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Did you miss our Superhero Storytime at the Farmer's Market this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own super storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

Kermit Versus Thorndyke Smackdown

 

Hey Kids,

Ever wondered whether a mosquito could take on a great white shark? Me neither. But now that you're thinking about it, how do a mosquito and a great white match up? If you're curious about this and other animal matchups, check out some of the books below. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

This title has lots of different matchups, if you just can't make a choice.

A collection of graphic novels featuring LGBTQIA+ characters and creators: light, dark, funny, sweet, introspective, nostalgic, triggering, romantic, artsy, revolutionary, representative. 

Generations by artist 1988- Flavia Biondi

Coming out as a young gay man in a provincial country town had led to ugly clashes with his conservative father, and the urban metropolis of Milan had been a welcome change from the stifling small town life of his childhood and the anger and bewilderment of some members of his family. But now, Matteo finds himself with little choice but to return home, with no money, no job, and an uncertain future, like so many other young people of his millennial generation. Afraid of encountering his estranged father, he instead takes refuge with his extended family, at a house shared by his grandmother, three aunts, and his very pregnant cousin. 

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin

When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

On Sunday, June 16th we celebrate our dads on Father's Day. But what does it mean to be a dad? Fatherhood and the role of dads have in the family unit has changed over the years. Today's generation of dads are more involved in childcare and sharing responsibility of household chores. Dads do matter. Here's some resources that sheds light on redefination of fatherhood. 

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood. As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the "firsts" that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn't shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop. In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life.

Fatherhood caught David McGlynn by surprise. His sons arrived in quick succession--the first when the author was a dirt-poor student and the second not long after he'd moved his family across the country to start a new job in bucolic Wisconsin. As a result, McGlynn found himself colliding with fatherhood, at once scared to death and utterly thrilled. Just like many new fathers, he hopes he's doing the right thing--but he's never quite sure. One Day You'll Thank Me translates the small, often hilarious moments common among parents of young children, especially dads, into "life lessons" about fatherhood. Comprised of interconnected chapters--many of which have appeared in such prominent publications as The New York Times,Men's Health,Parents,Real Simple, and O, The Oprah Magazine--the stories invoke a sense of humor and honesty that expand our understanding of what it means to be an American dad.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of several unforgettable events in American history - the Moon landing and Woodstock to name just a few. Check out some of the following resources to learn more about the highlights - and the lowlights - of this tumultuous year.

Grumpy Cat, whose grumpy look brought some much joy to the Internet, has died. Her family announced on Friday morning that despite all efforts to save her, she succumbed to complications from a recent urinary tract infection. She was 7 years old. Grumpy Cat's popularity reached millions of fans from all over the world. Her disgruntled look of contempt and disdain launched a million memes. We'll miss Grumpy Cat but her legacy and spirit will always live on!

Grumpy Cat is about to have the most unhappy birthday ever--and that's just the way she likes it! The world-famous feline stars in this hilarious leveled reader, with all-new full-color illustrations. It is sure to delight boys and girls ages 4 to 6, as well as Grumpy Cat fans of all ages! Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories, for children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.

Dynamite proudly presents the comic book misadventures of Grumpy Cat, featuring "The World's Grumpiest Cat" and her brother, Pokey! With her ever-present pout and sassy disposition, Grumpy Cat has won the hearts of people everywhere. Now, her unbearable cuteness and infectious sourpuss are featured in an all-new, all-sensational collection of comic stories, sure to make fans of all ages laugh! If you love the memes, the videos, and that irresistible scowl, then get ready for the wildly fun antics of Grumpy Cat and Pokey!

 

If you enjoyed reading about Saige Copeland or Tenney Grant, two American Girl characters who believe in the importance of art and music, you might enjoy these other books about the arts. 

Fiction

Confusion is nothing new by Paul Acampora

Fourteen-year-old Ellie Magari's mother left shortly after Ellie was born, and now her mother has died, and Ellie does not know exactly how to feel about that. She is determined, with the help of her friends in the marching band (where she plays the glockenspiel), to make some kind of connection with her mother's memory.

 

Did you miss our Music Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own tuneful storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

Because by Mo Willems

Peace and love go hand in hand.  We enjoyed reading and talking about both of those topics today in Family Storytime. After reading some of these wonderful books, be sure to get out into the world and spread the peace, love, and kindness we all have inside us.  Happy reading!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Enjoy kids books about science, germs, and the human body? Try one of these:

Inside your germs by 1979- Karin Halvorson

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