Friday, February 22, 2013

If you like Diary of a wimpy kid....

Do you or your child love to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney?  Has he/she read Jeff Kinney's books numerous times and are ready to try something new?  Below is a list of great books that are fun and entertaining; and are great for Wimpy Kid fans.  Click on the book images to open the link to the authors' websites to learn more about their books.

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel (Grades 2-4)

Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon (Grades 3-5)

43 Old Cemetary Road by Kate Klise (Grades 3-6)

Odd squad by Michael Fry (Grades 4-6)
No link available for this book!

My life as... by Janet Tashjian (Grades 4-6)

Stick dog by Tom Watson (Grades 4-6)

Justin Case by Rachel Vail (Grades 4-7)

Planet Tad by Tim Carvell (Grades 4-7)
No link available for this book!

Blogtastic! by Rose Cooper (Grades 4-7)

Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger (Grades 4-7)

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell (Grades 5-8)

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce (Grades 5-8)

All of these book are available at the North Castle Library.  Stop in and check one out today!

Monday, February 11, 2013

February is Black History Month

"What color is my world? The Lost History of African American Inventors" by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. 

For Black History Month, the Children’s Room is spotlighting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld’s new book; introducing young readers to African American inventors that they would not typically come across in their classroom. What makes this book unique is how the information is presented within a picture book format, told through a work of fiction.  

Brother and sister, Herbie and Ella, spend the day helping Mr. Mital, the local handyman; fix-up their new house that needs a lot of work. Through each task Mr. Mital teaches Herbie and Ella about different inventors in history. Each inventor has a side panel that folds out, offering Ella’s Fast Facts, along with a summary about the inventor’s contributions. Every couple pages there is a two page spread about an inventor that provides a full biography of that person.  

Readers have two options when reading this book. It can be read as a picture book about a family moving into a new house , picking up interesting facts as they read; or readers can dive into this book, reading Herbie and Ella’s story and explore the flaps and biographies, gathering a full history of African American inventors.