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This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Great Outdoors: Super Bookworm and Keep It Real: Super Bookworm badges.
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Use these resources as inspiration to get outside, observe your own backyard, and earn your Great Outdoors or Keep it Real bookworm badge.

Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of honeybees.

Planting the wild garden by Kathryn Osebold Galbraith

An exploration of the different ways seeds are dispersed into the environment.

Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of ladybugs.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Laugh It Up: Super Bookworm badge.
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If you love graphic novels, try the following suggestions to earn your Laugh It Up bookworm badge. Ideas about humor may vary, but each of these has laugh potential.

Little Dee and the penguin by Christopher Baldwin

After her park ranger father dies, Little Dee is swept off on an adventure with a group of animals as they try to protect their penguin friend from being eaten by a pair of hungry polar bears.

A collection of cartoons from the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes," celebrating the tenth anniversary of the strip's publication.

Also available in: e-book

Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Keep It Real: Super Bookworm and Laugh It Up: Super Bookworm badges.
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Human body theater by Maris Wicks

A humorous and informative skeleton introduces each system of the human body, gaining a layer of her "costume" by the end of each act, becoming a fully formed human by the end of the play.

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.

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"This fresh and very funny non-fiction picture book shares lots of fascinating facts about spiders in an entirely captivating way. If I'm Trying to Love Spiders doesn't cure your spider phobia, it'll at least make you appreciate how amazing they are...and laugh a lot as you learn about them."--.

"People, children especially, have been baffled, bewildered, and even outraged by the fact that Pluto is no longer called a planet. Through whimsical artwork and an entertaining dialog format, this book explains why this is so. Providing a history of the small, icy world from its discovery and naming to its recent reclassification, this book presents a fascinating look at how scientists organize and class our solar system as they gain new insights into how it works and what types of things exist within it. The book includes a glossary and bibliography"--.

Simple text and color illustrations introduce young readers to proper etiquette, depicting various settings in which children often find themselves, and highlighting appropriate behaviors in these settings.

The truth about poop by Susan E. Goodman

A compendium of fascinating, weird, and gross facts about excrement.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Game On: Super Bookworm and Keep It Real: Super Bookworm badges.
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In the midst of the 2016 presidential contest, learn more about the U.S. government, presidents, and candidates.

Introduces ten United States presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, George Washington, and JFK.

U.S. Presidents by Ken Jennings

A trivia book combines engaging facts about the American presidents with illustrations and skill-reinforcing quizzes.

What are elections? by Bobi Martin
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On a nature hike with her class, young Amelia Bedelia's literal-mindedness causes confusion along with some laughs.

Baaad sheep by Dosh Archer

When three sick sheep arrive at City Hospital with upset tummies, Dr. Glenda needs to find out what's wrong and make them feel better.

A collection of five stories about a family of silly people, based on noodle folklore from America, India, Japan, Korea, and the Arabian Nights.

Tales for very picky eaters by Josh Schneider

A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.

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Picture Books

A collection of poems that explore the life of Louis Fuertes and his sense of wonder when he painted living, flying birds in their natural habitats.

Beatrix Potter by Margaret Speaker-Yuan

Traces the life of Harriet Powers, who was born a slave in Georgia but spent the years after the Civil War providing for her family by creating elaborate pictorial quilts, earning her recognition as an African-American folk artist.

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Sleepless knight by James Sturm

The Knight and his trusty horse Edward go on a camping trip, but the Knight cannot sleep when he discovers he has left his beloved teddy bear behind.

The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, sets out to stop a group of librarians bent on destroying a shipment of video game systems, while a group of students known as the Breakfast Bunch provides backup.

When Phoebe meets a unicorn named Marigold who grants her one wish, Phoebe wishes Marigold would become her best friend, and the two set off on adventures big and small.

 

Did you miss our Monday Favorites Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

Read to tiger by S. J. Fore

A little boy who wants to read his book keeps being distracted by a tiger who is busy chomping on gum, growling, and practicing karate kicks.

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.

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