June 17

 

Sometimes you just want to go to the moon. Here are some fiction and nonfiction books about space, the moon, astronauts, and spacey people. Try one of these books; while they are targeted to new and developing readers, they may have appeal to a wider audience. Click on the title for location and availability.

Space cows by Eric Seltzer
The Moon's time to shine by Scott Emmons
Thorndyke Reading a Book

 

Hey Library People,

So many books exist in the world. It's hard to know which ones to read. If you might be interested in something lovely and hopeful, or funny and well-crafted, all about the importance of books and reading, try one of these books. I hope you like them as much as I do. They might look mostly for kids, but don't let that stop you from grabbing one. They're great even if you're old. I'm no spring chicken myself, and I love all of these.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

 

The book tree by Paul Czajak

When young Arlo accidentally drops a book on the Mayor's head, the Mayor decides books are dangerous and destroys all the books in town! But thanks to Arlo's imagination and perseverance, the Mayor finds that suppressing stories cannot stop them from blossoming more beautifully than ever. 

Thorndyke Bookface with Rapunzel

 

Hey Kids,

Books are amazing things. I love the stories and the illustrations and the feel of the pages and the sound of a good narrator. But have you ever tried to make yourself a part of a book? The #bookface trend gives you a chance to do just that. 

The goal: to make it look like you and the book are one. Choose a book with a cover or illustration that features a body part. Then, line up your body part with the book body and have someone snap a photo. If the image matches you in size, hold the book close to you; if the image is smaller than you, hold it farther away. To make it more realistic, you could even add costumes.

I took a #bookface photo with a great Rapunzel cover (pictured). But there are many book covers and illustrations that would make a great #bookface. I've listed a few below, but want to see other ones that you come up with!

Bear Hugs, 

Thorndyke

All of these titles have one thing in common, space. Dive in to read about an adventure in outer space, books about the solar system, and much more! 

Nonfiction

Space travel by Jerry (Consultant) Stone

Middle Grade

P.S. I miss you by Jen Petro-Roy
Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker

 

July 24th is National and International Private Investigator Day, apparently in honor of François Vidocq, one of the first in the profession. If you're looking to celebrate and have a keen nose for a story with a good Private Investigator, try one of these.

Titles are organized generally from youngest interest level to oldest, but every reader is different and may find titles that appeal to them throughout the list.

Mitzi Tulane may be only three years old, but she sure knows how to follow a trail of evidence and solve tough mysteries. From the strange happenings in the kitchen to the sudden arrival of every family member she's ever met, Mitzi pieces together the clues and (finally) realizes that she's . . . in the middle of her own surprise birthday party!

When Whobert Whover, owl detective finds Perry the possum lying still on the ground, he sets out to determine who is responsible for his condition and questions the nearby wildlife.

It doesn't matter if you are taking a long trip, or reading it chapter by chapter before bedtime, it is always great to enjoy a story together as a family. We have some fun suggestions below to read or listen to together this summer. 

Dragons in a bag by Zetta Elliott
A dash of trouble by Anna Meriano

Grandparents come in all shapes and sizes and ages and personalities. Although National Grandparents Day isn't until September, why wait to celebrate?

Check out a grandparent story to share: there are suggestions below. Or take a few minutes to call or write to your own grandparents, reach out to a friend who happens to be a grandparent, or spend some time remembering the grandparents you've known.

After disappointingly receiving a lemon tree from her grandma on her birthday, a young girl doesn't know what to do with it other than care for it and wait, but her patience eventually pays off.

A plan for Pops by 1968- Heather Smith
Also available in: e-audiobook

Lou visits his two grandfathers--Grandad, who is interested in technology, and Pops, who loves rock and roll--every Saturday, but things change when Pops falls and will have to use a wheelchair, so Lou comes up with an idea.

Pages