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|CELEBRATE SPRING WITH BOOKS|
Monday, March 10, 2014 (0 reads)
Toad blinked in the bright sun. “Help!” said Toad. “I cannot see anything.” ”Don’t be silly,” said Frog. “What you see is the clear warm light of April. And it means we can begin a whole new year together, Toad. Think of it,” said Frog. “We will skip through the meadows and run through the woods and swim in the river. In the evenings we will sit right here on this front porch and count the stars.” ~ excerpt of “Spring” from Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Are Friends
Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley
During Spring Break, mystery lover Amy looks for clues to the disappearance of wealthy Ms. Sullivan's Saint Bernard puppy.
Signs of Spring by Colleen Dolphin
This fun and engaging title introduces young readers to the spring season. Includes an overview of all the seasons, fun facts, seasonal activities and a quiz. This title is a great way to interest early learners in science while gaining reading practice and skills.
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.
Angelina’s Spring Fling by Katharine Holabird
Angelina and her friends can't wait for spring, but it seems like it's never going to come! So they decide to take matters into their own hands and make it feel like spring inside Angelina's house. But not matter what they do, the snow keeps falling outside. How will Angelina and her friends beat their winter blues?
999 Frogs Wake Up by Ken Kamura
It's spring and 999 frogs wake up, they decide to awaken a still sleeping turtle, lizard, ladybugs, and a big snake.
Spring Spreads to “Nutty” Breads by Marilyn LaPenta
Making healthy spring treats -- Getting started -- Healthy artichoke spread -- Baked tortilla chips -- Awesome asparagus spread -- Tasty tuna spread -- Peanut butter banana nut bread -- Whole wheat yougurt pancakes -- Quick-and-delicious berry sauce -- Chocolate fruit smoothie -- On-the-go fruit frosty -- Carrot vegetable soup -- Apricot oatmeal cookies -- Yummy chocolate pieces -- Carrot muffins -- Orange pecan mini breads.
How Do You Know It’s Spring by Ruth Owens
Describes some of the signs of spring, including changes in light and temperature, plant growth, buds on trees, baby animals, and other differences, and suggests related activities.
Ava’s Poppy by Marcus Pfister
Ava, having taken care of a red poppy all summer until its petals fell off and it faded way, gets a nice surprise when spring comes.
Spring Chicken by Mary Tilworth
Based on the screenplay "The spring chicken is coming!" by Rodney Stringfellow. Based on the TV series Bubble Guppies, created by Robert Scull and Jonny Belt.
|FIND YOUR LUCK IN BOOKS|
Monday, March 03, 2014 (3 reads)
“You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don’t help.” -– Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes
The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.
My Lucky Birthday by Keiko Kasza
A surprising twist occurs on Alligator Al's birthday when a tasty-looking piglet knocks on Al's door.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm by Megan McDonald
The lucky penny in Judy Moody's pocket sure does seem to be working. She can't stop winning-at bowling, spelling, the unbeatable Prize Claw, everything! For sure and absolute positive, she'll ride that wave of good fortune all the way to Washington, D.C.
Lindsay the Luck Fairy by Daisy Meadows
St. patrick's Day is full of magic, and Lindsay the Luck Fairy is the one who keeps it that way! But when Jack Frost's goblins steals her special lucky charms, Lindsay's luck runs out. now everyone, everywhere will have a horribly unlucky St. Patrick's Day! Rachel and Kirsty are determined to help Lindsay find her magic. But where do they start? And without luck on their side, do they stand a chance of outsmarting the goblins?
Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore
This rescue happened in June of 2000 in the town of Montauk, New York, on the end of Long Island. The people who helped the lucky ducks are Joe Lenahan, Paul Greenwood, Dennis Sisco, and Perry Aaland.
Fancy Nancy: Just My Luck! by Jane O’Connor
Seeing a four-leaf clover at a show-and-share, Fancy Nancy becomes superstitious and goes overboard trying to keep track of everything that is lucky and unlucky before deciding to settle on what she truly believes.
Amelia Bedelia Tries Her Luck by Herman Parish
A whimsical tale about friendship and luck finds the literal-minded young Amelia Bedelia and her friends testing superstitions related to such symbols as black cats, four-leaf clovers, and broken mirrors.
Penelope Crumb Finds Her Luck by Shawn K. Stout
Blaming The Bad Luck for not being anyone's Favorite, fourth-grader Penelope Crumb hopes to change this situation by becoming the lead artist for the mural her class is painting for the residents of Potwaller's Blessed Home for the Aging
Cassandra the Lucky by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Despite the fact that no one ever believes her prophecies, Cassandra is determined to help people make their own luck. When she sends some special fortunes to the Mount Olympus Academy, the prophecies come true, but in unexpected ways.
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim
One Chinese New Year, her mother sends Goldy Luck to the pandas next door with a plate of turnip cakes, but the pandas are out and disaster follows. Includes a recipe for turnip cakes and an explanation of Chinese New Year.
|Fifteen Classics for Families to Read Together|
Monday, February 03, 2014 (25 reads)
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
The story of how a young boy nick-named Wart by the magician Merlin, grows up to become the legendary King Arthur.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
The Velveteen Rabbit, though dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, almost gives up his dream of finding the magic called Real.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside - Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
Babe: the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.
Just So Stories by Kipling, Rudyard
A collection of the well-known stories, including "How the Whale Got His Throat," "The Elephant's Child," and "The Butterfly That Stamped."
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
When new folks come to live in the Big House, the animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden, so food will be more plentiful.
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet.
One-hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith
Pongo the Dalmation and his wife undertake a daring expedition to rescue their fifteen puppies from the clutches of the vicious Cruella de Vil.
Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.
The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber
In a cold, gloomy castle where all the clocks have stopped, a wicked Duke amuses himself by finding new and fiendish ways of rejecting the suitors for his niece, the good and beautiful Princess Saralinda.
Tenggren’s Golden tales from the Arabian Nights by Gustav Tenggren
Illustrated retellings of ten stories of Scheherazade, along with the legend of how they came to be told. Includes Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Sinbad the Sailor.
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
The adventures of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.
Monday, January 27, 2014 (32 reads)
And the Newbery Winner is…
The winner of the 2014 Newbery Award will be announced on Monday, January 27th at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference. In the meantime, choose one of these titles that are getting attention as contenders.
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.
Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost
Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by KG Campbell
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
The Gaither sisters are back in Brooklyn, where changes large and small come to their household as they grow up during the turbulent 1960s.
Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch; photographs by Tom Ulhman
An account of the work of volcanologists Andy Lockhart, John Pallister, and their team describes their life-risking efforts to investigate dangerous volcanoes that pose threats to more than one billion people worldwide.
Doll Bones by Holly Black; Illustrations by Eliza Wheeler
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
A shy boy named Oscar who works as the hand to a powerful magic worker becomes the only person who can save his village from an evil monster.
|Geisel Award Winner|
Monday, January 20, 2014 (41 reads)
And the Geisel Award Winner is…
The winner of the 2014 Geisel Award (that’s the one for beginning reader books) will be announced on Monday, January 27th at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference. In the meantime, choose one of these titles that are getting attention as contenders and past winners.
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes
Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin's grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day.
Fox Forgets by Suzanne Bloom
Bear worries when Fox forgets to deliver Goose's message that she will be right back.
I’m A Frog by Mo Willems
Piggie introduces his reluctant friend, Gerald the elephant, to the wonderful world of pretend.
Pete Won’t Eat by Emily Arnold McCully
Pete the pig does not want to eat his slop, but cannot go out to play with his brother and sisters until he does.
Stick by Andy Pritchett
Puppy has a new stick and now needs someone to play with. He asks several different animals but another puppy finally agrees to play.
Hiding Phil by Eric Barclay
Three siblings come upon an elephant named Phil and decide to bring him home--and then they have to hide him from their parents.
Eat Like A Bear by April Pulley Sayre; illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Follows a bear from the time she emerges from her den in April after four months without food, through months of eating fish, ants, and huckleberries, to midwinter when the arrival of two cubs interrupts her long winter's rest.
Nocturnal Animals by Kelli Hicks
Learn about animals that sleep during the day and are awake at night.
Mouse and Mole: Secret Valentine by Wong Herbert Lee
After getting a fluttery feeling while helping Mouse make valentines for each of their friends, Mole sends her a series of notes and gifts, signing them "your secret valentine."
Boris Gets a Lizard by Andrew Joyner
Boris has a lot of pets, but what he really wants is a Komodo dragon, so he comes up with a plan--and invites his class to come and see his lizard.