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.
Have you heard the big news?
No, J.K. Rowling isn't publishing a new Harry Potter book, sadly…but she is involved in writing a screenplay called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring the fictitious author Newt Scamander. The story begins seventy years before Harry Potter arrives on scene, set in a secret wizarding community in New York City. No news yet as to when we can expect to see this on the big screen. Find the press release on J.K. Rowling's blog here. There is also talk that this will be the first film in a series!
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.
A bit about the new book:
Yes, it is considered the eighth Harry Potter book.
Rowling was involved with the creation of the story itself, but is not the writer of the newly released book. Instead, this book is a written play created by Jack Thorne, a British writer and producer of award winning shows and movies. This book is written as a screenplay–if you've never read a screenplay, just FYI–it takes some getting used to. There isn't any internal dialogue, and readers may regret the lack of detail. But, hey, it's Harry Potter.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now playing on a London stage.
What's it about? Well, Harry is all grown up now, and the story actually picks up in the train station scene that you might remember from the end of book #7, in which Harry and family are dropping off son Albus for his first year at Hogwarts. Without providing spoilers, I will say that the story is about coming to terms with living up to the reputation of being the Boy Who Lived, and dealing with being the son of the Boy Who Lived–both challenging roles.
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Beth's Story, 1914 is the first installment in the series Secrets of the Manor. Beth is excited for her twelfth birthday when she will receive her great-grandmother's heirloom necklace as a gift, but when the necklace goes missing Beth must learn the secrets of her manor house in order to clear the name of her maid and friend. While searching for answers Beth finds a hidden diary with clues to a much larger family mystery that dates back generations. Historical fiction and mystery collide in this fun new series. (Grades 4-7 School Library Journal)
On her first day in a new middle school, Peppi tries to remember all of those rules for fitting in and/or trying not to be obviously new. She ends up not following the rules and is entangled in an awkward situation that just becomes more and more difficult. Peppi realizes that sometimes you need to break the rules to survive middle school.
This instructional story presented in comic book format uses the tale of a twelve-year-old boy who learns about drawing and life from an artist he meets in the park. You too can create your own drawings and story of your own with the art tips in this book. Recommended for Grades 4 and up.
The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Monday, January 27th. In celebration, the staff of the Miller Park Branch has picked some of their favorite past winners:
- Alina's pick: The Little House (1943 winner)
- Bree's pick: The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006 winner)
- Brian's pick: Where the Wild Things Are (1964 winner)
- Julie's pick: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970 winner)
- Kate's pick: Kitten's First Full Moon (2005 winner)
- Kris's pick: Owl Moon (1988 winner)
- Sarah's pick: A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011 winner)
On Saturday, January 25th, the Miller Park Branch will be hosting a Caldecott Crafts program at 11:00 a.m. for ages 3 and up. Registration is required. If you would like to attend, please go to UAPL's Events & Programs calendar to check for openings and to sign up. To learn more about the Caldecott Medal, please visit the Association for Library Service to Children's informational page.
Feel free to share your favorite Caldecott Medal winner in the comments section below!
Today most of us think hypnotism is a party trick that makes people act like chickens. But it's creator, Franz Anton Mesmer, thought it could be used to treat many of the illnesses of his day. In 1774, Mesmer began using his method of staring into a patient's eyes while making “passes” with his hands to free the flow of “the process of life” within the body. By 1784 enough people were interested in this procedure that the king of France commissioned a study of Mesmer's practices using the scientific method.
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled all of France by Mara Rockliffe tells the story of this investigation in a whimsical look at a true moment in history.
Take a look at other hard-to-believe scientific discoveries in Weird Science: Mad Marvels from the Way-Out World by Matthew Lake. And if you'd like to try using the scientic method yourself, check out True or False? by Andrea Mills.