Author Focus: Roald Dahl

DahlRoald Dahl is a much-loved author, that millions of children around the world have grown up listening to, and reading his stories. I still vividly remember the first time I was taken into Dahl’s universe, reading The BFG. So many of his children’s stories have been adapted for the big screen and for the theatre. They are timeless fairy tales, often with a dark humor, with the hero almost always a child.  It was the long term partnership with illustrator Quentin Blake that brought Dahl’s characters to life even more, with such memorable representations.

So today we want to pay tribute to the Welsh writer with the incredible imagination. You can find out more about his life and his work by visiting Take a trip down memory lane and read one of these classics or introduce a little one to them. To see all the books that we have by Dahl (too many to feature here!), search the library catalog.

The BFGCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe TwitsThe Witches

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is a streaming video program featuring members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) reading children’s books aloud. Actors reading the books include James Earl Jones, Annette Bening, Ernest Borgnine, and Betty White. As you can imagine, the stories are a joy to listen to whether you’re a child or a grown-up. There are also activities and discussion questions to further engage with the stories.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is the perfect site for supplementing the bedtime story routine with a little bit of Hollywood.

2013 Louisiana Readers’ Choice Winners!

The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award is a reading enrichment program of the Louisiana Center For The Book (LCFTB). The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by motivating them to participate in the recognition of outstanding books. Thousands of Louisiana students voted and the results are in!

3-5th Grade:
Winner: Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas
Honor: The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

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6-8th Grade:
Winner: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Honor: The Limit by Kristen Landon

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9-12th Grade:
Winner: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Honor: Matched by Ally Condie

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2013 LYRC Award Nominees 6th-8th Grade

The Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award (LYRC) is a reading enrichment program, encouraging young people to read and to decide on which of the books they read should win the award.  For more details and how to vote see LYRC on the State Library of Louisiana’s site. There are three separate age group categories; last time we looked at the 3-5th grade list.

(drum roll, please) Here are the nominees for 6th-8th grade:

The Call (Book 1 in The Magnificent 12 series) by Michael Grant

The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Hide and Seek by Katy Grant

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart

The Limit by Kristen Landon

Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Max Cassidy: Escape From Shadow Island by Paul Adam

Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

2013 LYRC Award Nominees 3-5th Grade

The Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award (LYRC) is a reading enrichment program, encouraging young people to read and to decide on which of the books they read should win the award.  For more details and how to vote see LYRC on the State Library of Louisiana’s site. There are three separate age group categories and we’ll look at the nominees for the other groups in the coming weeks.

(drum roll please) Here are the nominees for 3-5th grade:

All Star! : Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever by Jane Yolen.

The Case of the Lost Boy: The Buddy Files Book 1 by Dori Hillestad Butler. Illus. Jeremy Tugeau.

Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. Illus. Juan Wijngaard.

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill. Illus. Bryan Collier. 

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor.

The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco.

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer. Illus. Josee Massee.

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama. Illus. Loren Long.

Ol Bloo’s Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble by Jan Huling. Illus. Henri Sorenson.

The PS Brothers by Maribeth Boelts.

The Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere, Volume 1 by Jacqueline West Illus. Poly Bernatene.  

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord.

We the Children: Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School Bk. 1 by Andrew Clements, Illus. Adam Stower.

Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson.

Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas.


Studying Shakespeare in school?  Confused by Elizabethan English???   Improve your understanding of Shakespeare’s plays!!  Use TumbleBookCloud to listen to the dramatized audio version as you read along on the screen — it’s almost as good as a movie!

TumbleBookCloud offers read-along, audio and ebook titles for middle school and high school students featuring  online text and complete audio narration.  The collection includes Teen Novels, high interest level books, graphic novels and classics of American and English literature. The eAudiobooks are also helpful for English as a Second Language students who want to practice reading and listening in English.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior offers the same great features as TumbleBookCloud, but the titles are geared to elementary and middle schoolers.

*TumbleBookCloud files play on your computer but are not downloadable to portable devices such as MP3 players.

Muzzy Online: Languages for Kids

Muzzy Online is a vibrant, award-winning language learning program for kids ages 3 and up! It is an entertaining way to introduce children to a new language. It features fun interactive games, animations and cartoons. They will have a blast! You can access Muzzy Online through the EBRPL Kids page or through the Online Databases page.

There are 8 languages available on Muzzy Online:
Mandarin Chinese,

All you need to access this great resource is your library card!