Sally is bored, so bored at home with her Mom and her baby brother. Sally heads to the swamp to fish and discovers a slimy some-thing that wants to play. They play old games and discover new ones together that are really something! A slimy playtime for all ages 4 and up.
Living on the east side, my commute gives me plenty of time in the car to listen to music, the news, and, most enjoyably, audiobooks! I have found that I particularly like audiobooks that are read by the author. Below are some youth and young adult titles that are on my read or to-read lists:
Picture Books & Easy Readers:
- Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
- The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson
- Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner
Juvenile Chapter Books:
- Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
- The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
- Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
Scholastic has a new early chapter book series called Branches. These books are great for newly independent readers with high-interest content and illustrations on every page. Some books are formatted as early chapter books while some have more of a graphic-novel feel. There are thought bubbles, graphic panels, and funny pictures to keep your young reader engaged. The levels vary but are generally intended for readers in kindergarten through third grade. I love to recommend these to parents who are looking for a a begining chapter book for a child just ready to take a step away from early readers. To find specific levels and a list of all the series you can visit the Scholastic website at http://www.scholastic.com/branches/ or click on the links below to reserve a copy today!
This picture book is based on the true story of the gorilla Umande. Umande's mom was too young to know how to care for him, she saw him as a playmate. Umande ended up in our Columbus Zoo gorilla habitat and found a Mom in Lulu. A sweet story for animal lovers of all ages.
Dragons are everywhere! There have been many great picture books published in the last couple of years that explore all aspects of dragon lives. If you love dragons, check these out!
- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
- Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzcki
- How to Be Friends With a Dragon by Valerie Gorbachev
- Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
- King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bentley
- Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
- Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse
- The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water by Gemma Marino
- Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen
What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet? You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment. The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone. For ages 4 and up.
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.
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is a big, horrible, dinosaur-like, green monster. When he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all. A good lesson for all ages, but especially ages 4 and up.
I love discovering new series in our juvenile fiction collection, and here are two that I thoroughly enjoyed this year:
- Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
- And its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate! (which I am currently reading)
You are also welcome to stop by any UAPL location to find these and other first-in-the-series books in our juvenile fiction collection. At Miller Park, look for them on top of the shelves in the youth area!
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.