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The Wild and Wacky Animals that Can Be Found In Australia

 

 

 

Some live in water. Some live in trees. All are mammals, and most do what they please. Can you guess what makes one of these animals from Australia distinctly different than the others?  I'll give you a hint; it has webbed feet and a bill. But that is not the only thing that makes this animal unique. If you want to guess you can leave a comment below. I’ll be posting the answer next week. Good luck! 

 

It's Time To Turn In Your Summer Reading Logs

The Texas Summer Reading Program will end Saturday, August 11th.  Don't forget to stop by your library to turn in your reading logs. 

Harris County Branch Library Locations

You Can Now Request J.K. Rowling's First Book For Adults

Casual Vacancy J.K. Rowling [On Order]

The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.

 

2012 Summer Olympics

If you are like me,  you might find yourself staying up late to watch your favorite Summer Olympic events on TV. They have been so exciting to watch! Here are a few book so you can learn more about the Olympics and/or a specific event.  Let me know if I missed a sport that you enjoy. I would be happy to make additional suggestions.

More Marvelous Middle Readers

I had a great response from my last blog Mixed Matched Middle Readers for mature readers.  So, I wanted to share a few more titles on this level that I think you will also enjoy.  Please make a comment below if you are interested in a  specific genre and would like additional suggestions.   

Mixed Matched Middle Readers.

You have been to the pool, you did the family vacation thing and summer is slowing down. Many of you might not know what to do with all of that free time. So, here is a smorgasbord of book suggestions for mature readers.  This booklist includes a little bit of everything in hopes that you find that "perfect" book.  Happy reading.   

Racing to the Moon by Alan Armstrong

The Labyrinth of "Leveled Readers"

 What Makes Finding Early Readers So Confusing For Parents? Everything! 

When you enter the early reader section at your public library the books are most likely organized by the authors last name. Unless you have found the item on the card catalog this information is not helpful.  What complicates things even further, is that as a collective whole Publishers do not have a universal system for leveling early readers. So, how in the world can you find the right item for your child?

 

Mystery Readers

Here are three great mystery series for those of you who are just starting to read books which are a little longer than the basic early reader. 

Nate the Great  [Book One]

Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.

Folk and Fairy Tales Taken To The Next Level.

 The books that I've included this week are fractured fairytales. In these stories, the authors has taken the traditional folk and fairy tales that we love, and added their creative  spin to the story.  I have used many of these books in my storytimes and they are always a hit with children. 

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