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July 22, 2014

Blurbs From the Branch: For Fans of Downton Abbey

downton abbeyI am a huge fan of period dramas and I was pleasantly surprised when Downton Abbey became the most successful PBS drama of all time. Not all period dramas are equally as good, however. Here are a few that have been my favorites over the years, as good, or even better than, Downton Abbey:

The Forsyte Saga:  This six part miniseries is based on the first two books of a trilogy by English author John Galsworthy. I think this is the best period drama that I’ve seen. The series follows the Forsyte family over thirty years, mainly two cousins, Soames Forstye and Jolyon Forstye. Soames Forsyte is tragically obsessed with Irene Herron. He is uptight and rigid, while his artist cousin, Jolyon, is easygoing and free-spirited. Damian Lewis, the ginger haired actor who also appeared in Band of Brothers and Homeland, is extremely excellent in this series. His portrayal of Soames Forsyte is not to be missed.

Little Dorrit: This series is based on a series of writings by Charles Dickens. The protagonist is Amy Dorrit, who lives and has grown up in a debtors’ prison with her father, Arthur Dorrit. The family circumstances change, throwing Amy’s life in upheaval. Amy Dorrit is the kind of character you will find yourself rooting for, a deserving heroine you will end up caring about. The comic villain in this piece is played by Andy Serkis, who voiced Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Wives and Daughters: This series is based on a serial written by Elizabeth Gaskell, who died before it was finished. Andrew Davies, a frequent Masterpiece Theatre writer, finished the story in what he hoped was the ending Elizabeth Gaskell intended. This story is centered on Molly Gibson, the daughter of a country doctor. Her father remarries, and Molly gains a stepmother and a stepsister. Although it’s not quite a Cinderella story, you hope that Molly gets her fairytale ending. There are also excellent performances in this show, including Michael Gambon, the second actor to play Dumbldore in the Harry Potter movies!

 

- Maura

July 21, 2014

Off the Shelf: Commencements on the printed page

patchettIf you’ve attended a graduation ceremony this year it was probably recent enough you still remember it. Maybe you even remember the commencement speech. Or maybe you’ve blocked it out. Maybe you were thinking about lunch or how dang hot it was during that speech. Personally, I find graduation ceremonies unbearable, tedious, mind-numbingly boring, so much so that I skipped my own college graduation ceremony. So it was a bit of a surprise when I recently read a book based on a commencement speech and then started looking for more.

First I read, “What Now?” by Ann Patchett, based on her address to Sarah Lawrence College in 2006. She says, “Writing a novel and living a life are very much the same thing. The secret is finding the balance between going out to get what you want and being open to the thing that actually winds up coming your way.”

Then I read “This is Water” based on the 2005 speech to Kenyon College by David Foster Wallace. He said, “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom.”

After that it was “Make Good Art” created from Neil Gaiman’s address at Philadelphia’s University of Arts in 2012. He said, “Sometimes the way to do what you hope to do will be clear cut, and sometimes it will be almost impossible to decide whether or not you are doing the correct thing, because you’ll have to balance your goals and hopes with feeding yourself, paying debts, finding work, settling for what you can get.”

Next I’ll read, “If this isn’t nice, what is? Advice to the Young: The Graduation Speeches” by Kurt Vonnegut. I don’t know what the speaker at my graduation said, but I’m guessing they probably had some good advice. I’m guessing if I had been willing to sit out in the sun, listening to a bunch of names be called out, I may have received a little morsel of knowledge and it probably would have been worth it. Thankfully, apparently, some of the great speeches get made into books, which I can read long after I’ve graduated, in the comfort of my own home.
   

July 19, 2014

Cedar Mill Reads: Historical Mystery Series – Favorities

Filed under: Cedar Mill Reads — Tags: — LGP @ 7:30 pm

Historical mysteries have been my genre of choice lately. I read the Maisie Dobbs series as quickly as I could, and I anxiously await the next entry in the Gaslight mystery series. So what can you do when you reach the end of a good series? Look for more; the number of mystery series is amazing.

Below is a list of the first titles in several historical mystery series, many feature heroines from the 1910s and 20s. This list is far from complete, but perhaps you’ll find a series here that is new to you! FInd more book suggestions on our website at library.cedarmill.org.

– Karen

Murder on the Lusitania Murder on the Lusitania
By Allen, Conrad
2000-10 – Minotaur Books
0312975716

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In 1907, the “Lusitania” attracts the beautiful and the damned as it sets out on its maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York. Among the passengers is an undercover detective named George Porter Dillman. The robbery of the ship’s blueprints and a shocking murder take Dillman by surprise, plunging him into a drama of love and intrigue. …More
Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Mystery Mr. Churchill’s Secretary: A Maggie Hope Mystery
By MacNeal, Susan Elia
2012-04 – Bantam
9780553593617

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Awards:
Dilys Award (2013) Edgar Allan Poe Awards (2013) Macavity Award (2013)

London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable …More
Murder on Nob Hill Murder on Nob HillBy Tallman, Shirley
2004-06 – Minotaur Books
0312328559

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It’s 1880 in San Francisco and a determined Sarah Woolson has bucked society and earned herself a job at a prestigious law firm. But she gets more than she bargained for when her first murder case leads her to a daring Chinatown raid, a scandalous sex club, and a powerful and dangerous tong lord. …More
An Expert in Murder An Expert in MurderBy Upson, Nicola
2008-06 – Harper
9780061451539

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For fans of classic detective stories, including the mysteries of Agatha Christie, comes this brilliant first novel set in the exotic world of British theater in the 1930s. …More
The Beekeeper's Apprentice The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
By King, Laurie R.
2007-10 – Picador USA
9780312427368

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Awards:Agatha Awards (1994)
In 1915, long since retired from his crime-fighting days, Sherlock Holmes is engaged in a reclusive study of honeybees on the Sussex Downs. Never did the Victorian detective think to meet an intellect matching his own-until his acquaintance with Miss Mary Russell, a young twentieth-century lady whose mental acuity is equaled only by her penchant for deduction, disguises, and danger. Under Holmes’s …More
Cocaine Blues Cocaine Blues
By Greenwood, Kerry2006-04 – Poisoned Pen Press
9781590582367

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After leaving the tedium of 1920s English high society for Melbourne, Australia, Phryne Fisher becomes embroiled in a mystery involving poisoned wives, cocaine smuggling rings, corrupt cops, communism, and erotic encounters with a beautiful Russian dancer. …More
Maisie Dobbs Maisie Dobbs
By Winspear, Jacqueline
2003-07 – Soho Press
1569473307

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Alex Award Winner – 2004
“Meet Maisie Dobbs, who in 1929 launches her career as a private investigator and finds herself drawn back to the Great War she thought she’d long since put behind her: an unexpected beginning for Maisie–and a rare treat for mystery fans.”–Charles Dodd, “A Fearsome Doubt.”
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A Test of Wills A Test of Wills
By Todd, Charles
2006-12 – HarperCollins Publishers
9780061242847

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It’s 1919, and the War to End All Wars has been won. But for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, recently returned from the battlefields of France, there is no peace. Suffering from shell shock, tormented by the mocking, ever-present voice of the young Scot he had executed for refusing to fight, Rutledge plunges into his work to save his sanity. But his first assignment is a case certain to …More
After the Armistice Ball: A Dandy Gilver Murder Mystery After the Armistice Ball: A Dandy Gilver Murder Mystery
By McPherson, Catriona
2005-08 – Carroll & Graf Publishers
0786716088

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Dandy Gilver, her husband back from the Front, her children away at school and her uniform growing musty in the attic, is bored to tears in the spring of 1922 and a little light sleuthing seems like harmless fun. She decides to track down the Duffy diamonds, stolen from the Esslemonts’ country house after the Armistice Ball.< P>Available only in Mystery 5. …More
Her Royal Spyness Her Royal Spyness
By Bowen, Rhys
2007-07 – Berkley Publishing Group
9780425215678

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Awards:Agatha Awards (2007) Dilys Award (2008) Macavity Award (2008)
The Agatha Award winner debuts a 1930s London mystery series, featuring a penniless 20-something member of the extended royal family. When an arrogant Frenchman, who wants her family’s estate for himself, winds up dead, Victorias most important job is to clear her family name. …More
Murder on Astor Place Murder on Astor Place
By Thompson, Victoria
1999-04 – Berkley Prime Crime
9780425168967

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As a midwife in turn-of-the-century New York, Sarah Brandt has seen pain and joy. Now she will work for something more–a search for justice–in a case of murder involving one of New York’s richest families. …More
Death at Wentwater Court Death at Wentwater Court
By Dunn, Carola 2000-10 – Kensington Publishing Corporation
1575667509

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Set in 1920s Britain is this cozy new series featuring Daisy Dalrymple, an unflappable flapper and would-be journalist. Her planned interview with the inhabitants of Wentwater Court gives way ends up in interrogation when the suave lord has a fatal skating accident. Daisy joins forces with Scotland Yard to examine an esteemed collection of suspects. Martin’s Press. …More

July 18, 2014

Checking In: Up All Night (Part Two)

Good morning! Today, I have part two for you of our department’s books that kept us up all night (HERE is part one). Without further ado…

Place a hold!7) Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

When Sarah’s family is abducted, along with thousands of other Jews, in the Paris Roundup of 1942, she locks her brother up in a closet to hide him from the French police. This is the story of everything that happens after that.

This is also the story of Julia, an American newspaper writer living in Paris in modern times. She is asked to write a commemorative article on the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup as the 60th anniversary draws near. In the process, she discovers the tale of Sarah, and her story ends up affecting Julia’s life in more ways than she could ever have imagined. Sarah’s Key is historical fiction at its finest – not painting anything in a rosier light than it deserves, and yet showing that good things can still grow out of tragedy.

Place a hold!8) Pandora’s Star, by Peter F. Hamilton

This intelligent space opera takes place in a future where many worlds are connected together by artificial wormholes made by mankind – but not all worlds can be reached that way. When a star outside this zone disappears without a trace,  an explorer takes a crew and a faster than light vessel and attempts to find out what happened, while an opposing radical organization cries out that powerful aliens are lying in wait out there, manipulating the human race in the deep dark of space. The thing is, they just might be right. Full of intrigue and mystery, the title’s allusion to “Pandora’s box” is not a mistake – what will Wilson Kime find out there in the endless night? Read and find out!

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9) Deception, by Denise Mina

After Lachlan Harriot’s wife is arrested for the murder of a client, he knows that she must be innocent. The woman he’s been married to for years upon years, the mother of his children, is not a killer. Except, maybe she is. Because, oh boy, the stuff he starts digging up about Susie makes Lachlan wonder how well he ever really knew his wife.

Told from the perspective of the husband’s diary, this novel takes full advantage of an unreliable narrator to tell a twisty, turny story that can run with the best of them. How deep does Susie’s well of deception go? And, for that matter, how far does Lachlan’s?

Place a hold!10) East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck, one of the stodgy American greats, is not someone you might expect to see on one of these lists. All their writing is slow, overly-detailed and boring, right? WRONG! If you have not read anything by John Steinbeck, who is anything but stodgy, I would recommend East of Eden as your starting point.

The novel revolves around two families – the Hamiltons and the Trasks – and their incredibly complex relationship stretching from the Civil War all the way up to the present day of the novel, which takes place around World War I. The novel begins with a breathtaking description of the Salinas valley, which is both the main setting of the novel and John Steinbeck’s place of birth, and after reading it you will feel as if you are there. And once you’re there, the rest comes easy. You’ll meet Samuel Hamilton, the kind and determined farmer and inventor, who raises nine children on land which is nearly unusable. The you’ll meet Adam Trask, the rich, ambitious young man with a wife who has designs of her own. When they all begin to learn about one another, that’s when you’ll realize it’s been hours since you started reading.

Steinbeck himself called this novel his magnum opus. He once stated, “I think everything else I have ever written has been, in a sense, practice for this.” Read it, and you’ll understand- this novel towers. See the Biblical parallels woven through the stories of Caleb and Aron Trask. Experience the Salinas Valley, painted in such immense and complete detail, as if you are really there. Know the members of these families and this community like it’s a part of your family’s history. You’ll not regret it.

 

-Eric

July 17, 2014

Kid’s Corner: Robot Picture Books

Filed under: Books, Kid's Corner, Kids — Tags: , — jennytf @ 8:00 am

robot pic booksDo you like robots? If you answered “Beeep……Affirmative,” then this list of books is for you. As always, picture books are for all ages, but these titles are aimed at kids ages 4 to 9. Enjoy! -Jenny F.

Rosie & Rex: A Nose for Fun! By Bob Boyle
Best Friends Rosie and Rex discover that robots are fun! Ages 4 to 8.

cosmoCosmo and the Robot by Brian Pinkney
Cosmo lives on Mars and has a robot named Rex. One Cosmo’s parents give him a new Solar System Utility Belt and the adventures begin! Ages 4 to 8.

Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell
Rabbit is excited that his friend Robot is coming over for a sleepover, but Robot doesn’t stick to Rabbit’s list of things to do. An early reader for ages 5 to 9.

Robot Zombie Frankenstein by Annette Simon
Two robots try to one up each other and the competition reaches extremes of silliness. Ages 4 to 8.

Robot Burp Head Smartypants! By Annette Simonrobot burp
Two robot friends continue competing and reach new heights of silliness-while burping! Ages 4 to 8.

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
A boy and a robot become good friends.

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino
Robot Doug is plugged in everyday in order to learn as many facts as possible, but one day something catches his eye and he decides to unplug and go outside.

Clink by Kelly DiPucchio
Clink is an old fashioned robot who can only make toast and music. Newer, more powerful robots are purchased every day, but will anyone ever buy Clink?

awesomeWelcome to Your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwartz
A child and his mother make a robot from a cardboard box. This is both a story and a great craft project.

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey
Ricky is bullied by school mates until he makes friends with a very special robot. Together they save the city from the evil Dr. Stinky. This is an early chapter book.

Robot Crafts:

Easy Recycled Robot
Shape Recognition Robot 

July 16, 2014

Inside Scoop: Botany & Booze

Jacket lisaAt the end of a busy day in the garden, when you are ready to throw down your gardening gloves & put away the pruners – this is the reading to reach for with a tall cool beverage. Amy Stewart writes an intriguing account in The Drunken Botanist, of all things botanical in the world’s alcoholic drinks. A splendid cocktail of history, chemistry, botanicals and recipes there is much to learn about the plants that flavor and create our drinks. From the corks & oak barrels that contain the libations to the oldest domesticated organism (yeast) and from absinthe to yew, this is a fascinating world tour of plants and how humans use them. — Lisa

Cheers!

July 15, 2014

Blurbs From the Branch: High Stakes on the Red Planet

themartianThe Martian. Not an actual alien native to the red planet, but a human resident on Mars. And not the retired, relaxing-with-martinis-and-heated-pools kind of resident, but the left-for-dead and stranded-on-Mars-for-a-year-and-a-half kind. Andy Weir’s book is boundlessly witty, constantly exciting, completely improbable, yet contemporarily realistic, and chocked full of comprehensive and convincing technical science-speak, even suitable for those readers whose only knowledge of physics is how to shoot someone with a rubber band. I neglected my loved ones so much over the week I spent reading it. It was GREAT!

The Martian is a fairly new book, so if you can’t get your hands on a copy right away, but you’re in the mood for some more hard science fiction, try:

Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson – It’s 2026 and one hundred people attempt the first colonization on Mars. This is the first book in the Mars trilogy.

Ringworld, by Larry Niven - Winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, this is a thrilling planetary survival adventure, taking place in the far, far future of 2850 A.D., and that which pays particular and spectacular attention to astronomy, the rules of physics, and how machines work. While it’s admittedly a little dated, it’s lighthearted fun.

And for a quick fix, here are some great movies in the hard science fiction genre:

Moon (2009) – Sam Rockwell gives an exquisite performance in this Lunar psychological thriller.

Apollo 13 (1995) – Starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton, this movie is a classic with plenty of re-watch value.

Sunshine (2007) - Thrilling humankind-saving space mission set in the near-future.

 

- Leanna

July 14, 2014

Off the Shelf: Food Event and a Mouthful of Movie

Filed under: In the Know, Movies, Off the Shelf — Tags: , , , , , — LauraTorg @ 6:45 am

go nuts david_gabbeHave an allergy to dairy and looking for alternatives? Already converted to nut milks, but want a cheaper or fresher source? Interested in making more of your own food, but aren’t sure where to start? Join us Thursday July 17th 6:30-8:00pm when local vegan chef and author David Gabbe will “Go Nuts.” There will be step-by-step demonstrations on making your own non-dairy milks and cheeses, a Q&A session, recipes and other handouts, 40%-off sale on his book, and best of all- free samples! Sign up by calling Cedar Mill Library at 503-644-0043 ext 114.

And what better way to learn about food than watching movies about it? For “Movie Monday,” enjoy a handful of veganity-inspiring movies:

When a marketing executive for a huge burger chain finds a nasty secret ingredient in their burger recipe, he goes to the ranches and slaughterhouses of Colorado to investigate and finds that the truth about our Fast Food Nation is sometimes difficult to swallow.

Filmmaker Joe Cross, who was recently Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead, travels the United States promoting to all he encounters a lifestyle “reboot” centered around consuming only fruit and vegetable juices.

Food, Inc reveals various details of food ingredients and additives, and how contemporary mass production methods of food affects U.S. culture.

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods and adopting a whole foods plant-based diet.

Part science class, and part adventure story, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.

And while Scott Pilgrim vs the World is not really about food, it is such good silly fun that I’m gonna include it anyway. In this comic-book-inspired rom-com, Scott must defeat a girl’s seven evil exes before they can date. It get a nod here because one of the villains gets his superpowers from being vegan!

Happy viewing!
Laura T.go nuts fast food nation

go nuts fat sick go nuts food inc go nuts forks over go nuts vegucated go nuts scott pilgrim toasting go nuts

 

July 11, 2014

Checking In: Up All Night (Part One)

Have you ever done that thing where you start reading a book at about 9 PM, read for twenty minutes or so, and look up at the clock to find it’s almost dawn? Come on, raise your hands. Don’t be shy. We’ve all done it, too. In fact, here is a list from all of us in the circulation department showing all the books that kept us up all night. Ready, go!

Place a hold!1) We Live In Water, by Jess Walter

A new question every story! Jess Walter’s most sensational work is the colorfully covered, breathtaking novel called Beautiful Ruins, but if you escape the New York Times Bestseller List, you’ll find that it’s not the only thing Walter has written recently. His latest collection of short stories, entitled We Live In Water, is quite possibly his greatest as well. In “Virgo,” a vindictive newspaper editor wreaks havoc on his superstitious ex-girlfriend’s life by making (dis)tasteful changes to her daily horoscope. “Statistical Abstract for My Home of Spokane, Washington” begins as a numbered, innocuous collection of information about Spokane, but by line item number four, it’s clear that this is no ordinary list of facts. In the story called “Don’t Eat Cat”… well, I’ll just let you read that one and find out. Midnight would be the best time!

Place a hold!2) The Psychopath Test, by Jon Ronson

Where is the dividing line between “driven” and “sociopathic?” This book is not, in fact, a test to discover whether or not you are a psychopath- it is a strange, fascinating, and occasionally disturbing journey through the mental health industry and the treatment (or lack thereof) our nation’s “psychopaths” receive, from the government and from ordinary people. There are many people interviewed in this book who are clearly insane, who are far beyond the boundary of sanity and deep into the ocean of madness. On the other hand, there are also a few folks who seem to live in a bit of a grey area – normal except for this one thing, or just a victim of circumstance, and they are the ones who will keep you up all night wondering.

Place a hold!3) Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple

How far would YOU go to avoid a family trip to Antarctica? This novel revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Bernadette Fox, a powerful, charismatic character whose debilitating agoraphobia finally gets the better of her. Told from her fifteen year old daughter’s point of view, it relates the story of Bernadette’s disappearance after a series of conflicts with horrible neighbors, difficulties in the social strata, and a promise gone horribly, horribly wrong. Told through email correspondence, doctor’s notes, and other creative framing, the book’s central mystery and compelling characters provide both an enjoyable reading experience and a brilliantly scathing satire of upper-crust Seattle and the Microsoft techie crowd.

Place a hold!4) The Search, by Iris Johansen

A sexy search-and-rescue worker and her faithful Golden Retriever- HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG? This is the third book in the Eve Duncan series of novels by Iris Johansen, although Eve herself only makes a small appearance. Sarah Patrick and her rescue dog Monty are the stars of the novel this time around, taking a job from a powerful billionaire to find a kidnapped scientist in Colombia and quickly discovering that she’s gotten in way over her head. Combining action, romance, conspiracy and suspense all into one tidy package, The Search feels like a spinoff novel of the Eve Duncan series, but one that has been written with enough care and craft that it does the series justice.

Bel Canto5) Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett

A hostage crisis lasts months on end and takes its toll on everyone involved! Set somewhere in South America, this novel spans the months of confinement and continuous danger following the terrorist takeover of an important government official’s home. It examines the characters – both terrorist and hostage – in great detail, showing the friendships and tensions that rise and fall over the weeks they all spend trapped together.

Place a hold!6) Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

Okay, THIS time, she’ll get it right. She’s got to! Life After Life is the story – all the stories – of Ursula Todd, who was born in a blizzard in 1910 but dies before she can draw her first breath. Except Ursula Todd also is born in 1910, and survives to live a fantastical life. As you read through the pages, learning about the failed branches of Ursula’s life and the destiny she continues to barrel toward, despite failing after failing, it feels like the best possible incarnation of a Choose Your Own Adventure book for adults - we might reach an ending too soon, but the book won’t stop there. This novel is an existential treat, drawing from infinite universe theories and the mystical ideas of fate and destiny with equal pull, and the ending is to die for.

Any other suggestions for books that keep you up all night? Let us know in the comments. Happy reading! -Eric

July 10, 2014

Kid’s Corner: Dino Books to Devour!

Filed under: Kid's Corner, Kids — Tags: , , — jennytf @ 8:00 am

summerofscience4OMSI’s science playground has been a perfect place for my family to go on yucky weather days, or times when my kids have waaaay too much energy to be happy playing at home. There is much to see, explore, and experiment within one large inviting room. On a recent outing, once we finished upstairs, we stumbled into the “Dinosaurs Unearthed” exhibit on the main floor. Drawing us in were the two large animatronic dinos outside the exhibit hall. These life-like, moving, roaring creatures engaged our curiosity. As we stepped into the dimly lit hall and saw more animatronic dinosaurs (some as high as the ceiling!), my toddler started clinging to me and immediately asked to leave (my preschooler chose to stay with Grandpa but later said he was “being brave”).

OMSI’s exhibit, which runs until September 2, is perfect for school age kids and parents. But if you’re like me and have little ones with big imaginations who aren’t quite ready to immerse themselves in an interactive dinosaur display, here are my recommendations for dinosaur-themed books to share. As you can tell, there are dino books to devour for a variety of interests. These titles are great for the toddler, preschool and kindergarten crowd. Enjoy!  -Rebecca

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Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Stickland is one of my favorite dino books for toddlers and preschoolers. This author, illustrator and pop up artist created colorful dinosaurs that help introduce concepts like above/below, weak/strong, fast/slow, fierce/meek (etc.) in a rhyming text. It’s also full of vocabulary and an entertaining book to read aloud.

For the child who wants a dino for a friend: When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach

For fans of dinosaurs and construction equipment: Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale

For the child who wants it all- construction, humor, ABC’s, hidden letters, and rhyming text: Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs by Nate Evans

For the child who is potty training: Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman

For the child who wants “just the facts”: Dinosaurs! by Gail Gibbons

For the child who can’t get enough of trains: All Aboard the Dinotrain! by Deb Lund

For the child who enjoys rollicking sea adventures: Dinosailors by Deb Lund

For dinos with child-like qualities: I’m Bad (also: I’m Big) by Kate McMullan

For the child who needs a guide to dinos: My Big Dinosaur Book by Roger Priddy

For the child who loves hosting tea parties: Tea Rex by Molly Schaar Idle

For wild dancing, musical dinos: Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields

For the child who loves silly, fun characters: Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

For a fresh retelling of a classic fairy-tale: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs as retold by Mo Willems

For a sleepytime story with dinosaurs: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen

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