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Hooray for Old Hollywood!

Long before Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were big names in the movies, actors such as Chaplin, Dietrich, Bogart, and Gable were considered the ultimate in star power. Read about some of the great actors and actresses who may be gone, but will certainly not be forgotten.

Robert Mitchum: "baby, I don't care" by Lee Server

Dark lover: the life and death of Rudolph Valentino by Emily W. Leider

Bogart by A.M. Sperber and Eric Lax

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.

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

The kids of the Academy of Planetary Evolution race from the Cenozoic era to the modern age, but when the Bone Wars of the late 1800s threaten to break over into modern times, Jenna, Caleb, and Ari find themselves in a fight alongside some of history's most notable figures as they race to ensure the safety of the world's history, and its future.

In 1941, ten-year-old Joseph Joffo and his older brother, Maurice, must hide their Jewish heritage and undertake a long and dangerous journey from Nazi-occupied Paris to reach their other brothers in the free zone.

 

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

Courtney Crumrin and her family move into the Victorian mansion of their rich uncle, Professor Aloysius Crumrin, and almost immediately she encounters strange creatures in dark corners that her uncle refers to as "Night Things."

 

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Ariol. 3, Happy as a pig... by Emmanuel Guibert

Ariol, a twelve-year-old donkey living in the suburbs, has mischievous adventures with his best friend, Ramono, who is a pig with a snout like an electrical socket.

In these fictionalized accounts of the true stories of three people who made separate attempts to travel around the world in the late nineteenth century, you'll learn about Thomas Stevens, who made the journey on a bicycle, reporter Nellie Bly, who used conventional methods of travel, and sea captain Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail around the world alone.

 

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Apocalypse bow wow by James Proimos

Apollo and Brownie are unaware that the apocalypse is at hand, but when their owners do not return and they run out of food and water, the dogs venture into the world, where they team up with a police dog, a flea that quotes Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and others in an attempt to survive.

Ariol. 2, Thunder horse by Emmanuel Guibert

Ariol knows he's just like his hero in every way: brave, er . . . handsome, and . . . um . . .tall? Well, maybe Ariol has a ways to go, but that's not going to stop him from doing everything he can to grow up and become just like the guardian of the stars! 

 

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Meet Ook and Gluk, the stars of this sensationally silly graphic novel from the creators of Captain Underpants! It's 500,001 BC, and Ook and Gluk's hometown of Caveland, Ohio, is under attack by an evil corporation from the future. When Ook, Gluk, and their little dinosaur pal Lily are pulled through a time portal to 2222, they discover a future world that's even more devastated than their own. 

Backpack stories by Kevin O'Malley

You don't think much about your backpack. It's just kind of dirty and crammed with stuff. But wait - did you know the backpack has a history? That it could be a superhero's secret weapon? Or an exploding science experiment? Or even a living creature of immense proportions?

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Arf and the metal detector by Philip Wooderson

When a package for his neighbor shows up at his house, Arf has to see what's inside. The package leads him to more trouble including the discovery of a couple of crooks and buried treasure.

Chi's sweet home. Vol. 4 by Kanata Konami

Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who on a leisurely stroll with her family finds herself lost and alone. Seperated from the warmth and protection of her mother, she desperately attempts to reunite with her family of feral cats. When the kitten feels all hope is lost, she is found in a park by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. 

 

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Baxter the Tweeting dog by Doreen Mulryan Marts

Baxter's friend Lucy is missing, and so he begins "Twoofing," the dog equivalent of "Tweeting," with all of the neighborhood pups, who find clues to her whereabouts while going about their daily routines.

Bean Dog and Nugget : the ball by Charise Mericle Harper

Bean Dog and Nugget lose Bean Dog's shiny new ball in a bush. They dream up elaborate and silly ways to get it back while they argue about who is actually going to go and get it.

 

Looking for a good read in a comic book style? Try checking out one of these graphic novels. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

This collection of graphic novel adaptations of popular fables includes the tales of the hare and the tortoise, the boy who cried wolf, the town mouse and the country mouse, and the grasshopper and the ants.

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