Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Read This! Non-Fiction for Kids

by Barb Palser

There is a lot of news in the world and a lot of information that goes along with it. We couldn't possibly be able to hear about, read about and process ALL of the different stories out there, so who decides what news is most important? Who decides what news is most relevant? Is there more than one way to report a news story?

This text is easy to read, and looks at the different types of news sources. It discusses valid sources, bias, accuracy, credibility and spin. There are many examples of different types of reporting from real-life news cases. There is also a chapter about online news and looking for the sources of different internet articles. 
All in all, this is a fairly simple and straightforward text about where news comes from. Middle grade readers would benefit greatly from this discussion of sourcing news and thinking about bias.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Read This! Adults

The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home
by Martha Stewart

Divided into each room in your house, the homekeeping guru gives you a method to cleaning and keeping all of your house clean, neat and organized. The following topics are thoroughly addressed:

What tools do you need in the kitchen?
How to organize the garage?
How to iron your tablecloths?
How to store your sheets (and what does threadcount mean anyway?)

Martha's got the inside track on keeping your home! She is the pinnacle and will not guide you wrong - just ask Jen Lancaster.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Read this! Picture books

by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Bear and friends are back, trying to figure out what or WHO they are hearing rustling around the woods. Bear has a guess each time he hears something - he always suspects it is one of his friends - but then he finds the friend and the noise maker wasn't who he thought. Eventually, all of the friends gather around a shy animal - an owl, and invite the owl to swim with them in the swimming hole. A great time is had by all, and everyone makes a new friend!
Bear creates the expectation that he is excited by the prospect of a new friend, which may affect readers' ideas of making friends! The illustrations are bright and charming, and the story is fun. Don't miss the other "Bear" books by Karma Wilson, including Bear's Loose Tooth and Bear Snores On!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Read This! Adults

by Tom Szaky and Albe Zakes

Recycling and waste can feel overwhelming at times. The more people in a household, the more garbage, and perhaps the more ability to reduce waste among the remaining items. Terracycle, a company that makes products entirely from recycled materials, has created this guide aimed at families (but it's fine for everyone). Each chapter is devoted to a material (paper, glass, rubber, etc.) with complete information about how it's made, how it's recycled and projects that you can make with recyclable household materials of that nature. Each chapter also has tons of ideas on how to reduce your waste in each category, and how each move to sustainable adds up.

There are a lot of photos, timelines and illustrated explanations about how to use the information in this book. This is great for those looking for an in-depth, understandable look at recycling and waste reduction, and anyone looking for recycled materials crafts that are actually usable.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Read This! Easy Readers

Splat the Cat: 

Based on the Splat the Cat series by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat and Seymour the mouse are best friends! When Splat the Cat decides to throw Seymour a surprise party because he is such an awesome friend, he has to continuously fool the mouse to keep him away from the party details! Seymour is sent on errands or kept home, and he gets upset, because normally he and Splat do everything together. In the end, though, everything works out, and there is a wonderful party with chocolate cheese pudding and lots of guests.

Throughout the book, Splat wears a shirt with Seymour's picture on it, and that is awesome.

There are around 30 words on a page, and the illustrations are bright and colorful. There are a lot of funny parts, and those who are beyond sight words will certainly enjoy this story about friendship, party planning, and doubt!