Big Kids

Juvenile Selection: Compass South

After escaping the Black Hook Gang in 1860 New York City, twelve-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra flee to New Orleans, become separated, and try to find each other in San Francisco, while being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure. A gripping and adventurous graphic novel for Grades 4 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.

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!

It's Fall: Let's Talk about Costumes

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Halloween is such a fun time, with dressing up and having parties and candy.  Is your costume ready? Are you having a hard time deciding what you want to be?  Everyone picks their favorite character from tv shows, but why not try a favorite book character?  Will you be funny, spooky or magical?  Here are some ideas for those undecided.    

You could be: 

Be sure to check our Pinterest boards for other fall activity and costume/cosplay ideas.  

Juvenile Fiction Selection: A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

In this new book by Cynthia Lord we meet Lily, a young girl who lives with her grandparents near the shore and blueberry barrens of Maine. Lily's summer is just starting and she is feeling a little lost since her and her best friend Hannah have started growing apart. While out walking, her blind dog Lucky slips from his leash and runs across the blueberry barrens and it is a girl named Salma who catches him, using her sandwich as bait. Immediately a friendship begins to bloom between Lily and Salma, the daughter of a migrant family living in town for the blueberry-picking season. Salma and Lily spend the summer painting bee houses in Lily's grandparents' store and are growing even closer when Hannah starts coming around again. Hannah is the reigning Blubbery Queen and sparks an interest in Salma to compete in the local annual pageant. Together the girls help to get Salma ready for the pageant and all learn a few things about friendship and belonging along the way. This is a wonderful summer read for realistic fiction fans!  (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)


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