As the cold weather approaches keeping kids active and eating healthy can be challenging. Here are a few ideas to motivate your kids (and maybe the adults) to keep moving, eat healthy and feel great! Here are some great ideas for indoor activities to share with your kids and a few cures for cabin fever. Also, check out the following resources for more great ideas on healthy cooking and exercise for kids.
Did you know that not every kind of animal has the same type of eyes? Tigers can see six times better at night than humans. Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue. Most hamsters only blink one eye at a time. And, worms have no eyes at all! Learn about all the unique and interesting types of eyes in Animal Eyes by Mary Holland and Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins. If your interested in your own eyes, check out Eye: How It Works by David Macaulay.
Just for fun, try tricking your eyes with some books about optical illusions – What in the World: Fun-Tastic Photo Puzzles for Curious Minds by Julie Vosburgh Agnone and X-Treme Illusions by National Geographic Kids. You can even learn how to make your own optical illusion!
A child's simple note about cancelling bedtime ends up on the desk of a newspaper reporter, which then lands on the front page of the newspaper. Everyone reads this and bedtimes are stopped. What will happen to everyone with no bedtimes? A good sleepy-time read-aloud for ages 4-8.
Dash and his family live on the moon. They are part of the first group of humans to live on Moon Base Alpha and famous on Earth for it. Sounds exciting right? Not according to Dash, who is bored out of his mind. Dash is trapped inside the tiny moon base since kids are not allowed on the surface, and the only thing to do to occupy his time is play virtual reality games. When Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead, Dash believes that it might not have been an accident. Along with new supplies, the supply ship brings some new residents to the base including a new girl Dash's age who he eventually befriends. Dash becomes convinced Dr. Holtz's death was foul play and begins an investigation into many suspects to solve the mystery. Each chapter opens with an excerpt from “The Official Residents' Guide to Moon Base Alpha” NASA's instructional guide to living on the moon. Dash is very clever and the mystery in this story is not only complex but often funny too. (Grades 3-7 School Library Journal)
This book received a starred review by two children's book review journals. Set in Russia in 1891, this historical fantasy centers around 12-year old Prince Lev Lyov's return to St. Petersburg after receiving a mysterious invitation. He leaves his country home, his cat, and his mother behind. He arrives at the dark and decrepit manor where he finds strange things underfoot. Lev must use his special gift to rid the house of a ghost.
Yesterday, the American Library Association announced the winners of the best children’s and teen books published in 2013. Copies of all these wonderful books can be reserved in our catalog.
If you like well-illustrated books, check out the Caldecott winner, “Locomotive” by Brian Floca.
The Newbery award for outstanding writing went to “Flora & Ulysseys: the illuminated adventures” by Kate DiCamillo.
“Parrots Over Puerto Rico” by Susan L. Roth was recognized with the Robert F. Sibert Informational Award.
Beginning readers should check out “Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli, the winner of the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award.
For the complete listing of awards, their winners, and honor books, visit ALA’s website. (http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/american-library-association-announces-2014-youth-media-award-winners)
Welcome to our last month of Super Power Saturdays. So far we have explored a lot of super powers and heroes throughout juvenile books. We've looked at superpowers in fiction in the post What's Your Power?, super powers in graphic novels in Graphic Novels: All Kinds of Powers!, and we explored the unique powers of middle schoolers in Middle School Powers!. But, superheroes and super powers are not limited to fiction. There are real life heroes out there doing amazing things everyday.So, this week's post highlights real life heroes in nonfiction books. Some of these heroes include: animal heroes, first ladies and leaders, explorers and adventurers, inventors, comic book creators, and even everyday children and teens from across the world making a difference. To learn more about these everyday heroes check out some of these picks:
- Superstars of History by R.J. Grant
- Wonder Kids by Charis Cotter
- Your Cat's Superhero Skills by Ellen Lawrence
- Courageous Canine by Kelly Halls
- First Ladies by Amy Pastan
- Girls Rule! Amazing Tales of Female Leaders by Shelly Tougas
- Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan; Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter
- Heroes of the Environment by Harriet Rohmer
- Kid Presidents by David Stabler
- Little Kids First Big Book of Who by Jill Esbaum
- Rebel in a Dress: Adventurers by Sylvia Branzei
- Heroes and She-roes: Poems of Amazing and Everyday Heroes by J. Patrick Lewis
For a list of these and other juvenile nonfiction books about heroes check out the Juvenile NonFiction: All Kinds of Heroes book list in our catalog.
And don't forget to check back in two weeks for our last post in the Super Power Saturdays series where we will feature books that can help you create your own superheroes, graphic novels, and stories in the post Creating Your Own Superheroes and Graphic Novels.
Happy “Super Powered” Reading!
The parents of a bandit family split up. The Dad bandit marries a princess and brings all of her royal children into the hideaway, which makes the bandit kids unhappy. Can they all get along and live together? This is a fun story about blending families of bandits, prince and princesses, and even dragons for ages 4 and up.
Bruce is a grumpy old bear that lives alone and likes to eat eggs. He finds a nest in the woods and when the eggs suddenly hatch, Bruce finds himself with goslings that are convinced he is their mother. Rollicking fun for ages 3 and up.
Every full moon, a mysterious ship is seen off the coast of Dull-on-Sea and its pirates loot the town's treasure. Can Matilda and Jim Lad retrieve the stolen booty and vanquish the scurvy crew, or will they end up stuck on board the ghostly galleon forever? Recommended for Grades 1-4.