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Starting in April 2002, a panel of library staff members (primarily from the Anderson, Bethany, Gere and Eiseley branches) have appeared somewhat regularly on Cathy Blythe’s Problems and Solutions program on radio station KFOR 1240 AM in a segment called “Book Chat,” sharing information about books and upcoming library programs.

Here is a list of the books discussed in the most recent show: December 14, 2017

Appearing with Cathy on this episode: Scott C., Becky W.C., Lisa V., and Vicki W.

Journey: An Illustrated History of Travel
by Simon Adams for Smithsonian with publisher Dorling Kindersley [j910.4 Ada]

An illustrated account of human movement, travel, exploration, and scientific discovery–from the first trade networks in ancient Sumer to the epic Voyager missions.

Human journeys arise from all manner of impulses, from migration and the search for food, to pilgrimages, trade, scientific curiosity, or simply the quest for adventure. Journey traces each through lively accounts, alongside the biographies of conquerors, explorers, and travelers; stories of technological innovation; literary journals; and works of art. Themed spreads and feature panels capture the romance of travel with evocative accounts, archive images, historic maps, and artifacts, while catalog spreads add glamour and nostalgia, showcasing objects and documents associated with the rise of travel, such as postcards and passports. A textured cover with a picture-perfect image and shiny finishes make it ideal for gift-giving.

Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.


Book of Bones: 10 Recording-Breaking Animals
by Gabrielle Balkan, illustrated by Sam Brewster [j573.76 Bal]

It’s a book of world records… of bones! Guess whose bones are the longest, shortest, heaviest, spikiest, and more. With touchable skeletons!

Ten record-breaking animal bones are introduced through a series of superlatives set up as a guessing game with clues. Readers examine animals’ skeletons and guess to whom they belong; the answers are revealed in vibrant, full-color scenic habitats, with easily understood — and humorous — explanations. This entertaining introduction to the connection between animal bones (anatomy) and behavior is playful, relatable, and includes touch-and-feel finishes that bring the bones to life!


The Journey Trilogy: Journey
by Aaron Becker [jP Becker]

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.

A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book


The Journey Trilogy: Quest
by Aaron Becker [jP Becker]

Aaron Becker, creator of Journey , a Caldecott Honor book, presents the next chapter in his stunning wordless fantasy.

A king emerges from a hidden door in a city park, startling two children sheltering from the rain. No sooner does he push a map and some strange objects into their hands than he is captured by hostile forces that whisk him back through the enchanted door. Just like that, the children are caught up in a quest to rescue the king and his kingdom from darkness, while illuminating the farthest reaches of their imagination. Colored markers in hand, they make their own way through the portal, under the sea, through a tropical paradise, over a perilous bridge, and high in the air with the help of a winged friend. Journey lovers will be thrilled to follow its characters on a new adventure threaded with familiar elements, while new fans will be swept into a visually captivating story that is even richer and more exhilarating than the first.


The Journey Trilogy: Return
by Aaron Becker [jP Becker]

Welcome the much-anticipated finale of Caldecott Honoree Aaron Becker’s wordless trilogy–a spectacular, emotionally satisfying story that brings its adventurer home.

Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It’s her third journey into the enticing realm of kings and emperors, castles and canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes. This time, it will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home, as a gripping backstory is revealed that will hold readers in its thrall. Caldecott Honor winner Aaron Becker delivers a suspenseful and moving climax to his wordless trilogy, an epic that began with the award-winning Journey and continued with the celebrated follow-up Quest.


A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside
by Susan Branch [914.2 Bra]

Susan Branch is the author of twelve best-selling “Heart of the Home” books about cooking, gardening, best friends, and the little things that make life sweet. Her latest is a hand-painted love story about her voyage on the Queen Mary @@ and two months in England, touring the countryside and sharing stories, recipes, and travel tips. Each page is a piece of art — filled with paintings, pictures, and her hand-written and unique thoughts about everything from pubs to Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm. It is both whimsical and a visual tour de force of art and words.


Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams
by Susan Branch [Biography Branch]

In the winter of 1982, long before she became the watercolor artist and author we know today, Susan Branch, 34-years-old and heartbroken from the sudden and unexpected end of her marriage in California, “ran away from home” to the Island of Martha’s Vineyard hoping to gain perspective. It was meant to be temporary, a three-month time-out from the daily grind of being broken up and miserable, but within days of her arrival, alone and not quite in her right mind, Susan “accidentally” bought a tiny one-bedroom cottage in the woods – which is how she discovered she was moving 3,000 miles away from everyone and everything she had known and loved. Funny, observant, touching, and addictive (you are not going to want this book to end), based on the diaries she has kept all her life, Susan Branch relates her inspirational tale of lost love and self discovery, her search for roots, purpose, and destiny with laugh-out-loud honesty. A road map for overcoming loss, following your heart, and making dreams come true, charmingly hand-lettered and watercolored in Susan’s inimitable style, there are diary excerpts, recipes, and hundreds of photographs.


The Noisy Book
by Margaret Wise Brown [jPB Board Book Brown]

From Margaret Wise Brown–author of the childhood favorite Goodnight Moon–and Caldecott-winning illustrator Leonard Weisgard comes The Noisy Book, now back in print in a sturdy board book!

The little dog, Muffin, hears a noise. Squeak squeak squeak. What could it be?

Originally published in 1939, the classic story of the little dog, Muffin, accompanied by big and bright illustrations will introduce children to the sounds around them.


The Quiet Noisy Book
by Margaret Wise Brown [jPB Board Book Brown]

From Margaret Wise Brown–author of the childhood favorite Goodnight Moon–and Caldecott-winning illustrator Leonard Weisgard comes The Quiet Noisy Book, now back in print in a sturdy board book!

Muffin, the little dog, has been asleep all night. Quietly something wakes him up. A very quiet noise. What could it be?

Originally published in 1950, the classic story of the little dog, Muffin, accompanied by big and bright illustrations is sure to show readers that sometimes the quietest of sounds are the most important of all.


Mother Bruce
by Ryan Higgins [jP Higgins]

Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. When his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings though, he starts to lose his appetite. Even worse, the goslings are convinced he’s their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can’t seem to rid himself of his new companions. What’s a bear to do? [A current Golden Sower Award nominee]

Hotel Bruce
by Ryan Higgins [jP Higgins]

When Bruce gets home from a southern migration trip with his goslings, he is tired. He is grumpy. And he is definitely not in the mood to share his home with the trio of mice who have turned his den into a hotel.

There’s a possum pillow fight wreaking havoc in one room, a fox luring guests into a stew in the kitchen, and a snuggly crew of critters hogging the bed. Bruce growls and grumbles and tries to throw them all out, but the entrepreneurial mice just can’t take a hint. Bruce is in a little over his head, especially once the goslings join the staff. Will this grumpy bear ever get his quiet, peaceful den back to himself?


Sweet & Simple: Dessert for Two
by Christina Lane [641.86 Lan]

How does she do it? Christina Lane, everyone’s favorite “for two” cookbook author has once again taken her favorite desserts and scaled them down to size. Here are nearly 100 delicious new recipes drawn from her personal favorites, complete with her signature gorgeous photography. Perfect for new couples, empty-nesters, and anyone who’s ever polished off far too much of a regular-size dessert, these cakes, cookies, pies, bars, and more are sure to please. Among the mouthwatering selections, you’ll find: Gooey Butter Cake Cookies Three-ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake Salted Butterscotch Tart Peppermint Brownies Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Ramekins Baked Rice Pudding with Caramel.

Lane uses pans in creative ways (a loaf pan, for example, is perfect for making two big brownies; muffin tins make great mini pies), but also takes advantage of smaller pans that are now widely available. Her familiar, friendly voice invites readers to whip up a little dessert and enjoy. She’s even included some light and skinny options for her fans. Sweet & Simple is sure to be another instant classic!


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln
by Kay Logan-Peters [378.782 Log]

Early in 1869, Nebraska’s legislature convened for the first time in the new capital city of Lincoln. Eager to reap the benefits of the Morrill Act, legislators quickly approved a bill establishing the University of Nebraska. Visionary lawmakers rejected the creation of two universities and determined that the state university and the state agricultural university should “be united as one educational institution.” Thus was born Nebraska’s great land grant and comprehensive research university that serves Nebraskans and the world beyond the state. Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, Olympic athletes, and Nobel Prize-winning scientists have launched their careers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as have world-class artists, entertainers, educators, and business leaders.


Crafting for Cat Ladies: 35 Purr-fect Feline Projects
by Cat Roberts [not current in libraries’ collection]

Sweet and trendy, creative and fun to make, the crafts are divided into four sections—accessories, apparel, home, and party. Projects range from a kitty clutch wallet and cat print jeans to kitty-shaped coasters and cat-themed tablecloth. Each project includes easy-to-follow step-by-step photography as well as an overview of the tools and materials used in the book and all necessary templates..


Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures
by Joel Sartore and Kwame Alexander [jP Alexander]

A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird–pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world. Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature’s markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore’s lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species.


Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World
by Reshima Saujani [j005.1 Sau]

Part how-to, part girl-empowerment, and all fun, from the leader of the movement championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai, and John Legend.

Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 40,000 girls across America. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. No matter your interest–sports, the arts, baking, student government, social justice–coding can help you do what you love and make your dreams come true. Whether you’re a girl who’s never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book, printed in bold two-color and featuring art on every page, will have you itching to create your own apps, games, and robots to make the world a better place.


The Larry Gets Lost series
by John Skewes and Michael Mullen [jP Skewes]

On trips to various places around the country, Larry the dog regularly gets separated from his family. His searches for his boy, Pete, and the rest of the family leads him on adventures through the history of each of the locations he’s visiting.


Here Comes Santa Cat
by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda [jP Underwood]

Ho, Ho…Who? Cat! not again. The holidays are around the corner, and Cat knows what he has to do. But being nice . . . it doesn’t come naturally. Still, Christmas is a time for miracles, and with a little luck, even Cat may find the holiday spirit – and a festive surprise of his own.


A Very Fuddles Christmas
by Frans Vischer [jP Vischer]

Fuddles–the fat, pampered cat–weathers a wintry wonderland in this holiday story of merry misadventures!

The way Fuddles, the overly indulged feline, sees the world, it’s better to receive than give! And what better gift for Fuddles than Christmas? One winter day, he wakes up to the smells and sights of the holiday: a juicy turkey dinner, sweet gingerbread, and a tree decorated with shiny, glittering toys–all for him! But when Fuddles tries to climb the tree, his family chases him away. He runs outside to escape, smack into cold and ice and snow! Will Fuddles ever make it back home in time to celebrate the merriest time of the year?


The Native American Biographies series: The Life of Crazy Horse (including The Life of Crazy Horse)
by various authors [various juvenile call numbers]

Numerous significant Native American historical figures come to life through historical photographs and primary sources. Sidebars and a detailed timeline help readers gain a full understanding of these fascinating figures’ lives.


The America the Beautiful third series (including Nebraska)
by various authors [various juvenile call numbers]

Takes an updated look at the geography, history, government, people, culture, and attractions of each state of the United States of America.



Today’s special guest was Vicki Wood, coordinator of Youth Services for the Lincoln City Libraries. Vicki presents a book talk on “Great Books to Give as Gifts” each year in late November and early December — several of the books she talked about in today’s episode of “Book Chat” were from her 2017 version of that list. Click here to see Vicki’s full 2017 recommendations list!


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