Winter Reading Club began yesterday, and one of the BINGO activities for participants in grades K-2 and grades 3-5 is to watch/listen to a story on Tumblebooks.
TumbleBook Library is a UAPL database that houses a collection of books to watch, listen-to, and/or read-along with online. The collection includes picture books, easy readers, chapter books, non-fiction books, and more, including online copies of the books listed below. You will need your library card number and pin to access this database from home.
Interested in participating in the Winter Reading Club? Patrons of all ages can stop by any UAPL location to pick up a BINGO sheet.
In case you have not heard, Star Wars Episode VII was released to theaters this past week.. And I've heard it's AMAZING. But SHHH! Let's not spoil it for those of us who have not seen it yet! Instead, take a look at these books that have been inspired by this iconic film series. From nonfiction to graphic novels to retellings, you may find the Force hidden in its pages.
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.
Halloween is over, but if you are still looking for something scary, check out the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud. I just finished listening to the third and newest book in the series, which follows Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood, and George Cubbins as they work together to hunt ghosts around London. Thrilling, engaging, and humorous, I can't wait for book number four!
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: