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)
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.
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)
This book received a starred review by two children's book review journals. Set in Russia in 1891, this historical fantasy centers around 12-year old Prince Lev Lyov's return to St. Petersburg after receiving a mysterious invitation. He leaves his country home, his cat, and his mother behind. He arrives at the dark and decrepit manor where he finds strange things underfoot. Lev must use his special gift to rid the house of a ghost.
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 lot of books are set up in a traditional novel style, but others use letters and notes to tell the story instead. This can be a really fun way to read and get to know the characters. It may even spur an interest in writing some letters yourself! I’m sure a friend would love to read the story of your days in a letter just for them!
A fabulous example of this letter style (also called epistolary novels) is the book series 43 Old Cemetery Road by Kate Klise. It is told in letters, messages, and notes exchanged between a little boy, the ghost who haunts his house, and the very grumpy writer who moved in. They seem an unlikely trio, but are really kindred spirits who form a unique and wonderful relationship - all built around their beautiful, fun, sometimes grumpy, and often witty, letters! There is also lots of fun word play, and a big dose of mystery, in each novel. It’ll keep you guessing, and laughing, right to the end! For a sneak peek check out this fan made book trailer.
The parents of a bandit family split up. The Dad bandit marries a princess and brings all of her royal children into the hideaway, which makes the bandit kids unhappy. Can they all get along and live together? This is a fun story about blending families of bandits, prince and princesses, and even dragons for ages 4 and up.
Bruce is a grumpy old bear that lives alone and likes to eat eggs. He finds a nest in the woods and when the eggs suddenly hatch, Bruce finds himself with goslings that are convinced he is their mother. Rollicking fun for ages 3 and up.
When a blue spirit possess sweet-natured Marybeth, Lionel - who hasn't spoken to anyone except the animals since he arrived at children's house - becomes determined to save her from a terrible fate. Together, Marybeth and Lionel discover a dark and dangerous secret. Grades 5-7.