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Curious?

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Ever wonder what the smelliest fruit on the planet might be? Do you know what country serves fried grasshoppers as a common snack? Did you know that the eye muscle is the strongest muscle in the body? You can find even more curiosities in books such as That's Awesome! The World's Most Amazing Facts & Records.  Inquisitive minds (or reluctant readers) can satisfy their curious cravings for the strange, mysterious, outrageous, weird, freaky or just plain gross with some of these book suggestion from the Youth Department at UAPL

Picture Perfect Science

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With the implementation of the new Common Core standards, educators and parents are realizing the importance of integrating literature and science.  Picture books are a wonderfully interactive way to introduce young children to the many diverse fields of scientific inquiry.

In Counting on Frank by Rod Clement, a boy and his dog ask questions about the ordinary things all around us.  Lisa Wheeler’s book, The Pet Project: cute and cuddly vicious verses, illustrates the value of the scientific method as a problem-solver. 

Picture books investigate specific scientific principles too.  Ever wonder why some things float and some things sink?  Archie the goat and his friend Skinny the hen use Archimedes’ principle to find out what floats in a moat

Visit either of these websites for more picture perfect stories.

Audiobooks Read by the Author

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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:

Juvenile Chapter Books:

Teen Books:

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Beth's Story, 1914 by Adele Whitby

Beth's Story, 1914 is the first installment in the series Secrets of the Manor. Beth is excited for her twelfth birthday when she will receive her great-grandmother's heirloom necklace as a gift, but when the necklace goes missing Beth must learn the secrets of her manor house in order to clear the name of her maid and friend. While searching for answers Beth finds a hidden diary with clues to a much larger family mystery that dates back generations. Historical fiction and mystery collide in this fun new series. (Grades 4-7 School Library Journal)

What Are You Thankful For??

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It's that time again, kids. Time to hug smelly old Aunt Matilda (why does she have to wear SO MUCH perfume?), time for your mom to harp at you in front of everyone, to eat your brussels sprouts, time to fill your stomach to almost bursting, time to fight your little brother for the last piece of pumpkin pie, time to let Great Grandma squeeze your cheeks and drone on about how much you've grown, time for the wish bone to be broken (what are you wishing for?), and time for turkey!!

IT'S TIME TO GET THANKFUL!!

No, really…seriously… we really do have a lot to be thankful for. Here at the UAPL, you can fill out a feather for our bulletin board turkey, and tell us what you are thankful for. Some of the things our patrons are thankful for are dinosaur books, ice cream, mommy & daddy, food and love. The answers are as varied as our wonderful patrons. At the UAPL, we are thankful for you. We are thankful that you allow us to help you find books that you love, thankful that you love to read and use our services and facilities. Have a great Thanksgiving! If you are in the mood to read books about Thanksgiving, give these a try:

Amazing Butterflies

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Looking for an idea for a family outing that is fun and educational? Check out the  Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden's newest interactive family exhibit “ Amazing Butterflies” which opened May 17th. To help prepare for your visit check out some of our books about the life cycle of a butterfly.

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