When a boy moves into a new neighborhood he devises a way to meet new people and make new friends. Neville!? Where did he go? A fun read-aloud for ages 4 and up.
Ivo the orphan, together with the Hag of Dribble, Ulf the Troll, and Brian the Wizard, sets out to save Princess Mirella from the dreaded Ogre of Oglefort. When the rescuers arrive at the castle they are shocked to find that the princess doesn't want to be saved! In fact, the princess wants the ogre to turn her into a bird so she can escape an arranged marriage. To further complicate matters the Ogre isn't nearly the fearsome creature everyone believed. He's actually rather depressed. Now the rescuers are going to help save Princess Mirella from her tyrannical royal family and help restore the Ogre and his castle to the fearsome paradise it used to be. If you're looking for a fun fantasy story with a good sense of humor you will want to pick this book up! (Grades 4-7)
Looking for an idea for a family outing that is fun and educational? Check out the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden's newest interactive family exhibit “Amazing Butterflies” which opened May 17th. To help prepare for your visit check out some of our books about the life cycle of a butterfly.
- Butterfly Birthday by Harriet Ziefert
- The Butterfly House by Eve Bunting
- Butterfly Garden by Margaret McNamara
- A Butterfly's Life by Lee Landley (EBOOK)
- A Monarch Butterfly's Journey by Suzanne Slade (EBOOK)
- From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Following the Life Cycle by Suzanne Slade (EBOOK)
- Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost
What would you do if you came home from school and found a baby griffin in your room?
Do you want to communicate with griffins, befriend people of the sea, protect dragons, and care for unicorns? If so, check out The Menagerie by Tui Sutherland. Hidden in this book's world there exists griffins, dragons, unicorns, merpeople, and other mythical and fantastic creatures that have needs. They need to be protected so that they are not exploited, misunderstood, or worse. For centuries sanctuaries have existed to protect them. When Logan’s mom disappears and his father moves him to a small town in Wisconsin, he finds himself drawn into this world.
Uniquely able to talk with baby griffins (who have run away from home, one of which has hidden in his bedroom!) he finds his way to his classmate Zoe’s house. She tells him her house is really a secret sanctuary for mythical creatures called The Menagerie. This begins their adventures. As not only must they find the runaway griffins before anyone sees them, but someone, or something, seems to be threatening the Menagerie itself and if they don’t find out who, and stop them, The Menagerie could be closed forever!
If you can't wait to join this amazing secret adventure take a sneak peek at the fan-made The Menagerie book trailer.
For other stories about mythical creatures and fantastical adventures check out these books:
- Imaginary Veterinary: The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors
- The Ever Afters: Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach
- Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn
- Elliot and the Goblin War by Jennifer Nielsen
- Drizzle by Van Cleve
- Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
- Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce
- Beastologist by La Fevers
A torn piece of paper can turn into a crocodile's smile. A paint spill can be turned into an elephant. You can turn any oops into an unlimited number of beautiful possibilities. Imaginative fun for ages 3 and up.
The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken is a fun retelling of Star Wars: Episode IV. This audiobook includes movie-like sound effects and a spot-on impression of Harrison Ford's Han Solo. Make sure to check out its sequels: So You Want to Be a Jedi? and Beware the Power of the Dark Side!.
School Library Journal recommends this title for grades 5 and up.
Are you ready for your car trip? Are you trying to get a vacation in before school (already!!) starts Aug 20th? Family car trips are easier with a well told story for everyone to enjoy. We are featuring audio books from master storyteller Jim Dale who has become well known for performing the Harry Potter saga. He has also narrated many fine classics and other fantasy titles.
- Alice's Adventure in Wonderland
- Around the World in 80 Days
- James Herriot's Treasury for Children
- Peter Pan
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix **Guinness Book of World Record Holder for this recording!
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
More great Adventures!
The falling leaves remind me of Thanksgiving and also of stories of long ago when people lived and worked within the natural world. There are a great number of Native American stories that are still being told today.
Louise Erdrich of Ojibwe descent is a poet and writer of books for both kids and adults. Her books feature stories on Native Americans from the past and the present.
Paul Goble is an English born artist and storyteller that moved to South Dakota and became friends with Chief Edgar Red Cloud of the Lakota Indian tribe. He won the Caldecott Medal, the award for the most distinguished American picture books, in 1979 with his book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
Please check our folktale section 398.27 Native American for more stories about Native American peoples and also our Native American history section starting with call number 970.
UAPL Youth Poetry Contest Winner, K-4 Division
For the last three year, the last week of March leading up to April our Teen Advisory Group has sponsored a poetry contest. This year the winner for the K-4 Division was Phoebe E. with her poem, “Moonlight Dance”. Congratulations, Phoebe and thank you to all our entrants!
When comes the darkness
In the world
Fairies creep out
From the ground
Dressed in moss with
Hair so curled
Come the goblins
Dragons flap their
Wings and roar
Mermaids swim and
Play the flute
From the moor
In the night
Dancing all a
Round till dawn
But when comes the
you will see that
They are gone
Mysti Murphy is starting seventh grade and so far nothing is turning out as expected. Her best friend Anibal Gomez has blown her off to become a “hipster” and gain the attention of a pretty girl at school. Meanwhile, Mysti has plenty of problems at home. Her family has a secret; her mother is agoraphobic which means she never leaves the house. Mysti and her sister keep this secret and their father takes care of everything that needs to be done outside of the house. Things take a bad turn when her father falls and suffers an injury that lands him in the hospital for a long stay. Now it is up to Mysti to move beyond her mother's projected fears and find the courage to help herself and her family. With the loss of her best friend Mysti ends up at the “loser island” lunch table and eventually befriends a strong and sassy Rama Khan who helps her find that courage. Mysti is a character that you'll be rooting for from beginning to end! (Grades 5-8 School Library Journal)