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Dr. Seuss / Read Across America Day

Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and it is also Read Across America Day! Today is the perfect day to snuggle up under a blanket and read a good book.

Here at the Book Table we have a variety of Dr. Seuss books! Come on in and check them all out! Have a great day filled with good reading!

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Children’s Books

The Book Table has a lot to offer when it comes to children’s books. We have books for all ages and levels of reading. We have board books, picture books, early reader, early chapter books, and children’s novels.

Board Books

We have many of the classics in board book editions!

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Picture Books

We carry both hardback and paperback picture books!

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 Early Reader and Early Chapter Books

 

 

Children’s Novels

 

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Some Definite Must-Reads!

We love to read here at the Book Table, and summer is the perfect time to catch up on our reading! We asked a couple of our book specialists to recommend some great pool-side, sun-shine soaking, and roadtrip reads for the last month of the summer.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

“This one is about a girl named Turtle growing up in the Depression. Her mom gets a job as a housekeeper to someone who does not like kids, so Turtle is sent to Florida to live with her aunt and a bunch of her cousins. It is a good story that teaches even though there is much to be cynical about, there is much to be grateful for including family and sticking together in hard times. Turtle in Paradise is based on true stories of the author’s great-grandmother and is a good read for ages 8+.”

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

“As civil war is about to break out, three orphans are forced by a nobleman to take part in a treacherous plot to impersonate the long lost prince. The orphans have two choices: learn fast to be the prince, or be killed. There is a twist that makes the reader want to stay up late with a flashlight just to know what happens next. The False Prince is a good read for fans of Harry Potter, Rangers Apprentice, or Percy Jackson.”

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

“I read Leviathan in about a day it was so intriguing. If you’ve ever read anything else by Westerfeld, he has this way of making his worlds feel real. He creates a whole new jargon for his characters to use that help to set the stage of his novels. Leviathan takes place during World War I. Except it’s like what would happen if all of this different technology was available during the war. There are two groups that are at war with each other–the Clankers (the German Central Powers) and the Darwinists (the British Entente Powers). The Clankers have these super advanced war machines, and the Darwinists have manipulated animal DNA and now use modified animals as their warships and weapons. The main characters in this book are both in danger–Alek is the newly orphaned prince of Hapsburg, and Deryn is pretending to be a boy so that she can work on the Darwinist ships. If either one of these characters’ true identities become common knowledge, they will be killed. Even though they come from opposite sides of the war, they become unlikely friends and have to work together to survive. Leviathan is a great read, and as it’s the first of a series, readers will have more to look forward to after the first book comes to a close. Great for ages 9+.”

July 2013 Fiction: A Little Something for the Girls

I was looking through the new releases in our General Book department, and many of the books I came across seemed to be geared toward women. There is a thriller, a romance, and a kind-of anti-romance. See if you can guess which one is which!

A Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell

This one sounds a little terrifying, a little Taken-esque, but definitely good for anyone who enjoys a good thriller and a strong leading lady.

A Treacherous ParadiseFrom the inside flap:              From the internationally acclaimed author of the Kurt Wallander crime novels, a powerful stand-alone novel set in early-twentieth-century Sweden and Mozambique, whose vividly drawn female protagonist is awoken from her naïveté by her exposure to racism and by her own unexpected inner strengths. 

Gripping in its drama, evocative and searing in its portrait of colonial Africa, A Treacherous Paradise is, at its heart, a deeply moving story of a woman who manages to wrench wisdom, empathy, and grace from the most unforgiving circumstances.

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

This one looks adorable! I’m a sucker for love letters, though, so that is probably why this one appeals to me. All about love, this one is great for romantic-types.

Letters from Skye: A NovelFrom the inside flap:        A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart.
 
March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondence—sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets—their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive.
 
June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago.

Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison

Now this one just looks hilarious. I think we can all relate to the protagonist–broken heart to rebound guy to hiding from love. A typical love story? I think not! Great for any strong-minded woman who may be feeling a little turned-off when it comes to love and romance.

Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong FingerFrom the inside flap:    Ten years ago, Quinn Barton was on her way to the altar to marry Burke Morrison, her high school sweetheart, when something derailed her. Rather, someone derailed her—the Best Man who at the last minute begged her to reconsider the marriage. He told her that Burke had been cheating on her. For a long time. Quinn, stunned, hurt, and confused, struggled with the obligation of fulfilling her guests’ expectations—providing a wedding—and running for her life.

She chose running. With the Best Man. Who happened to be Burke’s brother, Frank.

That relationship didn’t work either. How could it, when Quinn had been engaged to, in love with, Frank’s brother? Quinn opted for neither, and, instead, spends the next seventeen years working in her family’s Middleburg, Virginia, bridal shop, Talk of the Gown, where she subconsciously does penance for the disservice she did to marriage.

But when the two men return to town for another wedding, old anger, hurt, and passion resurface. Just because you’ve traded the good guy for the bad guy for no guy doesn’t mean you have to stay away from love for the rest of your life, does it?

Don’t forget–we have an entire romance section here at The Book Table. Make sure to drop by and see what else we’ve got in stock!

Get Your Preschooler Ready to Read

Reading is an extremely important part of a child’s education. So, the folks at Creative Teaching have created a workbook specially for pre-schoolers to help them learn the skills necessary to read. By practicing matching, rhyming, sounds, and visual recognition before they start school, your child will be ahead of the game when they get to kindergarten. This book comes complete with an incentive chart and stickers to track your child’s progress. Let’s get ready to read!

Also, we have a special offer right now to buy 3 and get 1 free for select Stick Kids workbooks!!

Books for A Baby Shower

Well I’m back again, because now it’s you customers who are providing great fodder for blog posts. (Yay!) Last night a young woman came into our store looking for ideas for books for babies and young children because her friend’s baby shower is book-themed. Everyone is supposed to bring their favorite children book. As a lover of reading I fully support that!

Here are some interesting facts about reading with with children:

  • Having your kids read a lot helps them become practiced at recognizing letters and sounds, which makes them better readers. Practice may not make perfect in this case, but it helps!
  • In another study, four-year-old children who were read one alphabet book per day improved significantly in speaking skills.
  • Deciding whether you like to read or not often comes early. Children who struggle in vain with reading in the first grade will often decide then and there that they don’t want to read.
  • The percentage of young children (0-toddler years) who are read to peaks at 2 years old.
  • Even still, that number is only 45.3% of two-year-olds.
  • Reading aloud to children teaches them about concepts, places, and people that may be difficult to explain otherwise.
  •  Repetition is important! Reading a child’s favorite book to them again and again helps them learn to read by hearing familiar words and seeing what they look like.
  •  The key to reading proficiency is to start early. Begin reading the day your child is born.

-Lis

Sources:
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/5420554/books-from-birth-of-middle-tennessee-facts-about-reading-and-young-people?redirected=true
http://www.succeedtoread.com/facts.html
http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=56
http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/facts-about-reading-aloud.htm