Betty Skelton a Women of Character

I just finished reading Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton Meghan McCarthy, and wanted to share it with you. This picture book biography has fun illustrations that children will enjoy, and it's well worth your time to check out.

Mes de la Herencia Hispana


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month: September 15 through October 15 and treat yourself to some stories and crafts from Latin America.

The Emerald Lizard: 15 Latin American stories to tell by Pleasant DeSpain. This is a collection in both English and Spanish. The best one is "5 eggs" - a story from Ecuador.

More Ready to tell tales from around the world edited by David Holt and Bill Mooney. This collection includes several Hispanic stories, the  best one being "The Barking Mouse" - a folk tale from Cuba.

Making magic windows: createing papel picado/cut paper with Carmen Lomas Garza. This one is a craft book that teaches you how to make cut paper decorations.

New Book Picks -- September 2013

Toddlers (Ages 1-3)

Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
While his mother is away finding food, a newborn  owl  falls out of his nest and anxiously tries to find her, receiving help from various forest animals.

Math is Fun


We've been getting in a lot of new books lately, including a bunch of math books,but they are not workbooks filled with boring pages of practice problems, they're funner books with real life stuff. One series,  Math on the Job, is for little kids (preschooler-1st grade). These  books cover counting, sorting, measuring, For a little bit older kids(grades 3-6), the Core Math Skills series also covers math concepts, but also word problems in real life settings, for example, in  Math on Halloween, one problem is how much money would you spend if you needed to buy three packages of makeup at $15 each. Finally, in the Math in Sports series , readers learn how to use math skills to find averages, percentages, and other stuff for football, baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, and auto racing. For example, you  might use touchdown to interception ratios to rank quarterbacks.

Highligh Historial Fiction for Tweens

Tweens, have you read The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine? Did you enjoy it? If so, you might like might enjoy learning more on this topic.  There is also a link for teachers at the bottom of this post.  








While You're Waiting for This, Check Out One of These...

wonder bookjacketAre you a fan of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder?  Maybe you’ve heard great things about it and are waiting for a copy.

Oldies but goodies

These books were all written in the 1940s and 50s, but they still hold up as good reads. They are ones that parents and grandparents remember reading when they were children.


August 3rd is National Watermelon Day!


Every year on August 3rd it is National Watermelon day. So, I thought that it would be fitting to tell you some juicy facts about watermelons and also share a few fun books. 


Do you know, that in Japan they grow square watermelons? Why? Round watermelons take up a lot of room in a refrigerator and they are also more difficult to cut into slices. Seems like a very logical and creative solution. That being said, MSN news recently reported the that square watermelon sold for $856. What??? I think that I'll stick with the round ones for now. 

Moving from beginning readers to chapter books

So, when a new reader has mastered Dick and Jane, ...what's next? Harry Potter? umm, probably not.


Building Strong Readers with LEGO® Books

One of the ways that I support the needs of readers is to find out what their interests are.  As you can imagine, a lot of children (boys and girls) are interested in LEGO® products.  What you may not have realized is that there are several LEGO themed books available for checkout at your library.  I hope that you enjoy this selection.





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