Winter is in full swing and there is magic in the air! And elves are in the mix! Here are some fun books that explore the world of elves! Also, for some online fun check out the Website (and APP) ElfYourself.com where you can upload your picture and turn yourself into an elf! (Links open in a new window)
The sunny skies and warmer weather means camping season has started! Whether you pitch a tent, sleep in a camper, or just lay in a sleeping bag under the stars, get out and enjoy the outdoors.
What do you need for camping? There are lots of things you can bring, but the basics are a tent, sleeping bag, mess kit (eating equipment), simple foods, and enthusiasm for new experiences! Be sure to check out the books below for more information to make your own checklist before your trip.
Ohio has many wonderful places to explore and and also for you to put up your feet after a long day of exploration. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has an app for your mobile device that can give you more up to date information about events happening in all of the state parks around Ohio.
In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys. Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind.
Dory is back and this time she's ready to start a new school year and make a real friend. Dory's older siblings, Luke and Violet, have convinced Dory that it's time to leave her imaginary friend, Mary, at home for the new school year and leave her crazy imaginings behind. On the first day of school she meets Rosabelle, a girl with an imagination as big as Dory's, but they don't hit it off right away. When she and Rosabelle bump into each other at the park their imaginations collide and send them on an adventure. Now if only Dory could convince her brother and sister that Rosabelle exists and that she has finally made a real true friend! Adorable illustrations add a lot of charm and will entertain young readers. Look for Dory Fantasmagory if you want to start at the beginning. (Grades 2-4 School Library Journal)
Written as a novel in verse, this beautifully crafted story tells of how 10-year old Ha and her family are forced to flee Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975. Traveling by boat, then through two refugee camps, Ha and her family end up living in Alabama. Based on the author's personal memories, readers experience Ha's struggle to learn a new language, fit into a new and very different culture, and leave the memories of her homeland and start anew. This is a great book for understanding the struggle to fit into a new culture. Recommended for grades 4-8.
Earlier today the library had an interesting visitor. A Red-tailed hawk rested for a while in the trees outside the front entrance. According to a wonderful new book, National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds: A Beginner's Guide, the Red-tailed hawk is the most common hawk in the United States.
Learn all about the birds in your backyard with the help of these wonderful resources.
A lot of books are set up in a traditional novel style, but others use letters and notes to tell the story instead. This can be a really fun way to read and get to know the characters. It may even spur an interest in writing some letters yourself! I’m sure a friend would love to read the story of your days in a letter just for them!
A fabulous example of this letter style (also called epistolary novels) is the book series 43 Old Cemetery Road by Kate Klise. It is told in letters, messages, and notes exchanged between a little boy, the ghost who haunts his house, and the very grumpy writer who moved in. They seem an unlikely trio, but are really kindred spirits who form a unique and wonderful relationship - all built around their beautiful, fun, sometimes grumpy, and often witty, letters! There is also lots of fun word play, and a big dose of mystery, in each novel. It’ll keep you guessing, and laughing, right to the end! For a sneak peek check out this fan made book trailer.
Marshall's class has been reading about runaway gingerbread cookies for days, but he does not believe that they can really escape. The class bakes and decorates their own gingerbread people and then when they disappear, everyone follows the clues left by the escaped cookies. What happened to those gingerbread people? A fun romp for ages 4 and up.
What would you do if you accidentally grew a monster from unknown ingredients found in your dad’s mysterious lab? Follow Frankie and her friends as they deal with a growing baby monster, the mystery of her dad’s lab, and what it means to be a friend. (Grades 4th – 7th)
When Ashley moves from the big city to the quiet suburb of Heaton Corners, she is devestated to learn her new town doesn't celebrate Halloween! Soon, Ashely and her new friends uncover a truly terrible truth about their sleepy town. There's a very haunting reason Heaton Corners doesn't celebrate Halloween…Grades 4-6