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Youth Yak


Paws Points EventWe’re starting a book group for young people!
Monday, April 20

Get the details on the Book Groups page.

bookWhen Did You See Her Last?
by Lemony Snicket

After reading the first book in the series last month, I couldn’t wait to get to the next book! I loved this one just as much as the first and am looking forward to #3! In this book, Snicket is on the hunt for a missing girl, unsure if she’s been kidnapped or run away. The other characters from the ill-named community Stain’d-by-the-Sea are back and a few more have been  added to the cast. As always, Snicket’s writing is smart, fun, and quirky.

It’s Only Stanley

by Jon Agee

My new favorite picture book is It’s Only Stanley, a book which is especially perfect for Beagle Books! Stanley, the family’s beagle, is keeping them up all night with his home improvement projects. Just when the family has had enough, Stanley does the unexpected (one might say it’s “out of this world”). The illustrations are the loveable, Jon Agee standard. The text is perfect for a daycare/preschool read-aloud – rhyme-light (meaning not every line rhymes with the one before or after) and rhyme-RIGHT (meaning it’s not forced.) Also, the story builds and builds until it reaches the conclusion. I can’t wait to show this to customers!


One of our favorite young adult authors is John Green! A movie based on his book Paper Towns will be released on July 24. Here’s the trailer:


Cascade's Choices


Blown Away
by Rob Biddulph

This picture book is about a blue penguin who takes a kite flight with a couple of friends to a tropical island. It has great rhyming and interesting illustrations.

  Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold
by Joyce Sidman

This wintry poetry collection contains short poems about individual animals with accompanying facts about each featured animal. The illustrations are fabulous.

Poetry for Young People series

In honor of National Poetry Month I would like to highlight this series of poetry for children. My mom and I read most of this series a few years ago as a unit study. Each book begins with an introduction providing a brief biography about the poet. Each poem in the book has an accompanying illustration. So far I have read the works of Carl Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Robert Frost. Of these, my favorites are Stevenson, Dickinson, Poe, and Carroll and I really hated Shakespeare’s work.


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