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.
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.
- Awesome Animal Trivia by Lucy Rauker
- Big Book of Gross Stuff by Bart King ( EBOOK)
- Ripley's Believe It or Not! Curioddities
- Ultimate Weird But True
- Weird US: A Freaky Field Trip Through the 50 States by Matthew Lake
- The World's Strangest Unexplained Mysteries by John Hawkins ( EBOOK)
- Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook (Gross Junior Edition) by David Borgenicht ( EBOOK)
- Ye Olde Weird But True!: 300 Outrageous Facts From History by Cheryl Harnes
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.
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.
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
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)
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:
Finn and Cara live with their family in a village off the western coast of Ireland. One day the children end up castaways landing on Fog Island, a dark and mysterious place. What will happen to the children? Who would believe the story of the island? A timeless story from a classic picture book author will delight readers ages 5 and up.
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.
- Butterfly Birthday by Harriet Ziefert
- The Butterfly House by Eve Bunting
- Butterfly Garden by Margaret McNamara
- A Butterfly's Life by Lee Landley ( EBOOK)
- A Monarch Butterfly's Journey by Suzanne Slade ( EBOOK)
- From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Following the Life Cycle by Suzanne Slade ( EBOOK)
- Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost
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.