Archive for July 2017

Take Your Pants for a Walk Day

July 27, 2017

We all wear pants at some time or another, and most of us do some walking. Well, today it’s National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. So, put on some fancy pants and go for a walk. If you’re not in the mood to do that, maybe one of these pantsy picture books will tickle your fancy.

greenpantsGreen Pants written and illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel, Candlewick Press

petePete With No Pants written and illustrated by Rowboat Watkins, Chronicle Books

grumpyGrumpy Pants written and illustrated by Claire Messer, Albert Whitman & Company

whereWhere Do Pants Go? written by Rebecca Van Slyke and illustrated by Chris Robertson, Sterling Children’s Books

ohOH, NO! Where Are My Pants? edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch, HarperCollins

Coming in September 2017

princessPrincesses Wear Pants written by Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim and illustrated by Eva Byrne, Abrams Books for Young Readers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shark Lady

July 20, 2017

If you’ve been watching the news this summer, you might have noticed shark sightings and attacks have popped up on the East Coast and the West Coast. These creatures may be scary, but they are also fascinating. Eugenie Clark knew just how intriguing sharks could be. She spent her entire life studying them and their behavior. If you have a child who has the same attraction to sharks as Eugenie Clark did, I have the perfect picture book biography to dive into.

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Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist is written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

Jess Keating cleverly tells the life story of Eugenie Clark. There was a time when women were considered not smart enough to become scientists. Eugenie Clark helped prove those naysayers wrong. From early on, she studied sharks and all types of fish. She went on to college and received her Bachelor of Arts degree, her master’s degree, and a doctorate in zoology. She traveled the world and dived into waters where others dared not go to explore sharks and their habits. She proved sharks could be trained and worked to make sure they were protected. Because of her work and research, Eugenie Clark became known as the Shark Lady. Marta Álvarez Miguéns’ colorful illustrations and Jess Keating’s informative text invites readers to keep turning the pages to learn about sharks and the amazing accomplishments of the Shark Lady. The back matter in the book adds another dimension for readers. It includes interesting facts about sharks, a time line of Eugenie Clark’s life, and an author’s note with bibliography. This appealing book is one to add to your collection.

 

 

Rock On!

July 13, 2017

What is it about rocks? An overabundance of toys can be there for the taking, but if there are rocks around that’s the first thing my granddaughters grab. Their mother was exactly the same. Rocks seem to call out kids. Who knew they could make little ones so happy?

Today happens to be International Rock Day. Pick up a rock and see if it speaks to you. I find the ones that speak the loudest to me are diamonds, emeralds, rubies …

Maybe one of these books will explain the fascination kids have with ordinary rocks.

Nonfiction Books:

if you find a rock If You Find a Rock written by Peggy Christian and photographs by Barbara Hirsch Lember, Harcourt Brace and Company

national geoEverything Rocks and Minerals written by Steve Tomecek, National Geographic Society

livelyA Rock is Lively written by Dianna Hutts Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long, Chronicle Books

can beA Rock Can Be… written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Violeta Dabija, Millbrook Press

rocksRocks! Rocks! Rocks! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Cavendish Square Publishing

lets goLet’s Go Rock Collecting written by Roma Gans and illustrated by Holly Keller, HarperCollins

Fiction Books:

singIf Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk, Tricycle Press

RhodaRhoda’s Rock Hunt written by Molly Beth Griffin and illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell, Minnesota Historical Society Press

roxRoxaboxen written by Alice McLerran and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, HarperCollins

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Great Middle-Grade Summer Read

July 6, 2017

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The year is 1959. It’s a time when American Bandstand, 45 RPM records, saddle shoes, and transistor radios are popular. The Warden’s Daughter written by the talented Jerry Spinelli takes place during this era. The story is about Cammie O’Reilly nicknamed Cannonball because of her unpredictable personality. She lives in an apartment above the county jail with her father, the warden. Her mother died in a tragic accident after saving Cammie when she was a baby — an accident that is well-known by everyone in town. The summer Cammie turns thirteen she aches more than ever to have a mother like everyone else. Cammie decides that Eloda Pupko, an inmate at the prison who takes care of her and keeps the apartment clean and running smoothly, should be that mother, but things are not as easy as Cammie thinks. Consumed with unhappiness and anger, Cammie lashes out when an unexpected event occurs, and her life begins to spiral out of control. It’s Eloda who steps in and provides the elusive motherly love and support that Cammie needs to face her inner turmoil. Jerry Spinelli weaves a story of an unhappy young girl that tugs at your emotions and keeps you turning the pages to a satisfying ending. If you have someone looking for a good book to read this summer, I recommend The Warden’s Daughter.

 


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