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April is Drowning in Good Reads


The Tragedy of the Titanic
You’ve probably seen the movie with Leo and Kate, but there’s more to the story of the sinking of the Titanic.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking April 15th, check out one of these titles:

Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Fateful by Claudia Gray
Distant Waves: a novel of the Titanic by Suzanne Weyn
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices From the Titanic by Allan Wolfe


Color Me Green: Dystopias About the Environment
Hot dystopian titles like The Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent have featured oppressive governments, but there are other fascinating themes that authors explore, one being a ravaged and ruined environment: drought; floods; famine; volcanoes -  you name it.  In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, check out some of these reads:

X Isle by Steve Augarde
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Exodus by Julie Bertagna
The Secret Under My Skin by Elizabeth McNaughton
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

-Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist

This April Consider One Great Boat, Poems & Trees


As seems to always be the situation for me, there are too many good books and too little time to read them!  And because this April there are many fascinating themes to consider, I’m including a variety of titles that will appeal to readers of all ages and persuasions.  Enjoy!

Books by the Bunch for Poetry Month
National Poetry Month is the perfect time to explore poetry with children of all ages.

Poetry Speaks to Children by Various Authors (cd included)

Give Yourself to the Rain: Poems for the Very Young by Margaret Wise Brown

Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems by Kristine O’Connell George

Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai Gerstein

We Are America by Walter Dean Myers

Guyku: a Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

Mirror Mirror a Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

Set Sail with Sea-Worthy Tales
April 15th commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Unsinkable: Titanic Book One by Gordon Korman

Iceberg Right Ahead: the Tragedy of the Titanicby Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Kaspar the Titanic Cat by Michael Morpugo

Magic Treehouse: Tonight on the Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne

T is for Titanic: a Titanic Alphabet by Debbie Shoulders

Voyage on the Great Titanic: the Diary of Margaret Ann Brady by Ellen Emerson White

If You Love the Lorax, These Books are for You!
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with these green reads.

Annie Glover is Not a Tree Lover by Darleen Bailey Beard

OK Go by Carin Berger

Arthur Turns Green by Marc Brown

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Pants by Diane DeGroat

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself by Kathleen M. Reilly

-Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist

The Titanic Sails Again!

reference-wednesday-bannerThe 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic is April 15, 2012. It is well known that the ship had a short life since it sunk on its maiden voyage, but it has lived on in legend. As Eyewitness Books Titanic says:

“The Titanic has had two lives. Its first life was as an ill-fated ship that floated for less than a year. Its second life began the moment the ship struck the iceberg … With countless films, books, musicals, songs, computer games, and websites to its name, the Titanic is now more famous than ever. Phrases associated with the ship – ‘tip of the iceberg,’ ‘rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic,’ ‘and the band played on’ – have all entered the English language… Titanic may lie rusting at the bottom of the Atlantic, but interest in the ship… lives on.”

RMS Titanic took three years to build at cost of $7.5 million dollars. It had electric elevators, a swimming pool, a squash court, a Turkish bath, and a      gymnasium with a mechanical horse and camel. A first class ticket on the ship cost $4,350, which translates into approximately $95,000 today.

Tragically, although it was designed to hold 32 lifeboats, only 20 were on board.  It was thought that too many boats would ruin the aesthetic beauty of the ship. After hitting an iceberg, the ship sank in less than three hours. Out of 2,228 passengers and crewmembers, only about 700 people survived. The wreckage was located in 1985.  It was 12,500 feet down, about 350 miles southeast of Newfoundland, Canada. The last survivor was Millvina Dean, who died in 2009 (ironically on the anniversary of the ship’s launching.)  She was only eight weeks old at the time of the voyage, so of course had no memories of the ship. Her mother told her the story but seldom wished to speak about it.

The movie Titanic is being released in 3D, marking the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated voyage and the 15th anniversary of the film. The movie won 11 Oscars, including best picture and best director for James Cameron. To prepare for the movie, Cameron first filmed footage of the actual wreck of the RMS Titanic. Next, a reconstruction of the ship was made in California. Computers and scale models were used to create the images of the sinking. At the time, Titanic was the most expensive movie ever made, at a cost of $200 million.

For more information on the RMS Titanic see our reference eBooks and catalog. Also, The Detroit Area Library Network has created a wonderful website with contemporary accounts of the building, launching, and sinking of the ship.

-Anne R., Reference Librarian @ CADL