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Hunger Games eBooks Now Available!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

At long last, this crazy-popular series has been released in eBook format.  Click here to check out or place a hold on a copy today — we know you’ll think it was worth the wait!

The Hunger Games           Catching Fire           Mockingjay

In addition, Scholastic has made many other popular titles from classic series like Goosebumps and The Baby-Sitters Club available for public libraries. Visit our eBook site today to check them out!


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Review Brandon Mull’s New Book and Win a T-Shirt!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

If you like Brandon Mull’s Beyonders, you’ll love his new book, Sky Raiders, the first in his Five Kingdoms series.

It is the story of 6th-grader Cole, who just wants to have fun with his friends (and his crush, Jenna) on Halloween. But when a haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much more sinister, Cole finds himself in a magical world called The Outskirts, surrounded by some pretty bad dudes.  This awesome new book doesn’t come out until March 11, but you can place your hold on the print or audio version now!

Submit a review of the book on our Guys Read page, and we’ll put your name in a drawing for a baseball t-shirt with the book logo on it.  Are you ready to answer the call of the Five Kingdoms?

Sky Raiders


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2014 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Each year, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation honors a new author and illustrator who “have created books of beauty in the spirit of Keats that portray the universal qualities of childhood, a strong and supportive family and the multicultural nature of our world.” Click the titles or cover images below to place your holds.

The 2014 New Writer Award Winner is:

Tea Party Rules

Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by K. G. Campbell


The 2014 New Illustrator Award Winner is:


Rain! Illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Linda Ashman


To see the complete list of winners and honor books, click here.


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Know a Teen Who Hates Reading?

Monday, February 17th, 2014

At KDL, we believe that teens who don’t like to read just haven’t found the right book yet.  Fortunately, we can help with that. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its yearly Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list, and here is a link to their Top Ten titles. KDL has them all, so check one out today.

Proxy                    How to Speak Dog                   The Testing


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The Latest Wimpy Kid Title and Cover Art Revealed!

Friday, August 9th, 2013

It’s official! The name of the eighth title in the super-popular Wimpy Kid series is — drumroll please — Hard Luck!  It won’t be released until November 5, but you can place a hold on your copy today.

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America’s Teens Have Spoken!

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

…and the winner of YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association) Teens’ Top Ten vote is Veronica Roth’s Divergent!

Here’s the rest of the list — you’ll want to read them all!


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Happy Teen Read Week!

Monday, October 15th, 2012

It’s Teen Read Week, so why not celebrate by sharing your favorite new reads with your friends?  What have you read lately that you liked, and why?  I’m loving Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, which features a strong heroine who can manipulate light to fight flesh-eating monsters. Sound good?  Place your hold today!

Need other suggestions?  We happen to be featuring Teen titles in our weekly Top Ten list.  Enjoy!


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Awesome Book Trailer for “Struck” by Jennifer Bosworth!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Wow, I really want to read this now! It’s about a girl who gains special powers each time she gets struck by lightning, and two fanatical cults are after her.  Hunger Games fans, check this out!

Click on the book cover below to place a hold today!

Have you already read it?  Tell us what you think!


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2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards Announced!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The winners of the 2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards were announced at a star-studded gala earlier this month hosted by popular “guy” author Jarrett Krosoczka, but thanks to Guys Read guru Jon Scieszka, Jarrett almost didn’t make it to the ceremony.  Watch the hilarious video below!

Brian Selznick won the nod for Best Illustrator for his fabulous book Wonderstruck, Grand Rapids’ own Gary Schmidt was honored for Okay for Now, and Jeff Kinney of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame won Author of the Year for his latest book, Cabin Fever (no surprise there, right?)  But there were LOTS of other Guy Friendly titles that were honored as well.  Want to take a look?  Click here!


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Read the Book, Fold a Yoda!

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

If you haven’t read Tom Angleberger’s The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, you’re missing out!  Not only is it a very cool and funny story, there are instructions about how to fold your very own origami Yoda at the end.  If you want to know more, check out this awesome video by the author himself!

Want to read Origami Yoda, or the sequel, Darth Paper Strikes Back?  Place your hold now by clicking on the book covers below.  They are also available in audio!


Read them you should!


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