National Pencil Day
What, exactly, is the point of National Pencil Day? To celebrate my favorite writing implement, of course! The date for National Pencil Day (March 30, 2015) was chosen because Hymen Lipman received a patent for a pencil with an attached eraser on March 30, 1858. Do the math. The pencil is 157 years old today. Definitely worthy of a day-long dedication. Do we have books that correspond with this holiday? Sure do! Sharpen your minds (or wits) with these titles.
- Hot Dog and Bob and the Particularly Pesky Attack of the Pencil People by Lissa Rovetch
Fifth-grader Bob and his best friend Clementine are visited by the superhero Hot Dog from the planet Dogzalot to warn of an invasion of evil pencils with plans to erase the whole world.
- Little Red Writing by Joan Holub
Once upon a time, in pencil school, a brave little red pencil sets out to write an exciting story with nouns and adverbs and everything--but first she has to face the ravenous pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000.
- The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
A lonely pencil timidly draws a boy, a dog, and other items but soon faces a problem as his creations begin demanding changes, and when he draws an eraser to make them happy, the real trouble begins.
- Pencil of Doom! by Andy Griffiths
Northwest Southeast Central has always had strange teachers and weird students. But now it has a very dangerous ... pencil. At first, Henry McThrottle thinks this pencil is like any other pencil. But then things it draws start to come true. This might be fun if the pencil only drew nice things. But this pencil is mean -- and that means certain doom for Henry and his friends ... unless they can erase the pencil once and for all!
- Pencils Before the Store by Rachel Lynette
Shows the process of making pencils, from their beginning as trees to their ending in a student's hand.
The Boovs Have Invaded
My mom kept asking me if I'd seen the previews for the new animated movie Home. I told her I'd only seen a teaser that conveyed absolutely no plot line whatsoever, but that the animation style looked good. So she kept asking me. And I kept giving the same response. Finally, I decided to do a little research (I am a librarian, after all), and I discovered something unexpected and exciting. Home is based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. I read that book! I thought that book was super funny! And now it's a movie! Thanks, Mom!
There is now a sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday. It is called Smek for President! (Yes, the exclamation point is officially part of the title.)