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Super Power Saturdays - Juvenile Nonfiction: All Kinds of Heroes

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Book Cover for Superstars of History by R. J. GrantWelcome to our last month of Super Power Saturdays. So far we have explored a lot of super powers and heroes throughout juvenile books. We've looked at superpowers in fiction in the post What's Your Power?, super powers in graphic novels in Graphic Novels: All Kinds of Powers!, and we explored the unique powers of middle schoolers in Middle School Powers!. But, superheroes and super powers are not limited to fiction. There are real life heroes out there doing amazing things everyday.So, this week's post highlights real life heroes in nonfiction books. Some of these heroes include: animal heroes, first ladies and leaders, explorers and adventurers, inventors, comic book creators, and even everyday children and teens from across the world making a difference. To learn more about these everyday heroes check out some of these picks:

For a list of these and other juvenile nonfiction books about heroes check out the Juvenile NonFiction: All Kinds of Heroes book list in our catalog.

And don't forget to check back in two weeks for our last post in the Super Power Saturdays series where we will feature books that can help you create your own superheroes, graphic novels, and stories in the post Creating Your Own Superheroes and Graphic Novels.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

 

Juvenile Fiction Selection: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Sophie Brown and her family have just inherited a farm from her great-uncle Jim.  Her father has recently lost his job, her mother is a busy full-time writer, and they have all just moved from the city and have no experience with farming.  Sophie finds a funny little chicken while exploring the farm and begins correspondence with a woman named Agnes of the Redwood Farm Supply company.  Soon Sophie is learning all she can about chickens through trips to the local library and through Agnes's letters.  Something is really different about great-uncle Jim's chickens though and more keep showing up on the farm every day, as well as the mysterious Ms. Griegson who keeps trying to steal them.  It's up to Sophie to keep her new chickens safe and to convince her parents that she is up to the task of being a chicken farmer.  Written entirely in letters to her recently deceased great-uncle Jim and beloved Abuelita, as well as to Agnes of Redwood Farm Supply this is an odd and adorable story about starting over in a new place, making friends, and supernatural chickens!  To accompany this great story are adorable illustrations of all the silly chickens.  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)

Vacation! Home or Away?

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School is almost out for the summer!  HOORAY!  Many families decide to start the summer break somewhere far away, perhaps at the beach, or in the mountains.  There are still others who decide to have a “stay-cation”.   Try these favorites for your summer reading!

First-in-the-Series Books

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I love discovering new series in our juvenile fiction collection, and here are two that I thoroughly enjoyed this year:

To learn more about these books, please visit their authors' websites: Turnage or Federle.

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 Wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

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   On the evening of November 10, 1975 the cargo ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald got caught in an early winter storm.  Facing near hurricane-force winds and waves up to 35 feet high, the ship suddenly sank to the bottom of Lake Superior.  All those aboard lost their lives.

   While there have been many shipping disasters on the Great Lakes, the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald remains the best known.  Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot wrote a hit song about the tragedy in 1976.

 

Check out these books to learn more.

Poetry Contest Winners for Grades K-4 and 5-8

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Recently the Teen Advisory Board of the Upper Arlington Public Library held a poetry contest with three divisions.  The K-4 grade winner was Katie H. with her poem “Garden” which appears below and the grade 5-8 winner was Ainsley D. whose poem” I Am Sunshine” also appears below right after Katie's. Congratulations to both winners!

Garden 

The richest garden high up on the hill
had the smell of roses
a slightly pointed breeze
the hum of the bees
the richest soil
the biggest trees.

A warm but not cold wind
brushes me
the ripple of the pond
as I skip the stones
the rock is smooth, the rock is flat.

The richest garden high up on the hill 
in which I visit every day.

-by Katie H.

I Am Sunshine 

I am sunshine
Dancing all around
I am beauty
Clothed in swirling clouds
I am happiness
Laughing at the sun
I am fearlessness
With my hair undone
I am wind
Knowing all things
I am fire
Love songs I sing
I am water
Quick and carefree
I am earth
Wrapped in mystery
I am a Girl. I am free

-By Ainsley D.

On President's Day Don't Forget the First Ladies!

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The third Monday in February we celebrate our Presidents. 

Let's also celebrate the President's wives, daughters and sisters that were America's First Ladies!  

 

From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, there have been 44 first ladies.

Martha Washington portraitMichelle Obama portrait

Here are some fun facts about the women who really ran the White House.

dolley madison portrait Dolley Madison (#4) was well known for saving important documents and the portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart during the War of 1812.  The portrait is 62 inches by 97 inches!  You can view this famous painting at the Smithsonian .  She was also hostess for the previous President Thomas Jefferson, whose wife had died many years before.  

Lucy Hayes portrait Lucy Hayes (#19) was from Ohio and started the first Easter Egg Roll in 1877.

frances folsom cleveland portrait Frances Folsom (#22 and #24) married Grover Cleveland in the first wedding ever held in the White House in 1886.

caroline harrison portrait Caroline Harrison (#23) was an artist who helped decorate the first Christmas tree in the White House in 1889. Mrs. Harrison was also responsible for bringing electricity to the White House.  

Pat Nixon portrait Pat Nixon (#37) was the first First Lady to wear pants in public.

Hillary Clinton portrait Hillary Clinton (#42) was the only First Lady to be elected to public office. She served two terms as United States Senator from New York. Hillary was also the first to host a webcast from the White House.  

Eight Presidents were Ohioans!  Canton, OH is home to the National First Ladies Library in America, the only one in the United States.  It is the former home of William and Ida McKinley (President #25) and features rotating exhibits in their home and the education center next door.

Happy Mr. and Mrs. Presidents Day!

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