Thursday, October 8, 2015

Read This! Picture Books

by Frann Preston-Gannon

What if, instead of cows and pigs and horses on your farm, that you raised DINOSAURS? What if you got up everyday, and fed DINOSAURS and cleaned up DINOSAUR poop and saw new DINOSAURS hatching and that was your life? Well, that's what Dinosaur Farm imagines and we think it's pretty cool.
The book is fairly silly, and has earthy and simple illustrations. Any dinosaur or farm loving kid will think this story is a Tyrannosaurus-size ton of fun!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Read This! Adults

Finance Books
Mr. Ramsey is a radio talk show host who has sold the idea that he can get you out of debt and on theroad to financial peace and wealth. Most of the book is about getting out of debt and setting up a budget, while the last part is about investing and growing your money.

Get what's yours : the secrets to maxing out your social security / Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller, and Paul Solman
Learn how social security works, for everyone, including two married retired people, widowed and divorced people and more. Learning the facts is important, learning the law is important and this book will also give the reader some tips on when and how to claim their benefits.

The Opposite of Spoiled: raising kids who are grounded, generous, and smart about money by Ron Lieber
How can we handle handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, savings, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, splurging, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition? How do the money lessons and examples we set for our children affect them in the long-term? This book offers a perspective on finance and parenting that should challenge readers to think about how and what exactly they are teaching their kids about money.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Read This Grades 5-6

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

*guest post by Amanda B.*

After a night of betrayal, twelve year old Carly Connors has found herself in foster care. She winds up with the Murphys, a family with a stay at home mom who wants nothing more than to make Carly feel at home, a fire fighter/baseball loving dad, and three boys who all have their own opinion of her. Carly is shocked to learn how different this family is compared to growing up with her mom. At first Carley doesn't want to stay but over time she learns to care for the family and feels that maybe she could be a part of it. 
Carley is a sweet, sarcastic character with a sad but enjoyable story. Readers will enjoy learning how Carley feels and how her feelings change with each day she spends with the Murphys. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Read This! Picture Books

by Greg Pizzoli

Sam is number one at racing - he always wins! When he loses a race against his friends, Sam is devastated. Before the next race, Sam prepares to win, but during the race, he has to make an ethical choice which may cost him the number one spot - what should he do?
This is a great start to conversations about winning, about good sportsmanship and about being kind to others. The illustrations are very colorful and have little extras for readers to enjoy over and over.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Read This Grades 2-4

Blast Off!
by Nate Ball

*Guest post by Amanda B.*

The first book in the Alien in my Pocket series

One day Zack McGee was just minding his own business when a four inch tall alien crash lands into his bedroom. Zack is scared he is going to be the first victim of some war, but soon learns that this alien invader is not so scary. Now its up to Zack to help Amp the alien fix his ship and get home so they can save Earth.
This book is fun and educational. Readers will laugh out loud while learning some fun facts about science.