This is not a book about Superman, Spiderman, or the Hulk. This is a book about how YOU can be a superhero. What do superheroes need? Well, there are chapters about choosing a superhero name, discovering your superpower, finding a sidekick, dressing like a superhero, and more. Each section is sprinkled with hilarious comic panels, as well as fun facts and anecdotes about famous superheroes, from Thor to the Incredibles. You may particularly enjoy the “Superpower Activity” sections that instruct how to create costumes and props, hone your super skills, or perform a “Sidekick Test” on your friends. There is even a chart to help you pick your superhero name.
Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator
This poetry book starts out with a boy deciding to write friendship notes to all his friends, especially those who probably would never get a note like vultures, moles, snakes, etc. Each page is a note written in poetic form to a forgotten, somewhat disliked, animal or insect. Underneath each poem is a fact or two about how the animal actually helps us or explains their important role in our lives. Who knows…you may want to write a friendship note too!
Steve Jenkins has quite a few amazing nonfiction animal books and this one doesn’t disappoint! In Eye to Eye, you can learn how different animals have various types of eyes depending on their environment. For example, did you know that a halibut (fish) is born with an eye on each side of his head, but as he gets older, one eye migrates and eventually they end up on the same side of his head? He has 2 eyes on one side of his head! This ends up being very helpful since an adult halibut spends most of its life lying on the bottom of the ocean. With both eyes on one side of his head he is able to see away from the ocean floor. How cool is that?
20 animal eyes are featured with great pictures, animal facts and a glossary.
Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison
Calling all scientists! Do you like to build things and learn how they work? This series is for you! The Hands-On Science Fun series includes titles about making slime, fizzy rockets, mystery smell balloons and….TORNADOs in a bottle!
In How to Build a Tornado in a Bottle by Lori Shores, 1st and 2nd graders are given clear directions on how to create their own tornado using little more than plastic bottles, tape and colored water. You will also learn how a real tornado happens! Great pictures and simple directions make this a fun book and an enjoyable series.
Book reviewed by Carol C.., Elementary School Liaison
I really enjoyed this simple but very fascinating biography of Steve Jobs. It included lots of information about his life that I had not known. It is amazing to think about how much he changed our lives with the things he invented.