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)
We love picture books! Picture book stories are for everyone and perfect for sharing. To celebrate another great year at UAPL we are sharing some of our favorites from 2014.
Dena's Pick: The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee. In this wordless picture book a baby clown has fallen off a circus train and is helped by a lonely farmer to find his family again. Wordless picture books are a great opportunity for young readers to tell the story.
Miss Laura chose: Milo is not a Dog Today! by Kerstin Schoene
Milo is a dog who loves to pretend to be other animals. He wants to find a friend who likes to play pretend games too. Can he find a friend to play?
Miss Jennifer had two favorites!
- Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever! by Jeff Cohen is a very realistic story about what happens when little people give haircuts.
- Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka: a super cute story about a little puppy who wants to play and finds a friend in a grumpy green monster in the park.
Miss Dana picked: Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower
Lily is a little girl who has just gotten a kitten and discovers how much trouble kittens can be. This is the sequel to Silly Doggy!
Miss Tracie's favorite is Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam
A wandering fox is trying to find shelter in the cold winter. A little boy sees this and brings food and puts the fox in the greenhouse. To repay the boy's kindness the fox makes a magical garden appear in the night.
Katie's pick is Nancy Knows by Cybele Young
Nancy is an elephant who has a good memory most of the time. There is something important that she cannot remember! When she takes a quiet moment is when she remembers. The reader can see all of what Nancy knows as the story moves along.
Stephanie has two picks both about famous artists.
- Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales celebrates the imagination of Frida Kahlo for the youngest of readers.
- The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan and Hadley Hooper
If you lived in a cold, dreary northern French town, where would you find color? Award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan gives us the childhood of Henri Matisse.
Sue: Sparky by Jenny Offill
A child gets a pet sloth.
Sarah: Telephone by Mac Barnett
A string of birds play telephone on a telephone wire. Funny!
Have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!
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.
The beginning of a new school year means many things to students; new teachers, new friends, new school supplies, and if you are really lucky some new clothes! The start of school is also a good time to refresh yourself on all of the resources we have available at the UAPL to help you throughout the year. We are always here to help you find what you need for school assignments or just to recommend a really great book! Below is a list of the resources that you may or may not be familiar with–come on in and we will help you find them!
- Research Databases (available in the library or at home through our website)
- Discovery Kits (bundled books and activities about specific subjects)
- Reading Recovery Leveled Readers
- Book Bundles (picture books bundled together by subject)
- Extensive Non-Fiction and Biographies Collection
- Internet Computers and Printers (don't forget your headphones, library card number, and pin!)
Winter is in full swing and there is magic in the air! And elves are in the mix! Here are some fun books that explore the world of elves! Also, for some online fun check out the Website (and APP) ElfYourself.com where you can upload your picture and turn yourself into an elf! (Links open in a new window)
Explore the World of Elves!
The sunny skies and warmer weather means camping season has started! Whether you pitch a tent, sleep in a camper, or just lay in a sleeping bag under the stars, get out and enjoy the outdoors.
What do you need for camping? There are lots of things you can bring, but the basics are a tent, sleeping bag, mess kit (eating equipment), simple foods, and enthusiasm for new experiences! Be sure to check out the books below for more information to make your own checklist before your trip.
Ohio has many wonderful places to explore and and also for you to put up your feet after a long day of exploration. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has an app for your mobile device that can give you more up to date information about events happening in all of the state parks around Ohio.
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.
Earlier today the library had an interesting visitor. A Red-tailed hawk rested for a while in the trees outside the front entrance. According to a wonderful new book, National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds: A Beginner's Guide, the Red-tailed hawk is the most common hawk in the United States.
Learn all about the birds in your backyard with the help of these wonderful resources.
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)