Every Sunday, we share the books that have hunted us down and found their way into our hearts and hands. Today we are launching our new reading theme for the months of September and October — Black Holes and Parallel Universes: Marvels of Science and Speculative Fiction.
Essentially, we are looking for books with the following themes:
- Astronomy and cosmology: celestial objects (sun, moon, stars, planets, comets, galaxies), constellations, space, black holes, supernovae explosions, non-Earthly phenomenon, and other workings of the universe
- Science fiction: futuristic settings, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, fringe science, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life
- Scientists, inventors, and scientific inventions: scientific instruments, gadgets, machines, and robot science
- Steampunk: steam-based technology, steam-powered machinery, retro-futuristic inventions, and alternative histories (Victorian/Western)
- Speculative fiction: we will limit this broad scope to superhero fiction and utopian/dystopian fiction
Field Guides to the Night Sky
The Night Sky by Eduardo Banqueri
Secrets of Space: Stars and Galaxies by Rebecca Clay
Exploring the Night Sky by Terence Dickinson
Men of Science
Stephen Hawking: Cosmologist Who Gets a Big Bang Out of the Universe (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Inventors and Scientists) by Mike Venezia
Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei by Peter Sís
I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen
Creations and Inventions
Trouble with Dad by Babette Cole
Henry’s Amazing Machine by Dayle Ann Dodds and Krysten Brooker
The Everything Machine by Matt Novak
Baby Brains and RoboMom by Simon James
Mama Robot by Davide Cali and Anna Laura Cantone, translated into English by Marcel Danesi
FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith
Myra wrote a beautiful feature on this book for our “Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age” theme last year, upon recommendation of Earl Dizon of The Chronicles of a Children’s Book Writer.
Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables
Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film, and Other Victorian Visions by Brian J. Robb
Migrant by Maxine Trottier and Isabelle Arsenault
This gorgeous picturebook was recommended to me by Myra. It was featured in Brainpickings.org
The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales by Alice Provensen and Martin Provensen
I accidentally came across this book during a random search in our online library catalog. Wheee!
Review Copy from Pansing Books (Singapore)
Impostor by Susanne Winnacker
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Pansing Books for providing us copies of books for our current theme.
FEATURED BOOK OF THE DAY
A couple of months ago, I joined the Summer Reading Club program sponsored by the Wayne County Public Library. I found out about it through a co-worker who was part of the club. I figured everyone was invited to participate so I registered and logged all the titles that I have read. It has been a while since I’ve updated my account. Imagine my surprise when I received an email a few weeks ago informing me that I was chosen as one of the winners for the month! I went to the reference desk and they let me choose my book prize. As soon as I saw The Monsrumologist by Rick Yancey, I immediately grabbed it. Yay for free books! (I hope I win again. Hehe.)
ANNOUNCEMENT ON AN UPCOMING EVENT
If you live in or around Wooster, Ohio, Ann Pilarczyk & Friends will present
“HISTORY OF STEAMPUNK”
on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7 PM
at the main branch of the Wayne County Public Library.
It is “a costumed introduction to the new literary genre and cosplay phenomenon.” Refreshments will be served. Details about an upcoming Steampunk Fair will be announced during the presentation. This event is free to the public. (Unfortunately, I am scheduled to work that day. I might, however, be able to take a quick peek during my break. We hope to see you there.)