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Recent Book Reviews

Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair
A Mutiny in Time
Starry River of the Sky
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
Iron Hearted Violet
Jake and Lily
Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
One for the Murphys

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Reminiscing about Ramona

I read Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary until my copy was completely falling apart.  (Mine looked like the middle picture at the top of this blog.)  My absolute favorite part was when Ramona theatrically cracks a hard-boiled egg on top of her head . . . except it wasn't hard-boiled.  Ramona Quimby, her family, and her neighborhood friends have delighted readers since the first title was published in 1955.  They also earned a couple of Newbery Honors and a National Book Award.  So, yeah, they are definitely classic -- old but awesome.  Add one (or all eight!) to your summer reading list!

1. Beezus and Ramona (ebook & audiobook on Libby, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
2. Ramona the Pest (ebook & audiobook on Libby, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
3. Ramona the Brave (ebook & audiobook on Libby, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
4. Ramona and Her Father (ebook & audiobook on Libby, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
5. Ramona and Her Mother (ebook on Libby, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
6. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (ebook & audiobook on Libby, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
7. Ramona Forever (ebook & audiobook on Libby, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)
8. Ramona's World (ebook on Libby, ebook & audiobook on Hoopla)

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Play with Your Friends! More Fun on the Imagination Playground

Today is the sixth episode in our summer storytime series.  Watch it on the HPL Kids Facebook page, then use this blog to have even more fun in the Imagination Playground.

Today's theme is . . .
Play with Your Friends!
Miss Katie Jane & Miss Alyssa will lead you through a song, a story, and a series of Alphabreaths.  Click here to access the handout, which includes book recs, art options, music & movement moments, play plans, and other ideas to explore at home.

Today's song is . . .
Will You Be a Friend of Mine?
Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine, and hop around with me?

Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine, and wiggle it out with me?

Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine, and clap along with me?

Today's Alphabreaths are . . .
T is for Tree
U is for Underwater
V is for Voice

They are inspired by Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing by Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen.  The ebook is also available on Overdrive (Libby) and Hoopla.

The book recs available online are . . .
Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman (ebook on Libby)
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel (ebook & audiobook on Libby, ebook & audiobook Hoopla)
Mustache Baby Meets His Match by Bridget Heos (ebook on Hoopla)
That Neighbor Kid by Daniel Miyares (ebook on Libby)

Today's BONUS! titles for parents are . . .
Made with Dad: From Wizards' Wands to Japanese Dolls, Craft Projects to Build, Make and Do with Your Kids by Chris Barnardo (2015)
Make & Share Random Acts of Kindness: Simple Crafts and Recipes to Give and Spread Joy by Mique Provost (2015)
Miss Mary Mack and Other Children's Street Rhymes by Joanna Cole & Stephanie Calmenson (1990)
STEAM Concepts for Infants and Toddlers by Nichole A. Baumgart & Linda R. Kroll (2018)

 

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Inspired by Summer: Flip Flop Fun

What's the official footwear of summer?  Flip flops!  I keep two pairs right by my door -- one set stars Wonder Woman, the other features giraffes in sunglasses.  I also bought a fancier, more supportive pair for my recent birthday cruise.  My friend Tiffani has practically a pair for every day of summer.  Flip flops are her signature summer look.  If you love them as much as we do, you'll surely love these activities!

I know this 1988 movie has its haters.  But I'm not one of them.  I adore Willow!  The number one reason?  Warwick Davies.  You just completely believe he is Willow Ufgood, a Nelwyn farmer who is thrust into a dangerous magical quest when a Daikini baby washes up from the river.  You 100% want him to succeed.  And you absolutely know he will.  Even when things go from bad to worse.  Even when he fails, then fails again.  Willow may actually be my favorite fantasy movie hero of all time.

Accomplished storytellers playfully chronicle the process of becoming a writer in this fun follow-up to How to Read a Story, guiding young storytellers through the joys and challenges of the writing process.

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