Tuesday, January 27, 2015

If You Like Frozen....

 If you're a fan of Disney's Frozen then you'll love these great Frozen books and read alikes.

Board Books
Ladybug Girl Ready for Snow by David Soman
Olaf adapted by Courtney Carbone
Kristoff & Sven adapted by Courtney Carbone
Anna adapted by Courtney Carbone
Elsa adapted by Courtney Carbone

Beginner Readers
A Tale of Two Sisters by Melissa Langonegro
Olivia and the Snow Day adapted by Farrah McDoogle
Ana's Best Friends by Christy Weber
Winter Wishes by Apple Jordan

Picture Books
Anna's Act of Love and Elsa's Icy Magic by Lisa Marsoli
The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles in the Snow by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton
Frozen by Art Mawhinney
Willow and the Snow Day Dance by Denise Brennan-Nelson
Frozen by Bill Scollon
A Sister More Like Me by Barbara Jean Hicks
The Snow Queen: A Retelling of the Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Anderson
Maple and Willow Together by Lori Nichols

The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis
Snow Princess by Ruth Sanderson
The Wide Awake Princess by E.D. Baker
Ella Enchanted the  by Gail Carson Levine
Winterling by Sarah Prineas
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
The Kingdom Keepers Series by Ridley Pearson

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mrs. Julie's Favorite Picture Books of 2014 (at least the ones I could think of)

Okay, these books are in no particular order and I know that as soon as a post this list I will think of a million more amazing books. But here a few that I can think of that just really made my day. Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite books of 2014!

This Book Just Ate My Dog –Seriously Clever 

This is a moose by Richard T. Morris – So funny
Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker –Heart warming and very relateable
Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton -Please check out every book of his!!!
The Book With NoPictures by B.J. Novak –and now for something completely different!
When the Wind Blew by Alison Jackson - Once upon a windy day!
 Hands and hearts by Donna Jo Napoli –In love with this!
 Quest by Aaron Becker –So cool you’ll look at it again and again to find new bits.
 Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett – It’s Mac Barnett so you know you will love it!

Waz Dot? By Michael Slack Read this like a robot!
 Hug Machine by Scott Campbell – Hilarious
 Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece by Patricia Polacco – Teachers are amazing!
 I’m My Own Dog by Ezra Stein – Doggone cute! 
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginably Friend by Dan Santat –Imaginary friends have problems too.
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli –What happens when you swallow a seed?!
 Circle Square Moose by Paul O. Zelinsky – This shaped up to be a great book.
 Flashlight by Lizi Boyd – Clever and different.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Title: The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Illustrator: None
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 223
Reading Level: Ages 11 - 14
Series: No
Reviewer: Sandy

Imagine a perfect society with no pain, no war and no illnes. Sadly, this is a world without color, memory or family connections as well. Lois Lowry wrote this controversial and thought provoking book in 1994 and it was chosen as the Newbery Award Winner.
At the annual Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is assigned the job of Receiver and will be working with The Giver,who holds all the memories of their society. It is a very heavy burden and as he transfers good and bad memories to Jonas, Jonas begins to realize what it means to have no choices. He also finds out that some people are "released" when they are very old or as infants who don't seem to fit into their rigid society.  Jonas comes up with a plan to escape and take a small child ,who is to be released, with him. This book was our Family Book Club choice for January.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

All Four Stars

Title: All Four Stars
Author: Tara Dairman
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 273
Reading Level: Grade 4-6
Interest Level:  Age 9-12
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim

Eleven year old Gladys Gatsby is a foodie and cook. Which is hard to do when your parents only want to eat fast food every night.  Gladys gets caught when she sets the kitchen on fire trying to make creme brulee using her dad's blowtorch and is banished from the kitchen.  When her class has an opportunity to write an essay for the New York Standard newspaper she decides to write hers as a letter to the food critic.  A mistake is made and she has an opportunity to write a restaurant review for the paper! The problem is she has to travel to New York City to review the restaurant without her parents knowing! Using her wits and talents and a little help from her new friend next door Sandy, Gladys has a great and hilarious adventure and all for the love of food.  This is a great book for foodies young and old!  

Rain Reign

Title: Rain Reign
Author: Ann M. Martin
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 223
Reading Level: Grade 4-6
Interest Level: Age 9 and up
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim

Once again, Ann M. Martin delivers a wonderful, heart-wrenching but poignant book that is sure to capture readers from the beginning.
Rose Howard is a 12 year old girl who has been diagnosed with high-functioning autism.  She is obsessed with homonyms, rules and numbers.  Especially homonyms.  The book is written from her point of view, so there are homonyms in parentheses throughout the book.
Rose lives with her father and her dog Rain.  Her father, teachers and classmates do not understand her.
When a hurricane makes land, her dog gets lost and Rose is forced to go out of her comfort zone and routines to find her.
This book is so good and I cried buckets as I was cheering on Rose and Rain throughout.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Family Book Club, Jr. Makes a Change

Title:  Family Book Club, Jr.
         Makes   A   Change

Reviewer:  Clarice

Have you ever thought about reading a Classic, but didn't know where to begin?  We might be able to help you!  On Monday night, January 5th The Family Book Club, Jr. will be taking a brief look at several classics - some older and some newer.  Imagine arriving at a train station to pick up a boy to help on your farm and finding an adorable red head named Anne Shirley - who becomes known as Anne of Green Gables; or delving into Meg Murray's life.  Her father has disappeared and she is not sure when or if he will return.  Or how about a read about Annemarie Johansen who grew up in Copenhagen at the end or World War II.  Don't fret that all these classics are about girls - we also have Harry Potter - which requires no explanation, Peter, in Peter and the Starcatchers, the prequel to Peter Pan, and Percy Jackson who is about to be kicked out of boarding school again in the Lightning Thief.  For those of you who are partial to books about animals we also will look at a couple of classics that include a mouse and of course one about a dog.

Come join us to review the classics, listen to a couple chapters and do a couple of activities.  And of course, you will be able to check out any of these classics or other books by the same authors.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sight Words

If your child is entering kindergarten or is already in kindergarten, getting a head start on learning or practicing sight words is an important step on their way to becoming a great reader. Check out this list of DVDs and books below to give you some help.

          Meet the Sight Words 2

          WordWorld. To The Rescue