New Classics: Our favorite books from babies to teens

We remember what it was like when we had the time to savor a novel for
three straight hours.  But when children came into our lives, we were
lucky to have three straight minutes to ourselves.  The novels began to
disappear.  In their place the bookshelves began to fill up with books
not even made of paper, but of fabric and board.

In the first
year, it was Pat the Bunny.  Then, Good Night Moon.  A few years later
it was Corduroy, "just one more time, Mama!" 
We piled together in the armchair and let our imaginations create
pictures far richer than the television ever could. 

As our
children grow, we see their love of books begin to flourish.  We don't
say no to "one more time" because our own love of reading is inspired in
a new way by their eager young minds.  We know that we'll have idle
hours to ourselves again, but for now, we thrive on savoring this time
and watching our young ones fly from the armchair nest to read on their
own.

We would like to share our new favorite books with you each month - we hope you will check out our suggestions! Teen Fiction
Solitary by Travis Thrasher
Sixteen-year-old
Chris Buckley's world has been turned upside down by the recent divorce
of his parents.  Moving from Chicago to Solitary, North Carolina proves
to be quite an intense  culture shock as Chris is faced with a small town full of dark
secrets.

"Local author, Travis Thrasher does a great job
sucking you into a story from the get-go.  A page-turning thriller,
Solitary pulled me into a confusing darkness very reminiscent of high
school except with a sinister twist.  Thrasher's unique writing style
gives the reader a peek into the thoughts of a 16-year-old teenager and
made me feel like I was back in high school again in all of its
awkward, terrifying glory.  I loved it, would recommend it to teens and
would encourage parents to snag it after their teen goes to bed." 
-Elizabeth

Children's Fiction
Lost in Spice by Judy Schachner
"My kids can't get enough of Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice by Judy
Schachner.  Every night we take a trip to Mars with Skippito and come
back giggling and trading comments like "Holy hot tamales!" 

The
entire collection of
Skippyjon books provide great entertainment for story time.  The
Spanglish style and clever illustrations hold my kids' interest, and
this one has become easily their longest-running favorite title."
  -Dre
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