Great Books

Picture Book of the Day

Me . . . Jane
by Patrick McDonnell (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Here is the story of a little girl named Jane who dreamed of a life helping animals and grew up to help change the world. (Childhood drawings of Dr. Jane Goodall are included in this biography.)

Snippet: Jane had a stuffed toy chimpanzee named Jubilee.

BONUS! See the video and hear the story behind the book!

The 2011 Cybils picture book fiction winner!

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Chapter Book of the Day

Stupid Fast
by Geoff Herbach (Author)
320 pages

Booktalk: My name is Felton Reinstein, which is not a fast name. But last November, my voice finally dropped and I grew all this hair and then I got stupid fast. Fast like a donkey. Zing!

Now they want me, the guy they used to call Squirrel Nut, to try out for the football team. With the jocks. But will that fix my mom? Make my brother stop dressing like a pirate? Most important, will it get me girls–especially Aleah?

So I train. And I run. And I sneak off to Aleah’s house in the night. But deep down I know I can’t run forever. And I wonder what will happen when I finally have to stop.

Snippet:
This could be a dark tale!
It’s not.
I don’t think so.
Maybe.
I can’t sleep. It’s 1:03 a.m. Almost September. The weather is warm, even though it’s football season. There’s a huge moon in the sky, but I can’t see it from the basement, where my bedroom is. I saw plenty.
Tonight.
Dark tale? My dad did commit suicide.
Not so dark? It’s me. I hop up and down.

BONUS! See the video!

The 2011 Cybils young adult book fiction winner!

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5 MORE Great Books About Presidents

Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig
by Stephen Krensky (Author) and Greshom Griffith (Illustrator)
Abe Lincoln is on his way to give an important speech when he comes across a pig stuck in the mud. What will he do? Level 2 easy reader

Abe Lincoln’s Hat
by Martha Brenner (Author) and Donald Cook (Author)
Abe Lincoln keeps all of his papers in his hat! Level 2 easy reader

Barack Obama: Out of Many, One
by Shana Corey (Author) and James Bernardin (Illustrator)
A skinny little boy with a funny name grew up to be President. Level 3 easy reader

George Washington and the General’s Dog
by Frank Murphy (Author) and Richard Walz (Illustrator)
George Washington is fighting in the American Revolution when he sees a lost dog on the battlefield. Level 3 easy reader

Thomas Jefferson and the Ghostriders
by Howard Goldsmith (Author) and Drew Rose (Illustrator)
One night young Thomas Jefferson visits the Native American burial mound near his house and thinks he hears ghosts. Level 2 easy reader
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February 2012 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

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