Ellen—School Age Librarian

  1. Jane Eyre & Wuthering Heights

    Jane Eyre
    Wuthering Heights

     

    The Little Miss Bronte series, part of the BabyLit book series published by Gibbs Smith, are an elegant way to introduce the youngest child to the world of classical literature.  Jane Eyre is a counting primer, and counts drawings, trees, pearls, and books, with quotes interspersed, such as "this book I had again and again perused with delight".

    Wuthering Heights is a weather primer, so for breezy, the quote is "the weather was sweet and warm" and for stormy we read, "the storm came rattling over the Heights in full fury." 

  2. Knit Your Bit

    Knit Your Bit

     

    "Knit Your Bit" was a slogan of the American Red Cross during World War I when the Red Cross decided there would not be enough warm clothes for the soldiers over the cold winter in Europe.  Men, women, and children began knitting for soldiers.  There really was a "knit-in" at Central Park in New York City on July 30, 1918, which is the setting for this fabulous historical fiction. 

  3. A Splash of Red

    A Splash of Red

     

    This outstanding non-fiction picture book for older readers tells the story of African American artist Horace Pippin.  A quote from the book: "Pictures just come to my mind...and I tell my heart to go ahead," is touching when you think of a child who did not have real art supplies of his own until he won a contest.  During World War I Horace was wounded in the right shoulder, and was unable to draw the way he had loved to so much. 

  4. Henry and the Cannons

    Henry and the Cannons

     

    In 1775, the British Army had settled in Boston, and General Washington had no way of getting them to leave.  Bookstore owner Henry Knox had the idea to retrieve 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga...in the middle of the winter.  This involved traveling over ice, snow, mountains, woods, lakes, and once in a while there was a road to follow.  After fifty days of traveling from Fort Ticonderoga, Henry arrived in Boston with all 59 cannons. 

  5. Love is in the Air

    Love is in the Air

     

    This adorable Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Early Reader about a red balloon and a yellow kite who fall in love is delightful.  The simple, brightly colored illustrations will attract young readers, and the story will soften the hardest of hearts.  The ending makes this librarian hope for some kind of sequel, either with kite and balloon again, or with another set of similar objects falling in love. 

  6. Around the Neighborhood:

    Around the Neighborhood:

     

    Around the Neighborhood: a Counting Lullaby is an adaptation of "Over in the Meadow", the classic folk song that was first written down in 1870.  A mother and her baby baby set off for a walk around the neighborhood, and see numerous animals that a child might normally see in their neighborhood, such as cats, crows, bees, or ladybugs.  The illustrations were produced digitally, and are easy to recognize, with bright colors galore.

  7. The Price of Freedom:

    The Price of Freedom:

     

    This superb factual tale of John Price is fascinating.  John Price escaped from slavery in January 1856.  After crossing the frozen Ohio River, he was in Ohio, was slavery was not allowed.  He wasn't completely safe though, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 allowed slave owners to capture their runaway slaves anywhere in the United States, even in states where slavery was against the law, like Ohio.  Canada was Price's destination; slavery was completely outlawed there.  Price stopped for the winter in Oberlin, Ohio.

  8. I Love Our Earth--Amo Nuestra Tierra

    I Love Our Earth--Amo Nuestra Tierra

     

    This bilingual poem by the late author of the famous Brown Bear, Brown Bear series, Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson tells some of the very descriptive reasons our Earth is so beautiful.  Dan Lipow's photographs are lush and bright with color.  The children featured in the pictures are from multiple cultures, although the photos do not identify them.  This book was recently successfully shared in a Spanish/English bilingual storytime.  For all ages.

  9. Are You a Cow?

    Are You a Cow?

     

    "HEY! I'm a chicken. Yes, it's true. Tell me!  Tell me!  What are you?"

    And so begins Are you a Cow? by Sandra Boynton, a fun call and response board book for the very youngest toddlers to enjoy.  Children will love answering the silly questions posed by the silly chicken with one of their favorite words (no).  And the book ends with the best message of all, that you are you.  This book deservedly received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, and receives high praise from this librarian.  For ages 1-3.   

  10. The Split History of World War II :

     

    In the Perspectives Flip Book series, readers look at critical times in history and in essence read two books, each looking at the time period from a variety of perspectives.  In this book, we start with the allies perspective, and when we flip the book we get the axis perspective.  The series currently includes a book about the American Revolution, the Civil War and about Westward Expansion.

  11. Meet Teddy Rex

    Meet Teddy Rex

    This Ready to Read Level One early reader tells the story of Teddy Rex, a new student at Dino School.  Teddy has a very loud roar, and has to be reminded to use his indoor roar.  He learns that at recess though, he can roar as loudly as he would like.  This early reader is gr

  12. Truck Parade

    Truck Parade

    In this fun Level 1 Starting to Read reader published by Stone Arch (Guided Reading Level E), Fire Truck and Tractor are getting ready for the big parade with the help of their friends Train and School Bus. They get clean and decorated, but they are missing something.  What could it be?  There are several early readers about these characters, which are just right for the child who is getting ready to read, plus loves transportation vehicles. 

  13. The Swing

    The Swing

    "How do you like to go up in a swing, up in the air so blue?

    Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing ever a child can do!"

  14. Mission Unstoppable

    "Mission Unstoppable" is the exciting first book in the Genius Files series by Dan Gutman.  Coke and Pepsi are twins who are being chased across the country by people who want to kill them!  In the first chapter alone, the twins are jumping off a cliff to save their lives...you want to know more, don't you? 

    This fun series is recommended for grades 5 and up.

  15. The First Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales

    First Adventures of Spider

    This early chapter book is an abridged version of the 1964 collection, “The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales” written by Joyce Cooper Arkhurst and illustrated by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King award winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney.  It’s part of the level 4 Passport to Reading series.  According to the i

  16. Ungifted

    Ungifted

    Middle school student and troublemaker Donovan Curtis is well known for his pranks around school.  Due to a big mistake and miscommunication, Donovan is transferred from his "normal" middle school to the "Academy for Scholastic Distinction" for highly gifted students.  Multiple characters, including adults, take turns telling the story, and it becomes clear than Donovan doesn't belong at ASD due to his ungifted status, but could it be that the students at ASD need Donovan, as he slowly leads them to normalcy?

  17. The French Fry King

    Roger, a long sausage dog, is looking for more meaning from life.  When life hands him potatoes, he creates a French fry stand, and his French fries become famous around the world.  But Roger worries that people only love him for his fries, and he looks for even more from his life.  When Roger meets Charlotte the Corn Cob Queen, a whole new adventure begins.  The illustrations are charming, and this book has been a hit with every school age group I've read it with.  A recipe is included at the back of the book.

  18. The Great Cake Mystery

    The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case (2012)

    Adults who love Alexander McCall Smith's Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series will be thrilled to introduce their children to Botswana's Precious Ramotswe. When items start to disappear from students' lunches, Precious is on the case, even defending the boy who everyone at first assumes to be the culprit. Unfamiliar words are defined and pronunciation guides are given. Illustrations only add to the charm of the story.

  19. The No. 1 Car Spotter

    The No. 1 Car Spotter (2012)

    Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is the Number One car spotter in his tiny African village, hence his nickname, No. 1. (In his free time, No. 1 and his grandfather like to identify cars by their sounds before they drive past). While he knows that things like skyscrapers, tap water, and electricity exists, in his village they can only dream of such luxuries. When the village's market cart breaks down, No. 1 comes up with a plan that saves the village and allows them to get to the market to sell their goods, involving an old broken-down Toyota Camry.

  20. Chloe and the Lion

    Chloe and the Lion (2012)

    Mac Barnett, author of the Brixton Brothers chapter book series, offers up an unusual look into how a book is written and illustrated. He writes about a girl named Chloe who is wandering through the forest. When illustrator Adam Rex decides to draw a dragon instead of the lion Mac has written about, Mac calls him out and fires him. He hires a new illustrator, Hank, who draws a lion which promptly eats Adam.

  21. Zoobreak

    Zoobreak

    The characters from Gordon Korman’s Swindle are back in Zoobreak, a novel about children fighting for animal rights.  When the kids visit a floating zoo, they discover that the animals are living in deplorable conditions and decide to break out the animals and bring them to another zoo.  A subplot featuring the disappearance of a main character’s pet monkey  brings excitement to the story.
    This moving, yet funny story is recommended for 5th grade and up, and younger for reading aloud.

  22. Gooney Bird Greene

    Gooney Bird Greene

    Gooney Bird Greene loves to be the center of attention (just like most second graders) and only tells absolutely true stories. Gooney Bird is an excellent storyteller and tells a new story to her classroom every day. What's interesting is how Gooney Bird shows that words can mean different things than you might expect, for example, how Gooney Bird moved to her new home from China in a minivan.
    A good book for second grade students who are ready for short chapter books.

  23. Lotta on Troublemaker Street

    Lotta on Troublemaker Street

    5 year old Lotta becomes angry with her mother when assigned to wear a scratchy sweater. She cuts the sweater up and runs away to find a new home. Her next door neighbor lets her set up a little house in the backyard, and Lotta decides she will live there forever. Lotta ends up going home in the end, of course! I like this short chapter book by the author of Pippi Longstocking, because I think so many children can relate to Lotta's anger.

    Recommended for 1st to 3rd grade students, younger for reading aloud.

  24. Stuart's Cape (The Amazing World of Stuart)

    Stuart's Cape (The Amazing World of Stuart)

    Stuart is getting ready to start the third grade and is very nervous. Will he make any friends? He decides he needs a cape to make things better and makes one by stapling together his dad's ties (not recommended!). Stuart has several grand adventures and by the end of the book is all ready to start school. This is by the same author as the Clementine series. Stuart is imaginative and uses his creativity wisely. This book has been re-released in 2010 as "The Amazing World of Stuart."
    Recommended for 2nd-4th grade students.

  25. The Princess Plot

    The Princess Plot

    In The Princess Plot, a German bestseller, Jenna is recruited to play the role of Princess Malena of Scandia in a new movie. She becomes suspicious when she finds herself impersonating the princess at a public event. What has happened to the real princess? A subplot involving rebels looking for equal rights in Scandia adds to the excitement.
    Recommended for 5th grade and up.

  26. A Very Babymouse Christmas

    A Very Babymouse Christmas

    In A Very Babymouse Christmas, the latest in the graphic novel series by Jennifer L.

  27. Annie and Snowball and the Cozy Nest

    Annie and Snowball and the Cozy Nest

    In the fifth book of their adventures, Annie discovers that birds are building a nest on her porch. Every day, Annie and Henry check on the nest to see who lives there. They discover a robin and five eggs residing in the nest! What will happen as Annie continues to check the nest? 

  28. Annie’s Adventures

    Annie’s Adventures
    In the Sisters 8 series, Annie is the oldest of the Huit Family Octuplets.  The eight girls and their eight cats discover that their parents have gone missing on New Year’s Eve, and embark on a mysterious adventure to find their parents.
  29. Elska

    Elska
    Elska is the first book in the Horse Diaries series.   The story starts with the birth of a new foal, Elska, and the story is told in Elska’s voice.  Elska is an Icelandic horse, living around 1000 AD in Iceland.   The story follows Elska as she meets humans who she learns to love.  The story is filled with fascinating facts about horses and Iceland and teaches new vocabulary.     
  30. The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour

    The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour

    In the first novel of this series, amateur detectives Sophie, Margaret, and Rebecca (the Red Blazer Girls) band together to discover the location of the Ring of Rocamadour.  They meet Ms. Harriman, who delivers the challenge to the three—they must follow clues and solve puzzles to discern the secret of the Ring.  The puzzles are given to the reader to try to solve before reading ahead.

  31. Sophie Simon Solves Them All

    Sophie Simon Solves Them All

    This humorous chapter book takes us in the life of 3rd grade student Sophie Simon. While Sophie is incredibly smart, she struggles with making friends. Sophie finds herself solving problems for her classmates that they have with their parents. The book includes “Sophie Simon’s Encyclopedia of Things She Can’t Believe You Don’t Know Already” and a recipe for Madagascar Ground Boa Taffy.
    For students in 3rd thru 5th grade.

  32. Life as a Viking: an Interactive History Adventure

    Life as a Viking: an Interactive History Adventure

    This interactive history adventure is part of Capstone Press’ You Choose series.  You the readers choose whether to experience a Viking raid, serve in a Viking army, or fight the last battles of the Vikings, with 24 possible endings.  This book is packed with adventure and the unknown.  Check out other You Choose books such as Life as a Knight,

  33. Pinkalicious: School Rules

    Pinkalicious: School Rules

    The picture books series about Pinkalicious is available as part of the “I Can Read” series. This Level 1 reader tells about Pinkalicious’ time at school. While Pinkalicious enjoys school, she thinks she would enjoy it more if Goldilicious, her unicorn, came to school with her. What will happen when Goldilicious visits the classroom? 
    Kindergarten and 1st grade students will enjoy read about Pinkalicious and Goldilicious.

  34. The Fenway Foul-Up

    The Fenway Foul-Up

    This series, Ballpark Mysteries, is for both baseball fans and mystery fans. In Fenway Foul-Up, a lucky bat is stolen, and Mike and Kate are on the case. Lots of baseball trivia for those who enjoy baseball. A second book in the series was released simultaneously.
    For students in 2nd to 4th grade.

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