THE BOOK NOOK
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Welcome to "The Book Nook."
Each month this page will be updated with some of our staff's favorite reads, parent picks, and other fun tips, tricks, and fun topics to enhance your reading.
Did you know that Scribbles has parenting resource books you can borrow? View the available books HERE.
February Staff Picks
This month's staff picks come from Pre-K1 teacher, Miss Ashley D.
Miss Ashley's favorite book: I don’t think I have one book that I would consider my favorite but I do love Harry Potter.
Miss Ashley's favorite genre: I love to read books from many fiction genres. I have read a lot of books that are considered dystopian science fiction; they take place in alternate worlds (like the Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.) or involve magic (like Harry Potter). I also really enjoy reading books that have been adapted into tv/movies because if I like the show I will probably like the books; since we all know the books are usually better than the movie/show!
Miss Ashley's thoughts on reading: I have loved reading since I was a little kid. I was the kid who brought a book to class to read during free time & I still typically carry a book around with me (I’m currently reading The Pretty Little Liars series). Reading can be very relaxing, thought-provoking, and emotional depending on the book (and my current attachment to the characters).
Staff Pick #1: Follow Me by Kathleen Barber
Everyone wants new followers...until they follow you home.
Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.
But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.
With “compelling, suspenseful” (Liz Nugent) prose, Kathleen Barber’s electrifying new thriller will have you scrambling to cover your webcam and digital footprints. Source: barnesandnoble.com
Staff Pick #2: The "You" series (You & Hidden Bodies) by Caroline Kepnes
When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery. Source: barnesandnoble.com
February Parent Picks
This month's parent pick comes from Autumn Wickenhauser. Autumn has two children at Scribbles - one in Young PreK and the other in our School Age program. Autumn recommended our January picks but had an additional book to add! If you would like to offer ideas for our next parent pick, let us know!
Parent Pick #1: American Dirt
Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.
Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.
Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?
American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times. Source: barnesandnoble.com.
"Scribbles in the Margins" - questions to think about while you read.
If you could rewrite this book how would you change it?
What are the motives of each character?
If you made this book into a movie, who would you cast as the main character?
February Reading Tip
Read big books in tiny pieces.
Set a timer or book smaller increments of time on your calendar to devote to reading. You can also download the DailyLit app which will send you short installments of books at regular times that you choose. You pick the book, you determine how many pages you can read at a time and when you can read them, and DailyLit will get you the right amount of reading at the right time.
Parent Reading Section: Available Books
We have books available for you to borrow from our Parent Reading Section. To "check out" a book, please call/email one of our admin staff, and we will send it home with your child. Books that are currently available:
Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky Bailey
The Challenging Child by Stanley I. Greenspan
The Late Talker: What to do if your child isn't talking yet by Marilyn Agin. Lisa Geng and Malcolm Nicholl
The Strong-Willed Child by Dr James Dobson
Raising a Sensory Smart Child by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske