Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking

Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking
by Elin Kelsey (Author) and Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Look deep into the forests, skies, and oceans to explore how animals solve problems . . .

Snippet:
Problems are like sticker burrs.
They poke.
They prick.
They nag.

It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

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Juna’s Jar

Juna’s Jar
by Jane Bahk (Author) and Felicia Hoshino (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Juna and her best friend, Hector, have many adventures together, and they love to collect things in empty kimchi jars. Then one day, Hector unexpectedly moves away without having a chance to say good-bye.

Snippet: Juan was very sad. When she got home, her big brother, Minho, tried to cheer her up. He took Juna to Mr. Lee’s pet shop and bought her a small fish.

Juna watched the fish swim in her jar.

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My Bike

My Bike
by Byron Barton (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: After Tom describes all the parts of his bike, he rides the bike to work . . . at the circus!

Snippet:
I ride
my bicycle
to work.

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Dance Divas: Showstopper

Dance Divas: Showstopper
by Sheryl Berk (Author)

Booktalk: Anya is just getting used to being the newest member of the Dance Divas when her parents want her to move back home to L.A. to study dance “more seriously,” which means she may have to say goodbye to Divas forever. The timing couldn’t be worse. City Feet is back with a vengeance at the Smooth Moves Competition in Las Vegas. Without Anya, Miss Toni has to reshuffle the entire group number at the last minute (good thing it’s called “Deck of Cards”!). Meanwhile, mean Justine has a few tricks up her sleeve: her group dance is a magic act that promises to make all the competition disappear! Who will win? And what will happen to Anya?

Snippet:
“We’re in L.A. and you and your mother are in New Jersey. It’s not a good situation for any of us,” her father said, raising his voice. “We hoped you would be able to see and understand that.”

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The Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks
by Mark Stewart (Author)

Booktalk: It’s that time again! Who will win this year’s Stanley Cup? Read about your favorite hockey team in the Team Spirit series. Here is a snippet from The Chicago Blackhawks.

Snippet: There are many ways to win a championship in the National Hockey League (NHL). Some teams depend on superstars to carry them to victory. Others overwhelm opponents with wave after wave of hardworking skaters. Then there are the unexpected champions–the teams that make fans scratch their heads and wonder: How did they do that?

Nonfiction Monday

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Steampunk LEGO

Steampunk LEGO
by Guy Himber (Author)

Booktalk: Grab your brass goggles and join fictional explorer Sir Herbert Jobson as he travels the world cataloguing its technological wonders for Queen Victoria.

Snippet:

It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

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An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns

An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns
by Betsy R. Rosenthal (Author) and Jago (Illustrator)

Booktalk: A fun-filled romp through the animal kingdom introduces collective nouns for animals through wordplay (one of the three stages of poetry appreciation).

Snippet:
Do you ever wonder
what animals do
when they gather in groups
of more than two?

This week’s Poetry Friday Round-up is hosted by Life on the Deckle Edge.

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Bunnies!!!

Bunnies!!!
by Kevan Atteberry (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: When a friendly monster spots a group of bunnies in the woods, his delight is contagious! And when they’re gone, how he misses them so!

Snippet:
Bunnies?
Bunnies?
Bunnies?
Noooo bunnies.

See the book trailer.

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Finding Spring

Finding Spring
by Carin Berger (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: A baby bear cub named Maurice is curious about spring—and he’s upset when Mama tells him that before he can experience his first spring, he has to hibernate through his first winter! Mischievous Maurice decides to leave their warm den and go find spring for himself.

Snippet:
“Maybe you will dream about spring,”
Mama whispered.
Soon she was softly snoring,
but Maurice was wide awake.

“I will go find spring!” he said.

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Nature Recycles – How About You?

Nature Recycles – How About You?
by Michelle Lord (Author), Cathy Morrison (Illustrator)

Booktalk: From sea urchins in the Atlantic Ocean to bandicoots on the Australian savanna, animals recycle all over the world. Explore how different animals in different habitats use recycled material to build homes, protect themselves, and get food.

Snippet: A veined octopus lives in the Indian Ocean. He explores the ocean floor. Octopus finds empty coconut halves. He carries the coconut halves for later use. Poof! When the octopus senses trouble, he claps the coconut together and hides inside.

Nonfiction Monday

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