A Youthful Frame of Mind

News from the Rod Library Youth Collection

February 2014

  • Displays... Valentines Day, Olympics, 2014 ALA YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS
  • New Books!
  • Book Give-Away and Winners!
  • African-American Read-In
  • Youth Collection Award Book Give-Away winners

New Books in the Youth Collection!

Here are five new books that the Youth Collection will be adding to its selection!

Click on the link to see reviews and book covers!

FreakBoy by Kristin Clark -- Brendan Chase is an athlete, a star student and boyfriend to the perfect girlfriend, Vanessa. She has silky brown hair, soft skin, and gentle curves- everything that Brendan could ever want. Except that Brendan wants much more. He doesn't just want to be with her; he wants to BE her. At least sometimes he does. Is there a name for people like him? Guys who maybe sometimes want to be girls? Or is he just a FREAK? In razor-sharp verse, Kristin Elizabeth Clark folds three compelling narratives into one unforgettable story: Brendan trying to find his place on the transgender spectrum, Vanessa fighting to keep her relationship with Brendan alive, and Brendan's new friend Angel struggling with demons of her own.

What the Heat Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings by Joyee Sidman -- For centuries, we have believed in the power of words to change our lives. Why else would we pray, sing, or write? In this inspiring book, a Newbery Honor- winning poet calls up ancient forms of the spoken word and translates them into the twenty-first century. Here are chants to summon happiness, invocations to ask for forgiveness, and charms to face a hostile crowd. Perceptively illustrated by a Caldecott Honor- winning artist, this slim book of hope and wisdom offers strength for all kinds of moments: when a friendship tears apart, when we face the worst kind of loss, when we want to find words to express gratitude. These words helps us celebrate and remember; they bolster courage; they might even inspire poems in our own voices.

Things That Float and Things That Don't by David Adler -- An apple floats in a tub of water, but a ball of aluminum foil sinks to the bottom. But wait. If that same ball of foil is flattened out and shaped into a boat, it floats! How can that be? David A. Adler's clear, concise text and Anna Raff's delightful illustrations explain the basic principles of flotation and density in a way that will really sink in.

Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown -- Are you bored with being so proper? Do you want to have more fun? Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild. But does he go too far? Written by, Peter Brown, a Caldecott Honor illustrator comes a story that shows there's a time and place for everything...even going wild.

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane -- More than all the stars in a desert sky, Lalla wants to wear malafa so she can be beautiful like her mother... mysterious like her older sister, Selma... a fine lady like her cousin, Aisha. How can Lalla show she's not too little for a malafa? Set in Muslim West Africa, this delightful story about growing up shows how families are much the same the world over.

Win a New Book in Our Book Give-Away

This month we are giving away four great books! Come in to the Youth Collection to sign up for a chance to win! The two sets of books that are being given away are:

Treasure on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach -- Even though Henry Barker and his two brothers learned firsthand that the local legend about the dangers on nearby Superstition Mountain wasn't just a myth, this doesn't stop them from planning their return. Along with their friend Delilah, the Barker Boys soon find themselves entangled in more peril and mystery as the clues lead them closer and closer to the treasure in the Lost Dutchman's Mine. But each discovery comes as a very high price. Are the riches worth the danger?

If You Spent A Day With Thoreau at Walden Pond by Robert Burleigh -- In 1845 in Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau began a radical experiment. He built a cabin in the woods and lived there, alone, examining the world around him. He spent his days walking the shores of Walden Pond, growing beans, observing plants and animals, and recording his reflections in his notebook. These reflections in his notebook, These reflections eventually became his seminal work Walden. What would it have been like to spend a day with Thoreau and experience his world? Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor imagine a special day spent with the celebrated writer and naturalist through the eyes of a child.


Fox Forever by Mary Pearson -- Locke Jenkins has a Favor to repay. While escaping from the heinous Dr. Gatsbro, Locke was aided by the Network, non-civilians helping those on the outskirts of society. There was only one condition: Someday he would have to return to Boston and do something for them. Locke just wants to finish his assignment and start his real life with Jenna Fox, but this is no ordinary Favor. Karden, the long-lost leader of the Resistance, may actually be alive. In order to find out, Locke is charged with infiltrating the home and life of a seventeen-year-old Raine, the privileged daughter of a government official. Completing this mission will plunge Locke into an underground world he didn't know existed and will require him to do things that go far beyond simple "Favors" as he is pulled deeper into the Resistance -- and into Raine's life.

Dinosoaring by Deb Lund -- Dinoliers rule the air! They grin and spin without a care. Their daring dinothrills and chills will never end in dinospills will they...? Lucky they packed their parachutes! In this exuberant follow up to Dinosailors and All Aboard the Dinotrain, the rollicking rhymes and paintings of reckless reptiles are dinofabulous.


This year the Youth Collection is hosting the 3rd Annual Conference on African American Children and Families. The African American Read-In is a community outreach project meant to provide the opportunity to celebrate books by and about African American authors in a community setting. The program is sponsored by: College of Education, Dean, Dr. Dwight Watson, President William Ruud, Executive Vice President and Provost’s Office, Dr. Gloria Gibson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Interim Dean, Dr. Brenda Bass, College of Business Administration, Dean, Farzad Moussavi, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, Dean, Joel Haack, United Healthcare Community Plan - Iowa Health Plan, and the Rod Library.

The event will take place February 27 - 28. If you would like to find out more information on the event, such as the conference schedule, breakout session, keynote speakers, check out the African American Read-In website here: vpaf.uni.edu

Congratulations to the Youth Collection Award Book Give-Away winners, Lisa Strapella, recipient of Scarlet - The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough, and Nolan Burns, recipient of Son by Lois Lowry and Rain! by Linda Ashman!