Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs

Animals act out the verbs made from their names, including hogs hogging and slugs slugging, demonstrating homographs, words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same.  Includes a chart in the back with all of the animal words and their meanings.  Recommended for Grades 1-4

Nonfiction Selection: Life in the Ocean - The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle has dedicated her life to learning more about what she calls “the blue heart of the planet.” With stunning illustrations this picture book biography tells the story of Earle's growing passion for the wonders of the sea and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world. Includes an author's note that will motivate young environmentalists. (Ages: PreK-4th)

Youth Poetry Contest

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April is National Poetry Month. If you're looking for a fun, local tie-in consider having your students enter the Youth Poetry Contest here at the UAPL.  The contest is sponsored by our Teen Advisory Board. To participate, kids in grades K-12 write their own poem and submit a copy to any of the Upper Arlington Youth Departments from March 29 through April 1, 2016. 

Poems are open to creativity but limited to 500 words. One poem from each grade group (K-4; 5-8; 9-12) will be chosen anonymously by the Teen Advisory Board. Each winner will receive a blue ribbon and will be featured on our blog. 

Please have students include their name, grade, phone number and email address on their entries. 

The website National Poetry Month has some great information including how to sign up for a poem every day and of course, the library has great sources like these:  

Teacher selection: Democracy at Work; Electing Leaders; Voting

Three books in a new series by Wil Mara called A Citizens Guide are just in time for the upcoming election. Democracy at Work, Electing Leaders, and Voting are three relevant books in which readers will learn about a different aspect of American Government, both past and present. Content is intended to help the reader discover the key role that citizens play in the American democracy.  In addition to a glossary and index, each book lists additional books and websites where relevant information can be found. Recommended for grades 4-6

Picture Book Selection: Each Kindness

In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind. 

Teacher selection: Pocket Change: Pitching in For a Better World

This book examines different ways that people around the world can move away from consumerism to more sustainable lifestyles. What does this mean exactly? This book examines how people might modify their buying habits. For example, there is a chapter on the “moneyless man”, who barters for goods and services. In addition, the book encourages readers to seek out alternative modes of energy and production. This book will certainly generate conversation and debate on social and environmental issues. Recommended for grades 4-7.

Picture Book Selection: Who we are!

As a family enjoys their day at an amusement park, they notice that people are the same as one another in lots of ways, and different in lots of ways, too. This book helps children realize why it's important to treat others the way they want to be treated whether a person is a lot like you or different from you, a good friend or someone you have just met or seen for the first time. Ages 3-7

Nonfiction Selection: Rebel in a Dress – Adventurers

For the rebel in every girl's heart, this book presents the achievements of extraordinary, relevant, and inspiring women throughout history. Through a scrapbook-like style using quotes, narratives, photographs, illustrations, and fact-filled side-bars, this book tells the story of twelve bold and courageous women who, when the world told them to stay put, took to the skies, slopes, and seas. (Ages: 4th-7th)


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