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Picture Book of the Day

A Storm Called Katrina

by Myron Uhlberg (Author) and Colin Bootman (Illustrator)

Booktalk: It is August 2005, and a hurricane named Katrina is bearing down on the Gulf Coast. See how Louis Daniel and his family cope with this natural disaster…

Finally the rain stopped, and everything got real quiet.
Daddy opened the door. “Water’s rising fast,” he said. “We’ve got to get out of here.”


Chapter Book of the Day

The Popularity Papers: Book Two: The Long-Distance Dispatch Between Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang
by Amy Ignatow (Author, Illustrator)
208 pages

Booktalk: After spending all of fifth grade studying popularity together, Julie and Lydia are finally ready to put their hard-earned lessons to use in junior high. But before they can, tragedy strikes: Lydia’s mom gets a job in London for six whole months! (A graphic novel journal)

Snippet: Today is the first day without Lydia, and until the Goldblatts hook up their computer I have no idea what she’s doing.


5 Great Books About Starting Preschool

Maisy Goes to Preschool
by Lucy Cousins (Author, Illustrator)
Maisy has a busy day with her friends at preschool. Picture book

My First Day at Nursery School
by Becky Edwards (Author) and Anthony Flintoft (Illustrator)
As the school day goes by, a girl misses her Mom less and less. Picture book

Preschool Day Hooray!
by Linda Leopold Strauss (Author) and Hiroe Nakata (Illustrator)
A rhyming look at the preschool day. Picture book

The Night Before Preschool
Natasha Wing (Author), Amy Wummer (Illustrator)
It’s the night before preschool and Billy can’t fall asleep. Picture book

What to Expect at Preschool
by Heidi Murkoff (Author) and Laura Rader (Illustrator)
Angus the Answer Dog answers questions about preschool. Picture book


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