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)
While planning your family's summer activities remember to include the Metro Parks summer programs into your calender. Free family programs include hiking, canoeing, fishing and storytime activities for preschoolers. You can access the Metro Parks program and events calender at http://www.metroparks.net/
Before you begin your adventure at the park, stop by the Upper Arlington Public Library for some great books on nature. Here are some suggestions to get you started…
Dragons are everywhere! There have been many great picture books published in the last couple of years that explore all aspects of dragon lives. If you love dragons, check these out!
- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
- Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzcki
- How to Be Friends With a Dragon by Valerie Gorbachev
- Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
- King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bentley
- Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
- Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse
- The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water by Gemma Marino
- Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen
A little girl wakes up to the sound of her parents working in the kitchen. There is suddenly the sound of something else, shuffling and clunking and clanging. The parents are dancing in the kitchen! Dancing fun for everyone, especially those ages 4 and up.
Are you a fan of the cover art for Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series?
Then discover the illustrator, John Rocco, who has also written several books of his own, including Blackout, a 2012 Caldecott Honor book.
This past Saturday I had the opportunity to hear John Rocco give a presentation at the Mazza Weekend Conference. He was such an entertaining speaker, and some of his more memorable stories involved a shellfishing boat, Whoopi Goldberg, the movie Shrek, and his childhood with a lot of curly hair.
To learn more about this talented author/illustrator, visit his website or check out some of his books below:
Now is a great time to get started on a gardening project. It's great exercise, you get to play in the dirt, and you can learn some things about nature! There are lots of gardening activities to try, from growing your own fruits and vegetables to attracting birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to your backyard. Don't worry if you don't have much outdoor space - lots of gardening projects don't need much space at all.
Check out the titles below to get started on your gardening adventure!
- The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book: Fun Projects for All Seasons by Kari Cornell
- Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy
- Wildlife Gardeing by Martyn Cox
- Super Simple Butterfly Gardens: A Kid's Guide to Gardening by Alex Kuskowski
- Super Simple Indoor Gardens: A Kid's Guide to Gardening by Alex Kuskowski
- Gardeing Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden by Renata Brown
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)