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Kidzone Blog

Another Year at Jedi Academy

I struggle with reading graphic novels.  I'm a words-obsessed person and can't get fully drawn in by drawings.  Plus, I never seem to know which order to read the panels in.  Yes, I'll give you a moment to laugh at my ineptitude.  Ok, let's move on to the real point of this blog.  My graphic novel phobia almost kept me from reading Jeffrey Brown's Star Wars Jedi Academy, even though I'm a big Star Wars fan.  Luckily, my coworker Jeremy convinced me to try it.  AND I LOVED IT!  And I can't wait for the sequel, Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan, which comes out today, July 29, 2014.  I wonder what will happen in Roan's second year of middle school in a galaxy far, far away?

Jeff Brown also wrote two hilarious picture books featuring Star Wars characters.
Darth Vader and Son & Vader's Little Princess


Target Age: 
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Under the Microscope #11

Element fundamentals lead to cool chemistry and atomic power.  Take a closer look at NUCLEAR ENERGY.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.)

  1. Atomic Universe: The Quest to Discover Radioactivity by Kate Boehm Jerome
  2. Atoms by Chris Oxlade
  3. Atoms and Molecules by Louise & Richard Spilsbury
  4. The Chain Reaction: Pioneers of Nuclear Science by Karen Fox
  5. The Elements by Dan Green
  6. Elements and Compounds by Lynnette Brent
  7. Energy: Investigate Why We Need Power & How We Get It: 25 Projects by Kathleen M. Reilly
  8. Ernest Rutherford and the Birth of the Atomic Age by Robert Baxter
  9. The Ever-Changing Atom by Roy A. Gallant
  10. Fizz, Bubble & Flash!: Element Explorations and Atom Adventures for Hands-On Science Fun! by Anita Brandolini
  11. From Greek Atoms to Quarks: Discovering Atoms by Sally Morgan
  12. Grab a Seat at the Periodic Table!: A Chemical Mystery by Laura Layton Strom
  13. John Dalton and the Atomic Theory by Jim Whiting & Marylou Marano Kjelle
  14. Lise Meitner: Had the Right Vision About Nuclear Fission by Mike Venezia
  15. Marie Curie by Ann Fullick
  16. Marie Curie by Kathleen Krull
  17. Marie Curie: A Brilliant Life by Elizabeth MacLeod
  18. Marie Curie: The Woman Who Changed the Course of Science by Philip Steele
  19. Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island by Wilborn Hampton
  20. The Nuclear Age by Peter Benoit
  21. Nuclear Energy edited by Lelia Mander
  22. The Periodic Table: Elements with Style by Adrian Dingle
  23. Radioactivity by P. Andrew Karam & Ben P. Stein
  24. Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium by Carla Killough
  25. Splitting the Atom by Katie Parker
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The Order of the Unicorn

When Suzanne Selfors debuted her Imaginary Veterinary series, I blogged about it.  I assumed that would be that.  But then the series became popular.  And then I introduced it to my co-worker and her first grade son (who are crazy about it).  And now the fourth book, The Order of the Unicorn, has been published.  Unicorns!  I cannot let this opportunity pass me by.  When you finish book 4, grab one of these amazing unicorn stories.

Do you know who Ken Jennings is?  He is a 74-time Jeopardy! champion who continues to prove that knowing stuff is supposed to be FUN!  He has penned a series of nonfiction books called Junior Genius Guides.  They are eye-catching!  They are informative!  They are available in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library!  Grab one today.  Trust me, you'll be back for more.

How many of you have read LMNO Peas by Keith Baker?  It's a cute introduction to both the alphabet and occupations.  What about Baker's 1-2-3 Peas?  That book features busy little peas and numbers.  I love them both!  Which is why I'm so excited about his newest picture book Little Green Peas, which comes out today, July 22, 2014.   Can you guess what it teaches?  That's right -- colors!