Julia and her house have settled by the sea. It was too quiet! She hangs up a sign welcoming all lost creatures and suddenly her house is not quiet anymore. For all those who welcome lost creatures ages 4 and up.
March 3, 2014 marks the 17th year of celebrating the National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day” and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. To help support this occasion, the Lane Road Library is hosting a Dr. Seuss Craft day on Wednesday, March 5 at 4:00 for children ages 2 and up. Stop by to make your own “Cat in the Hat” hat and a Lorax finger puppet. Check out the following links for more ideas on how you can celebrate at home!
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.
Dash and his family live on the moon. They are part of the first group of humans to live on Moon Base Alpha and famous on Earth for it. Sounds exciting right? Not according to Dash, who is bored out of his mind. Dash is trapped inside the tiny moon base since kids are not allowed on the surface, and the only thing to do to occupy his time is play virtual reality games. When Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead, Dash believes that it might not have been an accident. Along with new supplies, the supply ship brings some new residents to the base including a new girl Dash's age who he eventually befriends. Dash becomes convinced Dr. Holtz's death was foul play and begins an investigation into many suspects to solve the mystery. Each chapter opens with an excerpt from “The Official Residents' Guide to Moon Base Alpha” NASA's instructional guide to living on the moon. Dash is very clever and the mystery in this story is not only complex but often funny too. (Grades 3-7 School Library Journal)
Does your family argue over who gets to pick the music on long car trips? Do you need a cure for the “Are we there yet?” blues? Pack a good supply of family-friendly audiobooks for your next road trip. Audiobooks are entertaining as well as educational. Children will be exposed to a wide variety of literature and improve their listening skills. And, you can add to the experience by trying some of the following fun activities.
- In-Car Casting Calls: Try making up new voices for your favorite character. Act out a few scenes.
- Geography: If the book's setting is real, discuss how far away the location is, how you could travel to get there, what the weather would be like, etc. If the location is imaginary, have fun making up these details.
- Listen for Clues: Periodically stop the audiobook and have everyone guess what's going to happen next.
- Create the Sequel: When the book is finished, have everyone make up a different ending. Or, imagine what would happen in a sequel.
- Interview the Author: What would you ask the author about the book? What questions are left unanswered?
Listening to audiobooks and playing these games will make the car trip seem shorter and offer a terrific way to involve the whole family in a lively discussion.
Here are some favorite audiobooks for family listening.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
read by the author
(3 hours 16 minutes)
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
performed by a full cast
(4 hours 57 minutes)
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
read by Lynn Redgrave
(13 hours 31 minutes)
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
read by the author
(4 hours 30 minutes)
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
read by Jim Dale
(approx. 9 hours)
Scholastic has a new early chapter book series called Branches. These books are great for newly independent readers with high-interest content and illustrations on every page. Some books are formatted as early chapter books while some have more of a graphic-novel feel. There are thought bubbles, graphic panels, and funny pictures to keep your young reader engaged. The levels vary but are generally intended for readers in kindergarten through third grade. I love to recommend these to parents who are looking for a a begining chapter book for a child just ready to take a step away from early readers. To find specific levels and a list of all the series you can visit the Scholastic website at http://www.scholastic.com/branches/ or click on the links below to reserve a copy today!
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.
Do you like the 39 Clues books? If so, you might want to try a new series called Spirit Animals. Just like the 39 Clues, each book will have a different author and you can join in the adventure online.
In Spirit Animals: Book 1 Wild Born, four young heroes discover the special connection they each have with a wild animal and set out on a dangerous quest to save the world of Erdas.
Want to know more about it? Watch this video of Brandon Mull, the author of Book 1, or visit the Scholastic website and create your hero and summon a spirit animal of your own!
Spring is in the air and birds are building nests all over town. Learn all about the wide variety of nests you can find in Jennifer Ward's book, Mama Built a Little Nest. Identify which bird built the nest using the National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America. And birds aren't the only animals that build nests. Check out A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston to explore the incredible world of nests.
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)