Saturday, March 28, 2015

Read This! Picture Books

by Bill Cotter

***Guest post by Miss Patricia C.!***

This is a fun and interactive book to read aloud with a child or small group of children. Lary is a purple monster who asks the reader to "not push the red button!" Larry, like the reader, is curious and wonders what will happen if it IS pushed. This is when the book gets even funnier! The illustrations are colorful and humorous and the text encourages you to want to share it again and again. This book reinforces concepts such as followi
ng directions and color identification.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Read This! Adults

Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing and Saving
by Lorilee Craker

For some, springtime means cleaning - purging - starting fresh. 
This may be a great read if you're one of those people!
The author spends some time with the Amish (she herself comes from a Mennonite family) and learns their ways. Don't spend what you don't have. Make do or mend. Reuse, recycle, thrift, buy bulk. Pare down. Want less. It seems pretty easy, but then again, the Amish don't have televisions telling them about all of the things that they want and need to live a full life.

Money Secrets of the Amish won't tell you anything new, but the experience of the author in trying to apply these tactics to her family's life may help you understand how you can apply them to your own. Those looking to simplify or become less consuming.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Read This! Easy Reader NonFiction


by Melissa Higgins
Gail Saunders-Smith, PhD, Consulting Editor

Dodos are flightless birds that lived only on one island in the world. They lived through the Ice Age. Eventually, humans came to their island and they became extinct.
This book has really interesting illustrations inserted into stock photos. It makes the dodo bird come alive for readers who will never know such an animal. The location and science specific vocabulary is repeated, so readers will learn new words. There is a glossary and a suggested book/website list for further reading.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Read This! Picture Books

Written by Lucia Panzieri
Illustrated by AntonGionata Ferrari

Once upon a time, there was a crocodile who longed to be a family pet, like a puppy or a goldfish. But the world could not get past his crocodile-ness. He decided to sneak into a picture book and make a family love him by doing good deeds while they were asleep at night. His deeds are all very good and kind and helpful and the family, in the end, decides to keep him and everyone is happy.
Moral of the story? I'm sure you can infer it! The illustrations by Mr. Ferrari are a really interesting mix of India ink, acrylics, crayons, watercolors, colored paper and butcher paper. The text is funny and a little meta and should certainly hold an adult's interest, as well as a young reader or listener's.

Come by and check it out today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Read This! Non-Fiction for Kids

by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

This is a very informative text that simply explains how fossil fuels were created, the cycle of life and what the effect of the use of many fossil fuels is on the planet. The science-based narrative is brought to you by the Sun, and it is an effective way to explain the ideas presented.
Amazing illustrations will capture the readers attention and help them understand some big concepts! Vocabulary-wise, this isn't a crazy hard book to read, and at under 35 pages, it is accessible to many. There is a six page "more about the information in this book" that explains the concepts in more details, with more about alternative energies, too.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Read this! Grades 2-3

by Beth Ain

This is book two in a series about Jules Bloom, who is an aspiring kid actress. In the beginning of the story, she is going to start acting in a movie the next day, when the lead actor breaks his leg and the project is postponed. Next, she is approached to shoot a pilot - "shoot?" "a pilot?" - the mom has to explain a lot of things with the TV jargon. Along with these exciting and disappointing things are little brothers, an ex-best friend who Jules dreads, a new best friend who Jules worries about losing, school and her home life.
This is a fairly easy chapter book series, over one hundred pages but with very large text and margins. Jules is a funny kid who is not sarcastic or even mischievous, and who listens to her patient mom and dad. She lives in New York, which readers will find interesting and close, and the infrequent illustrations support the text. Kids who like Ivy and Bean, Junie B., Clementine, and the Gooney Bird Greene series will like this!