Children

Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Michael Martin

 

My boys have been reading quite a number of graphic novels of late.  Some quite good.  As my oldest was studying the underground railroad at school we stumbled onto Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad a Graphic History in the Graphic Library by Capstone Press.  WOW!!  We scooped up a few more; Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion, John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry, and The Brave Escape of Ellen and William Craft.  These are really well done.  Each includes quotes from primary sources, has wonderful graphics, provides plenty of detail, and are "action-packed" as true graphic novels should be. I found these books wonderful supplements for my boys in helping to picture something they have never seen or can even fathom.  We are definitely going to be looking for other titles.  Check Our Catalog.

Cindy A., Circulation

Close to Famous

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Joan Bauer
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

My favorite themes from this book are: One person can make a difference and food bonds people.  This book is uplifting and has a real cast of eccentric characters that have their own life lessons to share.  The main character can make some fabulous cupcakes that sound soooo yummy.  Just one problem - the book doesn't share any recipes!  So I have provided a link to a cake book the library owns:
Baking with the Cake boss : 100 of Buddy's best recipes and decorating secrets by Buddy Valastro. 

Bon Appetit!   Check our catalog.

Kate, Youth Services

First Look and Find: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Monday, January 23, 2012
First Look and Find: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

The "First Look and Find" series of books are great for 2 year olds!  Each page has a box containing pictures for your toddler to find within the larger picture.  My duaghter and I have been enjoying using the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (First Look and Find) book together.  I felt so proud when she was so excited to find the images in the picture.  She is so excited to show me how she can do it by herself!  A great way to boost toddlers' independence and confidence.

Janice, Youth Services

Disney's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Music CD)

Monday, January 23, 2012
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Music CD)

If you have a little one that enjoys Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, they're going to love this CD!  Our family has been enjoying listening to this CD and these songs in particular: The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme, Mousekedoer, Hot Dog!, and my daughter's personal favorite: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (sung by Goofy).

This has been indispensable for us on car trips lately!

Janice, Youth Services

Who Will Tuck Me in Tonight?

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Carol Roth
Who Will Tuck Me in Tonight?

A great humorous bedtime book for 2-4 year olds. Wooly the lamb’s mother is not home at bedtime.  Wooly wonders, “who will tuck me in tonight?”  Each animal on the farm takes a turn at tucking Wooly in, but none of the animals do it anything like his mom.  Wooly is starting to lose hope that he will never be tucked in the way he likes … and then mom shows up and his bedtime ritual is restored.  Wooly is happy, content and falls asleep without counting sheep. This book shows little ones that everyone has a different way of doing things but sometimes you can have a favorite.  This book is fun to read and you can use different voices for each character – I make Mrs. Duck sound like a country singer.  My granddaughter loves it! Check our catalog

Kate, Youth Services

Lunch Money

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Andrew Clements
Lunch Money
I think Andrew Clements is one of those must read authors for kids.  Lunch Money doesn't disappoint.  This is a hilarious look at money and friendship from sixth grader Greg's perspective.  He wants to sell comic books that he writes and illustrates at school.  You can imagine the pitfalls.  I love how Greg is determined and finds solutions to his problems with classmates, school staff and a school board.  An added joy is that Lunch Money is illustrated by Brian Selznick.  This is a great read aloud, especially a this time of year when kids are anxious to make more spending cash.  Check our catalog
 
Cindy A., Circ.

The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Bruce Hale
The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse

This is the first in a series that is hilarious.  I'm always looking for good reads for my young boys.  The style is the old time gum shoe calling women (in this case- classmate girls) dames.  Our P.I. is a fourth grade gecko that solves school mysteries.  If your children loved the Nate the Great series they will get a kick out of this one.  If they like reptiles they will love the details of the characteristics used to enhance the story.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ.

Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: what is an adjective

Monday, October 31, 2011
Brian Cleary
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: what is an adjective?

What a fun and entertaining series!  Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives, Pronouns, Adverbs, Prepositions, Synonyms, Antonyms. Homonyms, and Homophones all receive hilarious illustration!  Within each book the part of speech being focused on gets highlighted to make it easy for the reader to know which words fit the bill.  "Adjectives help tell us more, Like narrow street or favorite store, Hilly, chilly, fast, and fun, undercooked and overdone.".  My young authors at home really enjoyed this series. It helped clarify, in a fun way, when I asked for more detail-add an adjective or adverb.  Great for getting back to school or even once school starts to reiterate what they are learning.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

Night of the Howling Dogs

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Graham Salisbury

I read this book because it takes place in Hilo, Hawaii and the volcanoes area where I've been. In 1976 an earthquake caused a tsunami and a group of Boy Scouts were caught in it as they were camping in a remote area. The book is fiction but based on a true event. It was exciting and I learned a lot about scouting, camping and hiking and the lava and volcano areas of the big island of Hawaii. This would be good for anyone from grades 4 and up, including adults.

Sue N., Youth ServicesI read this book because it takes place in Hilo, Hawaii and the volcanoes area where I've been. In 1976 an earthquake caused a tsunami and a group of Boy Scouts were caught in it as they were camping in a remote area. The book is fiction but based on a true event. It was exciting and I learned a lot about scouting, camping and hiking and the lava and volcano areas of the big island of Hawaii. This would be good for anyone from grades 4 and up, including adults.

Sue N., Youth Services

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Roberto and Me

Saturday, August 6, 2011
Dan Gutman

Gutman has written a lot of juvenile baseball books but this is the first one I have read. I grew up near Pittsburg so knew a lot about Clemente. The book is well written and fascinating with lots of game talk, plays, etc and facts about a lot of other teams. It also is a time travel both back to the 1960s and forward to 2080 or so. Pretty neat presentation. I plan to tell a lot more 'baseball lover kids' about these books.

Sue N.,Youth Services

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