Arte Kids Book Series

123 Si!: An Artistic Counting Book in English and Spanish Colores Everywhere!: Colors in English and Spanish Hello, Circulos!: Shapes in English and Spanish

123 Si!: An Artistic Counting Book in English and Spanish by San Antonio Museum of Art

Colores Everywhere!: Colors in English and Spanish by San Antonio Museum of Art

Hello, Circulos!: Shapes in English and Spanish by San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Antonio Library Foundation and Trinity Press have worked together to create a new series of books for children.  The first book, 123 Si!, was published in 2011 and the next two books followed in 2012.  There are plans for a series of 9 books with two more titles being added in the spring of 2013. 

All three books combine art from the collections at the San Antonio Museum of Art with concepts that toddlers can relate to.  The result are books that are bright and colorful but that offer a wonderful depth of subject matter too.  The books are fully bilingual, giving terms for numbers, colors and shapes in both English and Spanish.  Fully embracing early literacy, the books offer ideas for questions on each page, giving parents cues as to what to talk about in each picture.  It is done in such a way that it’s simple, easy and non-threatening.  Additional information on the art is available at the end of each book.

Three very successful board books that combine bilingual content, great art and basic concepts, these books belong at any library serving a Spanish-speaking population.  Appropriate for ages 1-3.

Reviewed from copies received from Trinity University Press.

Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2012

Every year VOYA (The Voice of Youth Advocates) offers a list of the top books of that year for middle school readers.  Middle school can be particularly difficult to purchase for, since students in that age range are transitioning to full teen reads, yet not everything in the teen collection may be appropriate for them.  So here are the best books of 2012  for that age selected by VOYA:

Almost Home The Apothecary Buddy

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Buddy by M. H. Herlong

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale Child of the Mountains Chomp

The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy

Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank

Chomp by Carl Hiassen

Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact Deadweather and Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg, #1) A Diamond in the Desert

Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A. J. Hartley

Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey

A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Double Eva of the Farm Fighting for Dontae

Double by Jenny Valentine

Eva of the Farm by Dia Calhoun

Fighting for Dontae by Mike Castan

Jump into the Sky Kepler's Dream Laugh with the Moon

Jump into the Sky by Shelley Pearsall

Kepler’s Dream by Juliet Bell

Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg

Liesl & Po The Lions of Little Rock One for the Murphys

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

13790755 Poison Most Vial: A Mystery The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

Pip and the Wood Witch Curse by Chris Mould

Poison Most Vial by Benedict Carey

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen

Shadow on the Mountain Sway Three Times Lucky

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus

Sway by Amber McRee Turner

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Ungifted Vessel Wonder

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Maze Runner–The Movie

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

The film version of Maze Runner by James Dashner has been given a release date.  Director Wes Ball was announced last summer.  Now we know that the movie will be released on February 14, 2014.  This puts it a month earlier than the film version of Divergent, another teen dystopian film based on a book.  Should be quite a year!

Dashner has a new series starting this fall too!