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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Storytime: Laugh it Up

Jokes and silly stuff for the parks and rec crowd (older kids, grades 3-5).  They loved this set of books.

 Jokelopedia: The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever
(excerpts from) Jokelopedia 
by Ilana Weitzman, Eva Blank, and Roseanne Green

 Monster Goose
Monster Goose
by Judy Sierra and pictures by Jack E. Davis

 The Dumb Bunnies Go To The Zoo
The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo
by Sue Denim and pictures by Dav Pilkey

 Dog Breath
Dog Breath
by Dav Pilkey

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Summer's Almost Over

And Walmart's offering free wake up calls from Hannah Montana to help kids get ready for heading on back to school.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Upcoming Movies From Books

Click on each movie title for more information.
August 8th Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist October 3rd City of Ember October 10 (not a book, but it'll be a big deal) High School Musical 3: Senior Year October 24th Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince July 17th Twilight November 21st The Tale of Despereaux December 19th Inkheart January 30th Coraline February 6th Other movies that have no release date but have been "announced" are as follows... 2008-- Ender's Game, Flipped, A Great and Terrible Beauty, H.I.V.E., Larklight, Stargirl, Uglies 2009-- The Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel; The Amulet of Samarkand; The Book Thief; Cirque du Freak; The Fantastic Mr. Fox; Everlost; The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp; Peter and the Starcatchers; Peter Pan in Scarlet; Ramona; The Secret Diary of Adrain Mole; The Subtle Knife; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; Where the Wild Things Are 2010-- Alice in Wonderland; Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader; Diary of a Wimpy Kid; The Great Gilly Hopkins; Guardians of Ga'Hoole; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1; Here Be Monsters; Maximum Ride; New Moon; Septimus Heap: Magyk; The Sisters Grimm 2011-- Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair; The Giver; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 For a full list of upcoming movies based on books: Check IMDB here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Storytime: Sports

I was requested to provide teamwork/"always strive to do your best" books for older kids (grades 3-5). I put the books, not in the order I read them, but based on how well they were received by the group.

 Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
Wilma Unlimited
by Kathleen Krull and pictures by David Diaz

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day
Miss Nelson Has a Field Day 
by Harry G. Allard and pictures by James Marshall

 JoJo's Flying Sidekick
JoJo's Flying Side Kick
by Brian Pinkney

 Little Granny Quarterback
Little Granny Quarterback
by Bill Martin, Jr. and Michaek Sampson
and pictures by Michael D. Chesworth

Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
Salt in His Shoes 
by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan
and pictures by Kadir Nelson

Monday, July 14, 2008

Storytime: Wonders of Nature

I'm doing storytime for Parks and Rec this summer (older kids, grades 3-5).  This week they requested "The Wonders of Nature", which is very vague.  So, I kind of went for animals and crazy weather.

 Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?
Is A Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? 
by Robert E. Wells
(Not a hit in the park in the summer. So I switched it for the second group to my next book.)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
by Judith Barrett and pictures by Ron Barrett
(For being so long, they listened really well.)

 Actual Size (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards))
Actual Size
by Steve Jenkins

 A Frog in the Bog
A Frog in the Bog
by Karma Wilson and pictures by Joan Rankin
(One kid rolled his eyes, "Not a rhyming book!" But they were all attentive once I got into it.)

 A Zooful of Animals
A Zooful of Animals 
edited by William E. Cole and pictures by Lynn Munsinger
(Excerpts from this one. Not nearly enough time for the whole thing.)