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Send a Postcard to Mars!

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NASA has a rover, called Curiosity, on Mars and you can send a postcard!  Follow this link and pick one of 9 different postcard images then add a message and send. The postcard will be sent to the Curiosity Rover, Gale Crater on Mars!

http://mars.nasa.gov/ is full of interesting facts, videos, activities and photos about the Mars Exploration Program. Curiosity, the rover, is part of this program which is trying to determine if the planet Mars was ever able to support any life. What do you think?

Still curious? Check out these titles or come on in. We’d love to help you find books and resources to feed your curiosity!

Boy,Were We Wrong About the Solar System

Cars on Mars

Out of This World: poems and facts about space

The Planet Hunter

 

Fractured Fairy Tales

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You probably know the storyline of a few fairy tales, like Cinderella, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Princess and the Pea. If you like those tales, you might want to try reading some fractured fairy tales.

What is a fractured fairy tale? It is a fairy tale that has been changed in some way from the original tale and given a twist:

  • It might be told from a different character’s point of view. In Nobody Asked the Pea by John Warren Stewig, we hear the tale of The Princess and the Pea through the eyes of various characters, including the pea.
  • The author might change the seting of the tale, like the story of Three Triceratops Tuff by Stephen Shaskan. Instead of taking place on a bridge, this version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff takes place in the Cretaceous period, where three dinosaur brothers must outsmart Tyrannosaurus Rex in order to get some food.
  • It might take a character from an original tale and put him or her in a new story. In I Thought This Was a Bear Book by Tara Lazar, Baby Bear has to help Prince Zilch from Planet Zero get back to his own book.  
  • The ending might be different from the original tale's ending, such as this version of Little Red Riding Hood -  Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Rachael Mortimer. Little Wolf, who doesn't want to be a Big Bad Wolf, is sent to catch dinner and meets Red Riding Hood along the way and together they come up with a solution
  • It might be a mash-up of various fairy tales, like The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway. The Big Bad Wolf is tired of blowing down houses and tries to find a relaxing fairy tale, but ends up making a big mess for Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other fairy tale characters.
  • They are often laugh-out loud funny, like Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella by Tony Johnston. A dashing Bigfoot prince searches for his Bigfoot princess. Rrrrrella would be a perfect match, but first she must get past her ugly stepsisters.

 

There are so many fairy tale adaptations to choose from! Click here for more fun (and usually hilarious) tales.

 

 

Super Power Saturdays: Creating Your Own Superheroes and Graphic Novels

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Welcome back everyone! This is the last post in the Super Power Saturdays blog series. We have covered a lot of different books this summer – super powers in fiction, graphic novels, middle school reads, and more. If you missed any of these posts, or just want to re-read them, links to them are at the end of this blog post. Now, after all these great stories, it’s time to take that super powered inspiration and channel it into creating our own stories. So, to wrap things up we will look at books that can help you create your own stories, graphic novels, and characters, and even find out how to break into the writing business! A few great ones to start with are:

Image for Website - Make Beliefs ComixFor some online fun creating comics check out Make Beliefs Comix. It’s an interactive website that has different online features and options, as well as printable downloads and writing prompts, to help you to create your own comics.

For links to these and other great books about creating your own stories, graphic novels, and characters check out the Creating Stories and Graphic Novels book list in our catalog. 

Blogs in this Super Power Saturdays blog series:

Booklists from this blog series:

Happy “Super Powered” Reading Everyone!

Super Power Saturdays - Juvenile Nonfiction: All Kinds of Heroes

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Book Cover for Superstars of History by R. J. GrantWelcome to our last month of Super Power Saturdays. So far we have explored a lot of super powers and heroes throughout juvenile books. We've looked at superpowers in fiction in the post What's Your Power?, super powers in graphic novels in Graphic Novels: All Kinds of Powers!, and we explored the unique powers of middle schoolers in Middle School Powers!. But, superheroes and super powers are not limited to fiction. There are real life heroes out there doing amazing things everyday.So, this week's post highlights real life heroes in nonfiction books. Some of these heroes include: animal heroes, first ladies and leaders, explorers and adventurers, inventors, comic book creators, and even everyday children and teens from across the world making a difference. To learn more about these everyday heroes check out some of these picks:

For a list of these and other juvenile nonfiction books about heroes check out the Juvenile NonFiction: All Kinds of Heroes book list in our catalog.

And don't forget to check back in two weeks for our last post in the Super Power Saturdays series where we will feature books that can help you create your own superheroes, graphic novels, and stories in the post Creating Your Own Superheroes and Graphic Novels.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

 

Animal Heroes

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Every hero has a story, including many special and remarkable animals. Do you know the story of Balto, a Siberian husky who carried medicine through an Alaskan snowstorm to a town full of sick people? How about Lulu, the kangaroo who saved her human friend after a car accident? Do you like horses? Check out Horse Heroes to learn about some famous horses in history. If you want a book with a little bit of everything, from dramatic rescues to wild and wacky animal adventures, try 125 True Stories of Amazing Animals.  Looking for more stories about furry heroes? Just ask a UAPL staff member for a recommendation (and complete a Summer Library Club activity at the same time!)

 

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