Take a little closer look to find out more about the spring equinox. Here are five cozy books about all different kinds of love to curl up to with a loved one! One day, a hungry otter goes out for a swim to look for lunch. What he finds instead is love with a fish named Myrtle! But can an otter who naturally eats fish really be in love with one?
In this silly but touching book, Otter learns that love can come in many shapes and sizes and that sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of change and compromise to make it work. In this classic story, a little girl named Betsy is invited to a doll party and must choose only one of her dolls to bring.
Melissa is the oldest doll, Melinda is the best-dressed, and Mary Jane can do the most things. Goldman knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, and Sophia helps her by making pom-poms for the hats. But when Sophia and Mrs. Goldman go to walk the dog, Sophia realizes that Mrs. Goldman in her own special way. This book teaches a simple but powerful way to express love to those who need it most. Worm and Worm are in love and want to be married.
But all the other bugs keep interrupting them! Then Jin Woo finally arrives, and David is surprised to find out that being a big brother is actually pretty cool. In fact, they have even more love than ever before, plenty for both boys. Check out or reserve some books: Grace for President by Kelly S. So, she decides to run for class president at school.
My Teacher for President by Kay Winters Oliver tries to get his teacher to become president by writing a letter to a local television station. What would the daily tasks be like? Duck for President by Doreen Cronin Duck really believes that being President of the United States would be simpler than running a farm. Goodman The title says it all and gets into details about the race to the White House.
In fact, he has chosen his babysitter to be his running mate and his political party is The Lemonade Party. President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston The girl in this story wants to be president of her 5th grade but she takes lots of short cuts that prove to be disastrous for her campaign and it all backfires on her. Diversity means we are all different and special in our own way. Here are some of our favorite books about diversity!
Some people have light skin, and some people have dark skin. Some people have freckles or birthmarks or dimples. This book tells the story of Lena and her mom. Both Lena and her mom love to draw and color. This silly book tells all about the different types and colors of skin we live in.
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The funny pictures and catchy rhymes make this a great read-aloud story! This new take on an old classic comes with a CD to sing along! The pictures are bright, busy, and welcoming and show kids from all over the world doing all sorts of activities. In the year , twelve-year-old Mimi moves to a new town.
However, she finds that almost everyone in her new town is white while Mimi is half-African American and half-Japanese. Mimi struggles to fit in at her new school while also taking part in activities that traditionally only boys could do. This Maine Student Book Award nominee is told i. Best friends are the ones who want you and the best of friends in the Firefly Hollow forest stick together, through all their quests, experiences of sadness and victories, fears and delights.
The Tree in the Courtyard: She and her family had to flee their home in Germany to a safer place in Amsterdam where they struggled to survive from Nazi soldiers. Through a window in the attic that was not blacked out, Anne could see the sky, birds and the chestnut tree. She wrote about the tree in her diary three times, the last time on 13 May Much like the C. Is someone at Rookskill castle, an ancient, crumbling manor on the misty Scottish highlands, harboring a Nazi spy?
Why do people seem to mysteriously appear and disappear? This is the place where magic is real and nothing is what it seems to be. The other friends have their own family troubles, too. Raymie even takes baton twirling lessons for the contest! Through all the ups and downs of real life, the friends do find their way in this endearing, heartfelt story. Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. You see her sifting through mailing catalogs and cutting out favorite photos of people and house things, to create a paper home for herself.
Deciding to live with her 19 year old brother, Gage, who, as we discover, is homeless, as well, heaps on even more difficulties. The tension is tight at times but kept me turning each page to find out what happens to Ari at school and in the neighborhoods. I know I gained great respect for their struggles. The story continues in The People of Sparks. Read it to see! I love this book about growing, searching, longing, and being enough already. A beautifully illustrated book.
Neither did I, until I read this interesting book. Check out this book, then keep your eyes out for milkweed, and green caterpillars.
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Reading this book is a great accompaniment to the start of gardening season. The prose style makes reading this aloud enjoyable for parents. How will he go to school? I recommend this tale as a bedtime story enjoyed by all. Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks is a story of friendship, loss, and hope. A magpie with a burnt wing and a dog who is blind in one eye help each other and soon become friends.
But when a jealous and lonely fox tries to separate them, Magpie learns what it really means to be a true friend. Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley tells the story of Buckley and his mama, a pair of beavers who live on the beach by the sea. Buckley and Mama both miss Papa, so Buckley decides to make little boats out of driftwood and send them out to sea for Papa.
Then one day, he finds out that Mama, who also misses Papa, has a secret. This is a gentle book about family where someone is gone away but never forgotten. So Rachel decides to take matters into her own hands by decorating the house and writing a secret letter for Santa. In The Book Itch: Far from being an ordinary bookstore, the National Memorial African Bookstore sold books by and about black people and their history and culture. It was also a place where anyone could come to read and learn. In the book, which is based on a true story, Lewis talks about the famous people he met at the bookstore and how his dad spoke up for civil rights.
With detailed pictures and historical facts, this is a good book for exploring the time period of the civil rights movement. Sand between your toes and sea spray on your nose — summer is a great time to cozy up with a good book on the beach! Laugh out loud along with bratty Lulu as she adventures into the woods on her own to try and find a pet brontosaurus in Lulu and the Brontosaurus.
Monster in the City. But this is not practical and the next best thing is to learn by reading and seeing. This is what makes magazines an ideal learning tool for children. Magazines are an excellent combination of knowledge and entertainment. The picture, to your left, is the front cover of Appleseeds magazine April, , featuring facts about John Muir , an amazing environmental hero. His birthday is on April 21 and if he was alive today, Mr. Muir would be 1 77 years old! John Muir had a lot of answers about why it is important to care for the natural world. One c uriosity can lead to another.
Find out about Earth Day in Maine. Did you know, t he very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, ? The voting takes place, now, through Sunday, May 3, Next month, March 20, is the first day of spring, or at least we Mainers wish to believe it is so!vitaxhospitality.com/libraries/up/1133.php
All of you are very welcome to visit and stay for the day to snuggle up and read some great books, particularly train books. Remember, the PFL is always here for you and your family. Check out our Monthly Flyer of future events. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Pretty soon, one winner and several honor runner up books will be selected. These winners will never go out of print. The case contains photos, sketches, and her two Caldecott medals. The Caldecott medal is awarded to an artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. What was your favorite new book from ?
I think this one is really worthwhile checking out to help you with your nomination. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier is a really well written, creepy Victorian ghost story, an allegory on greed and the power of stories. I read it immediately over my winter vacation. Each page was as enthralling as the last. Walls of bountiful books surround children and take them to all the wonders within the world of fiction and facts of non-fiction. There was a time when people thought that children should be seen and not heard. The idea that children have their own space in a public library was thought of as absurd.
This amazing Mainer was not only a librarian, a writer, book reviewer and lecturer but a very good friend of E. White, The Lion and the Mouse: She wanted children to be treated as individuals and to be treated seriously. Moore was adamant that books for children should be well-written, factually accurate and should not mix fact and fantasy. Respect for fellow workers.
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Check out this music site for kids http: Our exciting program runs throughout the school year, September through May, with a December and June break. Each age appropriate program is thoughtfully prepared and no registration is required. Parents and caregivers have a chance to make and meet friends, too. The old saying can be traced back, for example, to ancient Roman times when referring to Canis Major Large Dog , the Dog Star, Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, believing it to be the reason for the intense summer heat.
Remember hearing about the dog days of summer in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney? Joplin Wishing by Diane Stanley When Joplin finds an antique platter with a beautiful Dutch scene, she idly wishes for the girl painted on the platter to be her friend and the next day Joplin finds the girl in the garden, longing to go back to her seventeenth-century home. The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby In an alternate history of New York, three kids try to solve a modern-world puzzle and complete a treasure hunt laid into the streets and buildings of the city.
The Romeo and Juliette Code by Phoebe Stone During World War II, eleven-year-old Felicity is sent from London to Bottlebay, Maine, to live with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and a reclusive boy who helps her decode mysterious letters that contain the truth about her missing parents.
I mean, come on: Spotlight on Elise Gravel! Content by Melissa Taylor — Imagination Soup: Chickadee Awards April 3, There were 21, total votes this year. Here is a quick rundown of the top five. Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Contain visual and literary aspects of a book that provide subtle subtexts, requiring older children to draw on existing knowledge or multiple narratives.
Weave words and pictures to tell story.
Deal with realistic issues such as global, refugees, etc… Allow a child to explore complex values, traditions, emotions, relationships Challenge reader to go beyond story Have complex artwork, sometimes, varied design layout or are wordless Help to develop empathy, critical reflection, discussion Are great tools for reluctant readers! Poet of the People J Books about History Boroson, Melinda R. The Adventures of the John J. The Titanic Bear J Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger older fiction A Camping Spree with Mr.
May Picks April 20, Explore the Spring Equinox! The Spring Equinox; Celebrating the Greening of the Earth by Ellen Jackson Despite the wintry weather this week, March 21 st marked the first day of spring for the northern hemisphere. The Best-Loved Doll by Rebecca Caudill and Elliott Gilbert In this classic story, a little girl named Betsy is invited to a doll party and must choose only one of her dolls to bring. A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards and G. Worm Loves Worm by J.
Austrian and Mike Curato Worm and Worm are in love and want to be married. Written by Ashley B. Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee Best friends are the ones who want you and the best of friends in the Firefly Hollow forest stick together, through all their quests, experiences of sadness and victories, fears and delights.
Cool Summer Read Suggestions! Little girl with a book on a tree branch. Have You Seen Our Magazines? American Girl J Magazines Designed to celebrate the achievements and foster the creativity of girls, ages , American Girl magazine is filled with craft projects, games, girl-to-girl advice and more! The companion website features a variety of fun activities. AppleSeeds J Magazines Geared to children, ages , each themed issue covers a social studies topic.
Includes articles, interviews, photographs and activities. Babybug J Magazines Designed for children, 6 months-2 years old , this boardbook magazine contains colorful pictures, short stories and rhymes to engage listeners and encourage children to try reading. Chickadee J Magazines Filled with puzzles, games, pictures and activities of interest to children, ages , Chickadee features colorful photos and stories emphasizing funny, unusual and true information about animals and people.
The website lists current and upcoming themes and links to theme-related websites and others of interest to children and teachers. Contributors are often internationally known authors and illustrators. Join the fun while you hum, clap or simply carry a tune in Songs I Love to Sing. My pen rides dinosaurs and hides an elephant in a teacup. Acclaimed author and illustrator Christopher Myers uses rich black-and-white illustrations to bring a sketchbook to life, showing that with a simple pen, a kid can do anything!
After Saya's mother is sent to an immigration detention center, Saya finds comfort in listening to her mother's warm greeting on their answering machine. With stirring illustrations, this tender tale shows the human side of immigration and imprisonment—and shows how every child has the power to make a difference. Feelings I Love to Share explores the many feelings youngsters experience: This delightful title will resonate with children everywhere. This lyrical retelling of the traditional Christmas story serves as a plea for greater compassion and unity in our contemporary world.
Peace and goodwill are values celebrated during the holidays, but they should also be applied to the daily struggle of those traveling over land and sea in search of hope and sanctuary. When Anna Hibiscus goes to market one day and a boy steals a banana from her, she runs after him. It turns out that the boy is poor and lives alone. Anna befriends the boy and when he becomes ill, Anna makes sure he gets the medical help he needs.
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: Jaden Toussaint, an inquisitive budding scientist with a spectacular Afro, feels like an outsider in his family.
While his parents and sister are all bibliophiles, he hates to read: After circulating a petition among his fellow kindergarteners campaigning for more computer time, Jaden's ingenuity is rewarded. This charming first installment in the Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest chapter-book series features succinct but vivid characterizations and abundant humor the family's pets include a guinea pig that "never has the same name two weeks in a row," and Jaden's father "prefers to be called 'baba,' which means 'father' in Swahili.
Does not speak Swahili". Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 2: In this second installment of Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest, there is an alien invasion at school. They may look like caterpillars, but you can never be too safe. Our hero, Jaden Toussaint, must use all his super-powered brain power to save the people and possible aliens from each other!
Seeds of Freedom , written by Hester Bass, illustrated by E. Lewis, published by Candlewick, HC, ages Mention the civil rights era in Alabama, and most people recall images of terrible violence. But something different was happening in Huntsville. For the citizens of that city, creativity, courage, and cooperation were the keys to working together to integrate their city and schools in peace. In an engaging celebration of this lesser-known chapter in American and African-American history, author Hester Bass and illustrator E.
Lewis show children how racial discrimination, bullying, and unfairness can be faced successfully with perseverance and ingenuity. In this second volume, Representative Lewis continues describing his experiences with the civil rights movement. As in the first book, Lewis attends Barack Obama's inauguration, flashing back to his life as a young man taking part in the fight that would make it possible for America to eventually elect its first black president.
Visually stunning, the black-and-white illustrations convey the emotions of this turbulent time, from Lewis's fear and pain while in prison to Governor George Wallace's sneering indifference during his "Segregation forever" speech. But this year, no one feels much like celebrating. Aunt Laura lost her job and Dad and Mom say that big changes are coming for the family -- changes that mean Willie may not get that bike she wanted. Christmas and Kwanzaa are supposed to be joyful, but this year is turning out to be the worst. Can Willie find a way to bring "happy" back to the holidays?
From Berry Gordy and his remarkable vision to the Civil Rights movement, from the behind-the-scenes musicians, choreographers, and song writers to the most famous recording artists of the century, Andrea Davis Pinkney takes readers on a Rhythm Ride through the story of Motown. Ira Aldridge dreamed of being on stage one day performing the great works of William Shakespeare.
He spent every chance he got at the local theaters, memorizing each actor s lines for all of Shakespeare s plays. Ira just knew he could be a great Shakespearean actor if only given the chance. But in the early s, only white actors were allowed to perform Shakespeare. But through perseverance and determination, Ira became one of the most celebrated Shakespearean actors throughout Europe. Illustrated by award-winning artist Floyd Cooper, Ira s Shakespeare Dream is a captivating tribute to the inspiring life of Ira Aldridge, and to the renowned works of William Shakespeare.
This collection touches on historical truths footnoted throughout but introduces a fleeting time and place through the everyday hopes and dreams of its residents. A coming-of-age tale rich with folk magic. Set in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, this coming-of-age tale, rich with folk magic, celebrates hope, friendship, and family, and captures the wonder of life in the Deep South. Sweet and accessible but never simplistic, this collection captures the experience of a military childhood with graceful sophistication.
Grimes uses different styles of poem for each voice free verse for the daughter and tanka poems for the mother , a choice that she discusses in an explanatory note on poetry forms that will serve budding poets and teachers alike. Rendered in acrylic, oil, and collage, Zunon's warm, vibrant illustrations complement the text perfectly. Readers with an especially keen interest in the locations highlighted can look to a complete list of Air Force Bases appended.
Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the s until her death in What if Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sat down over tea to reminisce about their extraordinary lives? What would they recall of their triumphs and struggles as they fought to achieve civil rights for African Americans and equal rights for women?
And what other historical figures played parts in their stories? Chris Richards has always looked up to Jax, his older brother and his parents' "golden child. It turns out that Jax bet on the game, hoping to earn enough money to repay a debt to someone who doesn't forgive easily. The day Chris is roped into a police investigation is the day he realizes he made the wrong play. Reesie Boone just knows that thirteen is going to be her best year yet-this will be the year she makes her very first fashion design on her Ma Maw's sewing machine.
She'll skip down the streets of New Orleans with her best friends, Ayanna and Orlando, and everyone will look at her in admiration. But on Reesie's birthday, everything changes. Hurricane Katrina hits her city. Stranded at home alone, Reesie takes refuge with her elderly neighbor, Miss Martine.
They escape in a boat. And soon Reesie is reunited with her family. But her journey back home has only begun. Her home, Nott City, has been taken over by a harsh governor, Ignomus Crown. After fleeing for her life, Robyn has no choice but to join a band of strangers-misfit kids, each with their own special talent for mischief.
Setting out to right the wrongs of Crown's merciless government, they take their outlaw status in stride.
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Kicking off a new series with an unforgettable heroine, readers will be treated to feats of courage and daring deeds as Robyn and her band find their way in this cruel, new world. Smith, published by Clarion Books, HC, ages Twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher was born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic: But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can't seem to cast a simple spell. When a mysterious man called the Stranger comes to town, Hoodoo starts dreaming of the dead rising from their graves. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy. Not just any boy.
A boy named Hoodoo. Brianna Justice is determined to raise enough money for the big class trip to Washington, D. But just when she begins to lose hope, she comes to realize that sometimes surprises can turn out even better than the best-laid plans. Smith, published by G. Stefan Drosselmeyer is a reluctant apprentice to his toymaker father until the day his world is turned upside down. His father is kidnapped and Stefan is enlisted by his mysterious cousin, Christian Drosselmeyer, to find a mythical nut to save a princess who has been turned into a wooden doll.
Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. In this third book of the Kulipari series, the future of the Amphibilands has never looked so bleak. The Kulipari trilogy comes to its thrilling conclusion in this action-packed adventure by NFL veteran Trevor Pryce and acclaimed comics artist Sanford Greene. In a one-of-a-kind brilliantly illustrated children's book that's based on a true story, veteran television journalist Cheryl Wills tells a powerful tale about her enslaved ancestor who fought for his freedom as a soldier during The Civil War.
Overflowing with lessons of perseverance and the power of one's imagination. Spanning more than 60 years, the story of Michael Shiner c. Five friends are in a race against time in this action-adventure story involving ancient tribal artifacts that hold the fate of the universe in the balance. None of these trailblazers imagined their ordinary parents as scientists on a secret mission. But when their parents go missing, they are forced into unfathomable circumstances and learn of a history that is best left unknown, for they are catalysts in an ancient score that must be settled.
This book unfolds sturdy, accurate scientific facts and history knowledge where readers will surely become participants. Saving the World While Serving Detention! A freak accident gives five middle school kids from very diverse backgrounds super powers. But instead of being able to transform into cool super-beings, they are forced to take on the characteristics of the kids they pick on. Sure their abilities may be at an all-time high, but do they really have what it takes to save their school when their self-esteem is at an all-time low?
The only thing they know for sure is they're about to learn one "powerful" lesson in compassion! But as their neighborhood goes from rough-and-tumble to up-and-coming, suddenly filled with pretty coffee shops and boutiques, Nikki is thrilled while Maya feels like their home is slipping away. Suddenly, the sisters who had always shared everything must confront their dissenting feelings on the importance of their ethnic and cultural identities and, in the process, learn to separate themselves from the long shadow of their identity as twins.
The one secret she cares about keeping—her identity—is about to be exposed. Unless Lauren "Panda" Daniels—an anonymous photoblogger who specializes in busting classmates and teachers in compromising positions—plays along with her blackmailer's little game of dare. But when the game turns deadly, Panda doesn't know what to do. And she may need to step out of the shadows to save herself. Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her.
Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her.
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