Friday, July 18, 2014

Locomotive by Brian Floca

 

Locomotive by Brian Floca

 The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads, from the creator of the stunning (Booklist) Moonshot.
It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

 From the author - http://www.brianfloca.com/Locomotive.html    
             


Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman



The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman
Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it's true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn't learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of math and a fascinating look at the unique character traits that made "Uncle Paul" a great man.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013

Author's site - http://deborahheiligman.com/books/the-boy-who-loved-math/

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi


The Name JarThe new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she? Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week. Her new classmates are fascinated by this no-name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from. But while Unhei practices being a Suzy, Laura, or Amanda, one of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning. On the day of her name choosing, the name jar has mysteriously disappeared. Encouraged by her new friends, Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it—Yoon-Hey.




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My New Friend Is So Fun! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Williams




Mo Willems Stuff

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In My New Friend Is So Fun!, Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?



Author's site - http://mowillemsstuff.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-new-friend-is-so-fun.html


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

2014 Summer Reading List from the American Library Association

2014 Summer Reading Lists


ALSC's Quicklists Consulting Committee has updated our Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles!
The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer.  Three Summer Reading book lists are available for K-2nd, 3rd- 5th and 6th-8th grade students.
Each list is available here to download for free in color and black and white.  Lists can be customized to include library information, summer hours and summer reading programs for children before making copies available to schools and patrons.
The Summer Reading List was compiled and annotated by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee and School-Age Programs and Services Committee through a 2013 Carnegie Whitney Grant funded by the American Library Association Publishing Committee. The 2014 list was updated by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.

Don't forget to visit your favorite local book store and public library!

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Princess Mermaid and the Missing Sea Shells by by Michael J. Dipinto

The Princess Mermaid and the Missing Sea Shells 
Princess Nicole and all the other mermaids learn an important lesson about why to never go swimming alone. Read along to find out what happens when Captain J. Lee Fish captures Princess Nicole swimming alone, and how the mermaids get her back. Discover how they sent Captain J. Lee Fish and his crew swimming off to the far corners of the seven seas. 


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Our School Garden! by Rick Swann, Christy Hale (Illustrations)

Our School Garden!

One of my goals someday is to have a "school garden".  A dear friend has started on e at her school and it has created a great community project.  Here is a book to inspire you!

New city. New school. Michael is feeling all alone—until he discovers the school garden! There’s so many ways to learn, and so much work to do. Taste a leaf? Mmm, nice and tangy hot. Dig for bugs? “Roly-poly!” he yells. But the garden is much more than activities outdoors: making school garden stone soup, writing Found Poems and solving garden riddles, getting involved in community projects such as Harvest Day, food bank donations, and spring plant sales. Each season creates a new way to learn, explore, discover and make friends.

School librarian and gardener Rick Swann, in his picture book debut, describes the wonder of connecting with nature and the joy of growing and eating one’s own harvest. Award-winning artist Christy Hale captures the brilliant color of the season and the harvest. This is the perfect book to read alone, as well as share in the classroom or with the entire family.


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