Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In celebration of the birthday month of the world's greatest storyteller, Penguin Young Readers is sponsoring the first-ever Roald Dahl Reading Dahlathon!

What is it?
  • A Reading Challenge that kicks off in September for Roald Dahl Month!
How can kids participate?
  • Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, ages 7–13.
  • Kids track their reading progress in the Official Reading Journal from September–December 2010.
  • When they’ve read three Roald Dahl books, they have a parent, teacher, librarian, or guardian sign their entry coupon in the Official Reading Journal and mail in the signed coupon to receive Dahlicious prizes!
What are the prizes?
  • An official Reading Dahlathon Certificate
  • A free Roald Dahl book adapted into a play
  • An official Reading Dahlathon Medal (while supplies last)
Here's how you can get involved:

Click here for the official Dahlathon website, where you can get more information about the program and download materials such as the Roald Dahl Reading Dahlathon Official Reading Journal, which includes the official entry form; a Roald Dahl Month Celebration Calendar with a new idea for each day of the month; and Reproducible Activity Sheets.

What We Read This Week...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

This weeks storytime books were:

Tales for 2's and 3's
A Birthday Cake is No Ordinary Cake by Debra Frasier
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!  by Mo Willems
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Fun for 4's and 5's
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
Pick a Pumpkin Mrs. Millie! By Judy Cox
An Apple Pie for Dinner retold by Susan VanHecke

Family Fun Night: Dinosaurs
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most
Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

Judy Moody goes to Hollywood!

Monday, September 20, 2010

In movie news, there's reports of a Judy Moody movie from Variety.  The Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald is great reading for any kid who likes funny stories about quirky kids.  There is spin off series about Judy Moody's brother Stink that is appealing to boys.  The movie is reported to feature the antics of both Judy and Stink.  We can't wait to see a trailer!

Here There Be Pirate Books!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ahoy mateys! In honor of Talk Like A Pirate Day we have a list of pirate books that are great for the whole pirate family to read together. Ye Best enjoy them!  See Ya Chum!

Picture Books:

P AND Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae

P AND Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: Missing Treasure by Giles Andreae

P GRO Papa is a Pirate by Katharina Grossmann-Hensel

P HAW Pirate Treasure Map: A Fairytale Adventure by Colin Hawkins

P HEL Rodger, the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist

P KEA Maggie and the Pirate by Ezra Jack Keats

P KRU Pirate Treasure by Loretta Krupinski

P LEU I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck

P LON How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

P LON Pirates Don’t change Diapers by Melinda Long

P MCC Eloise’s Pirate Adventure by Lisa McClatchy

P PEC Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck

P SOB Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel

P STU The Little Pirate by Philemon Sturges

Easy Readers:

E CAN Let the Good Times Roll with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe by A.E. Cannon

E CAN On the Go with Pirate Pete and Pirate by A.E. Cannon

Neil Gaiman visits Elmwood City!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

From Geekdad...Newbery Award winning author, Neil Gaiman will have a "guest appearance" on the PBS animated television show Arthur. The episode called “Falafelosophy” is set to air Oct. 25.  Are there any bookworm parents out there as excited about this as we are?

And now back to our regularly scheduled programs...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

That's right, summer is officially over and this week starts our fall programming.  Here is what we read in storytime this week:

Tales for Two’s and Three’s
I Ain’t Gonna Paint no More! by Karen Beaumont
What Color is Your Underwear? by Sam Lloyd
In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Fun for Four’s and Five’s
Cock-A-Doodle-Moo by Bernard Most
Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin
Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka
Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

Don't forget, registration for October programs opens today. The earlier you register the better!

Book Buzz: September 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Finally by Wendy Mass

Did you ever want something so bad, and your parents told you that you had to wait until you were older? And then when you are older, you get what you had wanted all that time and it is not as you imagined? Well if so, you are just like our main character in Wendy Mass’s newest book, Finally. Rory keeps a box under her bed and places in there her wishes. Things that she wants but can’t have until she is 12. On her 12th birthday her parents start to ease up on her and let her have some of those wishes (a cell phone, staying home by herself, going to her first boy girl party, wearing makeup…). With each wish comes a hilarious outcome, one more funny than the other. Rory has to learn the hard way that getting what you want, does not always bring happiness. Jacquie (J Fiction)

The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon

Ginny does not start out as a pirate. She is a little girl who loves Kindergarten. But school is hard when your eyes play tricks on you. Poor Ginny has trouble with reading and math. A trip to the eye doctor is all it takes to solve the problem and sets Ginny on her way to becoming the… Kindergarten Pirate! Alia (Picture Book)

Keeper by Kathi Appelt

Keeper is a young girl that lives in a very limited world on the gulf coast of Texas. Keeper believes that her mother is a mermaid and that she swam away when Keeper was three. She lives in the same house with Signe, near their two neighbors and with various animals. As with The Underneath, the author uses the animals to come alive and be a major part of the story. Keeper’s pets keep her safe as she goes in search of her mother and disrupts their lives in the process. Kristin (J Fiction)

The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow

Lydia and Julie just aren’t popular and they can’t figure out why. The two best friends decide that this year (their fifth grade year) they will study all of the popular kids and make some necessary changes so that they can start junior high at the top of the school social order. Read all about their observations and experiments in “The Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang”. (You’ll be correct if you assume that not all of their experiments go as planned!) If you’re a Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan, you’ll want to check out this full-color, “notebook” style read! Meghan (J Fiction)
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