Children's Booklist

Beat those Summertime Boredom Blues @ the library!

 

 

Summer vacation is almost over, and many of you are looking for something to brighten up your summertime boredom blues.  What you need is some LOL fun! The books that I have chosen this week are sure to delight even the toughest crowd; both whimsical and entertaining, these items are exactly what you need to add some fun and humor into your day! 

 

Toothy Tales


 Chomp! Toothy Tales to Bite Back the "Summer Slide." 

 "The researchers concluded that two-thirds of the 9th grade reading achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during elementary school. This achievement level is a huge determinant of whether students stay in school and follow a college-preparatory track."


Johns Hopkins University Researchers
Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson (2007)


 

 

A Melodious Tale

 This is a lovely picture book that has been loosely based on an article that ran in the Washington Post several years back. It is a story that stuck with me;  I was delighted to learn that it is now written in a format that I can share with young people. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have.   

The Man with the ViolinKathy Stinson

Are you Ready for the Eclipse?

 

"If you live in North America, the overnight hours of April 14-15 will be ones to gape at the sky. Mars comes to within 57.4 million miles of our planet, making its closest approach to us since January 2007, and North America will have a ringside seat to see a total lunar eclipse. The total eclipse begins at 3:07 a.m. EDT and will last seventy-eight minutes."  Joe Rao, Natural History, April 2014.

Would you like to extend your learning experience?  Checkout these titles. Enjoy!

 

Embracing the Spirit of a Champion

This year, the  Lifetime Network and the American Library Association's, Campaign for America's Libraries have created a partnership to promote Black History Month.  On February 1,  "The Gabby Douglas Story," a Lifetime® Original Movie will premier; as  a two time gold medalist the story of Gabriella Douglas is sure to inspire the champion in all. 

"There are no limitations if you broaden your horizons. If you don't succeed you haven't failed, because you cannot fail if you have tried your hardest." ~ Carl Lewis

Expand your learning experience by checking out one or more of these books! 

 

Frosty Tales

I just checked the weather and it is currently 75°F in Houston. Anyone else, wanting to feel the brisk winter air?  Melt away our warm winter weather by picking out a few of these frosty tales. 

 The Adventures of a South Pole Pig 

 

Psst...Have You Seen These Yet?

About this time of year, I begin to see several booklists  for "best books" of the year. You can find these lists on blogs, websites and journals, and many are outstanding resources for anyone who is interested in discovering more about books.  However, occasionally, I feel that items are overlooked and not given the due recognition that they deserve.

Below you will find a few of the picture books that have not been acknowledged on multiple sites, but  I feel are worth your time to discover. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have. 

A Satisfying Smörgåsbord of Picture Book Choices

It's nice to have options; in fact, I think that one could say that it's actually quite satisfying. So, this week, I am highlighting a little bit of everything.  Have you read a book lately that you really enjoyed?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  Like others, I have found some of my favorite books from suggestions made by my friends. 

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. 

JUICY FACTS

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. 

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