Tag Archives: books to movies

Read the book before you see the movie!

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

I have to wait how many months?

So if you’re like my family, you might be captivated by a certain trailer that came out over the weekend:

It looks like a beautiful adaptation of a much-loved book. A lot of people watching and commenting on the trailer are surprised and excited to see an African American girl in the role of Meg.

I started thinking about what I might recommend to patrons who were excited about the movie. Madeleine L’Engle had a notoriously hard time finding a publisher for the manuscript, saying “It didn’t categorize. … ‘They’ like books that fit into pigeonholes, and Wrinkle didn’t.”

Novelist is a tool available in the online resources on the library’s website. It can provide book suggestions for fans of a certain book (in this case it recommends What Came From the Stars, When You Reach Me, Coraline, and the Missing series). You can also do an advanced search to find a books with certain characteristics.

I recently listened to a piece on the radio in remembrance of Octavia Butler, described as “one of the world’s premier science fiction writers, the first black female science fiction writer to reach national prominence, and the only writer in her genre to receive a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.” I was curious what African American authors might currently be writing science fiction and fantasy for kids. Searching NoveList produced Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes, the Kulipari fantasy novels by Trevor Pryce, the futuristic Robyn Hoodlum adventures by Kekla Magoon, and the Christian fantasy series The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Evans Shirer (among others).

If you’re looking for kids’ science fiction movies with diverse characters, you might enjoy Earth to Echo or Home (based on the book The True Meaning of Smekday). Alternatively, if you’d like to find more movies that re-imagine a story with an African American woman or girl playing the main character– something like the most recent remake of Annie— you might like Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella or one of the versions of The Wiz. If you’d like a sneak preview of Storm Reid (who plays Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time) you might also want to check out the American Girl movie Lea to the Rescue, in which she plays Aki.

Magic, Math, Monarchs and a Movie

Morris, the Magic Man!
Sunday, February 12, 2-2:45 p.m.
All ages; preschoolers with an adult
Magician Morris Taylor has performed magic all over the world and now he is coming here to Fountaindale! Enjoy his family show and watch the magic happen. Drop in until the limit of the room is reached. Seating is first come, first served.

Storytimes continue this week, and Minecraft Club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday.

Monday, February 13, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-5; K with an adult
Visit the Creativity Park to try out the library’s newest technologies. This session will have a Harry Potter theme. Drop in.

Crazy 8s Club
Tuesday, February 14, 4:45-5:15 p.m.
Grades K-2
Crazy 8s is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids appreciate the math that’s all around them. Have fun with mischief making activities like Bouncy Dice Explosions, and Toilet Paper Olympics. Some of the activities build from week to week so it is important not to miss a class. Must be able to attend all 8 sessions. Register now.

Young Writers’ Club: Magical Words and Wonders
Wednesday, February 15, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 2-5
Enjoy a special Young Writers’ Club in the style of Professor Trelawney’s class. Drop in.

Wednesday, February 15 is the last day of Monarch Voting! If you are in grades K-3 and have read at least 5 of the nominees for the Monarch Award, you can vote for your favorite (and sign up for the pizza party on February 24).
UPDATE: You can now turn in ballots until February 19!

Panera Milk & Cookies Storytime
Thursday, February 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Story time at east side Panera, 714 East Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Register now.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Friday, February 17
9:30-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun! Today’s programs will feature music from African countries. Drop in.

Friday, February 17, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Grades 1-3
Use light painting to create your own patronus. Register now.

Mini Movin’ and Groovin’
Saturday, February 18
10:30-11:15 a.m.
All ages preschoolers with an adult
Join our group of friends for great times with music, rhythm, songs and fun! Today’s program will feature music from African countries. Drop in.

Interactive Family Movie
Saturday, February 18, 1:30 p.m. at Fountaindale Public Library
All ages. Preschoolers with an adult.
Follow along with a movie as part of our programming for The Great Read. Drop in.

Spies and S’mores and Homeschoolers, oh my!

img_1389Weekly Storytimes and the Crazy 8s Club continue.  Here’s what else is going on this week:

Spy Tech
Monday, 9/26/2016
Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Time: 5:15 PM
Exercise your spy skills while learning about spy technology.
Storytime Room
Participants must have Fountaindale Public Library Card to register.
For children in grades 4 through 6 only.

S’mores Book Club
Wednesday, 9/28/2016
Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Do you devour a book like you devour a great after school snack? If so, sign up for our first Smores Book Club! We will eat a snack and talk about a different topic each month. This month you can read any “I Survived” series book by Lauren Tarshis and come tell us if it’s your first or just your favorite.
Storytime Room
For children in grades 3-5.

In Your Own Backyard
Friday, 9/30/2016
Start Time: 1:30 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM
Enrich your homeschool experience by joining us in discovering the geography, stories, music, and crafts of Illinois. This hands-on program will use props and instruments to enhance the experience.
Meeting Rooms A & B
For homeschool teachers and their K-5 students. Drop in until the room limit is reached.

Roald Dahl Movie
Friday, 9/30/2016
Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Time: 5:30 PM
Meeting Room A
All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Family Movie May 21

Drop in to see Home on Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m.  All ages are welcome, but preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.  Meeting Room A can hold up to 90 people.

2016 Youth Book Awards

winnersDid you see the display of new award winners in Children’s Services last month?  They were all checked out pretty quickly, but many of them are returned now and some new titles have also arrived.

CNN created a gallery featuring book covers and descriptions of many of the books:


For a more complete list of award winners,


includes all of the honor books, too!


Too young for Battle School?

Ender's Game
Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic for teens and adults.  Tweens may be attracted to it, too, due to the new movie.  Here are some books for younger readers with similar themes (war in space, video games that are too real for comfort, and young science fiction heroes):

Z. Rex
Z. Rex by Stephen Cole
What would make a T. Rex better?  How about invisibility?  That’s what Adam’s father thought when he created an enhanced dinosaur for a virtual reality game, but now he is missing– and the dinosaur is loose.

Sky Jumpers
Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman
In this fast-paced story, Hope and her friends travel through a dangerous postwar landscape after bandits attack their village.

Behind the Gates
Behind the Gates (Tomorrow Girls series) by Eva Gray
Four friends are selected for an isolated boarding school that features survival skills classes– but all is not as it seems.

Saving Thanehaven
Saving Thanehaven by Catherine Jinks
Noble lives a life of constant battles… until he learns he is a character in a video game and may have a chance to break free.

Bot Wars
Bot Wars by J. V. Kade
In a futuristic world where humans and robots are at war, a boy goes on a search to find his missing military father.

The Planet Thieves
The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos
On a routine voyage aboard an Academy spaceship, thirteen-year-old Mason Stark and his fellow cadets are attacked by the Tremist, an alien race who have been at war with humanity for the last sixty years.

Daniel X
Daniel X novels by James Patterson
In this suspenseful series, fifteen-year-old Daniel follows in his parents’ footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating Alien Outlaws.

The Time Hackers
The Time Hackers by Gary Paulsen
When someone uses futuristic technology to play pranks on twelve-year-old Dorso Clayman, he and his best friend set off on a supposedly impossible journey through space and time trying to stop the gamesters who are endangering the universe.

Only You Can Save Mankind
Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett
Johnny finds himself in a strange situation when the enemy alien in a computer game surrenders to him and asks for safe passage– and all the aliens mysteriously disappear from all the other copies of the games.

Brainboy and the Deathmaster
Brainboy and the Deathmaster by Tor Seidler
When Darryl, a twelve-year-old orphan, is adopted by a technology genius, he finds himself the star of his very own life-threatening video game.

Realm of Ghosts
Realm of Ghosts by Jason Strange
A virtual battle between two gamers could mean death IRL.

Heir Apparent
Heir Apparent by Vivian
While playing a total immersion virtual reality game of kings and intrigue, fourteen-year-old Giannine learns that demonstrators have damaged the equipment to which she is connected, and she must win the game quickly or be damaged herself.

Some readers might want to explore the idea of child soldiers like Ender.  For a look at child soldiers in history, try

When Johnny Went Marching
When Johnny Went Marching: Young Americans Fight the Civil War by G. Clifton Wisler, which describes a variety of real people from nurses to drummer boys to spies.

School Library Journal’s recent article on Children of War also recommends some stories about child soldiers (for teen readers) as well as books about children with other war experiences (soldiers’ children, refugees, and children living in war zones).