Big Kids @ UAPL

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.  

Graphic Novel Characters: Best Friend Adventures

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There are some great characters and friendships in graphic novels. From best friends whose differences only bring them closer and add to their adventures, like in Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo, to loveable “pet” monsters who need help finding their home, like in Jellaby by Kean Soo, to sassy but sweet unicorns to help you through your daily ups and downs, like in Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson, graphic novels have it all.

For a sneak peek at Phoebe and Her Unicorn check out the book trailer below.

For more information about Phoebe and her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle, check out the Dana Simpson website at www.danasimpson.com. There are links, event info, an author blog, and even some info about the upcoming second book in the Heavenly Nostrils series called Unicorn on a Roll due out in May!

 

A few other graphic novels to check out whose characters have made great friendships and will surely become fast friends as you share their adventures are The Misadventures of Salem Hyde by Frank Cammuso, Knights of the Lunch Table by Frank Cammuso, and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke.

Happy Reading!

Totally Totoro!

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The movie My Neighbor Totoro is over 25 years old!  This enduring classic from the imagination of  Hayao Miyazaki takes place in the Japanese countryside.  Two sisters move to the country in the summer with their father and discover the Totoros, furry caretakers of the forests, who can only be seen by children.  The many wonderful characters and creatures make this a film for all ages to enjoy!

Winter Reading Club at UAPL

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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! 

2014 Picture Book Picks!

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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.  

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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?

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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.

Dana's pick: Naughty Kitty

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!

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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.  

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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 viva fridaStephanie has two picks both about famous artists.

  • Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales c elebrates 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 holding Sparky picture bookSue: 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!

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