Kids Blog: Book List
Does It Really Take Seven Years to Digest Swallowed Gum?: And Other Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask by Sandy Donovan
Pretty much from the day I was born, my parents told me never to swallow gum for this reason. I basically stopped chewing gum altogether. Find out what the experts have to say about this and other common beliefs.
The Secret, Mystifying, Unusual History of Magic by Patrice Sherman
If you have heard of Harry Houdini, you probably know that mystery and magic go together like peanutbutter and jelly. Now you can learn about the history of magic going as far back as ancient Egypt. Abracadabra!
Crust & Spray: Gross Stuff in Your Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat by by C.S. Larsen
What is gross to you and me is good for the body! Read all about the crusties and nasties that keep us healthy and happy.
Superdupers!: Really Funny Real Words by Marvin Terban
Did you know that tutti-frutti is not just an ice cream flavor and fuzzy-wuzzy is not just a bee's-knees rhyme? This book takes over 100 crazy words and explains what they mean and how they came to be used.
Ripley's space: Believe It or Not! by Mike Goldsmith
Stars, astronauts, planets, black holes, supernovas, space travel and aliens! Need I say more?
The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat by Micheal Pollan
This is a longer book with lots of information about the food we eat, adapted especially for young readers. Parents may want to read this one with their children since important issues are raised and we could all learn more about what we eat.
Chill: Discover the Cool (and Creative) Side of Your Fridge by Allan D. Peterkin
Is there anything to know about the refrigerator other than the fact that it keeps the soda cold? Absolutely! This book will show you how much fun your fridge can be!
Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle by Kathryn Walker
Boats and planes are believed to have vanished without a trace near the Bermuda Triangle. Now you can learn about this area of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami, and Puerto Rico, one of the most mysterious locations in the world.
King George: What Was His Problem? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You about the American Revolution by Steve Sheinkin
This book is full of quotes, anecdotes and notes about the American Revolution. The author presents a great look at the real people who experienced one of the most important events in American history.
This is just a starter list. You can always find more in your local branch library!
I just read an online article from Book Page’s Children’s Corner that had some recommendations for boys’ summer reading (ages 8-12.) I checked the titles and we have them all, or they’ll be here shortly or they’re in-process.
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Books to Browse
Board books are the perfect compromise for my little ones: they can touch and feel a book and I'm not afraid of them ripping the pages apart. I save the picture books and readers for those times when I am sitting right next to them, reading to them and helping them read. And my favorite part of these books is that it makes reading time fun for me as well as for them!
Find more "coming soon" board books in our catalog.
#1 The first book I’ll mention is Jangles: A Big Fish Story by David Shannon. This picture book was a big surprise to me. I loved the illustrations and think Shannon should win the Caldecott Award for his artwork. This tall tale is funny and speaks to the storytelling tradition that Public Libraries take part in. Right on, David Shannon. You might remember this author’s name from his Oh! David books.
#2 I am always looking for good books at Thanksgiving for my public storytime on that subject. I tend to not like the turkey outwits the human books. Todd Parr came to the rescue this year with The Thankful Book It is brightly colored and easy to understand. Its main theme is being grateful for everyday things, that we often take for granted.
#3 I read a review of Sadie and Ratz that said it was the best children’s book of the year. I tend to agree. In just 59 pages, Sonya Hartnett did an astute job of describing sibling rivalry. This story is based on a real incident in Hartnett’s life, in which a niece named each of her hand s and “they” then proceeded to act out her feelings and fantasy. Unique.
#4 I used Fireboy to the Rescue: a Fire Safety Book by Edward Miller in a fire safey Booktivity this past summer. This book is a graphic novel but it reads well out loud. I remember the Fire Chief being impressed by what he heard in this book. It is simple but very practical. I certainly learned more on this subject when I read it.
#5 Another book that I used in a summer Booktivity program was Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco. The program was on static electricity and this book deals with the dreadful fear that some children have during lightning storms. This is not a new book (1990) but it still speaks to that fear and a grandmother’s attempt to assuage her granddaughter. The 2 people in the book slowly gather ingredients to make a “Thunder cake” and the recipe is in the back. The secret ingredient in the cake will surprise you but don’t let it hold you back from trying new moist chocolate cake recipe.
#6 History was my favorite subject in school and I am still drawn to it. I read the juvenile version of Bill O’Reilly’s adult book, Killing Lincoln: the Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever. The shorter version is Lincoln’s Last Days: the Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever. There is much to learn in this book, even for people who have read a lot about our 16th president. It is a quick but interesting book in content and illustration. I recommend it.
I read different types of children’s books throughout this year from picture books that are great read-alouds to books about exciting real life experiences. Here are my favorites from the past year.
5. If Waffles were Like Boys by Charise Mericle Harper- This book is silly fun about imagining how ordinary things, such as waffles, socks, and toothbrushes, would become exciting if they were more like fun, adventurous boys.
4. Oh! What a surprise! by Suzanne Bloom- Bear and Goose are back for another sweet tale with a new friend, Fox. When Fox finds his friends making surprise gifts, he decides to make them each a gift. If you have not had a chance to read the whole series, start with A Splendid Friend, Indeed.
3. Snow in Summer : fairest of them all by Jane Yolen- Jane Yolen is one of my favorite authors and she wrote my favorite type of stories-fairy tale retellings! She recasts the story of Snow White and set it in West Virginia in the 1940s with a stepmother who is a snake-handler.
2. Chicken Big by Keith Graves- This story about a giant chicken that hatches from an enormous egg, but the other chickens cannot accept that he is one of them. It is a laugh out loud tale when the chickens think this huge animal could not be a chicken but proclaims he is one ridiculous object after the other.
1. Trapped : how the world rescued 33 miners from 2,000 feet below the Chilean desert by Marc Aronson- A great non-fiction book for 5th & 6th graders about thirty-three miners trapped in a copper-gold mine in San Jose, Chile. It told the amazing account of these brave mine workers as they survive underground while experts from around the world--from drillers to astronauts to submarine specialists--came together to make their remarkable rescue possible. This is my favorite book from 2012.
Tell us what books you read over the past year and loved. Leave a comment.
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