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Historical Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride by story by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; pictures by Brian Selznick

Knit your bit: a World War I story by Deborah Hopkinson ; illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

Desmond and the very mean word: a story of forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams ; illustrated by A.G. Ford

Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming ; pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Need more suggestions? See this list of Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

Graphic novels for older girls!

The secret valley by Jeff Weigel

Adventure time ; pixel princesses by created by Pendleton Ward ; written by Danielle Corsetto ; illustrated by Zack Sterling with Tessa Stone, Corey Lewis, Chrystin Garland, Paulina Ganucheau ; inks by Stephanie Hocutt and Aubrey Aiese ; tones by Amanda Lafrenais ; letters by Kel McDonald ; "The mind of Gunter" by Meredith McClaren ; tones by Amanda Lafrenais

Jane, the fox & me by Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault ; translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

Ernest & Rebecca. [1], "My best friend is a germ" by Guillaume Bianco, writer ; Antonello Dalena, artist ; Cecilia Giumento, colorist ; [Joe Johnson, translation]

The Dare! Detectives. Vol. 1, "The snow-pea plot" by Ben Caldwell ; additional colors and inks by Bill Hallier and Mike Mucci

Graphic Novels for Girls

Britt Wilson's cat dad, king of the Goblins by Wilson, Britt, artist, author

Spirited away. Vol. 1 by written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Hilda and the bird parade by Luke Pearson

Pippi fixes everything by Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman ; translated by Tiina Nunnally

Comics Squad: recess! by edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka ; comics by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight, Gene Luen Yang

Babymouse. Vol. 1, Queen of the world! by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2-3 PM.

Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, March 28, 2015, 2-3 PM.

March is Reading Month Open Mic Night

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child" (Dr. Seuss).

Come one, come all! To celebrate March is Reading Month, we are hosting an open mic night for readers of all ages. We want you to bring in your favorite family-friendly short passage, poetry or picture book, step up to the mic and share with other literature lovers in the library. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

March is Reading Month celebrations will continue as we pick up a book and read to you. We'll celebrate our love of reading by sharing some of our favorite picture books for older children as well as a few chapter book excerpts. All ages are encouraged to stop by for a listen.
[rev reading at oceeaa by sanzibar is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

African American Children's Fiction

February is National African American History Month, and we've put together a series of suggestions for children's reading materials. These are chapter books featuring African American characters. Several titles are distinguished by being honored with or winning the Coretta Scott King Award, which is given annually to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Also on this list are several authors that have been honored or won the Newbery Award, awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in the previous year.

NOTE: Children read at different levels at different times in their lives. It is up to the child and their parent to determine which of these suggestions are appropriate for them.

 

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Winner of the 2015 Newbery Award and recognized as a 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, this novel in verse follows twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

No Tutoring February 16-February 27

There will be no NHS tutoring February 16, 17, or 19 due to midwinter break.  Tutoring will also be canceled February 23, 24, and 26 due to the ongoing library renovations.  Tutors will return March 2nd.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

Good Morning! In the world of Children's Books, today is awesome! Among the many winners and honorees announced early this morning, we had the winners and honorees named for the Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Award. Be sure to check out these really well done non-fiction titles!

2015 Winner:

The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator




2015 Honorees:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


The family Romanov: murder, rebellion & the fall of imperial Russia by Candace Fleming


Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker by words by Patricia Hruby Powell ; pictures by Christian Robinson


Neighborhood sharks: hunting with great whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

Newbery Award Winners 2015

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the Newbery for over 90 years for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, commonly given to a chapter book. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

The John Newbery Medal for 2015 has been awarded to:

The crossover by Kwame Alexander


The John Newbery Honor Books for 2015 are:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


El deafo by Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky

Sunday Funday: Snowflake Brain Break

Join us for another drop-in Sunday Funday. Give your brain a break from studying, and come in to play a board game, or just make a basic snowflake. 

Movie Madness: How To Train Your Dragon 2

It's time again for Movie Madness! Join us on Wednesday, February 18, at 2:00 PM as we show How to Train Your Dragon 2.  In the latest adventure, Hiccup and Toothless must protect the peace when they find a cave that is home to hundreds of wild dragons.

You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy chairs. This film is rated PG.

Pinterest Live--Valentine's Card Party

Join us Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
at the Valentine's installment of our "Pinterest Live" series! We will have a lovely time creating Pinterest inspired Valentine's for your dearest love, dearest friend, or cherished family member. Ages 10 years and up. Registration Required.

Dungeons & Dragons Gaming Club

D&D game diceRoll up some fun with kid-friendly Dungeons & Dragons Gaming.  This monthly program will take place the fourth Tuesday of every month from 3:30-5:30 PM. Have fun using your imagination while also gaining other benefits.  The next session is March 24.  All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice.  This program is suggested for ages 9-12.  Families are welcome.  No registration is required.

Photo Dungeons & Dragons by River Siren (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Science-Fiction and Fantasy Reads for Kindergarteners

Abby Cadabra, super speller by Joan Holub


Unicorn wings by Mallory Loehr ; illustrated by Pamela Silin-Palmer

Dragon's Easter egg hunt by adapted by Mae Marks


King Jack and the dragon by Peter Bently ; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Zathura: a space adventure written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

Superhero Reads for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten

Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold


Eliot Jones, midnight superhero by Anne Cottringer ; illustrated by Alex T. Smith


Do super heroes have teddy bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle ; illustrated by Mike Gordon ; color by Molly Hahn

Hero dad by Melinda Hardin ; [illustrations by] Bryan Langdo

Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds ; illustrated by Andy Rash

STEAM Sites

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  Check out the sites below to explore these fascinating subjects.  There are interesting facts to discover and fun games to try out.  General grade-range recommendations are provided for each site, but you may find useful info and entertaining activities on sites outside of your grade level as well.

General STEAM sites

Career Aisle Elementary and Middle School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(Elementary & Junior High) Want to get a job some day in a STEM field?  Explore career opportunities here.

Fraboom
(Elementary) Explore a virtual museum with games, shows, and live interactions. 

Girls in STEM
(Upper Elementary - Junior High) Explore this guide (primarily for middle school girls but useful to others) that includes STEM sites, books, and organizations.

Wonderopolis
(Elementary - High School) Engage your curiosity and imagination about STEM and other subjects through a variety of media.

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY sites

Code.org
(Elementary - High School) Gain coding skills through guided activities.

CryptoKids

Grades 6-9 Winter themed reading

Brian's winter by Gary Paulsen

He would have to find some way to protect himself, some weapon. The fire worked well when it was burning, but it had burned down. His hatchet and knife would have done nothing more than make the bear really angry -- something he did not like to think about -- and his bow was good only for smaller game. He had never tried to shoot anything bigger than a foolbird or rabbit with it and doubted that the bow would push the arrow deep enough to do anything but -- again -- make the bear really made.
He bundled in his bag that night, the end of the two weeks of warm weather. He kept putting wood on the fire, half afraid the bear would come back. All the while he tried to think of a solution.
But in reality, the bear was not his primary adversary. Nor was the wolf, nor any animal. Brian had become his own worst enemy because in all the business of hunting, fishing and surviving he had forgotten the primary rule: Always, "always" pay attention to what was happening. Everything in nature means something and he had missed the warnings that summer was ending, had in many ways already ended, and what was coming would be the most dangerous thing he had faced since the plane crashed.


Julie of the wolves by Jean Craighead George ; pictures by John Schoenherr

100 Page Biographies

Searching for a biography that's just the right size? The following biographies have between 100 and 200 pages. Additional 100-page biographies can be found in the Who Was series and the Sterling Biographies series.

John Adams, the writer: a treasury of letters, diaries, and public documents by compiled and edited by Carolyn P. Yoder

John & Abigail Adams: an American love story by Judith St. George

Ansel Adams: America's photographer ; a biography for young people by Beverly Gherman

The voice that challenged a nation: Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights by Russell Freedman

Failure is impossible: the story of Susan B. Anthony by Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon

Children's International Language Collection

The International Language Collection in the Children's Department is home to numerous books, CDs and DVDs in a variety of languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Japanese, Spanish, Tamil, and many more.  The collection includes fiction and nonfiction titles in single and bilingual format.  Resources also include language learning kits for those wishing to acquire a new language.  The collection is located near the picture books directly across from the early learning play area.