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Kid Picks: Special Summer Afternoon Edition

July 20, 2014

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Kid Picks

July 20, 2014

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Beyond the Door (Time Out of Time #1)

July 18, 2014

Beyond the Door Beyond the Door (Time Out of Time #1)

by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

“With his love of learning and the game of Scrabble, Timothy James feels like the only person who understands him is  his older sister, Sarah, and he’s fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. But one night, while his  parents and sister are away, the door opens, and mythical creatures appear in his own living room! Soon, a mystery of  unparalleled proportions begins to unfold, revealing an age-old battle of Light against Dark, and Timothy must embark  on a quest to prevent the Dark from controlling the future and changing the past. But he can’t complete the quest alone.  Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, to face an ancient evil, and in the process, this  unlikely trio discover they are each more than meets the eye.” – from GoodReads
I would recommend this book to people who are interested in mythology. I loved the mixing of old mythology and a  contemporary setting. At first I thought the bottom of the pages were decorative, but they are a code. The legend is the back, so it was a fun surprise at the end to try to decode the message. Beyond the Door is the first of a series. I simply can’t wait for book 2!

Recommended for grades 5 and up.

Reviewed by Kate (Haggard)

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What are YOU reading this summer?

July 17, 2014

I hope you’ve already signed up for Suburban Dare and summer reading, but it’s not too late if you have not.  Summer is the time for leisure reading, but sometimes kids need a little extra encouragement and practice when they are new readers.  That’s what Read2gether at Harrington Library is all about!

We decided to offer two hours each week this summer, when kids entering first through fifth grades can come to the cool of the library, choose a book, and read together with a non-tutoring teen volunteer.  The books read together count toward the reading goal!  We started in June and we’ll continue the program through August 16.  Join us for Read2gether Friday at 2pm or Read2gether Saturday at 11am at Harrington Library.  And remember that when you finish your summer reading goal, prize books will be handed out July 28 through August 24.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer and your summer reading!  Here are some of the books kids here really love!books

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Kid Picks: Special Summer Afternoon Edition

July 13, 2014

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July 13, 2014

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Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs

July 10, 2014

Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs

By Tedd Arnold

Buzz and Fly Guy are visiting the natural history museum to look at the dinosaur bones! They learn about when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the different types of dinosaurs like which were predators and which were carnivores and they learned what a paleontologist does. By the way, did you know that the Stegosaurus’s brain was the size of a walnut?

Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy series is so popular and it is great that he has transitioned into Non-Fiction to help lure readers into the different subjects. Be sure to also check out Fly Guy Presents: Sharks and Fly Guy Presents: Space.

For Ages: Grades 3 and up

Reviewed by: Maggie (Parr Library)

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1 to 20, Animals Aplenty

July 9, 2014

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by Katie Viggers

Inside the front cover of Katie Viggers’ 1 to 20, Animals Aplenty a baboon declares “Let’s count.” From there, a menagerie of animals represents numbers one through twenty, with a silly start at “1 fox in a pair of socks.” Viggers’ whimsical illustrations contain just enough detail to give you reason to linger over each and every page. Rhyming descriptions will elicit laughs. Definitely worth a look. If you enjoy it, try Viggers’ other book, Almost an Animal Alphabet.

1 fox in a pair of socks

Recommended for ages 3 to 7.

(Jocelyn, Davis Library)

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Half a Chance

July 8, 2014

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By Cynthia Lord

12-year-old Lucy loves photography and longs to have her talents noticed by her father, a famous nature photographer.  When the opportunity to enter a photography contest for young people arises, Lucy eagerly grabs it. Unfortunately, as Lucy discovers, there is one problem….her father is the contest judge which will probably make her ineligible.  However, with her father away for the summer on assignment shooting photographs in Arizona, Lucy decides to take this opportunity anyway and chronicle her summer at the lake in New Hampshire where they have recently moved.   Along with her new friend Nate, the boy from the cottage next door, Lucy captures photos of the family of loons on the lake, as well as, Nate’s family and their adventures kayaking and hiking the beautiful New Hampshire outdoors.  As Lucy comes to know Nate and his family, her camera unexpectedly reveals truths that his family doesn’t want to see – his beloved grandmother’s slow decline into Alzheimer’s.

The sweetness and honesty of Lucy’s captured moments on film emphasizes the importance of savoring every moment and enjoying it in the present – a lesson no one is ever too young to learn.

Recommended for grades 4 through 6.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

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Kid Picks: Special Summer Afternoon Edition

July 6, 2014

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