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Books to Enjoy

Ducklings by Marfe Ferguson Delano

Introduces wood ducks, describing their life cycle, physical characteristics, diet, and behaviors.

Make way for ducklings by Robert McCloskey

A family of mallard ducks searches for a new home in Boston.

Finding the best books for middle school ESL students can be especially tough. You want to empower your students/children as English readers and not scare them away with difficult texts. But you also want books to be meaningful and enjoyable to read.

Below you will find a list of novels that should connect with intermediate readers. A number of them will be culturally relevant books that should also appeal to ESL middle school students. If you've had success with any of these books, please let us know down below in the comments.

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth

When twelve-year-old Seema moves to Iowa City with her parents and younger sister, she leaves friends and family behind in her native India but gradually begins to feel at home in her new country.

Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

Whether becoming or simply being a teenager, there are a number of challenges and issues that tweens and teens face as they make their way through the junior high and high school years.  The titles below tackle these pressures and challenges in fictional accounts and nonfiction guides.

Fiction

The titles below address teen pressures through fictional narratives, as characters confront peer pressure, bullying, mental health issues, and other life challenges.  Suggested grade levels are provided based on professional reviews.

Enjoyed the 5th Wave, or Divergent? Try one of these:

All our yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

"Em must travel back in time to prevent a catastrophic time machine from ever being invented, while Marina battles to prevent the murder of the boy she loves"--.

In the After by Demitria Lunetta

In a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems, seventeen-year-old Amy and Baby, a child she found while scavenging, struggle to survive while vicious, predatory creatures from another planet roam the Earth.

Get out your fanciest hats and get ready to watch the Kentucky Derby either in person or on the television. There will be some beautiful horses racing that day so be sure to tune in to NBC at 2.30 p.m. The official Kentucky Derby website has lots of great information on this long standing tradition. Be sure to stop into the library and check-out our wonderful resources on horses and the Derby.

Kentucky Derby by Sue L. Hamilton

Looks at the notable jockeys, horses, and moments in the history of the Kentucky Derby, and describes the rules, strategies, and dangers of horse racing.

"A biography of Jimmy Winkfield, who battled racism and other obstacles on the road to becoming one of horseracing's best jockeys and, in 1902, the last African American to win the Kentucky Derby"--Provided by publisher.

Hey Kids,

You may have seen or heard the news that we have new eggs in our library nest. Mother ducks were spotted laying eggs in our Children's Department courtyard again, and if all goes well we look forward to welcoming baby ducks. While we wait for further action, might I suggest looking for a few ducky stories? Some recommendations - both fiction and nonfiction - are below. If you find one you especially enjoy, I bet the ducks in the courtyard (or me, the big friendly bear right next to them) might enjoy listening to you read it.

Bear hugs,

Thorndyke

Ducklings by Marfe Ferguson Delano

Introduces wood ducks, describing their life cycle, physical characteristics, diet, and behaviors.

It's here---National Library Week! Every year, there is a special week in April to celebrate our favorite place in the whole, wide world--Libraries. This year it is April 9 to 15 and it is a wonderful week that has been celebrated since the mid-fifties. For more information on how this week of awesome came about, check out the information provided by the American Library Association (ALA)  http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/factsheets/nationallibraryweek.  Be sure to stop in and visit the Canton Public Library and thank a Library worker, check out a book, or enjoy one of the many free programs we have available. :) In fact, here are some great new books that can't wait to come home with you!

Living with her warden father in an apartment above a 1950s county prison, Cammie O'Reilly struggles to come to terms with the loss of her mother, who died saving her from harm when she was a baby, and interacts with some of the reformed inmates, including one who makes a staggering sacrifice..

Life on Mars by Jon Agee

"A young astronaut is trying to find life on Mars, but he's made a very big oversight"--.

The Spur Awards are annual literary prizes awarded by the Western Writers of America (WWA). The Spur Awards honor writers for distinguished writing about the American West. The Spur awards began in 1953, the same year the WWA was founded.

Historical Fiction Winner

Below you will find a suggestions of crossover titles. Stories that are told in verse: not rhyming poems and not dense prose, these books live in their own category. Click on each title for description and availability.

Another day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Susie is jealous when her brother is deemed a town hero, so she finds solace in the poetry and reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson.

Little cat's luck by Marion Dane Bauer
Also available in: e-book

A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.

Explains the meaning of Japanese culture which is found in eight traditional handicrafts and provides instructions for creating them. Includes a list of materials needed.

Presents step-by-step instructions for creating nine handicraft projects inspired by Indian art, including ankle bells, a henna key chain, and a Diwali bowl.

Presents step-by-step directions for drawing the national flag, a castle, a stork, and other sights and symbols of Germany.

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