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The Chicken Squad Enter Bear Country

The Chicken Squad: Bear Country (Bearly a Misadventure) by Doreen Cronin [August 14, 2018]

The Chicken Squad is back in their sixth misadventure, and this time there's a headless bear on the loose!
It’s fall in the backyard, and though the weather is cooling down, the crime solving business is still hot. When the Chicken Squad’s neighbor Anna McClanahanahan comes looking for her missing hamster one morning, it’s an easy case to solve (Ziggy always takes a stroll from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m.). The Chicken Squad is now ready to settle in for a relaxing day of knitting—that is, until Ziggy points out that Barbara, the Chicken Squad’s caretaker—the one who FEEDS THEM!!—is missing! And not only that, but there have been sightings of a headless bear in the neighborhood! Will the Chicken Squad be able to save their beloved Barbara and get some breakfast? Or will this case be too much to bear?

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New Beginnings

Are you familiar with Brightly?  Founded in 2014 by a small team of passionate bookworms and parents, Brightly is a resource to help moms, dads, and educators grow lifelong readers. Launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, the Webby-nominated website features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, and more.  It is a resource that I use all the time . . . like right now.  This blog  was inspired by one of their articles.

The start of a new school year seems to me a wonderful time to read books about new beginnings of all types.  Here are a few newer titles that I've read and loved. 

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
In art, maybe, there is no such thing as a mistake. In fact, a mistake can lead to a beautiful new image. Come read along as one creative journey changes with each unintended stroke of a pen or swipe of a brush.

I'm a Duck by Eve Bunting
This little duckling is too afraid to even try to swim! Thankfully, with some encouragement from his friends, love from his mother, and lots of practice, he finally takes a deep breath and dives right in.

This Zoo Is Not for You by Ross Collins
Platypus discovers that trying to find a new home can be a challenge, especially if no one wants you. But when some snobby zoo animals have a change of heart, he also discovers it’s never too late to make a first impression.

Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre
Wavie has had a tough time since her mother passed away, but things are going to get a lot harder when she is sent to live with some unpleasant relatives in the small Appalachian town her mother desperately wanted to escape. However, Wavie is resilient and, remembering the lessons her mother taught her, determined to bravely forge ahead into a new life that she controls.

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
Our bodies are constantly changing: growing, adapting, healing. And so it is with Ruthie Mizrahi who has to reinvent her life when a car accident leaves her in a full-body cast and she has to find a way to participate in the world around her when she can’t leave her bed.

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Illegal Graphic Novel

Illegal by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano (August 7, 2018)
Readers follow the flight of Ebo, a Ghanaian refugee child, to Europe to find the siblings who fled before him. Ebo’s journey takes him across the scorching heat of the Sahara and through the streets of Tripoli, where he works to raise funds for passage across the Mediterranean. All the while, Ebo and the companions he meets along the way must elude the watchful eyes of the authorities who are constantly on alert for refugees. But after Ebo finally saves enough money and secures a seat on a boat crossing to Greece, he finds himself on the brink of death. Like all the others, it is too crowded; the engine is broken; and the fuel is slowly running out. Authors and illustrator take readers back and forth through time, building suspense as Ebo’s story of survival unfolds. The format allows sensitive and difficult topics such as murder, death, and horrific, traumatizing conditions to unfold for children, Ebo’s reactions speaking volumes and dramatic perspectives giving a sense of scope. A creators’ note provides factual context, and an appendix offers an Eritrean refugee’s minimemoir in graphic form.  Action-filled and engaging but considerate of both topic and audience, Ebo’s story effectively paints a picture of a child refugee’s struggle in a world crisscrossed by hostile borders. (from Kirkus Reviews)

Watch the book trailer.  Read the Spotlight article from Publishers Weekly.

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I think cats would argue that EVERY day is International Cat Day.  Actually, some people would agree.  But for the rest of us, August 8, 2018 is the official day to celebrate cats and all their . . . quirks.  Here are all of the cat books that have been published so far this year.  They definitely capture the essence of the mighty cat.

Adventure Cat! and More True Stories of Amazing Cats! by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld 
Big Box Little Box by Caryl Hart
The Cat Encyclopedia for Kids by Joanne Mattern
CatStronauts: Robot Rescue by Drew Brockington
Copy Cat by Ali Pye
Crafty Cat and the Great Butterfly Battle by Charise Mericle Harper
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
Fancy Nancy : Oodles of Kittens by written by Jane O'Connor
Garfield Feeds the Kitty by Jim Davis
I Am the Boss of This Chair by Carolyn Crimi
Kat Writes a Song by Greg Foley
Katie the Kitten by Kathryn and Byron Jackson
Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat by Sue Hendra
Kit & Kaboodle by Rosemary Wells
Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora
Pete the Kitty and the Groovy Playdate by Kimberly and James Dean
Seven Bad Cats by Moe Bonneau
Survival Tales: The Titanic by Katrina Charman
The Three Little Pugs by Nina Victor Crittenden

Bestselling author Sarah J. Maas has penned the newest release in the DC Icons series!

Soulstealer (August 7, 2018)
When the Bat's away, the Cat will play. It's time to see how many lives this cat really has.
Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking.  Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever--she may be Batwing's undoing.  Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that's closest to her heart?

Exercise with Your Child Week

August 5-11, 2018 is Exercise with Your Child Week.  There are so many ways your family can participate.  Go for a walk or run.  Lift some weights . . . or your baby.  Bike together.  Dance together.  Or use the materials in this blog to bend and stretch together in a family yoga session.

Yoga Storybooks
Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story by Mariam Gates
Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story by Mariam Gates
I Am Yoga by Susan Verde
Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones by Sarah Jane Hinder
Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo
Yoga Friends: A Pose-by-Pose Partner Adventure for Kids by Mariam & Rolf Gates
You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo
Zoo Zen: A Yoga Story for Kids by Kristen Fischer

Yoga CDs
Dance for the Sun by Kira Willey 
How to Be a Cloud by Kira Willey 
Kings & Queens of the Forest by Kira Willey 
Little Box of Happy by Bari Koral
Mindful Moments for Kids by Kira Willey 

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Christopher Robin

I wasn't sure how I felt about Disney's Christopher Robin movie.  Then I saw the trailer.  And now I CANNOT WAIT to see it!

"Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is now all grown up, with a job and a family of his own. But right when it feels like the whole world is against him, an old friend returns: his stuffed bear, Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings). Pooh needs Christopher Robin's help to find his lost friends in the Hundred Acre Wood, but he also might be exactly what Christopher Robin needs to rediscover the joys of childhood." 

Find other Winnie the Pooh movies in our Kid Zone DVD collection under J  WIN  DVD.
Find Winnie the Pooh stories in our picture book collection under E  MIL or in our fiction collection under J  MIL.

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Screen Free Adventure

I'm a children's librarian.  I have a flip phone.  I have no internet or cable at my house.  I have no device that can access those services somewhere outside my home.  I am clearly a firm believer in screen free adventure.  And I've read several books lately that prove I'm not the only one.  Read and enjoy . . . then take part in other screen free adventures!

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into a cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters–and their own inner demons–on one last quest before school starts again.   In the Cardboard Kingdom, you can be anything you want to be–imagine that!

Unplugged by Steve Antony
Meet Blip. Blip loves being plugged into her computer. When a blackout occurs, Blip trips over her wire and tumbles outside.  Suddenly, Blip's gray world is filled with color and excitement. She plays with her new friends and has adventures all day long. When Blip finally returns home, she realizes that the world can be even brighter once you unplug.

Brave Enough for Two by Jonathan D. Voss
Olive is a little girl who likes the types of adventures that exist in books. Her best friend Hoot, a stuffed-animal owl, prefers the ones that take place in the real world. Today, Hoot gets to pick the adventures. At first, Olive isn't sure if she's brave enough for the activities Hoot has picked: flying a makeshift hot-air balloon and navigating raging rivers. But when her dearest friend gets hurt, Olive discovers that she's not only brave, she's brave enough for two.

The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier
Ruby's mind is always full of ideas.  One day, she finds some old boards and decides to build something. She invites her brothers to help, but they just laugh and tell her she doesn't know how to build.  "Then I'll learn," she says.  And she does!  When she creates a dazzling fort that they all want to play in, it is Ruby who has the last laugh.

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Bathroom Boogie

Bathroom Boogie by Clare Foges & Al Murphy (May 15, 2018)

The house is quiet. The adults are at work. The children are at school. But suddenly the bathroom breaks into bizarre, boisterous boogie!  In this surreal rhyming story, the shiny tiles become a dance floor and the light a sparkling disco ball. DJ Shampoo plays some funky rhythms so Toothpaste wriggles, squiggles, twists and squeezes; Mouthwash makes some mega minty moves; Power Shower flicks water everywhere; the Toothbrush family rave in the sink; and the Sponges do the hokey-cokey with the Flannels. It’s watery, bubbly mayhem and a lot of puddle-y, party fun!

Watch the animated book trailer!

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Talking with Tae Keller

The Science of Breakable Things is the debut middle-grade novel for Tae Keller.  And it is one of my favorite books that I read this summer.  

"Natalie Napoli’s seventh-grade science class is working on a yearlong experiment, recording their findings in “Wonderings journals.” The text of Natalie’s journal comprises Keller’s moving debut novel. Natalie used to like science and spent much of her childhood in her botanist mother’s laboratory. But her mother, suffering from severe depression, has barely left her bedroom in months. Natalie and her best friend Twig collaborate with new student Dari to win an egg drop contest for their experiment, and Natalie imagines using the prize money to fly with her mother to New Mexico, home to a striking cobalt blue orchid, born out of a toxic chemical spill, that her mother had been studying. Natalie’s Korean heritage is sensitively explored, as is the central issue of depression and its impact; Keller draws thoughtful parallels between Natalie’s mother’s struggles and the fragility of orchids and eggs. Natalie’s fraught relationship with her mother, and her friendships with Twig and Dari, are the heart of the book, but science is its soul." [from Publishers Weekly]

Author Jennifer Barnes interviewed Keller for Booklist, which gave The Science of Breakable Things a starred review -- calling it "a movable story about fragility and rebirth."  Take a look!

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