A picture book has a CD inside of it — what makes it

an Easy book or an E CD?

E CD spine label photo

This is a confusing issue and some clarification is needed:

An Easy book with an accompanying CD does not necessarily belong in the E CD collection.

  • The books that are designated E CD come from publishers that prepare the recordings in a specific fashion to facilitate reading for young children (actual text with page turn signals).
  •  Many Easy books with CDs are being published with a recording which may include a reading of the text but also provides additional information to enhance the story.
    • If the CD seems integral to the enjoyment of the book, a green sticker (1 CD 1 Book) is put on the front of the book (this decision is made by the selector).
    • If the CD does not appear integral to the reading of the book, than no green sticker is attached to the book (again, this decision is made by the selector).
  • All E CD books have a green sticker attached.
  • Some Easy books have a green sticker attached.

The green sticker does not visually indicate that a book is part of the Easy CD collection — it designates that a staff member needs to make sure that the CD was returned with the book at check-in so the next customer will find it in the book.

1+1 sticker photo


Publishers are including all sorts of additional things to kids books these days such as CDs with the author singing the story and web links to fun music or information.  These can enhance the enjoyment of the book (or maybe they want to make an old technology seem a bit more hip).

A good book in a child’s hand is worth a bit of confusion on our part.

Posting by Lorraine


How exciting that another former Sno-Isle employee has published a book.  Marin Younker’s Bleed, Blister, Puke and Purge: The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicine comes out October 25th from Zest Books.  Lorraine has ordered copies (it’s juvenile non-fiction) and it is now in the catalog.   I think the cover couldn’t be neater. It should be a fun and fascinating read.

Congratulations to Marin on her hard work and years of research bringing this to light!  As a smart, helpful colleague she was a pleasure to work with, and now as an emerging writer she can count on a lot of us as her first fans.


Summary: Riots ovBleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge : The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicineer the medical use of cadavers. Public access to institutions for the insane. And full-blown surgeries without the aid of anesthetics or painkillers. Welcome to the middle ages of American medicine. Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge exposes the extraordinary practices and major players of American medical history, from the colonial era to the late 1800s. It’s hard to believe that today’s cutting-edge medicine originated from such crude beginnings, but this book reminds us to be grateful for today’s medical care, while also raising the question: what current medical practices will be the horrors of tomorrow?


The ALA Youth awards have been announced at ALA Midwinter.


  • 2015 John Newbery Medal: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • 2015 Randolph Caldecott Medal: The Adventures of Beekle: The unimaginary friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat
  • 2015 Michael L. Printz Award: I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Robert F. Sibert Award: The right word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award: Mikis and the donkey by Bibi Dumon Tak (this book is on order)
  • Coretta Scott King Author Award: Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award: Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland shows a young girl how to dance like the Firebird, illustrated by Christopher Myers, text by Misty Copeland
  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: When I was the greatest by Jason Reynolds
  • Pura Belpré Author Award: I lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin, illustrated by Lee White
  • Pura Belpré Illustrator Award: Viva Frida written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: You are (not) small by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction ofr Young Adults: Popular: Vintage wisdom for a modern geek by Maya Van Wagenen
  • Stonewall Book Award: This day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten (this book is on order)

These winners are available in our catalog now (unless noted), more copies will be ordered as needed.

In the News:

posting by Lorraine

The New York Times posted on October 11, 2014: Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?

photo from: bumblebeehq.com

photo from: bumblebeehq.com

For years, child development experts have advised parents to read to their children early and often, citing studies showing its linguistic, verbal and social benefits. In June, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised doctors to remind parents at every visit that they should read to their children from birth, prescribing books as enthusiastically as vaccines and vegetables.

But researchers are not sure if reading to a child via a device provides the same experience as reading a print book.  One of the main problems is the newness of the devices.

The answer, researchers say, is not yet entirely clear. “We know how children learn to read,” said Kyle Snow, the applied research director at the National Association for the Education of Young Children. “But we don’t know how that process will be affected by digital technology.”

Parents who read to their children using eBooks need to actively participate in the process because we know that young children learn from another person, not from words spoken from a screen.  “…perhaps the biggest threat posed by e-books that read themselves to children, or engage them with games, is that they could lull parents into abdicating their educational responsibilities, said Mr. Snow of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.”

We will find over time the effect that eBooks have on early learning.

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2014 Newbery and Caldecott Winners Announced

The winners have been announced and Sno-Isle Libraries has them available for our customers to check out!

2014 Newberry winner:

Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Newbery Medal Home Page: link to: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal

2014 Caldecott winner:

Locomotive illustrated and written by Brian Floca

Caldecott Meal Home Page: link to: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal

2014 Printz Award:

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature: link to: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz

For a list of all of the award winners and honor books see:

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Posting by Lorraine


Publisher’s Weekly announced that Kate DiCamillo will be named the country’s fourth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature at the Library of Congress on January 10th.  During her tw0-year term, DiCamillo plans to promote the idea of community reading with her platform, “Stories Connect Us.”


Previous Ambassadors were: John Scieszka, Katherine Paterson and Walter Dean Myers.


Posting by Lorraine

Hello All,

Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt has an error in the map of the middle east – it omits the country of Israel.  Here is an article regarding this that was published today.

Scholastic wrote on their blog (http://oomscholasticblog.com/post/response-thea-stilton-and-blue-scarab-hunt):

Scholastic shows on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Scholastic):

We will purchase new copies of this book when it has been reissued by Scholastic, but for now, we will keep the books that we have in our collection, with a public note attached to each copy that we have in the catalog that states: MAP INCORRECT, PER PUBLISHER.

I wanted to let you know that we are aware of this defect in case you hear from a customer with concerns about this book.  We will replace the incorrect copies with new ones as soon as they are available.

Post authored by Lorraine