Dorothy’s List Very Popular at Bixby!
This summer with a generous gift from the Vergennes Rotary I was able to purchase a few multiple sets of books from the Dorothy Canfield Fisher 2018-2019 Book List, aka “Dorothy’s List.” I held several Book Discussions with students from 4th to 6th grade here at Bixby this summer. You may have seen a featured photo of some of them in our summer newsletter.
As a direct result of this program another incredibly thoughtful community member donated funds for me to continue this book discussion program with area elementary students this fall. This has been such a rewarding program. I am constantly made aware by their comments how keenly aware these young readers are of the characters, the story’s plot and believably of the tale. They recall and site scenes and tear them apart in support of their comments. Continuous point and counterpoint volleys are made. Moments are shared where very obscure details or fragments of overshadowing are pointed out to one another while exploring a character’s development. Challenges are made, and when disagreements of opinions arise, they are done with respect and an open mind for opposing views.
On the second floor of the Bixby, a few of the book discussion members have helped me create the Dorothy’s List wall. The wall contains cover shots of all of the nominated books on this year’s list. All students who have read any of these books are welcome to write/ share their comments on the book. Or you might enjoy simply enjoy reading the comments and use this to help you select your next book to read. I look forward to reading everyone’s comments.
All of this year’s DCF books are located in a display in the Children’s Room on the top shelf in the fiction section. Feel free to take a brochure listing all of the titles and use it as a reading check list. Do not be discouraged if you can’t find the books, I’m both sorry and gleeful to say they are often checked out. Simply reserve the titles you want to read at the Circulation desk. When you have read them, don’t forget to add your comments to the ever expanding reviews on the Dorothy’s List Wall.
-Notes from Ms. Rachel
Dorothy’s List for 2018 – 2019
Abdul-Jabbar & Obstfeld– Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On And Off The Court
Bartok– The Wonderling
Bowling– Insignificant Events In The Life Of A Cactus
Bunker– Felix Yz
Cartaya– The Epic Fail Of Arturo Zamora
Cheng– See You In The Cosmos
Dee– Halfway Normal
Emerson– Last Day On Mars
Glaser– The Vanderbeekers Of 141St Street
Gratz– Ban This Book
Harris– I’m Just No Good At Rhyming And Other Nonsense For Mischievous …
Reviews by the Adult Services Librarian – Laksamee Putnam
Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shagffer
If you want a wholesome bromance centered around Barack Obama and Joe Biden, then this is the book for you. This is a mystery novel that follows the pair of presidential detectives as they try to crack a murder case. The writing is very campy, but makes for a nice light read that doesn’t take itself too seriously. So go on a goofy caper with Obama playing the part of Sherlock Holmes and Biden tag…
Reviews by the Youth Services Librarian – Rachel Plant
Sparks by Ian Boothby
This is a giddy, fast paced graphic novel packed with feline adventure. Perhaps that should be canine adventure? August and Charlie two unlikely friends are a fearless duo. They are cloaked in canine mystery, for in disguise they become a super hero dog: Sparks! Behind the scenes is an evil alien, Princess who is out to rule the world, if only she can outwit Sparks.
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilber…