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Iron Hearted Violet
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Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
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The Mark of Athena
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Happy Valentine's Day!  This holiday blog post is a little bit different.  Instead of focusing on the emotional heart, let's explore the actual heart.  Get pumped about learning with these books!
The Circulatory System by Christine Taylor-Butler
Circulatory System by Kay Manolis
The Circulatory System by Rebecca Olien
The Circulatory Story by Mary K. Corcoran
Hear Your Heart by Paul Showers
Heart by Shannon Caster
Heart by Veronica Ross
The Heart and Blood by Carol Ballard
Heart Disease by Johannah Haney
The Heart: Our Circulatory System by Seymour Simon
Heart Transplants by Nancy Hoffman
The Magic School Bus Has a Heart by Anne Capeci
My Heart and Blood by Dana Meachen Rau
Squirt!: The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read About Blood and the Heart by Trudee Romanek
Thump-Thump: Learning About Your Heart by Pamela Hill Nettleton
Your Heart by Terri DeGezelle

When I was a little girl, my daddy read books to me.  One of our favorites was Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Except my dad would always refer to her as Goldichickens.  And I would interrupt and say, "Not Goldichickens.  GoldiLOCKS!"  But, as the saying goes, a rose by any other name smells as sweet.  That means that a Goldilocks story by any other name would be just as fun to read.  Here are a just a few possibilities.
Dusty Locks and the Three Bears by Susan Lowell
Goldiclucks and the Three Bears by Charlotte Guillain
Goldie and the Three Bears by Diane Stanley
Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Hopkins
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Caralyn Buehner
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne by Steven Guarnaccia
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Goldilocks and the Three Hares by Heidi Petach
Goldilocks and the Three Martians by Stu Smith
The Goldilocks Variations by Allan Ahlberg

My mom is from Illinois, the Land of Lincoln.  Seriously, that is their state slogan.  They are very big fans of Abraham Lincoln, and rightfully so.  I bet they're having a presidential-sized party up there today.  Why?  February 12 is Lincoln's birthday.  Find out exactly what made our sixteenth president so worthy of celebration with these books!
Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend) by Deborah Hopkinson
Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington, 1837-1865 by Cheryl Harness
Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Warren Turner
Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters
Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner
Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport
Abraham Lincoln by Caroline Crosson Gilpin
Abraham Lincoln by Jane A. Schott
Abraham Lincoln by Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker)
Abraham Lincoln by Peter Benoit
Abraham Lincoln by Tanya Lee Stone
Abraham Lincoln for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert
Abraham Lincoln: Our Sixteenth President by Sarah Hansen

This is the first of four posts in our February Fairy Tales blog series.  We're all familiar with the basic story featuring three pigs and a wolf, but why limit yourself to just that one?  There are similar tales featuring gators, tamales, even big rigs.  Broaden your big bad reading horizons with one of these!
The 3 Little Dassies by Jan Brett
Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara
Three Little Cajun Pigs by Mike Artell
The Three Little Dinosaurs by Jim Harris
The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist
The Three Little Gators by Helen Ketteman

Buses have been much talked about in Hoover recently, but it isn't the first time that a bus made headlines in Alabama.  That particular mode of transportation was also deemed newsworthy in 1955, when a seamstress boarded a Montgomery City bus after a long day of work.  Experience history with one of these books!
Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds
Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney
The Bus Ride That Changed History: The Story of Rosa Parks by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Don't Know Much About Rosa Parks by Kenneth C. Davis
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold