In “When It Snows” by Richard Collingridge, readers join a boy and his teddy bear on a magical adventure that only happens when it snows. A sweet story with beautiful illustrations, this is a must read for snow lovers of all ages–but especially those ages 3-6.
What's better than a really good book? A new book in a wonderful series, of course. There are some great sequels on the way. Visit our catalog to reserve your copy today.
Lemony Snicket keeps his readers guessing with When Did You Last See Her? the next book in his All the Wrong Questions series. Fans of funny books will enjoy Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8 by Jeff Kinney. and Guinea Dog 2 by Patrick Jennings. For non-stop adventure, you can't beat Dan Gutman's Genius Files books. The fourth book in this wild ride, From Texas with Love promises to be action packed. And let's not forget about adding a little magic to our lives. Wendy Mass revisits Willow Falls in The Last Present.
Brrrrrrrr!!! Winter is definitely here, which means more time to read! And, it also means that our Winter Reading Club has begun. Here is the scoop:
Who: Kids of all ages! (infant through 12th graders)
When: Jan. 5th through Feb. 15th
Where: You can pick up a Winter Reading Club coloring sheet at any UAPL location.
What: This works similar to a color-by-number painting. Each coloring sheet has a winter animal; the picture of the animal is divided up into 8 sections. On the back of the coloring sheet you will find a list of reading and literacy activities. Every time you complete one of the activities (you get to decide which activities to do), go ahead and color in a section of the animal on the front. Once you have completed your 8 activities and colored in your winter animal, just fill out the bottom slip with your name and contact info, remove that slip from your coloring sheet, and return the slip to any UAPL location. Upon your slip submission you will recieve a bookmark and be entered into the grand prize drawing for your age category.
Grand prizes will be drawn at each location on Monday, Feb. 16th; winners will be notified by phone, so please write legibly!
Categories for prizes are divided by age/grade:
- Infant-PK: Grand prize winner will recieve a board book and plush Curious George.
- K-2nd: Grand prize winner will recieve a blacklight book kit.
- 3rd-5th: Grand prize winner will recieve a Deluxe Art Set.
- 6th-12th: Grand prize winner will recieve a gift card to Michael's arts and crafts store.
Once participants have colored in a sheet and submitted their slip they are free to grab another sheet and color again!
What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet? You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment. The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone. For ages 4 and up.
As the weather becomes frigid the kids may be itching for new activities to explore. Why not bring out that sewing machine that has been collecting dust and put it to work with a great new sewing project? It’s a great activity to work on together and it might just spark a lifelong interest. The Youth Department has a great collection of sewing books waiting to be discovered. Here are a few book suggestions to start you on a new sewing adventure.
- Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know to Begin Sewing Clothes and Home Furnishings by Wendy Gardiner
- Sewing with Felt: Learn Basic Stitches to Create More than 60 Colorful Projects by Buff McAllister
- Customize Your Clothes (Be Creative) by Anna Claybourne
- Made by Me: a Book of Lovely Things to Make by Jane Bull
- We Love to Sew: 28 Pretty Things to Make: Jewelry, Headbands, Softies, T-shirts, Pillows, Bags & More by Annabel Wrigley
- Simple Sewing (Klutz) by The editors of Klutz
Welcome back to Super Power Saturdays! Last week we looked at super powers in juvenile fiction and even looked at ways to find our own unique powers in the post What's Your Power?. This week takes us into the place that started it all – Graphic Novels and Comics. From traditional powers like super strength and flying, to magical abilities, to super heroes in space there are a lot of great graphic novels and comics out there that feature some amazing and unique super powers. Some great picks are:
- Zita: The Space Girl by Ben Hatke
- Sidekicks by Dan Santat
- Leave It to PET: The Misadventures of a Recycled Super Robot by Kenji Sonishi
- Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
- A Bit Haywire by Courtney Huddleston
- Superman Family Adventures: The Adventure Begins! by Art Baltazar
- Pandemonium by Chris Wooding
- Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley by Jeff Weigel
One of my favorites is Zita: The Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. In this three part series Zita and her friend Joseph are unwittingly transported to another planet where Zita and Joseph are swept up in a series of adventures and where Zita dons a green cape and becomes known as Zita the Spacegirl! For a sneak peak check out the book trailer:
And for some more fun don’t miss Sidekicks by Dan Santat which features super powered animals. See the book trailer for a look at the adventures these animal heroes have.
For links to these and other great graphic novels in our catalog see our Juvenile Graphic Novels – All Kinds of Powers! book list. And for the juvenile fiction list that was featured in the May 30th blog post What's Your Power? see the Juvenile Super Powered Fiction book list.
Don’t forget to check back in two weeks (June 20th) for Middle School Powers! And then again the first and third Saturday in July for more great super powered books.
Happy “Super Powered” Reading!
Serenity, New Mexico is an idyllic town where everyone has everything that they need, the lawns are perfectly manicured, and there is no crime. Serenity is small and there are only thirty kids living in it, including Eli Frieden. Eli has never left Serenity and why would he ever want to? All the kids have pools, he has his friends, and his father is the mayor and principal of the school. This town seems perfect and Eli is perfectly happy to live there. Everything changes the day his best friend Randy convinces him to ride their bikes to the edge of town. Something strange happens to Eli when he hits the town limits; he gets terribly sick and has to be rescued. The next thing he knows Randy is getting sent away to live with his grandparent's in Colorado. Things are changing in Serenity, especially when Eli discovers a secret letter Randy has left him that leads to even more surprises. Eli teams up with two other kids, Tori and Malik, and together they discover that Serenity is not at all what it seems, and neither are they! (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)
It is time to celebrate all things chess! Sunday, July 20th, is International Chess Day and it’s time to play! And read! Not only do we have lots of strategy guides, from beginner to advanced, but we also have lots of great chapter books about kids who love chess. And if that is not enough check out the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. See the trailer below for a sneak peek.
And if chess is only one among many games that you love to play and can barely stop playing in order to do anything else – do not despair! We have some great books about games that incorporate games and puzzles for you to solve right into the story! My favorite so far is Gollywhopper Games and Gollywhopper Games: New Champion. Both are about a toy company who puts on a nationwide competition where participants must solve several rounds of puzzles and games, narrowing the completion down bit by bit, until there is one winner – who wins 1 million dollars! The book’s website gollywhoppergames.com has games, puzzles, and contests.
For links to these books, other books about games and puzzles, and/or chess books in the library catalog, see the links below.
Happy Chess Playing!
Adele and her brother Simon are coming to America from France to visit their Aunt Cecile, who takes them on a train trip to see the United States! Simon is more interested in seeing all of the sights than in keeping track of his belongings, which become lost from New York City to San Francisco. See if you can find what Simon lost in each picture. The detailed drawings and sweet story will delight readers of all ages, but particularly those ages 4-8.
Apple season is just around the corner and with it comes wonderful opportunities for family fun. After a day of picking delicious apples head home for some toasty (and tasty) indoor activities. How does apple sauce, apple dip, apple crumble, caramel apple muffins or apple cake sound? This season you can make your own yummy apple treats with your kids. Stop in the UAPL Youth Services department and check out some of the following books for awesome recipes using apples that are scrumptious, simple and kid friendly.