In Sophie Blackall’s The Baby Tree, a little boy starts a day that seems just like any day before, but at breakfast it becomes a very unusual day when his parents tell him that a new baby is on the way. Unsure how to respond, the boy continues to go about his day with a […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Best friends are always supposed to do everything together, go everywhere together, and like exactly the same things…aren’t they? Lily and Salma discover that this may not always be the case in The Sandwich Swap, a story of friendship and accepting each other’s differences. Both girls bring their own favorite lunch every day to school: […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Mike just can’t seem to keep up with his classmates. Not only does he end up in the principal’s office more than he wants to, but he also forgets his homework and can’t seem to focus while his teacher is talking. His parents ignore him, his best friends have abandoned him for the soccer team, […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
What better way to show the relationship between sisters than to stick them in a vehicle together for a long road trip? In Sisters, Raina Telgemeier’s follow up to the award-winning Smile, Raina anxiously awaits the arrival of a baby sister, only to be disappointed with little Amara’s personality differences. As they grow up, it seems […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
When I was a child I loved reading the Zoobooks magazine! The thought of seeing exotic animals and learning about the various places in which these animals lived fascinated me. If your child is anything like I was, he/she will probably go through Zoobooks faster than they can be published! If that is the case […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
We at the library are excited to participate with K-State in exploring their common book, The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. I wrote back in March about why I loved the book, so I won’t go through all of that again. I know that once you read it your curiosity will be caught, so here […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
West of the Moon takes place in 19th century Norway. Thirteen-year-old Astri and her little sister Greta have lived with their aunt ever since their father left for America, but the story begins when Astri is sent away to work for a widowed goat herder in the mountains. Abused and mistreated, Astri plans her escape […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
From unicorns to Tyrannosaurus Rex, strange beasts have a way of inhabiting our imaginations. The Griffin and the Dinosaur tells the story of Adrienne Mayor. As a child, Mayor was fascinated by the nature surrounding her in the South Dakota prairie. As a young adult, she became fascinated with the myths of fantastic creatures of Greek […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
The lives of readers of all ages are enriched by reading non-fiction. For parents and educators of beginning readers, it can be a daunting task trying to find non-fiction books that don’t overwhelm or discourage their children. There is a great wealth of easier non-fiction that still presents true facts and useful information. Here are […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
I can’t tell you how often people ask me if a certain book is appropriate for the age of their child. It is something I often struggle with as a parent of two kids, also. Short of reading every book in the universe, it is really tricky to answer this question. Even if I have […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.