Because of my superior location near the New Book shelves, I get first crack at the new items that come in, including the chapter books, the picture books, even nonfiction and biographies. Did you know that a biography is a book about a real person? Today I snuck a new biography about Peter Roget, the person who made Roget’s Thesaurus. Guess what? A thesaurus is not a dinosaur. It’s a list of words, and the ones that mean the same thing are all grouped together. Peter Roget always made lists of things, from when he was a very little boy, and one day those lists became his first thesaurus.You can even browse a version of Roget’s Thesaurus online.
The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator
Find other fascinating stories about real people in the J Biography section at the back of the Children’s Department, or ask a Children's Librarian.
Locomotive by Brian Floca
Flora and the flamingo by Molly Idle
Hey Kids. It's that time of year again. Monday, January 27th is the big day...the day they announce the winners of the 2014 Caldecott Award. Which means its time for me to blog about what books I think are in the running. I tell you, it was a tough field this year. I do not envy those people on the Caldecott committee one bit. But I do wonder if they'd consider letting a bear on the committee one of these years. Any who, as follows, in no particular order (okay...maybe it's in alphabetical order) are my picks.
Hank finds an egg by Rebecca Dudley — This wordless picture book tells the story of a friendly monkey helping an egg get back to its nest. The picture are photos of a handmade world. Photography and Arts and Crafts are two under represented art categories in Caldecott winners. Perhaps this is the year this changes?
Hey kids. Boy. Librarians sure like bears. They find them everywhere. Miss Ruth found one of my cousins at the Paradise Inn at Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington. Have you ever been to a National Park? They are all over the country and have some of the prettiest scenery. And you might just see some wild animals (like bears!) in their natural habitat. What makes Mt Rainier so special is that this beautiful mountain is actually a volcano! It hasn't erupted in a few thousand years though, so you don't have to be afraid if you visit. And it's so tall, you can actually see snow and glaciers on top, even in the summertime. Whoa, that's tall. As you can see, my cousin is in charge of the mail that all the tourists send home to their friends and family. I like mail too. That's a hint, in case you didn't pick up on it. I'd love to hear from you!
Hey Kids. Last time LB reported on his travels, he said he was off to earn his Back In Time Badge next. He did it by traveling to Pennsylvania (a state he's never visited before, yay!) to see Gettysburg, a battlefield from the Civil War. This is doubly interesting because the Battle of Gettysburg was fought 150 years ago, this past July. Want to learn more? There are lots of nonfiction books you can read, or you can check out:
I survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis ; illustrated by Scott Dawson — This is a series that is super popular at the library right now!
You might have to be put on hold for it. If you don't know how to do that, don't be afraid to ask one of my super helpful librarian friends. They love to help kids do that.Bear Hugs!
Hey Kids, Can you find LB in this picture? Those are some BIG chairs. And you know how much I like big stuff. They might even be too big for me. LB just got back from joining Mrs. Rebecca on a family golf trip up north. Hey--why do golfers wear 2 pairs of pants? Just in case they get a hole in one! Hee hee! I crack me up. Now LB's gotten me to be a bit of a golf geek. I am reading up on my game and biographies on famous golfers like Michelle Wie, Annika Sorenstam, and of course Tiger Woods. I've even practiced my game with a couple of Wii games. What does your family like to do for fun?
LB is off on another adventure. This time, he tells me, he is working on his Back in Time Badge. Wonder where he's headed?
Well I did it. I earned all 12 badges! Have you earned them all yet? And can I just say how impressed I am with how well you all are doing with CYS? Totallyawesome, I love reading about all the games you are playing (I may have to try RISK2210) and the sci-fi and LEGO books you are reading. You must totally be geeking out. Michelle 5128, I think it is so cool that you are doing CYS while you are on vacation! I love all the pictures you post. Ikumu_yumeko, I am soooo impressed with all the many books you are reading. And tjrapson, good job reading all those books yourself. You will be a great reader some day. Rileyann117, I see that you have earned quite a few badges by doing the library activities. That's a great, fun way to earn badges!
I can't wait to see what other CYS participants do to earn badges. You have just over 2 weeks to do so... before the big exciting, stupendous End of Summer Reading Celebration. What's going to happen at the big party? Let's just say you don't want to miss it. Keep up the good work
Connect Your Summer has been live for one month. How many badges have you earned? I about doubled the number of badges I earned over the course of last week. Now I have three left to earn: Curtains Up, Be Well, and My Mitten. What should I do? I'd love some suggestions on books to read, places to visit or activities to try. Send them to the comments below! Yes, it might just earn you one of those "secret badges" (That seems to be the magic word around here this summer! Funny, I always thought it was Abracadabra.) Then watch the blog to see what I did. Thanks in advance for all of your help.