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TALK BOOKS TUESDAY

New Talk Books Tuesday spotlights premiering every Tuesday at 4 PM!
Join us as our staff share some of their favorite books for young readers.

Talk Books Tuesday: Princess in Black Series with Taylor

Talk Books Tuesday: Princess in Black Series with Taylor
Talk Books Tuesday: Princess in Black Series with Taylor
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Talk Books Tuesday: Princess in Black Series with Taylor

Talk Books Tuesday: Books for Ages 0-4 with Jacob
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Talk Books Tuesday: Books for Ages 0-4 with Jacob

Talk Books Tuesday: What Color is Your Parachute? for Teens with Luticia
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Talk Books Tuesday: What Color is Your Parachute? for Teens with Luticia

Talk Books Tuesday: Graphic Novels for Ages 10-13 with Allison
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Talk Books Tuesday: Graphic Novels for Ages 10-13 with Allison

Talk Books Tuesday: The Worst Witch with Kristen
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Talk Books Tuesday: The Worst Witch with Kristen

Talk Books Tuesday: Books for Littles with Doris & Great-Niece Aria
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Talk Books Tuesday: Books for Littles with Doris & Great-Niece Aria

Talk Books Tuesday: Stalking Jack the Ripper Series with Chelsea
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Talk Books Tuesday: Stalking Jack the Ripper Series with Chelsea

Talk Books Tuesday: Forgive My Fins with Jessica
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Talk Books Tuesday: Forgive My Fins with Jessica

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 06/21/22
Princess in Black Series with Taylor

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Taylor introduces us to Shannon Hale's Princess in Black series, the best-selling humorous and action-packed chapter-book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 06/14/22
Books for Ages 0-4 with Jacob

Have an early learner participating in our Summer Experience? Jacob is here this week with some books that are just right for kids, ages 0-4. Tune in to find some new books to read for our summer challenge.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 06/07/22
What Color is Your Parachute? For Teens with Luticia

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Luticia introduces to the teen edition of the popular What Color is Your Parachute? book series! The proven exercises in What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens help uncover what matters most to you, what you love to do, the kinds of people you work best with, and how to use the skills and interests you already have-on social media and elsewhere-to choose a major or career path that is uniquely suited to your passions, strengths, and goals.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 05/31/22
Graphic Novels for Ages 10-13 with Allison

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Allison is going to introduce us to some graphic novels that are perfect for 10-13 year olds. If you have a reluctant reader, try introducing him or her to some graphic novels this summer! By combining text with illustrations, graphic novels are entertaining and effortless to read.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 05/24/22
The Worst Witch with Kristen

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Kristen introduces us to The Worst Witch series! In the first book in this amusing paranormal fiction series, which predates Harry Potter, Mildred Hubble, in her first year at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, makes an enemy when she accidentally turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into a pig.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 05/17/22
Books for Littles with Doris & Great-Niece Aria

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Doris is joined by her great-niece Aria, & together they will share some of their favorite books for little readers!

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 05/10/22
Stalking Jack the Ripper Series with Chelsea

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Chelsea is sharing the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalo, a deliciously creepy horror series from James Patterson's new children's imprint, that has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 05/03/22
Forgive My Fins with Jessica

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Jessica is sharing a book that is perfect for this year's ocean-themed Summer Experience! It's called Forgive My Fins, and is about a teenage girl who is secretly a mermaid.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 04/26/22
I Am Not an Egg Carton with Luticia

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Luticia will be sharing a book that is perfect for all of our Earth-conscious crafters! With I Am Not an Egg Carton, you can take your craft projects to a whole new level & turn recycling into an art form!

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 04/19/22
Springtime Books for Kids with Allison

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Allison will be sharing some of her favorite picture books for spring!

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 04/12/22
The Knife of Never Letting Go with Kaina

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Kaina introduces us to the first book in the Chaos Walking series, The Knife of Never Letting Go, which was recently made into a movie! The Knife of Never Letting Go follows Todd Hewitt, a 12-year-old boy who runs away from Prentisstown, a town where everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts, after learning of a secret about its past.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 04/05/22
The Land of Stories with Heather

Get ready to be transported to a land beyond your wildest imagination in this episode of Talk Books Tuesday! Heather is headed to the Land of Stories & you're invited to come along. Tune in to learn all about this delightful book series for tweens. In Chris Colfer's The Land of Stories, twins Alex & Conner leave their world behind through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 03/29/22
Poetry Books for Kids with Crystal

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Crystal is here to share some poetry books for young readers in celebration of National Poetry Month this April! As Crystal will share, poetry is great for helping kids build confidence when reading. Tune in to learn more about our poetry collection for kids!

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 03/22/22
Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch! with Jacob

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Jacob is here to introduce us to one of his favorite books to read at story time - Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch! by Paul Bright & Michael Terry. Ty tyrannosaurus stomps through the jungle proving that he is brave, terrifying, and hungry, while his loving baby sister, Teri, keeps embarrassing him, but when she is threatened, Ty comes to the rescue in this picture book perfect for babies, toddlers, pre-K, & kindergarten-aged kids.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 03/15/22
The How-To Cookbook for Teens with Jolene

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Jolene introduces us to The How-To Cookbook for Teens, which presents the basics of cooking and baking for teens, starting with scrambled eggs, and working up to fancy egg dishes like omelets and Cheesy Breakfast Bacon Muffins.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 03/08/22
From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess with Sally

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Sally will be sharing a spin-off of Meg Cabot's popular Princess Diaries series, From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess. Return to the world of The Princess Diaries - this time through the illustrated diary of a spunky new heroine: Princess Mia’s long lost half-sister, Olivia!

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 03/01/22
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs with Kaina

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Kaina will be sharing a book for grades 1+ that she loves - Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. In this funny fractured fairy tale, Alexander T. Wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 02/22/22
Book Series for Little Readers, Ages 0-4 with Heather

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Heather will be sharing some of her favorite series for little readers, ages 0-4! Tune in to learn about the wonderful Hello World! and Baby Lit book series.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 02/15/22
The Cruel Prince with Katie

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Katie wil be sharing a compelling high fantasy book for grades 9-12, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. In this book, Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 02/08/22
I, Cosmo with Lori

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Lori will be sharing a book for grades 3-6 that she recently read - I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak. In this dog-gone good story, a golden retriever narrates a hilarious, heart-tugging tale of a dog and his humans as he tries to keep his family together while everything around them falls apart.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 02/01/22
Eric Carle with Sally

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Sally will be sharing Eric Carle books with you! These big and bold, colorful books are perfect for babies, toddlers, & pre-k kids.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 01/25/22
Dog Man with Jolene

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Jolene will be sharing a series for grades 1-3 that she loves - Dog Man by Dav Pilkey!

Dog Man, a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman, faces off against his archnemesis Petey the Cat in this humorous comic for kids.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 01/18/22
Titan and the Wild Boars and Tito the Bonecrusher with Kaina

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Kaina will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award 3rd - 5th grade nominees Titan and the Wild Boars by Susan Hood and Tito the Bonecrusher by Melissa Thomson.

Titan and the Wild Boars - "Complemented by a timeline and extensive back matter, a picture book account of the remarkable rescue of the Wild Boar soccer team that was trapped by monsoon rains in Thailand's Tham Luang Caves is told from the perspective of an 11-year-old survivor."

Tito the Bonecrusher - "Oliver and his friends Brianna and Paul come up with a way to convince a pro-wrestler, Tito the Bonecrusher, to help them free Oliver's father from jail."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 01/11/22
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky with Heather

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Heather will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award 6th-8th grade nominee Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia.

"Haunted by the bus accident that ended his best friend’s life, seventh grader Tristan Strong dreads a visit to his grandparents’ Alabama farm before a bizarre living doll snatches away his friend’s notebook and draws him into a world of burning seas, iron monsters and exhausted black folk heroes."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 01/04/22
Spark & Stargazing with Chelsea

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Chelsea will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award nominees for 3rd - 5th grade, Spark by Sarah Beth Durst and Stargazing by Jen Wang.

Spark: "Naturally quiet since birth, Mina and her stormbeast, Pixit, lead others like themselves in defying authority and attempting to spread the truth that Alorria's idyllic weather comes at a steep cost."

Stargazing: "Chinese-American student Christine is devastated when her artistic best friend, Moon, falls dangerously ill amid revelations that she has been having visions about celestial beings telling her she does not really belong on Earth."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 12/28/21
With the Fire On High & XL with Lori & Jessica

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Lori & Jessica will be featuring Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award 9th - 12th grade nominees With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo and XL by Scott Brown.

With the Fire On High - "Navigating the challenges of finishing high school while caring for a daughter, talented cook Emoni Santiago struggles with a lack of time and money that complicate her dream of working in a professional kitchen."

XL - "Will has always been troubled by his short stature, but on his 16th birthday, he starts to grow--and grow, and grow."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 12/21/21
Storm Blown and The Strangers with Jolene

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Jolene will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award nominees for 6th - 8th grade, Storm Blown by Nick Courage and The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Storm Blown: "In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alejandro worries about his great-uncle while helping guests at a resort, and in New Orleans, Emily worries about her sick brother, as a major hurricane rages, changing both their lives forever."

The Strangers: "Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone, ages twelve, ten, and eight, investigate why their mother went missing and uncover their ties to an alternate world."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 12/14/21
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden and Operation Frog Effect with Jill

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Jill will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award nominees for 3rd - 5th grade, The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden by Heather Smith and Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Lynn Scheerger.

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden: "This gorgeously illustrated picture book tells the story of a young Japanese boy who loses his dad in a tsunami."

Operation Frog Effect: "Ms. Graham's fifth-grade class wants to promote change in the world; but when eight of them take an assignment too far, they must take responsibility for their actions and unite for a cause they all believe in."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 12/06/21
Two Can Keep a Secret and They Called Us Enemy with Emily

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Emily will be featuring Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award nominees, Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus and They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

Two Can Keep a Secret: "While true-crime aficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in a Vermont community known for murder, a new friend goes missing and Ellery may be next."

They Called Us Enemy: "The iconic actor and activist presents a graphic memoir detailing his experiences as a child prisoner in the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II, reflecting on the hard choices his family made in the face of legalized racism."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/30/21
Other Words for Home and The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise with Shannon

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Shannon will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award nominees for 6th - 8th grade, Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga and The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart.

Other Words for Home: "Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian community is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the beloved family members who were left behind and forges a new sense of identity shaped by friends and changing perspectives."

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise: "Twelve-year-old Coyote and her father rush to Poplin Springs, Washington, in their old school bus save a memory box buried in a park that will soon be demolished."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/23/21
Mario & the Hole in the Sky & Max & the Midknights with Chelsea

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Chelsea will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award 3rd - 5th grade nominees Mario & the Hole in the Sky by Elizabeth Rusch & Max & the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce.

Mario & the Hole in the Sky - "Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As a young man in California, he discovered that CFCs, used in millions of refrigerators and spray cans, were tearing a hole in the earth's protective ozone layer. Mario knew the world had to be warned--and quickly."

Max & the Midknights - "Aspiring knight Max teams up with a band of brave adventurers, the Midknights, on a madcap quest to save a kidnapped relative from a cruel king who is driving all the happiness out of the realm of Byjovia."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/16/21
Sorcery of Thorns and Slay with Jessica & Lori

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Jessica & Lori will be featuring Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award nominees for 9th-12th grade, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson and Slay by Brittney Morris.

Sorcery of Thorns: "When apprentice librarian Elisabeth is implicated in sabotage that released the library's most dangerous grimoire, she becomes entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy that could mean the end of everything."

Slay: "An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/02/21
The Next Great Paulie Fink & The Okay Witch with Jolene

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Jolene will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award nominees for 6th-8th grade, The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin and The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner.

"Led by new student Caitlyn, seventh-graders at a tiny rural school in Vermont create a reality-show inspired competition to determine who will replace the school's legendary class clown, Paulie Fink."

"Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she's about to discover that witches aren't just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder's Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth's family is at the center of it all! When Moth's new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/02/21
The Downstairs Girl & Hot Dog Girl with Crystal

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Crystal will be featuring Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award nominees The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee & Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan.

"1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for 'the genteel Southern lady'."

"Determined to have an epic summer, Lou takes a job as a dancing hot dog at Magic Castle Playland and is disappointed when her best friend Seeley, the carousel operator, is less than enthusiastic about helping her steal her crush from another girl."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/02/21
Martin & Anne and Just Like Beverly with Tammy and Allison

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Tammy will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award nominee Martin & Anne by Nancy Churnin, & Allison will be featuring Just Like Beverly by Vicki Conrad.

"Reflects upon the parallels drawn between the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank, both born in 1929, and how their legacies of kindness, love, and peace have changed the world today."

"A beautifully illustrated children's biography of Beverly Cleary, from her roots in Portland to her years as a librarian and an eventual children's book writer."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 10/26/21
Ordinary Hazards & Patron Saints of Nothing with Kristen

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Kristen will be featuring Teen Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award nominees Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes & Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay.

"The author recounts her traumatic childhood, with a mother suffering from mental illness, unfortunate experiences in a series of foster homes, and her discovery of her love of writing, which eventually helped her overcome the hazards of her life."

"When seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 10/19/21
The Crayon Man & The Friendship War with Ashley

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Ashley will be featuring 3rd-5th grade nominees The Crayon Man by Natascha Biebow & The Friendship War by Andrew Clements.

"Here's the true story of an inventor who so loved nature's vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children – in a bright green box for only a nickel! With experimentation, and a special knack for listening, Edwin Binney and his dynamic team at Crayola created one of the world's most enduring, best-loved childhood toys – empowering children to dream in COLOR!"

"When Grace takes boxes of old buttons from a building her grandfather bought, she starts a fad at school that draws her closer to one friend, but further from another."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 10/12/21
Because of the Rabbit & Carter Reads the Newspaper with Luticia

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Luticia will be featuring 3rd-5th grade nominees Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord & Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson.

"Accompanying her game warden father on a routine call on the last night of summer before she ends homeschooling and starts public school for the first time, young Emma finds herself caring for a baby bunny while navigating a project with an animal-loving boy who does not quite fit in."

"Recounts the early life of Carter Godwin Woodson, his education, and his efforts to preserve African American history, starting with the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 10/05/21
Maybe He Just Likes You with Allison

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Allison will be featuring 6th - 8th grade nominee Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee.

"A girl who receives repeated unwanted attention from the boys in her school begins doubting herself before rediscovering her voice in the mutually respectful environment of a new karate class."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 09/28/21
Stay by Bobbie Pyron with Lisa

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Lisa will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award 3rd - 5th grade nominee Stay by Bobbie Pyron.

"When Piper and her family move into a homeless shelter in a new city, she misses her former life while also finding new friendships at Hope House, including a street dog named Baby, that Piper must protect from being taken away for good when Baby’s person goes missing."