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Books in the Spotlight: Running!

Sometimes CMLE will highlight several books that have some factor in common. We hope they will give you ideas for your collection, or influence an activity, lesson plan, or display!

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth was a lot of fun!

Running can be a great way to stay in shape, improve your mental health, or just a way to participate in fun events! Of course, there are lots of awesome books out there that incorporate running, so we thought we would share a few of our favorites:

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
“Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes us to places ranging from Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him.”

The Runner by Cynthia Voigt
“Bullet Tillerman runs. He runs to escape the criticism of his harsh, unforgiving father. He runs to numb the pain of his mother’s inability to express her love. He is the star of the school track team, but he isn’t a team man and doesn’t want to be. Bullet runs for himself.”


The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by Matthew Inman
“This is not just a book about running. It’s a book about cupcakes. It’s a book about suffering. It’s a book about gluttony, vanity, bliss, electrical storms, ranch dressing, and Godzilla. It’s a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain, shine, heaven, and hell.”

Do you like running, and want to share your interest with young readers or students? This list from Outdoor Nation is full of great suggestions! And if you are interested in learning more about running with kids, Runner’s World has you covered with these resources.

Join us in June! New books for CMLE’s Goodreads Book Groups

New month, new books to read in CMLE’s two Goodreads Book Groups! We hope you are able to join us. Maybe you will even be able to find some time to read outside while enjoying the summer sun!

In our CMLE Librarians Enjoying Books group we will be reading The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.
“The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!”



For our CMLE Librarian Professionals group, we’ll read The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.
“With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.”

Check out this list of books for animal lovers!

Do you love animals? How about books with animals in them? Then definitely check out this list from Buzzfeed!

It’s a long list, and includes many classics, children’s books, some nonfiction, and many titles that I’ve enjoyed! Reading books about animals can sometimes be tricky (too emotional, tragic, etc) but this list definitely has your options covered! Some of the books included:

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
“The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket–and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie.”



H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
“Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer’s eccentric falconry.”



Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
“How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world?”
Also – CMLE enjoyed reading this book in our Goodreads book group! Check out our current book here!


Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals by Hal Herzog
“This book is a highly entertaining and illuminating journey through the full spectrum of human–animal relations, based on Dr. Herzog’s groundbreaking research.”



Books in the Spotlight: Bikes

Sometimes CMLE will highlight several books that have some factor in common. We hope they will give you ideas for your collection, or influence an activity, lesson plan, or display!

Since May is National Bike Month, we thought it would be fun to share several different book lists all featuring the subject of bikes, as well as some suggestions for bike-related activities! Do you have a favorite book about bikes, or someplace in particular you like to ride? Share with us in the comments!

Looking for children’s books about biking? Check out this list from Bicycling.com! Some of the titles from the list include:

Gracie Goat’s Big Bike Race by Erin Mirabella, illustrated by Lisa Horstman
“Gracie Goat doesn’t know how to ride a bike and is so scared she refuses to try. Fortunately her Grandma convinces her to face her fears. Children will relate to Gracie’s self-doubt as well as her persistence in this sensitive, upbeat story.”

Along a Long Road by Frank Viva
“Speed off on an eventful bicycle ride along the bold yellow road that cuts through town, by the sea, and through the country. Ride up and around, along and through, out and down.”

If those books inspired you to try some bike-related activities, check out this free hidden pictures coloring page of a bike trail. Or get extra creative and try some bike painting!

Animals riding bikes is always fun too, so watch this video of Duck on a Bike by David Shannon being read aloud:

For older readers, YALSA has compiled this list of YA books with bikes to enjoy! Some of the titles from the list:

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy
“Take a lively look at women’s history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women’s liberation. Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, Wheels of Change transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives.”

Racing California by Janet Nichols Lynch
Evan is shocked when the amazing Tour de France winner Dash Shipley asks him to join his team for the Amgen Tour of California. Against his parents’ and girlfriend’s wishes, Evan risks missing his high school graduation to participate in the grueling eight-day bicycling race.



Finally, don’t miss this list of books for adults to “inspire your riding” for National Bike Month! From books like Cycling Home from Siberia  to Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance you will enjoy your bike-themed reading journey!

Happy biking!

Books in the Spotlight: Astronomy

Sometimes CMLE will highlight several books that have some factor in common. We hope they will give you ideas for your collection, or influence an activity, lesson plan, or display!

Since last weekend was Earth Day, and Astronomy Day is just around the corner on April 29th, we thought it would be fun to highlight a few books and activities that focus on planets, moons, stars, and space!

  • Read all about constellations:
    Once Upon a Starry Night by Jacqueline Mitton, illustrated by Christina Balit
    “Take an illuminating ride through the starry night sky, and learn how the heavens pay tribute to the gods of Greek and Roman mythology. Once Upon a Starry Night explains the ten ancient figures whose legends are written large across the universe. Every page shines with Christina Balit’s vibrant art, studded with shiny stars, and provides the perfect backdrop to Jacqueline Mitton’s poetic text.”

Be inspired by the book to make some marshmallow constellations!

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