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Noisy Poems for a Busy Day by Robert Heidbreder

syndetics-lcThis poetry book has short fun poems that will take you from sun up to sun down. From the breakfast table to the park and on to the bedtime routine.  Only one short poem per page and the illustrations are bright and cheery!

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By lbos on August 5, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

The Skull in the Rock by Lee Berger and Marc Aronson

syndetics-lc“Dad, I’ve found a fossil.”  These words led to one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history.  In 2008, nine-year Matthew and his father Professor Lee Berger discovered two-million-year-old fossilized bones belonging to a young male and a female.  The Skull in the Rock details their find and its impact on what we know about human evolution.  To make sure that everyone who reads the book can take part in the adventure, the authors continue to cover new discoveries on the website www.scimania.org.  Even if science isn’t your thing, this book is a fascinating read.

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

 

By lbos on February 11, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Mary S.

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

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This poetry book is beautiful!  I couldn’t wait to turn the page to read the next part of the poem and see the beautiful photography of different insects. This book is much like a picture book and the last two pages have thumbnail pictures of the illustrations with information about each bug. Rick Liender provided the wonderful photographs.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By lbos on December 31, 2012 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

syndetics-lcIn the book Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer, each spread consists of a page of poems next to an illustrated page. Both the words and the pictures are sort of mirror images of each other (hence, the title of this book), and both are creatively done. Each pair of poems contains exactly the same lines, but the second one is the reverse of the first. My favorite is “Bears in the News” which shows the three bears discovering Goldilocks in their bed– from both the bears’ and Goldilocks’ points of view. It’s so simple, yet so brilliant!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By lbos on December 17, 2012 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E., Picture Books

50 Poisonous Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

50 Poisonous QuestionsWhen you read 50 Poisonous Questions by Tanya Lloyd, you will learn a lot about poison, obviously, but also about history. Like the crazy medical treatments doctors used for George Washington’s fever…that ended up killing him! You’ll learn how to hunt with a frog.  Find out why the government is conspiring with your mom to make you eat vegetables. And learn whether some poisons can actually help people. With all your new knowledge you can solve the book’s puzzles about how people and animals have been poisoned. Prepare to be surprised and amused by these amazing true facts!

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By bjones on October 8, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Claire B

A Braid of Lives edited by Neil Philip

Braid of Lives A Braid of Lives edited by Neil Philip is a collection of writings by American Indians remembering their childhoods from about 100 to 150 years ago. Almost every other page is a huge black and white photograph of American Indian kids and parents.  The stories and pictures are both amazing!  There are funny stories about games and about getting in trouble, but also stories about what was most important to them and their families.  I thought it was interesting how in almost every story the kids just wanted to be able to do what the grownups and the bigger kids were doing, and they would work hard until they could run as fast or ride a horse as well as the others. If you are interested in how kids lived in the past in America, this is the book for you.

 

By bjones on August 16, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

Big Wig: A Little History of Hair by Kathleen Krull

Big WigBig Wig: A Little History of Hair by Kathleen Krull presents hilarious anecdotes that trace the history of grooming and hairstyles around the world. For instance, did you know that the ancient Maya used boards to flatten and elongate babies’ heads, and then tied beads in front of their eyes to encourage them to cross? There are also several absurd ideas people have come up with for curing baldness. These humorous facts, combined with Peter Malone’s silly illustrations, make this book an interesting, fun, and easy read.

Book reviewed by Erin E. Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By bjones on June 18, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E.

This is the Game by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander

This is the GameThis is the Game by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander. “Let’s play ball!” Baseball is what this new poetry book is all about.  Each poem highlights a different aspect of the game and makes you feel like you are there experiencing it in person.  It definitely “hits a home run”!

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By bjones on April 16, 2012 Categories: Early Readers, For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

Every Thing On ItIf you like Shel Silverstein (and who doesn’t!?!), you’ll love his new collection of poems called Every Thing On It. Though the author is no longer alive, members of his family were able to put together some of his work that had not yet been published. The poems and drawings are as hilarious and strange as his others. In the title poem, a boy imagines a hot dog with literally “everything on it.” The author seems to have an affinity for pelicans because there are quite a few poems about them.

Book reviewed by Erin E. Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By bjones on February 14, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E.

The Story Behind Toilets by Elizabeth Raum

The Story Behind Toilets The Story Behind Toilets by Elizabeth Raum. Tired of reading yet another biography of George Washington or Amelia Earhart? Why not try a “biography” of toilets? There’s a real story to how people learned to treat their “waste products” (i.e., urine and excrement – we know what those are, right?).  Once people began building bigger and bigger settlements, what to do with this stuff became a really big deal. And some of their ideas just didn’t work that well.  This is an interesting (if you like toilets – and who doesn’t?) and quick-reading book, with lots of diagrams and photos. Check it out! Maybe you can read it while you’re in the bathroom!

Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant

By MPPL on September 27, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Loreen S.