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Stories of Celebrated American Women Graphic Novel Style

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The month of March is dedicated to celebrating National Women's History. We have many famous American women in our 200+ year history. I have highlighted books from the series called Graphic Library that detail not only specific people, but also events in American and world history.

Below are some graphic novel biographies from the Graphic Library series that explores these women's lives and why they are important to our nation's history.  

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Chicken Squad:The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin

Those funny chicks from The Trouble with Chickens are back in a series all their own. Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie are not your typical chicks. They might be cute, but they are also daring and always ready to solve a mystery or fight crime. When a very scared squirrel named Tail comes to tell them about the “big and scary thing” that has landed in the backyard, the chicken squad is on the case. With the use of some strange camouflage and deductive reasoning the chicks investigate the big, green, round, and shiny object that just might be from out of this world. Beginner chapter book readers will enjoy these hilarious chicks and the wonderful illustrations that capture all the silliness this story has to offer. (Grades 1-3 School Library Journal)

Hold for Ransom

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Creepy…weird…disturbing…deranged…quirky…enchanting…spooky. These are all words that readers have used to describe Ransom Rigg's first novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Lucky for us, Mr.Rigg's has recently released the sequel, Hollow City, in which Jacob Portman journeys to London to save the magical world of all things peculiar…well, ya know, maybe you should just watch this book trailer. Be prepared to be totally creeped out!

If you'd like to more about Ranson Riggs, or just some random facts about him (like his favorite word), check out this interview:

Picture Book Selection: I Have a Dream

A good book to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day is I Have a Dream illustrated by Kadir Nelson.  The words are from Martin Luther King Jr's speech delivered over 50 years ago.  Kadir Nelson is an amazing artist that has brought to life Mr. King and others that believe in equality for all peoples.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.  

Summer Sloth

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Feeling lazy this summer?  Consider these fun facts about the world's slowest animal – the sloth.

  • 1. Sloths can sleep from 15-20 hours per day.
  • 2. Sloths only go to the bathroom about once a week.
  • 3. Some sloths can turn their heads almost all the way around.
  • 4. Sloths might not run, but they are very good swimmers.
  • 5. Two-Toed sloths actually have 3 toes on each back leg.

Learn more fun facts or read some wonderful stories about these curious (but extremely cute) creatures.

Picture Book Selection: Sally and the Some-Thing

Sally is bored, so bored at home with her Mom and her baby brother.  Sally heads to the swamp to fish and discovers a slimy some-thing that wants to play.  They play old games and discover new ones together that are really something! A slimy playtime for all ages 4 and up.

Cabin Fever! Keeping kids healthy in the cold months.

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As the cold weather approaches keeping kids active and eating healthy can be challenging.  Here are a few ideas to motivate your kids (and maybe the adults) to keep moving, eat healthy and feel great! Here are some great ideas for indoor activities to share with your kids and a few cures for cabin fever. Also, check out the following resources for more great ideas on healthy cooking and exercise for kids.

It's a Fact: Amazing Eyes

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MarmosetDid you know that not every kind of animal has the same type of eyes?   Tigers can see six times better at night than humans.  Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.  Most hamsters only blink one eye at a time. And, worms have no eyes at all!  Learn about all the unique and interesting types of eyes in  Animal Eyes by Mary Holland and  Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins.  If your interested in your own eyes, check out  Eye: How It Works by David Macaulay.

Just for fun, try tricking your eyes with some books about optical illusions –  What in the World: Fun-Tastic Photo Puzzles for Curious Minds  by Julie Vosburgh Agnone and X-Treme Illusions  by National Geographic Kids.  You can even learn how to make your own optical illusion!

Clover's Luck by Kallie George

Clover's Luck is the first book in The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series.  Clover has always considered herself unlucky and especially with pets.  Her most recent one, a pet bird, flies off into the forest and when she goes chasing after her Clover stumbles upon a flyer advertising a job at an animal adoption agency.  When Clover goes to ask about the job she is hired on the spot and soon learns the secret of M.A.A.A.; it's full of magical animals.  Fairy horses, magic toads, witch kittens, unicorns, and even a baby dragon are among the animals available to adopt. Just as Clover is feeling her luck might be changing she gets left in charge of the agency and a sneaky witch shows up causing all sorts of trouble.  Can Clover overcome her bad luck and help the animals find good homes?   (Grades 2-4 School Library Journal)

Check out these award winners!

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Yesterday, the American Library Association announced the winners of the best children’s and teen books published in 2013.   Copies of all these wonderful books can be reserved in our catalog.

If you like well-illustrated books, check out the Caldecott winner, “ Locomotive” by Brian Floca. 

The Newbery award for outstanding writing went to “ Flora & Ulysseys: the illuminated adventures” by Kate DiCamillo.

Parrots Over Puerto Rico” by Susan L. Roth was recognized with the Robert F. Sibert Informational Award.

Beginning readers should check out “ Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli, the winner of the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award.

For the complete listing of awards, their winners, and honor books, visit ALA’s website. ( http:// www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/american-library-association-announces-2014-youth-media-award-winners )

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