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Trish, Belmar Library

If you are a fan of smart, funny, precocious fourth-grader Clementine, you may already know about her clever creator, Sara Pennypacker.  You are probably already enjoying Clementine’s SIXTH adventure, titled Clementine and the Spring Trip.

If you haven’t met Clementine yet, you should!

Besides the Clementine series, Pennypacker has written fun books about eight-year-old Stuart, as well as four books in the Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures series. 

Sara Pennypacker was a shy girl who loved reading, gardening, going to the beach, getting presents, riding horses, and cake!  (She says she still likes all of those things.)  When she grew up, she started painting, and then writing children’s books.  On her website, she says, “Kids ask me all the time how they could know if they're going to be a writer.  The first thing I tell them is this: "If you write for pleasure, you already are a writer."

Two of my favorite books of hers are picture books, and not part of a series, but they tell amazing stories.  One is Sparrow Girl, which is based on a true story of a girl in China who saved beautiful birds from being destroyed.  The other is Pierre in Love, about a shy rat feeling "bloopy and love-swoggled", and trying to show the ballet teacher how he feels. 

No matter which of the characters you meet in Sara’s world, you’re bound to find you’ve made a new friend! 

You can learn more about Sara and her books at her website

Happy reading!

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Rachel, Golden Library

Do you always think of superheroes when you hear about comics and graphic novels?  Think again!  The graphic novels listed below, and many others, have nothing to do with Superman!  Some are stories on their own; others are illustrated retellings of books previously written in chapter book format.

Are you wondering what’s so great about graphic novels?  Look no further!  These help reluctant readers who might be hesitant to pick up longer books become interested in reading.  They can also improve reading development and comprehension in students struggling with learning language, as they provide clues through pictures as to what is being conveyed with words.

Bake Sale by Sara Varon

Bake Sale is a graphic novel about a cupcake that owns a bakery and plays in a band.  His friend, Eggplant, invites Cupcake to go to Turkey with him but Cupcake doesn’t have enough money to buy a plane ticket.  Read it to find out what he does! This book also includes recipes!

Benjamin Bear In Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray

Benjamin Bear faces many problems in this book but he always comes up with funny and creative solutions for them.  For example, when Benjamin is washing his dishes in a waterfall, his friend Rabbit offers to help him dry.  Benjamin uses Rabbit’s fuzzy body to dry the dishes, instead of handing him a towel.

Binky The Space Cat by Ashley Spires

In this book, a cat named Binky thinks he is a space cat, though he is really just a regular house cat.  He plans to leave the space station, also known as his house, to blast off into outer space, or outside.  Here he will conquer aliens (bugs) and explore unknown places.  Will he survive this dangerous journey?  Read this and other Binky books to find out!

Goosebumps, 1. Creepy Creatures

This is the first title in the Goosebumps Graphix series, based on the stories from Goosebumps chapter books!  Here The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight, and The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena are all told in illustrated format!

A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeline L’Engle and Hope Larson

This is an illustrated retelling of the chapter book with the same name.  In this story Meg Murry and her little brother Charles search for their lost father, who is doing secret time travel work for the government.  Along the way they encounter lots of interesting characters.

Find these and many more great graphic novels at your local library!

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Donna, Columbine Library

Tired of listening to the same old versions of classic children’s songs? You should check out Eric Litwin’s CD, The Big Silly

Litwin, the author of the popular Pete the Cat books, has put a twist on a few of the classics and has created a some original songs, dances, poems, and stories everyone can get into.

Wheels on the Bus is now sung in a Ska style, and the ABC song is done with a Hip Hop groove. With a different style of music for each track there’s something to please everyone in the family! Check out some song clips from this CD!

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Deborah Ellis is the author of the Breadwinner Trilogy.  This is a very tense and emotional series about a family in Afghanistan before and after Taliban rule. 

In the first three books you are introduced to Parvana and her family and are a witness to the harsh reality that is their lives. 

This is a story as real as today's headlines: Just a few months ago, Malala Yousufzai, a 14 year old Pakistani girl, was shot by the Taliban for the crime of going to school!

Deborah Ellis is telling the further story of Parvana in her latest book, My Name is Parvana.

If you have read the trilogy, you should read this follow-up, set five years later.  Parvana is now 15 years old and living in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

If you haven't read the previous three books and you are interested in what life is like in Afghanistan, this is a great series.  I loved them all.

Here are the other three in the series:

The Breadwinner- Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Because Parvana's father has a foreign education, he is arrested by the Taliban.  The family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan.

Parvana's Journey- In this sequel to "The Breadwinner," the Taliban still control Afghanistan and Kabul is in ruins.

Mud City- This final book in the trilogy paints a devastating portrait of life in refugee camps and shows the resourcefulness of children who endure great suffering there.

Deborah Ellis has also written a non-fiction book called Kids of Kabul: Living Bravely Through a Never-ending War.  Ellis went to Kabul and interviewed children who spoke about their lives since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.  Have things changed for children, and particularly for girls?  Read this book and find out!

 

 

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Rhoda, Belmar Library

Cuenta cuentos interactive bilingüe para toda la familia -- especialmente para niños de 2-6 años.

Do your children speak Spanish? Or would they like to learn some Spanish?

Belmar Library has a bilingual storytime on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.

This storytime is presented in a dual-language format with some activities in Spanish and some in English. Books are chosen especialy for 2-6 year olds, but the whole family is welcome!

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Marcy, Belmar Library

"Even if you get nothing else accomplished today, you have done something wonderful for your baby by being here!"

This is how I often start Baby Time. It's 20 minutes of early literacy skills cleverly disguised as play for the 0-2 year-old crowd. Songs, rhymes, stories, scarves and bells are just part of the fun. We also learn how to share, put our toys away and communicate. Parents and caregivers not only bond with their children but get to share experiences and talk to other grown-ups!

Baby Time is my favorite time of day. Visit your Jeffco library for Baby Time and make it your favorite time as well! We hope to see you soon!

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