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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is designated as National Bullying Prevention Month.  I hope that every day of every month can be viewed as a time to prevent bullying. We’ve created a list of exceptional titles on the topics of physical and verbal bullying, cyber bullying, peer pressure, cliques, and social stress, for guys and girls of all ages.  The titles include information on prevention and intervention, as well as real-life stories.  There are also many fiction titles featuring characters that deal with bullying.  Let’s all do our part to end the cycle of bullying. View the entire list here.

8 Keys to End Bullying by Signe Whitson 8 Keys to End Bullying

This book provides eight smart, practical strategies to help educators, professionals, and parents tackle the difficult issue of bullying.  Author Signe Whitson realizes that there’s no magic cure-all for the problem but presents quick and easy techniques that can make a huge difference in the lives of kids.   Learn more and order here.

Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Bully

Little bull hasn’t been nice to the other animals. He calls them names and insults them.  He learns a lesson by being called a bully and realizes that it’s more fun to be nice to others.  Learn more and order here.

Bullying Under Attack by John Meyer & Stephanie H. Meyer Bullying Under Attack

Read these powerful, true stories from 80 teens on the effects of bullying.  The personal, conversational essays are told from the perspective of the victims, the bullies themselves, and bystanders that stood by and watched it happen.  Learn more and order here.

Gabe & Izzy by Gabrielle Nicole Ford & Sarah Thomson Gabe and Izzy

Gabrielle Ford details her life in middle school as she deals with a degenerative muscle disease and being bullied.  She takes comfort in a dog named Izzy and has the courage to take a stand against bullying.  Learn more and order here.

Picks for Public Libraries: July 2014

Do you need some help finding good, quality nonfiction titles for your public library?  Well I have a solution for you.  Check out Brodart’s Picks for Public Libraries!  Our staff librarians choose nonfiction titles suitable for any public library.  View our July 2014 list with a range of selections on topics such as computers, financial aid, religion, dating, astronomy, science, yoga, cookbooks, crafts, history, and my personal favorite, goats.  View the entire list here.

How to Get Money for College by Peterson’s  How to Get Money for College

Learn how to supplement your federal financial aid package with aid from colleges and universities.  Information is provided on need-based and non-need gift aid, loans, athletic awards, work-study, and more.  There is also a helpful comparison chart of more than 2,500 four-year colleges and universities, organized by state, which shows the full costs, aid packages, and more for each.  Learn more and order here.

The Planets by DK Publishing The Planets

Take a journey through the Solar System with all-new 3D models built using data gathered by NASA and the European Space Agency.  You will view planets and other space objects layer by layer, revealing every detail of their surface and interior.  Timelines of all the major space missions are included, as well as infographics that present facts about the planets.  Learn more and order here.

500 Eye Makeup Designs by Kendra Stanton 500 Eye Makeup Designs

Break out of your neutral makeup rut and try one of these stunning new eye makeup designs!  Author Kendra Stanton provides a collection of amazing looks for every occasion, including a perfect smokey eye, fantasy inspired, theatrical looks, and even nature-inspired designs. Learn more and order here.

Amazing Food Hacks by Peggy Wang Amazing Food Hacks

You will be the MacGyver of the kitchen with these clever ideas, tricks, and fast fixes to help turn food into an awesome meal.  The only skill required is that you like to eat stuff that tastes really, really good!   Learn more and order here.

August is National Golf Month

In honor of National Golf Month in August, I have the perfect list of books to help you learn everything you always wanted to know about golf! You can learn about the history of the sport, the greatest players, and how to improve your game with skills, tips, & tricks. There’s an encyclopedia of golf, dictionary of golf terms, rules of the game, and even the best courses to visit. And of course there are titles for kids who want to learn to play golf, as well as fiction involving the sport for all ages. I think Arnold Palmer said it best, “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.” View the entire list here.

Every Shot Counts by Mark Broadie Every Shot Counts

Readers can discover Mark Broadie’s revolutionary new approach to the game of golf. Broadie uses analytics from the financial world to uncover secrets to the game of golf and shows golfers how to make better decisions on the course. It’s a helpful guide for any player who wants to improve their golf skills and make every shot count. Learn more and order here.

Essential Guide for Young Golfers by Clive Gifford Essential Guide for Young Golfers

This essential guide shows young readers how to improve their golf game. They will learn how to develop their chipping and pitching play and how to properly deal with bunkers and traverse the green. A few of golf’s greatest players are highlighted, as well as key tournaments, famous holes, and history of the sport. Learn more and order here.

Loopers by John Dunn Loopers

Author John Dunn takes readers on his journey across the U.S. working as a caddy at various golf courses. It’s a story not only about the game of golf, but of the meaning of life and his encounters and experiences along the way. Learn more and order here.

On Par by Bill Pennington On Par

Bill Pennington writes from the perspective of the everyday golfer and provides an insightful guide to the game. Readers can learn the basic principles, tips, tricks, and quick fixes to help improve their golf skills.  Learn more and order here.

August is Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

The countdown to Kindergarten is on!  Excitement and nervousness is building in anticipation of that bittersweet day when parents will send their little ones to school for the first day.  They still look so little.  How will they manage on their own?  So many thoughts go through each parents mind.  We have something to help!  These titles are perfect for parents who are preparing to send their child to kindergarten.  You can learn ways to prepare and also what your little one needs to know.  There are also plenty of picture books and easy readers geared towards the child who’s getting ready for their big kindergarten debut.  View the entire list here.

Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt Planet Kindergarten

A young astronaut prepares for his mission to Planet Kindergarten.  He is nervous as he blasts off to explore the unknown.  He meets the aliens who call Planet Kindergarten home, adjusts to his new setting, and discovers things he likes.  Youngsters can prepare for kindergarten with this fun, exciting title.  Learn more and order here.

What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know, Rev. and Updated Ed. by E.D. Hirsch  What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know

This first volume in the Core Knowledge Series is designed for use by parents and educators to help kindergartners learn the fundamental skills they need for school.  Introduces activities to help with the first stages of learning to read and write.  It also provides tips on what to look for in a good kindergarten program.  Learn more and order here.

Ready and Waiting for You by Judi Moreillon  Ready and Waiting for You

Readers are welcomed to their first day of school by a variety of people.  They can lift the flaps to meet the bus driver, teachers, and other school faculty.  Learn more and order here.

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy L. Carlson        Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come

Henry is excited and raring to go on the first day of kindergarten but when he gets there it looks scary and he’s not so sure anymore.  He soon discovers that he is in fact ready for school but wasn’t ready for how much fun it’s going to be!   Learn more and order here.

Eric Hill, “Spot’s Dad”: 1927-2014

Eric Hill, beloved children’s book author and illustrator, passed away on Friday June 6th at the age of 86. We will never forget the contributions that he made to the world of children’s books. He created every preschooler’s favorite puppy named Spot. I remember reading many Spot books to my daughter when she was young. She especially loved the lift-the-flap ones. Spot has not only entertained but also educated millions of young children. According to Penguin, more than 60 million copies of Eric Hill’s titles have been sold around the world. Spot will continue to be a favorite character and live on in our collections and libraries. View the entire list here.

Spot Goes Shopping by Eric Hill Spot Goes Shopping

It’s time to go grocery shopping! Spot accompanies his mom to the grocery store where he helps pick out the eggs, cereal, juice, and cheese. He even has his very own shopping cart. He might get a treat for being such a good helper. Learn more and order here.

Spot’s Favorite Colors by Eric Hill  Spot's Favorite Colors

Preschoolers can join Spot as he learns his colors! Familiar, everyday objects help readers learn each color in this fun, bright board book and the rainbow formed at the end of the book is an exciting surprise. Learn more and order here.

Spot Says Please by Eric Hill  Spot Says Please

Readers can discover how to be polite and when to say please and thank you, along with Spot and his friends. Learn more and order here.

Spot’s ABC by Eric Hill  Spot's ABCs

Learn your ABCs with Spot! Spot helps teach toddlers their alphabet with twenty-six familiar words and objects. Eric Hill’s bright, colorful artwork will attract young readers and help them master their ABCs. Learn more and orderhere.

July is National Culinary Arts Month

Now is the perfect time to refresh your collection of cookbooks and culinary titles because July is National Culinary Arts Month. Feast on this list of titles that cover culinary history, how to plant, grow, and prepare your food, how to eat healthy, careers in the culinary field, and of course lots of recipes by your favorite chefs. You can learn a lot of valuable culinary tips, tricks, and techniques to step up your game and become a better chef.   View the entire list here.

Back Home with the Neelys by Patrick & Gina Neely  Nack Home with the Neelys

Food Network stars Pat and Gina Neely give readers a modern-day take on classic Southern dishes that they grew up with. They not only provide delicious recipes but also incorporate childhood memories and family anecdotes.  Learn more and order here.

Pies and Tarts Pies and Tarts

The Culinary Institute of America presents easy-to-follow instructions paired with superb photography for their new collection of more than 150 gold-standard pie and tart recipes. They feature all of the classics that you love and will want to make again and again. Learn more and order here.

Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr Provence, 1970

Meet the culinary icons Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, Judith Jones, Richard Olney, and James Beard and learn of their famous meeting where they debated over America’s future food influences and how their decisions impacted modern day cuisine. Learn more and order here.

Relish by Lucy Knisley Relish

Lucy Knisley, the daughter of a chef, shares her memories of growing up in and around food. She details how moments taught her not only about cooking but about life in general. Knisley’s memoir includes recipes and her fun, original artwork. Learn more and order here.

Maya Angelou: Multi-faceted Author, Performer, Activist: 1928-2014

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou.  We will never forget Maya Angelou.  Her many works and contributions will live on forever.  She was an award-winning poet, author, playwright, performer, teacher, humanitarian, and civil rights activist.  This list is comprised of her writings and poems, as well as her autobiography, and biographies, in celebration of her life.   View the entire list here.

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou Mom and Me and Mom

Maya Angelou opens up about her relationship with her mother and what brought her mother to abandon her.  She details her feelings and emotions over her mother’s actions and how she found a way to heal from the pain.   Learn more and order here.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

This autobiography details the life of Maya Angelou.  Readers learn about the struggles she dealt with as a child, how she survived abandonment and rape, coped with having a baby out of wedlock, and how she persevered to become a strong, independent woman.  Learn more and order here.

Maya Angelou by Donna Brown Agins Maya Angelou

Learn about the life of Maya Angelou, from her painful childhood to adulthood when she would become a teacher, dancer, actress, and beloved American writer.  Learn more and order here.

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou  Complete Collected Poems    

Readers can enjoy the complete collection of Maya Angelou’s published poems in this beautiful hardcover edition.  Includes works such as ‘On the Pulse of Morning’.  Learn more and order here.

July is National Recreation Month

Do you have any plans for July?  I suggest you plan an outdoor adventure in celebration of National Recreation Month!  There are so many options!  You could try camping, backpacking, hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, rafting, canoeing, swimming, bicycling, running and more. Prepare for your adventures by reading from our list of recommended titles which help with how to prepare, basic skills, safety tips, gear needed, and so on, for readers of all ages.  Get out and enjoy the great outdoors! View the entire list here.

Camping by Robyn HardymanCamping

This book takes you through the steps of planning a camping trip while stressing the importance of safety.  Young readers can plan a trip that is both fun and educational and learn about nature with outdoor activities.   Learn more and order here.

Trail Running by Graeme HilditchTrail Running

Running has become an increasingly popular sport.  More and more people are signing up for 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and marathon road running events.  For runners that would like to transition from road running to off road running, author Graeme Hilditch provides information and advice on how to do so, whether for fun or special events.  Learn more and order here.

The Total Fishing Manual by Joe CermeleTotal Fishing Manual

The Total Fishing Manual covers everything you need to enhance your fishing skills, complete with illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and gorgeous photographs.  It’s packed with tips and tricks from the world’s top fishermen and covers fishing in all types of bodies of water.  Learn more and order here.

Holy Spokes! by Rob Coppolillo     Holy Spokes                                       

Leave the car at home and ride a bike!  Learn everything you need to know with this guide to cycling and bike racing.  Readers discover the different types of bikes, getting a bike that fits you, what bikes accomplish, and how they work.  There’s information on exploring a city by bike, competitive racing, and mountain biking.  Learn more and order here.

Strike Three…You’re Out! It’s Baseball Season!

Take me out to the ball game!  It’s that time of year for America’s favorite pastime. When you’re not watching a game, you can pick up a great book on the subject. There are nonfiction titles covering skills, tips, tricks, records, guides to the game, and history.  Don’t miss the biographies on the sport’s greatest players both past and present.  Also featured are baseball themed graphic novels, fiction titles on the sport for all ages, and your favorite fictional characters playing ball.  Our collection development experts have really hit it out of the park with this list!  View the entire list here.

Baseball Is… by Louise BordenBaseball Is

Author Louise Borden takes readers on an emotional tribute to America’s favorite pastime, baseball. Young readers will feel like they are part of the game, with detailed illustrations, and descriptions of the sounds, smells, and tastes, as they learn about the game’s special history.  Learn more and order here.

1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever by Bill Madden1954

Discover the facts about how African American baseball superstars helped to integrate the league.  Readers will learn how Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Larry Doby, and Ernie Mays made their mark and changed the sport.  Learn more and order here.

Heavy Hitters by Mike LupicaHeavy Hitters

Justin, the best hitter on the Core Four Plus One baseball team, has to deal with his parents’ divorce and leans on his friend Ben.  In return, Justin teaches Ben how to be a better hitter. Learn more and order here.

A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred by George Will A Nice Little Place      

Author George Will, a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, reveals the history of Wrigley Field, in celebration of its 100th birthday.  In addition, he includes information on the team, the city of Chicago, and his childhood growing up there.   Learn more and order here.

The Thrill of the Grill: Get Your BBQ On!

One of the quintessential signs of summer is cookouts and grilling.  There’s nothing better than the smell of food cooking on the grill.  This compilation of titles covers everything you need to know when cooking in your backyard. You can learn the basics of how to BBQ as well as grill meats, vegetables, pizza, and more from well-known experts like Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri. There are so many recipes and ideas here that’ll surely make you a grill master!  View the entire list here.

Guy on Fire by Guy FieriGuy on Fire

Food Network star Guy Fieri shares his tips, techniques, and recipes for your outdoor cooking adventures. Whether you’re grilling, tailgating, or camping, Guy offers ways to enjoy the tastes of summer and give your taste buds a kick!   Learn more and order here.

Fire and Smoke by Chris LillyFire and Smoke

Would you like to make the most of your grill and smoker?  This collection of 100 everyday recipes will do just that.  It brings barbecue and grilling together to create delicious new favorites.  Learn more and order here.

Better Homes and Gardens Fresh Grilling by Better Homes and GardensBetter Homes and Gardens Fresh Grilling

Take advantage of fresh summer produce with these light, healthy, and delicious recipes.  Readers will learn techniques and can grill everything from meat, veggies, salads, sides, pizzas, and fruits. You can plan a whole meal, including beverages, with this collection of 200 recipes and 100 photos.  Learn more and order here.

Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction by Bobby Flay    Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction                                                                                                   Bobby Flay, celebrity chef and star of the Food Network, provides tips on how to barbeque on any equipment, from traditional charcoal to gas grills to ceramic eggs.  He shares bold flavored recipes that are elegant yet manageable such as Smoked Prime Rib with Red Wine Steak Sauce and Grilled Lobster Tails with Lemon-Fresco Butter.   Learn more and order here.

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