Did you know that in Oklahoma it is illegal to make faces at a dog? Or that finger-sized fish called wrasse nibble the gunk off a shark's teeth? The world is full of interesting, awesome, and curious facts. I've always wondered how an arena can be an ice rink one day and a basketball court the next. Learn how it happens in the Time for Kids book, Big Book of Answers: 1001 Facts Kids Want to Know. Browse through Animal Planet's book, Animals: a Visual Dictionary for the answer to how many eyes can a spider have. Afraid of rats? Discover how African giant pouched rats are helping to keep people safe in Friend or Foe: The Whole Truth about Animals that People Love to Hate by Etta Kaner. Nod your head if you love fact books as much as I do. But not if you're from Bulgaria (as I learned from Adam Frost's book, The Awesome Book of Awesomeness).
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.
“The Force is strong with this one”
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.
- The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
- Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
- The princess, the scoundrel, and the farm boy: an original retelling of Star Wars: a new hope by Alexandra Bracken
- Star Wars mania crafts, activities, facts, and fun! by Amanda Formaro
- Star Wars: the original trilogy stories
- The art of Star Wars, The force awakens by Phil Szostak
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.
For more letter style books try one of these:
- The Last Castaways by Harry Horse
- Please Write in This Book by Mary Amato
- Letters to Leo by Amy Hest
- The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger
- The Wondrous Journals of Dr. Wendell Wellington Wiggins by Lesley Blume
- Dear Max by Sally Grindley
- Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise
- Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern
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!