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Worst Class Trip Ever

Dave Barry, the funnyman behind the Peter and the Starcatchers series and Science Fair, has a new book! It's called The Worst Class Trip Ever.

"Eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, his best friend Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble on a class trip to Washington, DC.   Their teachers have long lost patience with them, but they have bigger problems with several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation’s capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger and out of the doghouse while trying to save the president from attack—or maybe not."

You'll laugh!  You'll gasp!  You'll want to find out more about Washington, D.C.!  These books will help.
Class Trip Washington D.C. by Claire O'Neal (2010)
Jefferson Memorial: A Monument to Greatness by Joseph Ferry (2015)
Lincoln Memorial by Aaron Carr (2014)
Washington, D.C.: The U.S. Capital by B.A. Hoena (2014)
The Washington Monument: Myths, Legends, and Facts by Robb Murray (2015)
The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, and Office, and a National Symbol: With 21 Activities by Katherine L. House (2014) 

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Inventors at Work

May is National Inventors Month!  Get inspired by these stories of real-life inventors!  All five titles are from the Inventors at Work series.

  1. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Queen: Ruth Wakefield and Her Yummy Invention by Carmen Bredeson
  2. The Coolest Inventor: Willis Haviland Carrier and His Air Conditioner by Alison Eldridge
  3. Microwave Man: Percy Spencer and His Sizzling Invention by Sara L. Latta
  4. Scuba Man: Jacques Cousteau and His Amazing Underwater Invention by Carmen Bredeson
  5. The Woman Who Invented Windshield Wipers: Mary Anderson and Her Wonderful Invention by Sara L. Latta
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Summer DVD Spinner -- Super Summer Movies

The entire summer is devoted to heroes big and small.  So, naturally, our seasonal DVD spinner will be stocked with heroic films big and small.  The movies will star heroes like . . .

The Avengers
Mighty Mouse
Darkwing Duck
Paw Patrol
Doc McStuffins
Wonder Pets
Team Umizoomi
Super Why
LEGO Justice League
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Incredibles

 . . . and more!


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Graphic Novels -- A Guide for Parents and Teachers

Let's face facts.  Your kids love graphic novels.  And, more than likely, you don't.  You don't think they are "real" books, and you want to steer them to better literature.  Let me encourage you to give graphic novels another look.

  1. Graphic novels promote literacy.  They attract reluctant and struggling readers.  The illustrations provide contextual clues to the meaning of the written narrative, as well as clues to emotional context.  This is especially helpful for autistic students.  English-language learners also find them helpful for increasing vocabulary and English proficiency.
  2. Graphic novels have become accepted methods of storytelling by librarians and educators, on a par with novels, picture books, and audiobooks.  Many graphic novels, including El Deafo by Cece Bell, are included on recent lists of award-winning titles.
  3. Graphic novels often contain more advanced vocabulary than traditional books at the same age/grade/interest level.  Readers are actively engaged in the process of decoding and comprehending a range of literary devices, including narrative structures, metaphor and symbolism, point of view, the use of puns and alliteration, intertextuality, and inference.
  4. The format of a graphic novel is a lesson in itself -- panels and gutters, description and word balloons, sound effects and motion lines.

This is just a small portion of the helpful information I found in Scholastic's A Guide to Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens.  I highly recommend you read it.  You can also use these online resources to better understand the graphic novel format.

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10 Years of Bad Kitty

Bad Kitty first rocked the kiddie lit world in 2005, when author Nick Bruel published a picture book called Bad Kitty.  Now there are picture books AND chapter books featuring this funny female feline.  Make sure you read them all!

1. Bad Kitty
2. Poor Puppy and Bad Kitty
3. A Bad Kitty Christmas

1. Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
2. Bad Kitty: Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty
3. Bad Kitty Vs. Uncle Murray
4. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby
5. Bad Kitty for President
6. Bad Kitty School Daze
7. Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble
8. Bad Kitty: Puppy's Big Day

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Izzy Bar, Running Star

I love the Franklin School Friends series by Claudia Mills.  Each book focuses on a different third grade girl's favorite thing . . . and how that can bring both joy and disappointment.  The newest title is Izzy Bar, Running Star.  If you're a sporty kid, you'll love her story!

"Izzy Barr is the star athlete of the third grade: she hits homeruns on her softball team and is one of the fastest runners in her class. But at home, her half-brother, Dustin, seems to be her father's favorite athlete--why else would her dad go to all of his games and miss so many of hers? Izzy pretends that she doesn't care, but as she, her friends Annika Riz and Kelsey Green, and the rest of their class are gearing up for class field day, she can't help but hope her dad will be there to cheer her on in the big race against her rival, Skipper Tipton."

If you're a book kid, you'll love Kelsey Green, Reading Queen.

If you're a numbers kid, you'll love Annika Riz, Math Whiz.

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Graceful Return to Willow Falls

Wendy Mass has written another book set in Willow Falls.  Graceful will be the final title in this truly magical series.  It comes out tomorrow, April 28, 2015.

"Angelina D'Angelo has left town to see the world. It's now Grace's turn to use her magic to protect the people of Willow Falls, and she is up to the challenge. This is her destiny, after all. But destiny is a funny thing-it doesn't always behave the way you'd expect it to. Mysterious postcards from Angelina begin showing up in the mail, Grace's parents are freaking out with worry, and something BIG is coming to town that will affect everybody who lives there. But all Grace is powerful enough to do is turn leftover meatloaf into pizza. Fortunately, she's not alone. She has Team Grace on her side! Amanda, Leo, Rory, Tara, David, and Connor know a thing or two about magic and how it works. But none of them are prepared for what's coming, and none of them know how to stop it. Life in Willow Falls is about to change forever."

Read (or re-read) them all!

  1. 11 Birthdays
  2. Finally
  3. 13 Gifts
  4. The Last Present
  5. Graceful (no catalog record yet -- stay tuned!)
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Storybook Brunch Catches Boogie Fever

We have one more Storybook Brunch this season.  Join Miss Anna Beth this Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. for a dance-themed storytime, Boogie Fever.  There will be stories!  There will be music!  And, of course, there will be dancing!  Plus there will be a breakfast snack -- cereal mix 'n match.  This is our final Saturday storytime of the school year, so don't miss it!

National Dance Week begins on April 25!

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Food Dudes

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Celebrate Australia

The countdown to Aussie fun has begun!  The Hoover Public Library will Celebrate Australia on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  There will be a sampling of Australian treats to eat, and the very brave can take The Vegemite Challenge.  Didgeridoo Down Under will also provide authentic musical entertainment on the Plaza.  Want to explore Australian culture further?  Adults can find lots of excellent fiction and nonfiction titles under the official display in the main hallway.  Are you a kid or a teen?  Check out one of these!

Aboriginal Australians by Diana Marshall
Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia by Alison Lester
Australia by Colleen A. Sexton
Big Red Kangaroo by Claire Saxby
Cultural Traditions in Australia by Moly Aloian
Explore Australia and Oceania by Bobbie Kalman
Great Barrier Reef by Valerie Bodden
Koala Country: A Story of an Australian Eucalyptus Forest by Deborah Dennard
Meet Our New Student from Australia by Ann Weil
Not-for-Parents Australia: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know by Janine Scott
Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes
Sand Swimmers: The Secret Life of Australia's Desert Wilderness by Narelle Oliver
Spotlight on Australia by Xavier Niz
Stories from the Billabong by James Vance Marshall

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