Friday, August 07, 2015

New Titles for Kids of All Ages!

Summer Learning Challenge 2015:       Every Hero Has a Story!

  • Sign ups are happening online and at your local library.  
  • You have until August 22, 2015 to register, complete your log, and enter to win a bicycle!
  • Children, teens and adults are eligible.
New titles @ Your Library...Check One Out!

Books are full of heroes and our new titles include heroes who are there for us daily and some who are heroes to people they never meet.  

The Red Bicycle:  the Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle by Jude Isabella.

Do you have a bike that is too small for you?  Have you ever wondered what happens to old bicycles that no one wants?  Follow the story of Leo and his bike and meet the people who benefit along the way.  Leo earns money to buy the big, red bike of his dreams.  When he outgrows the bike he donates it to a program that sends bicycles to countries where they are needed for daily transportation, deliveries, and even health.  A fascinating example of a small action with great impact.

Community helpers are there when we need them and are true, local heroes.  A new series on community helpers illustrates the many assignments facing these heroes each day.

Shane Evans is a talented author and illustrator who "attributes much of his influence to his travels to Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and much of the United States."  His latest book, We March, is a sparse yet powerful account of the civil rights march on Washington, DC on August 28, 1963.  Through simple words and lively illustrations he reminds us of the heroes of that movement, still relevant today.

Non-fiction lists facts about the world around us and great illustrators bring those facts to life on the pages of a book.  These two new titles are perfect examples:

Daylight Starlight Wildlife by Wendell Minor.  This talented artist has illustrated many beautiful books for children. Each page shows daytime animals and their nighttime counterparts with Fun Facts on each at the end.
A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long.
Rock lovers rejoice!  Lively, galactic, old, inventive...these are just some of the unusual ways to describe rocks.  Discover these and others in this beautiful, new title.

And just for fun...

What Pet Should I Get by Dr. Seuss.

Can it be?  A Dr. Seuss book that was never published?  Yes, it can!

"Pick a pet fast!
Pick a pet soon!
Mother and Dad said to be home by noon!"

"Make up your mind."

Characters you know and some you can only imagine.  Just what you would expect from Dr. Seuss.  And you have to choose just one.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.

For all the perfectionists out there:  a little girl, determined to create a magnificent thing that works.  With her trusty assistant she gathers supplies and makes her prototype, only to find it's not so magnificent.  Does she give up?  
Read and find out.

Who could resist Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson. Otto lives in the pages of a book and has a secret:  he exits the book when no one is looking.  When a family move leaves Otto's book behind he begins a journey that will take him to a new and wonderful home.  Can you guess where?

One last title for brothers, sisters, dads, and anyone who ever had a plan that didn't turn out quite how you imagined.
Gone Fishing:  a novel in verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell.
Sam can't wait for the day just he and his dad will go fishing, "just us two."  He dreams of the fish they will catch and fun of being alone with his dad.  The day arrives and his little sister Lucy gets to come along and Sam is disappointed and impatient.  Follow this great story, each page a different type of verse, with illustrations full of humor. Discover how even a ruined plan may end happily.

Wherever your journey takes you, don't forget a book!  (or two)

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