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Book Crossing 2014: An Intercontinental Book Discussion

The librarians of Mount Prospect and its Sister City, Sèvres, France, work cooperatively to create Book Crossing, an international, intergenerational reading program. The books selected for discussion include American authors and French authors translated into English and seek to spark a dialogue among different age groups. There are many ways to participate—with no need to speak French!

Stop by the Library July 7-14 to preview the books.  Read one or both!

Watch the Library’s Facebook page for Book Crossing updates or for chances to join the discussion.

This year’s selections are:

For Children Ages 6 and Younger

  • Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (American)
  • George is a puppy, but he sure doesn’t sound like a puppy. Try as he might, he just cannot do it.  This story will make you giggle, for sure!
  • Chick & Chickie Play All Day! by Claude Ponti (French)
  • These two special chickies never stop playing. They scare each other silly, they tickle the letter A, and much more, in this zany story about friends and fun.

For 1st-3rd Graders

  • Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst (American)
  • Could a brontosaurus be the perfect pet?  Lulu thinks so and sets out to bring one home. She meets her match, however. This wily brontosaurus totally approves of pets, but he does not intend to become one.
  • Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas! by Philippe Coudray (French)
  • Get ready for lots of adventures and tons of jokes starring the great daredevil Benjamin and his faithful friend Rabbit.

For 4th-6th Graders

  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio (American)
  • It’s hard enough being the new kid in 5th grade. It’s ten times harder when you have a facial deformity that sends other kids screaming. This is Auggie Pullman’s life as he starts middle school, and he shares his story – the good and the bad — with insight, a little humor, and lots of courage.
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (French)
  • In this fantasy tale, an aviator stranded in the Sahara Desert mysteriously encounters a young boy – the Prince – who is on a quest for answers to some really important questions. Together they learn about true friendship and the extraordinary value of a good heart. You can choose the classic or the graphic novel version.

For Teens in 6th-12th Grades

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Hazel Grace meets Augustus Waters in a weekly support group for teens with cancer. What follows is a love story that is capturing readers’ hearts both young and old. Though handkerchiefs may be needed to finish the novel, its inspirational message will be one you will never forget.
  • When I Was a Soldier: A Memoir by Valérie Zenatti
  • Born in France, Valérie Zenatti’s family immigrated to Israel when she was 13. In this memoir, Zenatti recounts her life, most specifically the two years spent in the Israeli Army as a young woman from 1988 to 1990. Considered a rite of passage, this army service changes Valérie, due to the harsh living conditions and also to the nature of her assignments in service.

For Adults

  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutts sets out with his three friends to find the person who destroyed his family. Winner of the National Book Award.
  • My Wish List by Grégoire Delacourt, translated by Anthea Bell
  • A fabric-shop owner contemplates the dreams of her youth after winning the lottery, a fortune she decides to keep secret while she reevaluates her adult choices and makes a list of the things she might want to change.


  • Book Crossing Lobby Display – July 7-14
  • Stop by the Library this week to discover the books chosen for this year’s Book Crossing. Pick up one of this year’s selections — there’s something for everyone — and enter a drawing to win French treats. C’est très bon!
  • Storytime Favorites at the French Farmers’ Market – Sunday, September 7 from 10-10:30 a.m.
  • For all ages.
  • Join us for a storytime featuring Bark, George by Jules Feiffer and Chick & Chickie Play All Day!  by Claude Ponti, plus favorite songs and rhymes. This storytime is best suited for children ages 6 and younger, but all are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Books and Bites Family Book Club: Cats, Dogs, and Dinosaurs, Oh My! – Wednesday, September 3 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Click here to register.
  • For kindergarteners and up with an adult.
  • Do you have a pet, want a pet, or just like animals? Here at the Library, we think cats, dogs, and dinosaurs make for some fantastic stories to share with your family! This hour will be filled with chow, kibble, laughter, and fun as we enjoy books, including Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst, a title from our Sister Cities Book Crossing. You might even get to take home a prize from our drawing! Books will be available to check out after the program. No advance reading required. Younger siblings may attend with older siblings.
  • Chat & Chew:  Book Crossing – Two Books, One Discussion – Monday, October 13 from 1-2 p.m.
  • For 4th-6th graders.
  • Chew on some good food while chatting about two great books which kids in our Sister City in France will also be reading: Wonder by R. J. Palacio and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Books are available at the Youth Services Desk.
  • Book Discussion: The Fault in Our Stars – Monday, October 13 from 2-3:30 p.m.
  • For 6th-12th graders.
  • As part of Teen Read Week and the Library’s Book Crossing program, teens are invited to participate in a book discussion on The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Come talk to other teens about the book and get new ideas and perspectives. Snacks and refreshments will be served and there will be chances to win small prizes.