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Kristin, Columbine Library

We’re going on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one....

How well do you remember this classic children's rhyme?  Start clapping and swishing and sploshing and take the Guardian Newspaper's Quiz to see if you can get all the answers right! 

If you don't remember the rhyme, make sure to request a copy of Michael Rosen's version and practice it at home!

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Geri, Columbine Library

There's a fun, new series of books that shows you how to use easy and inexpensive items to give your clothes and accessories a look that is truly your own.  The instructions and step-by-step photos make it easy to be your own fashion designer!

Stylish Shoes for the Crafty Fashionista has great ideas for adding bling to your shoes

Other titles in the series include:

Beautiful Bags for the Crafty Fashionista

Creative Nail Art for the Crafty Fashionista

Cute Clothes for the Crafty Fashionista

Hip Hair Acessories for the Crafty Fashionista

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Rachel, Golden Library

Are you looking for some good ghost stories to tell while sitting around a campfire this summer?  Well look no further!  This collection includes many spine-tingling tales that will give you a chill, even in the hot summer weather.

Beware! : R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories by Various Authors

Dripping Blood Cave & Other Ghostly Stories by Raymond Bial

Haunted U.S.A. by Charles Wetzel

Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

 

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Rachel, Golden Library

Though widely respected sources have not confirmed it, July 15th is Cow Appreciation Day!  This may not be an official holiday like Christmas or Easter, but it’s still a great time to thank cows for all they do for us! 

An important fact to know is that the term “cow” only refers to the female members of a group of “cattle,” which refers to both sexes.  Males are known as bulls or steers.  Cows are some of the most important farm animals around.  Their milk is a wonderful, healthy drink and is also used to make butter, cream, cheese, and ice cream.  We have them to thank for roast beef, steaks, veal, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more.  Leather, some medicines, soap, and glue are all made from parts of cows and bulls.  They also provide power by pulling plows, carts, and wagons. Here are some interesting facts about cattle and some books about them you can get from the library!

FACTS

-Cows and bulls chew their food two separate times to digest it!

-One cow will produce about 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

-Cattle are very social and really like to hang out together. In fact, if a cow separates herself from the herd, she is likely sick, or about to give birth to a calf!

-Bulls and cows usually spend 10-12 hours per day lying down.

-These animals do not sweat and usually drink about 40 gallons of water per day. This is enough to fill a bathtub! They eat about 100 pounds of food every day too!

-Cows move their jaws about 40,000 times per day!

-Bulls cannot see the color red, therefore when matadors wave flags while bullfighting, it is the fluttering movement, not the hue that catches their attention.

BOOKS

Amazing Cows: A Book of Bovinely Inspired Misinformation by Sandra Boynton

The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

Misery Moo by Jeanne Willis

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Trish, Belmar Library

You may not recognize his name, but fans of classic children’s art and magical stories certainly know his work.

The award-winning author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret will celebrate a birthday tomorrow, July 11th.  

Hugo Cabret is the first of his characters to come alive in a movie—in the 2012 box office hit Hugo.    

Born in New Jersey, Selznick says he can’t remember a time when he WASN’T drawing.  He even did a one-man show of his work when he was in Junior High!

Selznick has always been fascinated by magic and mythology.  His first book, The Houdini Box, had him imagining what it would be like if the great Houdini had given a young boy a mysterious box!   

His wonderful illustrations have been used in both novels and picture books for other writers, too.  My favorite is Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan.  It is an imagined story of what happened the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in an airplane.  It’s a great story, and the art is amazing!

For a real treat, check out Selznick’s most recent novel, the 2012 Schneider Family Award Book, Wonderstruck, and watch how he magically weaves words and pictures together.

Great reads for summer days!

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Connie, Lakewood Library

In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless.  This isn't most fairy tales.

In the new book, Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill, Violet is a princess after my own heart.  She is decidedly NOT considered pretty with her mismatched eyes and unruly hair but she is smart and resourcefuland just may be the key to her kingdom's entire survival!

Violet loves stories, telling them and hearing them.  When the royal storyteller tells a story about a beautiful princess, Violet takes it to heart and begins to see herself as something less.  One day, when she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book, Violet is drawn into the world of the Nybbas, an evil being that will grant Violet her fondest wish, to be beautiful– if only she will do just one rather small favor for him.

"Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other.
 It is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them,
 and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.”

For an unconventional story about an unconventional princess, give Iron Hearted Violet a try!

 

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Diane, Standley Lake Library

Recently, the library received copies of Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle.  It's a wonderful story about the trials and joys of friendship as seen through a synchronized dance.  The story is full of humor and heart which left me hoping for more by this author.

It also got me thinking about wordless books.  They are great "reading" for all ages of children, from babies to pre-emergent readers to middle schoolers and even adults!  Using this type of book can enhance the creativity, vocabulary, language development, storytelling, imagination and even writing skills of readers at many stages of development.  Look for them in our catalog under the children's subject heading stories without words

A few other favorites you might want to try are:  Sea of Dreams by Dennis Nolan, The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney and A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka.

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Do you like to read about things that really happened?  Are you interested in true facts?  Then I have a great author for you!

In 1864, the H.L. Hunley was the first submarine ever to sink a ship in battle, but something went terribly wrong.  For reasons still not known, it sank trapping and killing the eight crewmen onboard.  Even though both Conferedate and Union forces searched for it, no one could find the submarine.  The Hunley stayed hidden on the ocean floor for over 130 years.  Finally, in 1995 it was located by archeologists.  Over the next ten years, the submarine was raised and the vessel sifted through to find artifacts and remains of the crew.

This book is a fascinating chronicle of how these scientists finally found some answers to long awaited questions.

If you want to learn more about the Hunley check out this terrific website.

The author, Sally Walker has lots of other great non-fiction books as well.  Take a look at some of these titles;

Blizzard of Glass:  The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland

Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed

She has more books on her website along with an interview with Sally.

If you love real life mysteries, try Sally Walker's books this summer, you'll be glad you did!

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Sheryl, Columbine Library

Just in time for the Fourth of July!

Who wrote the song "Yankee Doodle Went to Town" before the American Revolution?  A patriotic colonist, or an Englishman making fun of those new-fangled Americans? 

Tom Angleberger, the author of the popular Origami Yoda books, gives us a new twist on the song. In Crankee Doodle Yankee Doodle's pony tries to get him to go to town.

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Tisha, Evergreen Library

Whose birthday is today?

Here are some clues:

 - He hates Mondays and loves lasagna
 - He loves coffee and hates raisins
 - He hates to diet and loves to sleep
 - He's orange and furry and was portrayed by a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time in 1984
 - His 54th book came out in September, 2012

The answer, of course, is Garfield, who was 'born' on June 19, 1978.

If you love to read the comic strip in the newspaper or online, check out these new books and more from the library, to really get your Garfield fix!

Garfield Gets in a Pickle

My Laughable Life with Garfield

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