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Rosie Revere, engineer by Andrea Beaty

A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

Walking through his village, a young African boy finds the materials to make a special toy.

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.

Offers an illustrated telling of the story of Ada Byron Lovelace, from her early creative fascination with mathematics and science and her devastating bout with measles, to the ground-breaking algorithm she wrote for Charles Babbage's analytical engine.

Thorndyke the Bear

 

Hey Kids!

I've been settling into a new home over the last month. Many of you have already visited, but if you haven't seen my new digs, please drop by. All the old, fun things are still here - the tunnels, the fish, the tree, the books - and some great new resources to check out! I've even had my first houseguests: Mama Duck and her flock of ducklings will be staying until the little ones get big enough to fend for themselves in the great wide world. 

So please stop on by. Find a new reading spot, fill your water bottle at our new water fountain, and investigate the new layout. Can't wait to see you here!

Bear Hugs, 

Thorndyke

P.S. I've been reading a lot about ducks since the arrival of the ducklings. Check out some of the titles below.

 

Littl Tufty got lost during migration with her family. Yet she was rescued by a man.

Suggested biographies that fall between 100 and 150 pages.

The "Who was..." series.

The Wicked History series.

A biography of Nellie Bly, the pioneering journalist whose showy but substantive stunts skyrocketed her to fame.

Ada Lovelace by Gina Hagler

A computing pioneer.

Describes how the writer and naturalist set about recording in both word and image the birds of North America, and details the legacy his work has left behind.

Last week we lost one of the greatest American musicians of the Twentieth Century. But the music of Prince lives on. If you cannot find your favorite album in our audio collection, login to Hoopla Digital through our e-media page. Canton residents can stream or download a vast array of Prince albums and material using the Hoopla website or the app for smartphones and tablets. Celebrate his catalog and his love of life with us!

William Shakespeare was born sometime in April (no one is really sure of the exact date) and died on April 23, 1616. During his prolific production of plays and poetry, he's responsible for creating many words and phrases still used in the English language today. In his honor, check out some of these works inspired by the bard, some of which may be better suited for younger readers.

Picture of Shakespeare is Public Domain

Non-Fiction Featuring Shakespeare

Ira's Shakespeare dream by Glenda Armand

"A biography chronicling the life of Ira Aldridge, an African American actor who is considered to be one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of the nineteenth century"--.

Go green with these eco-friendly reads for kids!

Non-Fiction

Recycling, step by step by Jean Lundquist

Offers children a step-by-step overview of the recycling process, explaining what happens to each item after it goes to the recycling committee and why it is important to recycle.

Planet Earth by Daniel Gilpin

Manga-inspired illustrations present the scientific concepts that influence life on Earth and make them easier for children to understand.

Spring is just around the corner, so get yourself ready by checking out some of these great picture books all about the season!

And then it's spring by Julie Fogliano

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

Bunny bunny catkin by Cathy MacLennan

Celebrates the joys of spring with illustrations, rhythmic text, and fun-to-imitate sounds.

Finding spring by Carin Berger

Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring.

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There are a number of books that deal with similar stories or events in history that have been adapted for younger audiences. Several other topics are covered by multiple ages for multiple age ranges. Pick one of these for yourself and one for your child, and discuss aspects of history as a family.

 

 

Extraordinary Zoo Stories During WWII

When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw-- and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her.

An elephant in the garden by Michael Morpurgo

Lizzie and Karl's mother, Mutti, working at a local zoo in Dresden, Germany, during World War II while their father is away fighting in France, brings home Marlene, a baby elephant that is slated to be destroyed as the Allied bombing grows closer, and when they are forced to flee, Mutti feels they must take Marlene with them, adding even more danger to their journey.

Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Call it courage by Armstrong Sperry

Relates how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.

Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

The boy who dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

In October, 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hübener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

Cleopatra, daughter of the Nile by Kristiana Gregory

While her father is in hiding after attempts on his life, twelve-year-old Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become Queen of Egypt some day.

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