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.
A little girl wakes up to the sound of her parents working in the kitchen. There is suddenly the sound of something else, shuffling and clunking and clanging. The parents are dancing in the kitchen! Dancing fun for everyone, especially those ages 4 and up.
This is not your typical Little Red Riding story. The wolf is unsuccessful in getting meals and decides to go to school to train in martial arts. Little does he know that Little Red has been in training too. A kicking good read-aloud for ages 5 and up.
Anna Hibiscus is a little girl who lives in amazing Africa. In this Anna Hibiscus story, Anna and her family all go to the beach and are all too busy to splash with her in the water. The waves want to play with Anna, which make her laugh and laugh. Soon all of the family are together in the water. A fun and wet story about families at the beach for ages 4 and up.
Feeling lazy this summer? Consider these fun facts about the world's slowest animal – the sloth.
- 1. Sloths can sleep from 15-20 hours per day.
- 2. Sloths only go to the bathroom about once a week.
- 3. Some sloths can turn their heads almost all the way around.
- 4. Sloths might not run, but they are very good swimmers.
- 5. Two-Toed sloths actually have 3 toes on each back leg.
Learn more fun facts or read some wonderful stories about these curious (but extremely cute) creatures.
The end of Summer Reading Club 2014 is fast approaching, August 2nd to be exact. Here in the youth department we spend a great deal of our time helping young readers find the next great book. Because as we all know, finding the right book makes all the difference. In the summer I like to recommend funny and entertaining series that make you want to keep reading and give you the opportunity to stay with characters you have come to enjoy. Here are some first books in my favorite series for middle-readers. Hopefully, with these titles, you can keep the little ones reading strong through the next two weeks and after!
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R. A. Spratt
The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow
Swindle by Gordon Korman
We Are not Eaten by Yaks (An Accidental Adventure) by C. Alexander London
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
This guest blog was written by Eileen, one of our summer interns here at the UAPL.
Are you running out of fun things to do this summer (besides reading, of course)? If so, have no fear because science will save the day! As you all know, the theme of the summer reading program this year is science. So what better way to have fun this summer than doing two awesome science experiments? With your parents’ permission and guidance, gather these simple ingredients and have a blast experimenting!
Make Your Own Bubbles!!
What you need:
Pour equal amounts of water and dish soap into a container and stir gently.
Then, dip in the bubble wand and blow those bubbles!
Glow in the dark water!!
What you need :
Pour the water into the bowl
Cut the highlighter in half and pull the ink-soaked felt out of one half
Put the felt into the water, turn the lights off, and watch it glow!
For more fun science activities, check out these books!
It is time to celebrate all things chess! Sunday, July 20th, is International Chess Day and it’s time to play! And read! Not only do we have lots of strategy guides, from beginner to advanced, but we also have lots of great chapter books about kids who love chess. And if that is not enough check out the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. See the trailer below for a sneak peek.
And if chess is only one among many games that you love to play and can barely stop playing in order to do anything else – do not despair! We have some great books about games that incorporate games and puzzles for you to solve right into the story! My favorite so far is Gollywhopper Games and Gollywhopper Games: New Champion. Both are about a toy company who puts on a nationwide competition where participants must solve several rounds of puzzles and games, narrowing the completion down bit by bit, until there is one winner – who wins 1 million dollars! The book’s website gollywhoppergames.com has games, puzzles, and contests.
For links to these books, other books about games and puzzles, and/or chess books in the library catalog, see the links below.
Happy Chess Playing!