One winter morning Kikko is taking a pie to her Grandmother's house walking on the path through the woods. Kikko follows someone into a strange, magnificent house that she has never noticed before and is invited for tea and pie. Perfect for afternoon story time with tea and pie for ages 4 and up.
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.
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.
Pink isn’t just the color of pretty princess dresses and cotton candy. There are many interesting (and weird) pink animals. Don’t believe me? Check out Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating to investigate amazing creatures like pinktoe tarantulas, pink fairy armadillos, dragon millepedes, and more.
This funny tale is based on the true story behind the famous paintings of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Young Charlotte Stuart writes a series of letters to Mr. Washington about her and her siblings' attempts to follow Washington's book of good rules. For ages 5 and up.
Feisty dragon Miss Drake has a new pet human, precocious Winnie. Oddly, Winnie thinks Miss Drake is her pet! Miss Drake has her work cut out for her if she's ever going to train Winnie to be the perfect companion! (Recommended Ages: 3rd – 5th)
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.
Did 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!
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:
- Sam I am from Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Fancy Nancy from the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O'Connor
- Madeline from the Madeline series by Louis Bemelmans
- Max and the Wild Things from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Ladybug Girl from the Ladybug series by Jackie Davis
- Or a crayon from the book, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
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)