2022 Butler Book Sale

Join the Butler Children’s Literature Center for our annual book sale!

WHEN: December 8-10 from 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

WHERE: The Butler Center (Crown 214) will be staffed and ready to talk about our favorite things and we want YOU to join us!

WHY: If you’re looking to build your personal book collection, stock up for your school or public library, buy some holiday presents for your loved ones, or just want to check out the best books for kids and teens from 2022, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. All proceeds from the sale support Butler Center events and operations.

Hardcovers $5 each, paperbacks $2. 

Cash, checks, and credit cards are welcome.

Questions? Contact us at butler@dom.edu

Hope to see you there!

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In Yetis are the Worst! by Alex Willan, the follow-up to Unicorns Are the Worst! and Dragons Are the Worst!, Gilbert the Goblin’s next adventure takes him to the frozen tundra, where he’s determined to find the legendary yeti. Gilbert the Goblin is the first to admit that he was mistaken—unicorns actually throw the best tea parties, and dragons make delicious ice cream soup. This time, though, he can absolutely confirm that YETIS ARE THE WORST!

Check it out along with the other titles featured below!

Black Boy, Black Boy: Celebrate Remarkable Moments in Black History with this Uplifting Story
Written by Ali Kamanda & Jorge Redmond and Illustrated by Ken Daley
Published by Sourcebooks eXplore
Available Now!

How Do Meerkats Order Pizza? Wild Facts About Animals and the Scientists Who Study Them
Written and Illustrated by Brooke Barker
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Available Today!

Other Side of the Tracks
Written by Charity Alyse
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Available Today!

Sugar Pie Lullaby: The Soul of Motown in a Song of Love
Written by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Sawyer Cloud
Published by Sourcebooks eXplore
Available February 7th!

Yetis are the Worst!
Written and Illustrated by Alex Willan
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Available Today!

British Spy Kids: A Review of Swift and Hawk: Cyberspies

Swift and Hawk: Cyberspies
By Logan Macx
Walker Books
November 22th, 2022
Ages 8 to 12

Caleb lives in London with his CIA agent Mom, Harper, he goes to a school for genius kids and has all the technology he could ever want or use for his own projects. Then a group of shady mercenaries shows up at his home, telling Harper that they have information about the mysterious Xavier Torrent, the former research partner to Caleb’s dead father. The catch, Caleb and Harper must go with them. Unconvinced, Caleb escapes the kidnapping attempt catching up with his professor as well as his best friend Zen in a secret bunker beneath the British History Museum. Caleb and Zen are inducted into Möbius, a secret extracurricular school program. Given the code names Swift and Hawk, the duo must chase down the mercenaries that have kidnapped both their families and investigate why the villains are so obsessed with Caleb. The actions scenes are clear and have tension, the quieter moments filled with discovery of new information. The main duo is almost superhuman. Caleb is a programmer and hacker extraordinaire and Zen is a mechanical wiz and martial arts master. As young teens, the pair are able to outwit and outfight trained members of a criminal conspiracy. While this occasionally stretches credulity, the narrative plays it straight and keeps doubling down on how competent the duo is. This allows the author to avoid the grittier elements of spy stories and focuses on the cool gadgets and the fun and simple adventure. Caleb and Zen’s adventure is escapist, they always seem to have the right tool for the job at the right time.

A Europe-spanning adventure spy novel of best friends that sneak onto freighters full of mercenaries, escape runaway trains, and fight everything from wolves to drones to save their family, and maybe the world.

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You Are Loved: A Book About Families is the heartwarming companion book to 2021’s You Are Enough and highlights the important message that families aren’t just the people you live with. The warm illustrations tell the stories of various blended families teaching you how to be strong and show you how loved you are. 

Check it out along with the other heartwarming and motivational titles featured below!

Good Different
Written by Meg Kuyatt
Published by Scholastic Press
Available May 16th!

When Things Aren’t Going Right, Go Left
Written by Marc Colagiovanni and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Published by Orchard Books
Available March 7th!

I Kick and I Fly 
Written by Ruchira Gupta
Published by Scholastic Press
Available April 18th!

Sunshine 
Written by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Published by Graphix
Available April 18th!

When a Friend Needs a Friend
Written and Illustrated by Roozeboos
Published by Scholastic Press
Available February 7th!

You Are Loved: A Book About Families 
Written by Margaret O’Hair and Illustrated by Sofia Cardoso
Published by Scholastic
Available March 7th!

Let’s Celebrate Children’s Book Week!

Celebrating the powerful impact books have on young readers, the second celebration of Children’s Book Week is here! Every Child a Reader is an award-winning, non-profit organization that has provided the longest-running and largest outreach programs in the nation to its diverse readers, and is the main supporter of Children’s Books Week. The second celebration of Children’s Book Week with the slogan, How Do You Book?, will last from November 7th through 13th. To foster the love of reading and unite kids and adults to celebrate this annual celebration, Every Young Reader has provided a variety of free tools and resources to finish off the week.

Some interesting resources to check out:

  • How Do You Book? Challenge
    • Provides an activity layout for asking kids what, how, and where they enjoy reading.
    • Encourages young readers to explore new book genres and preferences by thinking of ‘book’ as a verb in this challenge.
  • Children’s Book Week Educator Kit
    • This can be used individually or in collaboration with the How Do You Book? Challenge.
    • Useful for all ages, the prompts and checklist in this kit provide questions encouraging readers to learn from others and think critically about how they book, or don’t.
  • Media Tools
    • Supporting teachers and other librarians, this resource helps reach young readers through media, social media, and digital communications.
    • Gain more inspiration from readers and authors by following #HowDoYouBook .
  • 2022 Children’s Book Week Poster, Bookmarks, and Activities
    • Display this poster and bookmarks in your library or classroom today to help support the celebration.

For all these tools and more, visit https://everychildareader.net/cbw/.

(Cited from Every Child a Reader Website)

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P.J. Lynch illustrates the classic poem by Robert Frost Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Check it out and the other titles we are featuring below!

Am I a Frog?
Written and Illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
Published by Holiday House
Available Now!

Henry Hamlet’s Heart
Written by Rhiannon Wilde
Published by Charlesbridge Teen
Available Now!

Middle School Bites: Night of the Vam-Wolf-Zom 
Written by Steven Banks and Illustrated by Mark Fearing
Published by Holiday House
Available Now!

Nina Soni, Snow Spy
Written by Kashmira Sheth and Illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky
Published by Peachtree
Available Now!

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Written by Robert Frost and Illustrated by P.J.Lynch
Published by Candlewick Press
Available Today!

Stuck! (Help, Please)
Written by Karol Ruth Silverstein and Illustrated by Greg Paprocki
Published by Charlesbridge
Available Now!

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Road of the Lost by Nafiza Azad follows a girl who discovers she’s spent her life under an enchantment hiding her true identity on her quest into the magical Otherworld to unlock her powers and discover her destiny. Even the most powerful magic can’t hide a secret forever.

Check it out along with the other middle-grade and young-adult novels we are featuring below!

April & Mae and the Book Club Cake
Written by Megan Dowd Lambert and Illustrated by Briana Dengoue
Published by Charlesbridge
Available Now!

Elf Academy: Happy Santa Day!
Written by Alan Katz and Illustrated by Sernur Isik
Published by Aladdin Quix
Available Now!

Henry Hamlet’s Heart
Written by Rhiannon Wilde
Published by Charlesbridge Teen
Available Now!

The Hope of Elephants
Written by Amanda Rawson Hill
Published by Charlesbridge
Available Now!

The Infamous Frankie Lorde: No Admissions
Written by Brittany Geragotelis
Published by Pixel Ink
Available Now!

Road of the Lost
Written by Azad, Nafiza
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Available Now!

Sneaking Through the Jungle: A Review of Tiptoe Tiger

Tiptoe Tiger
By Jane Clarke
Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Nosy Crow
November 8th, 2022
Ages 4 to 6

Tara the Tiger still wants to play as the sun sets. She pounces at butterflies, bounces at peacocks, roars at owls, and finally, with the help of readers, tiptoes past a crabby crocodile to her mother and bed. The story is participatory, urging children to flap their arms, roar, whisper, and guess the next animals to come along. Reminiscent of a morning TV show, like Dora the Explorer, or Blue’s Clues, the book asks for the reader’s help to convince Tara to tiptoe so as not to scare away the other animals. This rarely works. Illustrated digitally in a big, blocky style, the animals and plants are made of large and simple shapes. Spreads have the appearance of a collage and sponge painting, giving the art a speckly, layered look. Tara and her mother are colored in highlighter orange. This bright color stands out more and more as the backgrounds transition from a golden sunset to a purple night. While the book’s content is about going to sleep, it is too high energy to be a good choice for a bedtime story.

Easy to follow, even at a distance, with the interactive elements, that makes it an excellent choice for preschool storytime.

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Grab an apron! With more than forty vegetarian and plant-based recipes for scrumptious meals, savory snacks, tasty treats, and showstopper desserts, David Atherton’s Bake, Make & Learn to Cook Vegetarian: Healthy and Green Recipes for Young Cooks is a feast for readers who care about the food on their plate. 

Check it out and the other nonfiction titles we are featuring below!

Bake, Make & Learn to Cook Vegetarian: Healthy and Green Recipes for Young Cooks
Written by David Atherton and Illustrated by Alice Bowser
Published by Candlewick Press
Available November 8th!

Hidden Habitats Earth
Written and Illustrated by Lara Hawthorne
Published by Big Picture Press
Available November 1st!

Show and Tell! Great Graphs and Smart Charts: An Introduction to Infographics
Written by Stuart J. Murphy and Illustrated by Teresa Bellon
Published by Charlesbridge
Available Now!

SmART: Use Your Eyes to Boost your Brain
Written by Amy E. Herman & Heather Maclean
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Available Today!

Troublemakers in Trousers: Women and What They Wore to Get Things Done
Written by Sarah Albee and Illustrated by Kaja Kajfez
Published by Charlesbridge
Available Today!

Where do Big Creatures Sleep at Night?
Written by Steven J. Simmons & Clifford R. Simmons and Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper
Published by Charlesbridge
Available Today!

An Everglades-inspired Fantasy Adventure: A Review of Into the Glades

Into the Glades
Laura Sebastian
Delacorte Press
October 25th, 2022
Ages 8 to 12

The Glades—a peaceful but magical swamp-like area filled with magical creatures—has been the home to best friends, Cecilia and Larkin, since they were young. But with the unexpected death of Cecilia’s father, Oziris, the leader of the village, the Glades has turned maliciously towards the townspeople like never before. Wrapped in anger and grief but determined to resurrect Oziris and break the curse on the Glades, Cecilia and Larkin, along with their two younger brothers, embark upon a journey through the Glades to find a powerful witch. But the potential price of such dark magic may be too much for the children to handle, along with the grief and fury threatening to consume them.

As the girls and their brothers’ journey through the Glades, Sebastian weaves in how each handles their grief, from simmering anger to calm acceptance. Tested throughout their journey, Cecilia and Larkin are challenged by their emotions, magical ability, and fear of losing each other. In the end, they have to accept each other for their bonds of friendship to endure. Sebastian uses the journey though the Glade as a metaphor for moving through the stages of grief. Details of Oziris’s death introduce a darker tone, but Sebastian balances it with subtle humor and lightheartedness from the brothers. She firmly places them as emotional support for Cecilia and Larkin while away from the rest of their grieving family members. The characters and location of the story are inspired by the author’s childhood, making it a personal story that still allows readers to immerse themselves in her experience. Into the Glades is a fantasy adventure encouraging social-emotional learning by bringing to life real issues surrounding loss and grief along with accepting change and enjoying each moment, providing a silver lining to even the darkest events.