lost and Found, is one of my favorite author/illustrators.  His stories are beautiful and joyful, two qualities not to be underestimated in an often loud and crazy world.

4. Around the World by Matt Phelan. Phelan is amazing. I loved his graphic novel about the Dust Bowl, The Storm in the Barn. This one about three historic journeys looks equally compelling.

5. The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer. This is Wolitzer’s first novel for young readers, and I love the premise about three kids at a national scrabble tournament.

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