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.
We've got a pre-pub book and t-shirt to give away! Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series, is writing a new series called Five Kingdoms. We have an advanced copy of the first book titled Sky Raiders. Sky Raiders introduces Cole Randolph who along with his friends has been pulled into another place known as the Outskirts a state somewhere between dreaming and waking. Cole has to find his friends, correct the unbalance of magic in the five kingdoms and find a way to get everyone home to stay. Written for ages 8+. Danger and adventure abound!
Below is a video of Brandon Mull talking about the series. The clip is followed by the contest admission form.
Drawing will take place on January 21, 2014. We will contact the winner that day. Winner must be able to pick up the book and t-shirt at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd. Upper Arlington, OH 43221; we cannot deliver or mail the items.
Sky Raiders Give-Away Entry Form
Summer Library Club is in full swing and we are well underway looking at super power books. So far we have looked at What's Your Power? and Juvenile Graphic Novels - All Kinds of Powers! This week we will highlight books about Middle School Powers. There are a lot of great books out there about all the unique powers, abilities, and experiences of middle schoolers. For a few top picks check these out:
- Savvy by Ingrid Law
- Sidekicked by John Anderson
- The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee and Stuart Moore
- NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
- Chance Fortune and the Outlaws by Shane Berry
- A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
- Powerless by Matthew Cody
- Public School Superhero by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
- Kindling by Braden Bell
One of my favorites from this list is Savvy by Ingrid Law. It's about a girl who is about to turn 13 and everyone in her family gets a unique power on their 13th birthday - and she knows hers is going to be great. But, when her dad gets hurt and she and her siblings are left behind, she knows it's her power that will save him. And so begins an adventure across the state to reach her dad and find her power. If you have already read Savvy there is a companion book Scumble that tells the story of her cousin. And as a bit of news, coming soon is book 3 in the Savvy series! It is called Switch and will be available September 2015. Checkout Ingrid Law's website for more information. In the meantime here is a sneak peak at Savvy.
For a list of these and other great middle school reads check out the Middle School Powers book list in our catalog.
On July 4th we will look at real life heroes in NonFiction: All Kinds of Heroes. And we will wrap things up on July 15th where we explore how to make your own characters and graphic novels in Creating Your Own Superheroes and Graphic Novels.
Happy “Superpowered” Reading!
Clover's Luck is the first book in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series. Clover has always considered herself unlucky and especially with pets. Her most recent one, a pet bird, flies off into the forest and when she goes chasing after her Clover stumbles upon a flyer advertising a job at an animal adoption agency. When Clover goes to ask about the job she is hired on the spot and soon learns the secret of M.A.A.A.; it's full of magical animals. Fairy horses, magic toads, witch kittens, unicorns, and even a baby dragon are among the animals available to adopt. Just as Clover is feeling her luck might be changing she gets left in charge of the agency and a sneaky witch shows up causing all sorts of trouble. Can Clover overcome her bad luck and help the animals find good homes? (Grades 2-4 School Library Journal)
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!
When a boy moves into a new neighborhood he devises a way to meet new people and make new friends. Neville!? Where did he go? A fun read-aloud for ages 4 and up.
Have you heard the big news?
No, J.K. Rowling isn't publishing a new Harry Potter book, sadly…but she is involved in writing a screenplay called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring the fictitious author Newt Scamander. The story begins seventy years before Harry Potter arrives on scene, set in a secret wizarding community in New York City. No news yet as to when we can expect to see this on the big screen. Find the press release on J.K. Rowling's blog here. There is also talk that this will be the first film in a series!
There are some great characters and friendships in graphic novels. From best friends whose differences only bring them closer and add to their adventures, like in Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo, to loveable “pet” monsters who need help finding their home, like in Jellaby by Kean Soo, to sassy but sweet unicorns to help you through your daily ups and downs, like in Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson, graphic novels have it all.
For a sneak peek at Phoebe and Her Unicorn check out the book trailer below.
For more information about Phoebe and her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle, check out the Dana Simpson website at www.danasimpson.com. There are links, event info, an author blog, and even some info about the upcoming second book in the Heavenly Nostrils series called Unicorn on a Roll due out in May!
A few other graphic novels to check out whose characters have made great friendships and will surely become fast friends as you share their adventures are The Misadventures of Salem Hyde by Frank Cammuso, Knights of the Lunch Table by Frank Cammuso, and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke.
A torn piece of paper can turn into a crocodile's smile. A paint spill can be turned into an elephant. You can turn any oops into an unlimited number of beautiful possibilities. Imaginative fun for ages 3 and up.
The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Monday, January 27th. In celebration, the staff of the Miller Park Branch has picked some of their favorite past winners:
- Alina's pick: The Little House (1943 winner)
- Bree's pick: The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006 winner)
- Brian's pick: Where the Wild Things Are (1964 winner)
- Julie's pick: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970 winner)
- Kate's pick: Kitten's First Full Moon (2005 winner)
- Kris's pick: Owl Moon (1988 winner)
- Sarah's pick: A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011 winner)
On Saturday, January 25th, the Miller Park Branch will be hosting a Caldecott Crafts program at 11:00 a.m. for ages 3 and up. Registration is required. If you would like to attend, please go to UAPL's Events & Programs calendar to check for openings and to sign up. To learn more about the Caldecott Medal, please visit the Association for Library Service to Children's informational page.
Feel free to share your favorite Caldecott Medal winner in the comments section below!