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Hug Machine - Scott Campbell
Written & illustrated by Scott Campbell January 21 is National Hug Day so none of the Divas at Diane’s could resist Hug Machine! We cheer for him and his small hugs, his big hugs, as he hugs soft things, hard things, really big things, and even spiky things! And, best of all, Hug Machine is “always open for business.” For all ages, Everyone needs a Hug Machine!
Madame Martine - Sarah S. Brannen
Written & illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen Take a moment and come to glorious Paris with Madame Martine, who lives alone in a small apartment near the Eiffel Tower. But, strangely enough, she has never climbed it! Until one day, one rainy Saturday, a small dog changes her life. A small wet dog, quivering under a bush, all alone, which she gathers up, hugs and which takes Madame Martine on an adventure she’ll never forget. Parfait!
If Kids Ran The World
Written & illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon Caldecott-medalists Leo and Diane Dillon deliver perhaps the most powerful picture book published in recent memory and which should be in every classroom and on every family bookshelf. The Dillons choose simple but unforgettable words and a rainbow of children to remind us that, indeed, today’s amazing, feisty, fabulous children with fire in their eyes are our greatest hope for the future. It takes my breath away!
Written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Let’s cheer for curiosity in this brilliant picture book inspired by the children who author Marie-Louise Gay has met over the years. “When I meet children in schools or libraries, I see nothing has changed. Children are as curious as ever.” Hooray! The profound truth is that there are no stories without questions! A great family read-aloud!
Fleabrain Loves Franny - Joanne Rocklin
Written by Joanne Rocklin My choice for the Newbery Award 2015! Meet Franny Katzenbach, an 11-year-old girl living in Pittsburgh who is recovering from polio. The year is 1952 and Franny has fallen in love with the recently published Charlotte’s Web. How Franny longs for a Charlotte of her own! Then she meets book-loving Fleabrain, who lives on the tip of Franny’s dog’s tail, and a great friendship and adventure begin. Bursting with imagination, you cry and cheer and cry again!
Navigating Early - Clare Vanderpool An almost mandatory middle-grade read! It’s 1945 in Maine and Early Auden and Jack Baker are two 13 year olds attending a boy’s academy. Early is navigating far and wide because his brother Fisher was reported to have died in World War II, but Early does not believe it. So Jack Baker has to help navigate Early. Read this out loud to your sons! $16.99 Ages 13 to forever
Absolutely Truly - Heather Vogel Frederick A new series from the author of the beloved Mother-Daughter Book Club and a staff favorite already! Meet 12-year-old Truly Lovejoy, an awkward, tall seventh grader who discovers an enigmatic letter tucked inside a signed first edition of Charlotte’s Web. $16.99 Ages 12 and up
The Griffin's Riddle - Suzanne Selfors & Dan Santat The Imaginary Veterinary has me in its clutches! Let me explain: Ben and Pearl set off for another exciting day as apprentices of Dr. Woo — a vet for imaginary creatures! When they discover that Dr. Woo and the Sasquatch are both sick with troll tonsillitis, the two must travel to an imaginary world in search of the only cure. Who can resist? $16.00 Ages 11 and up
Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits - Michael D. Beil In 1938, 10-year-old Henry and his mother board a train bound from New York to Chicago and the fun begins! It includes a talking cat named Lantern Sam, a kidnapping and a train conductor named Clarence! Perfect for our middle grade boys, perfect for our reluctant readers and such a perfect readaloud. $15.99 Ages 10 and up
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAPPY WINTER 2015!
A brand new year is always cause for celebration and Diane’s Books has a multitude of things to celebrate!
Diane’s Books is now in our 25th year, already planning that important glorious celebration on November 3, 2015! Of course, my Dazzling Divas continue to dazzle me with their dedication, hard work and caring about what matters to me and kindness is at the top of that list, as are you, our amazing loyal customers, of course and always!
And the long overdue celebration of this winter is a celebration of the feast of children’s books, which continue to thrill us with imagination and most importantly MAGIC. How I love the magic of words, the magic of imagination, the magic of a book-lovin’, poetry-writing flea in Fleabrain loves Franny, which is my top choice for the Newbery Award 2015. Or the magic of deep friendship in Navigating Early. Or the magic of a hard-boiled detective and talking cat in Lantern Sam. Or the magic of an amazing young woman, Malala — the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize and who said that The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz was the book that helped her through her recovery process after that heinous act by the Taliban. Imagine!
And is there better magic than the image of an idea with a gold crown in one of our new favorite picture books, What Do You Do With an Idea? And, of course, non-fiction has its own magic when you meet and see the Founding Fathers! They definitely have a brand-new persona in the hands of Riverside, Conn., artist Barry Blitt. And those are just a few! And please remember, picture books are for everyone! Diane’s Books is an entire world of magic!
And, as always, I remind each and one of you to read out loud every day to your children, of all ages. Children are made readers in the laps of their parents and grandparents — they are! — and this is the magic gift you can give to our precious children, and how we love children at Diane’s Books. CHILDREN ARE OUR MAGIC!
T.S. Eliot so wisely wrote: “We live in a culture distracted from distraction by distraction.” AHH, but the magic of stories and storytelling, the magic of spoken and written word, leaves no room for distraction. Stories and storytelling leave room only for imagination and wonder. Imaginary worlds have no limits, no boundaries.
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!
HAPPY READING OUT LOUD!
The Magician’s Lie
by Greer Macallister
I predict the riveting Magician’s Lie is the book everyone will be reading this winter! Meet the Amazing Arden, a female illusionist, who is renowned for her incredible trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, a young policeman, Virgil Holt, is watching the show and Arden’s husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night. Who is the murderer and will Arden reveal her secrets even if her life is at stake? If you dare, tiptoe into the world of the most famous female illusionist. Based on a true story, you will have no choice but to stay up all night reading and Arden’s deep diabolical secret will shock you! $25 BUY
The High Divide - Lin Enger The best literary fiction I have read in 2014, The High Divide is set in 1886, on Minnesota’s western prairie and the badlands of Montana. This geography is one kind of High Divide, but the real divide is between past and present. Ulysses Pope was a soldier who fought with Custer and who committed a terrible crime in the name of war. That is the past. His grief and post-traumatic stress syndrome finds our hero walking out of his present life with just a chicken tucked under his arm. Author Lin Enger, in gorgeous prose, insists we walk this hell with Ulysses, a chilling reminder of today’s headlines and the chilling reality that there is no divide between 1886 and 2015. Spectacular! Surely a Pulitzer Prize contender!
Kids Who Are Changing The World
Written by Anne Jankeliowitch Photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand The perfect companion to If Kids Ran The World! Meet 45 determined kids, from all over the world, who have accepted the challenge to make their world a better place. And one of these kids is Ainhoa Hardy, 14, from Greenwich! Hooray! This is a must for every classroom and every bookshelf. $14.99 BUY
I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai & Patricia McCormick
Malala is the youngest person ever to be nominated for and to win a Nobel Peace Prize, and we are excited and honored to put a Young Readers Edition of her courageous story into the hands of our middle-grade and teen readers! Malala’s story is about her battle to be educated in Pakistan and how she almost lost her life for her cause. $17
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina - Michaela Deprince & Elaine DePrince
Born in Sierra Leone and orphaned at an early age, Michaela was adopted by an American family when she was four years old. Just before leaving for the United States, she found a magazine photograph of a ballerina and her dream was born. This is an uplifting, amazing story about overcoming the odds.
Kid Presidents - David Stabler & Doogie Horner
Every President started out as a kid! Forget the legends, ignore the tall tales — the kids who grew up to be president were not superheroes, but rather normal kids who got in trouble, who had to follow their parent’s orders and who liked to be mischievous. Fullcolor cartoons illustrate every page. History has never been this much fun!
The Founding Fathers! - Jonah Winter
Tall! Short! A scientist! A dancer! A farmer! A soldier! The Founding Fathers had no idea they would ever be called the Founding Fathers and they could not agree exactly on what they were founding! History at its finest for the entire family. And not to be missed are the fabulous rollicking illustrations by Barry Blitt, a resident of Riverside!
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