Lisa Highlights: New Arrivals on Playaway for Children

True Tales of Childhood: by David Stabler & Robin Stevenson The Children’s Room recently added a new series to our Playaway collection: True Tales of Childhood by David Stabler and Robin Stevenson. There are six editions to borrow: Kid Presidents, Kid Authors, Kid Artists, Kid Athletes, Kid Activists, and Kid Scientists. Did you know that…

Patrick Recommends: Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Non-Fiction Graphic Novels

The Peabody Institute of Danvers not only has superhero graphic novels, but a growing collection of non-fiction titles. These books use sequential art to make complex topics more accessible. They work especially well with reluctant readers. Make no mistake; these books are complex, funny, and smart. Several of the titles have even made it onto…

Staff Review: Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Reviewed by Rachel By all accounts, Neil Gaiman’s children’s book Coraline is a strange and creepy piece of fiction. It features another set of parents for its protagonist, Coraline Jones, who live through the hallway behind the door that goes nowhere. Copies of her next door neighbors, Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, perform nightly for…