Young Readers

Picture Book of the Day

The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister
by Linda Ravin Lodding (Author) and Suzanne Beaky (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Ernestine is in over her head. Monday through Sunday, Ernestine’s week is packed with after-school lessons—tuba, knitting, sculpting, water ballet, yoga, yodeling, and karate. Overwhelmed and exhausted, Ernestine decides to take matters into her own hands…

On Mondays she sculpted with Clay Lumpkin.
On Tuesdays she did water ballet with Miss Goldfisher.
On Wednesdays she knitted with Mrs. Pearl Stitchem.
On Thursdays she took tuba lessons with Mr. Oompah.
On Fridays she yodeled with Little Old Lady Hoo.
On Saturdays she studied karate with Grand Master HiYa!
And on Sundays she practiced yoga with Guru Prakash Pretzel.

BONUS! See the video!


**Linda is one of my former students!**


Chapter Book of the Day

Alice-Miranda at School
by Jacqueline Harvey (Author)
272 pages

Booktalk: Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones can’t wait to start boarding school. When she arrives at Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, the adventure begins . . . only not quite as Alice-Miranda expects. The minute she sets foot on the school’s manicured grounds, she senses that something is wrong: Miss Grimm, the headmistress, is nowhere to be seen, the gardens have no flowers, and a mysterious stranger seems to be hiding out on the premises.

Snippet: Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones waved goodbye to her parents at the gate.
“Goodbye, Mummy. Please be brave.” her mother sobbed loudly in return. “Enjoy your golf, Daddy. I’ll see you at the end of term.” Her father sniffed into his handkerchief.


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