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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
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The Boy on Cinnamon Street
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Kidzone Blog

There's a new Magic Tree House out today!  Have you noticed that all of the Magic Tree House books have a reference to both time and an object?  With so many titles in the series, you would think they had run out of creative combinations!  But today's release is my favorite title to date.  My second favorite?  The one that came out in January -- Narhwal on a Sunny Night.

Today is the fifth 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!

I am an Army Brat, and I have oh-so-many wonderful childhood memories of the 4th of July.  We would always go see the fireworks display on base.  Let me tell you, the Army knows how to put on a fireworks show.  I especially loved when the military band would play patriotic music.  When I was a teenager, I was always at Camp Sumatanga's Music & Arts Week during the 4th.  My Independence Day consisted of fireworks over the lake after a round of camp songs and storytelling.  As an adult, I don't have a 4th of July tradition.  Each year I'm looking for a different way to participate.  This year I think I'll give some of these ideas a try.  Maybe you will do the same!

There's no place like home.  There's no place like home.  There's no place like home.

When I was a little girl, I used to click my heels together and chant that phrase.  Of course, as an Army brat, home wasn't really a place.  We moved a lot.  To me, home was people -- my dad, my mom, my little sister -- and a dachshund named Barney. (Who, by the way, did NOT want to be Toto in my dramatic play.)  So what was I thinking about when I clicked my heels?  Kansas.  My dad is from Kansas, so it was home to someone very important to me. And, since I had never lived there, it seemed like a magical far-off place.  (It still retained a hint of magic when we moved there in 1990.)  The first time I saw The Wizard of Oz, I was as impressed with the sepia-toned Kansas farm as I was the amazing Technicolor reveal of Munchinland in Oz.  In fact, I was pretty much mesmerized by every single moment in the film.  I don't think I could pick a favorite scene if I tried! 

We have an entire month left in Summer Reading 2020.  Take a look at everything you've read so far.  Does every book feature a kid or teen who looks exactly like you?  Are you only reading graphic novels or realistic fiction?  Are you stuck on titles from the Who HQ?  All of those books are great, but there are lots of other amazing stories out there!  If you're stuck in a reading rut, now's the time to pull yourself out.  Here are some book recommendations that might help.

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