Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day -- a day to celebrate the Earth!  Here are a few books about Earth Day to share with your child . . .

Earth Day, Birthday! by Maureen Wright
When Monkey proclaims that it is his birthday, all the other jungle animals protest, claiming instead that it is Earth Day and telling Monkey what he should do to honor this special day.

Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Capucilli
Biscuit and the little girl take care of the planet through small acts, from planting seeds to cleaning up, as they take part in a celebration of Earth Day.

Franklin Plants a Tree by Paulette Bourgeois
Franklin loses interest in planting his Earth Day tree when he sees how small it is. But thanks to Mr. Heron and Franklin's friend, Franklin discovers the potential of his little seedling.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Celebrate National Library Week! -- Part 3

The Memory Prisoner by Thomas Bloor

Maddie has not left her house since after the day she visited the library with her grandfather.  That was the same day the library closed to the public and the day her grandfather died.  Twelve years later, Maddie's brother Keith has been told he is going to be the next librarian's assistant.  When Keith describes the library to Maddie, she starts to remember parts of that day at the library with her grandfather.  She is determined to discover what is going on in the library and why everyone is so scared of the library Mr. Lexeter.

What better way to celebrate National Library Week than to read about an evil librarian!  And this book contains one of the best evil librarians I have come across in literature.  Definitely a book to check out!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebrate Libraries during National Library Week! -- Part 2

How fitting that today, on the day I usually write about teen books, is Support Teen Literature Day.  This is a day during National Library Week focusing on books for teen.  So I thought I would highlight a couple of books written by teens for teens . . .

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
(published at age 17 years)
When three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town of Venus Cove against the gathering forces of darkness, their mission is threatened as the youngest angel, Bethany, enrolls in high school and falls in love with another student.

In the Forests of Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
(published at age 15 years)
Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and was transformed against her will.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrate Libraries during National Library Week! -- Part 1

This week is National Library Week!  Here are a few of my favorite picture books about libraries.

The Library Lion by Michelle Knudson
A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend.

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris
Melvin discovers that the public library is the place where he can find just about anything--including three librarians who help in his quest for knowledge.

The Library by Sarah Stewart
Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Blue & The Gray: Stories of the Civil War

Learn a little more about the Civil War through the following stories . . .

Exiled: Memoirs of a Camel by Kathleen Karr
A first-person narrative from a camel's viewpoint about being sent from Egypt to serve in the United States Camel Corps, and life on the Mojave Desert before and during the Civil War.

Private Captain: A Story of Gettysburg by Marty Crisp
In 1863 Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Ben and his dog Captain set off in search of Ben's brother, who is missing from the Union Army.

Soldier's Heart: A Novel of the Civil War by Gary Paulsen
Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.

All Their Names Were Courage by Sharon Phillips Denslow
In 1862, as William Burd fights in the Civil War, he exchanges letters with his sister, Sallie, who is also writing to Confederate and Union generals asking about their horses in order to write a book.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pure Poetry: Novels in Verse

April is celebrated as National Poetry Month.  In celebration, pick up a teen book written in verse . . .

The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick
A coming of age novel in verse about sixteen-year-old Billy who runs away from his alcoholic father, lives in an abandoned freight train, falls in love with a rich girl, and ultimately learns the meaning of family.

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
Fifteen-year-old Ruby Milliken leaves her best friend, her boyfriend, her aunt, and her mother's grave in Boston and reluctantly flies to Los Angeles to live with her father, a famous movie star who divorced her mother before Ruby was born.

The Brimstone Journals by Ronald Koertge
In a series of short interconnected poems, students at a high school nicknamed Brimstone reveal the violence existing and growing in their lives.

Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood by Jame Richards
Sixteen-year-old Celestia is a wealthy member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, where she meets and falls in love with Peter, a hired hand who lives in the valley below, and by the time of the torrential rains that lead to the disastrous Johnstown flood of 1889, she has been disowned by her family and is staying with him in Johnstown. Includes an author's note and historical timeline.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Yesterday was the home opener for the St. Louis Cardinals.  (GO CARDS!!!)  With the start of the baseball season, it is the perfect time to read some great picture books about baseball.  Here are some of my favorite baseball books . . .

Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Maryann Kovalski
A grandmother makes a special day of it with her granddaughters at the baseball game.

The Bat Boy & His Violin by Curtis Gavin
Reginald is more interested in practicing his violin than in his father's job managing the worst team in the Negro Leagues, but when Papa makes him the bat boy and his music begins to lead the team to victory, Papa realizes the value of his son's passion.

Roasted Peanuts by Tim Egan
Sam the horse gets picked to be on the local baseball team, but unfortunately his friend Jackson the cat, despite being a good thrower, is not selected.

Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth by Robert Burleigh
A poetic account of the legendary Babe Ruth as he prepares to make a home run.