Kid Picks

April 13, 2014 by

Title: Mark of Athena

Author: Rick Riordan

What I thought about it: This book is full of adventure and I love it.

Reviewed by: Kay Shin Pua




Title: Ride Fly Guy Ride

Author: Tedd Arnold

What I thought about it: What I liked best about this book is fly guy get flew to alot of places by someone or something.

Reviewed by: A’Teya Leonard



Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Author: J.K. Rowling

What I thought about it: It is funny adventures and catches my senses

Reviewed by: Anonymous




Title: Bake Sale

Author: Sara Varon

What I thought about it: I like the part when cupcake goes to the sauna and her wrapper peals off.

Reviewed by: Michelle Kim




Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

What I thought about it: When all the kids start being nice to Auggie and Auggie becomes the new hero around.

Reviewed by: Chelsea




Title: Wings of Fire (Series)

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

What I thought about it: Dragons haves to stop a raging war by tribes. Mudwings, Seawing, Sandwing, Ice wing, rainwing, skywing, and Nightwing.

Reviewed by: Sanjana




Title: Barnum’s Bones

Author: Tracey Fern

What I thought about it: The best thing is that time when this guy finds some cool fossils.

Reviewed by: Anonymous

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Here Comes the Easter Cat

April 11, 2014 by

here-comes-the-easter-catHere Comes the Easter Cat
by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda

Cat doesn’t understand why everybody loves the Easter Bunny so much.  Sure, he brings everyone chocolate eggs, but that can’t be that hard…right? When Cat figures out how hard that job is – and discovers that the Easter Bunny never has time for a nap – he finds a way to help instead of just being jealous.

This fun, humorous picture book is written as if the narrator is having a conversation with Cat, but all of Cat’s responses are nonverbal and only suggested in the illustrations.  This is makes it a wonderful story to use as an exercise in “reading” the pictures in a book.  Each illustration of Cat suggests half of a conversation and half of the narrative in the book.  Take time with your little one and let them tell YOU what Cat is thinking and saying, and enjoy the humor that follows!

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Momo and Snap are NOT friends!

April 10, 2014 by

Momo and Snap are NOT friendsMomo and Snap Are Not Friends!

By Airlie Anderson

Momo and Snap Are Not Friends is a story about two different animals that happen to cross paths, and when they do they engage in a competition of sorts. They battle it out to see which one of them is more ferocious. Through several rounds, Momo the monkey and Snap the alligator go head to head testing their strength and their growls. But that’s not all, they also compete to see who is better at juggling, drawing, swimming, fishing and running. It’s a grueling competition that gets interrupted by a pack of hungry lions. But only Snap sees them coming. Thinking on his feet, Snap does the only thing he can think of. He runs in the opposite direction, but not before scooping up little Momo. And thus begins a  warm friendship.

I love everything about Momo and Snap are NOT friends, it’s such a great story with two adorable characters. What I love the most about this picture book is the style in which it is written. There are no words, the entire story unfolds through pictures and sounds that Momo and Snap make. It’s a fun read, especially when read aloud!

Recommended for ages 3-8.

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Baby Sign Language – Hungry

April 9, 2014 by

Babies develop motor skills before they develop the ability to speak. Teaching your baby sign language opens the door to communication, leading to more fun and less frustration!

Please join us for Babes in Arms – rhymes, books, music, and sign language for children aged 0-9 months.

Davis Library: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Haggard Library: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

See you at storytime!

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The Magic Bojabi Tree

April 8, 2014 by

The Magic Bojabi TreeThe Magic Bojabi Tree

By Dianne Hofmeyr

Illustrated by Piet Grobler

All of the animals of Africa are hot and hungry. They want the beautiful fruit from mysterious tree, but it is guarded by the biggest python they have ever seen. The python tells them they can eat the fruit if they name the tree, and the king of the beasts is the only one who knows the name. Sending zebra and monkey and elephant for the name ends in disaster as they forget the name on the way back. They try a bunch of silly words, but the python won’t budge. By the time turtle takes his turn, the king of the beasts is angry at being woken so many times. Still, turtle gets the name and makes up a rhyme to help him remember.

The Magic Bojabi Tree is an old African story that has many different versions. It’s a fun read for little ones that like catchy rhymes. I recommend reading the turtle’s song together so everyone can sing it during the story. With quirky, colorful paintings The Magic Bojabi Tree is sure to inspire giggles.

Recommended for ages 4-7

Nicki P. (Schimelpfenig Library)

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

April 7, 2014 by

Clapping along to rhythms helps children hear the syllables in words and helps them improve motor skills.



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Kid Picks

April 6, 2014 by

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Author: Jeff Kinney

What I thought about it: What I liked best about this book is that it is really funny and it’s has alot of picters in the book.

Reviewed by: A’Teya Leonard




Title: The Serpents Shadow

Author: Rick Riordan

What I thought about it: It has lots of Egyptian magic and Egyptian mythology.

Reviewed by: Nurije




Title: Dance Class. 6, A Merry Olde Christmas

Author: Beka

What I thought about it: I like when the old lady sings opera.

Reviewed by: Cathy




Title: Giants Beware!

Author: Jorge Aguirre

What I thought about it: I like the part when Marie lays on a bed and pretends she can feel a pea but there is no pea!

Reviewed by: Michelle Kim



Title: Wonder

Author: R.J. Palacio

What I thought about it: I absolutely love this book because, it is so discriptive and it is about bullying and gives us a message not to do it. Also I was stuck on this book as soon as I got it.

Reviewed by: Christine Kim



Title: Nickel Bay Nick

Author: Dean Pitchford

What I thought about it: It was funny

Reviewed by: Madison Harris




Title: Happy Birthday Bad Kitty

Author: Nick Bruel

What I thought about it: Kitty’s B-day and her mom come’s.

Reviewed by: Ella Points

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A Walk in Paris

April 4, 2014 by

A Walk in Paris

By Salvatore Rubbino

A little girl and her grandfather take a walking tour through the city of lights spotting all the famous landmarks and enjoying the French culture and food in this delightful book by Salvatore Rubbino. The amazing illustrations are realistic and you feel as though you are on the journey with the little girl.

It is my dream to visit Paris and see all the sights the little girl and her grandfather saw. What I loved most about this book besides the amazing illustrations are the factoids and tips that accompanied the story on each page. These facts included French translations, history of the city and locations of landmarks. I have learned so much! By the way did you know thirty-seven bridges cross over the river Seine? Cool, huh!

For ages 5 and up

Make sure to check out A Walk in London and also A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino.

Reviewed by Maggie (Parr Library)

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Trash to Treasure: A Kid’s Upcycling Guide to Crafts

April 3, 2014 by

Trash to Treasure: A Kid’s Upcycling Guide to Crafts

by Pam Scheunemann

 This ultimate craft guide puts a new spin on recycling.  Kids learn to make trash out of treasure and be creative with the most unlikely recycled objects. They can create anything from earbud wire covers, to game piece jewelry, to cupcake tiers, and even a beautiful gazing ball made using a bowling ball and flat iridescent marbles. The possibilities for expression and creativity are endless.

This is such a great way to draw out not only creativity but an awareness of reusing and recycling. Trash to Treasure gives unique tips and how-to instructions, accompanied with vivid pictures of each actual craft. If you want to do something good and environmental friendly Trash to Treasure is a must read. Recommended for 4th grade and up.














(Pictured Above: Scrap Paper Curtain pg. 30)

Annette (Davis Library)

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Seven Stories Up

April 2, 2014 by

Seven Stories Up CoverSeven Stories Up

By Laurel Snyder

12-year-old Annie Jaffin has always wanted to meet her grandmother but never has.  Unfortunately Annie’s mother has always wanted to keep them apart and Annie has never been able to understand why.  That is, until the day her mother is summoned to Baltimore to say her final “good-bye” to Annie’s grandmother who is very ill and possibly dying.  As it turns out, Annie’s mother has been protecting her from her grandmother who is a mean, spiteful and angry person even on her death bed. After a particularly awkward first meeting, Annie is hurried off to bed and is magically transported in her sleep to a hotel room in 1937.  There she meets another young girl her own age named Molly, whom she soon discovers is her grandmother as a young girl.  Without revealing their relationship, Annie becomes close friends with Molly and slowly uncovers her grandmother’s past and reasons for her behavior as they experience adventures together throughout Baltimore in the 1930’s.

Seven Stories Up is a skillfully written story of family relationships, friendship, historical fiction and time travel. Sprinkle it with magical realism and you have a finished product that grabs at the heart strings, pulls you in and doesn’t let go. I love the thought of going back in time and meeting my grandmother (or mother) as a young girl. Snyder handled it beautifully from beginning to end. I loved it!

Highly recommended for grades 4 through 6.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)


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