Monday, August 29, 2016

Picture Books about Seasons

Summer is winding down, and pretty soon fall will be here with cooler air and colorful trees. The changing of the seasons is a great topic of conversation for you and your little ones. You can build your child's early literacy skills by talking and reading books together. You can also help build early science skills by observing how weather, plants, and our environment changes throughout the seasons. Ask questions and follow whatever sparks your child's curiosity!

Here are a few great books to get the conversation started:

Books About All Seasons

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems For All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
Investigating Seasons by Richard Olin
Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems selected by Lee Bennet Hopkins and illustrated by David Diaz
The Seasons by William B. Rice
The Season's Colors: How They Change by Joyce J. Markovics
Seasons by Ann Crausaz
Why Do Seasons Change? by Melissa Stewart
All Year Round by Susan Katz
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
Calendar by by Myra Cohn Livingston

Books About Fall

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf  by Lois Ehlert
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson
Autumn: Leaves Fall From Trees by Lisa Bell
Signs of Autumn by Colleen Dolphin
I Know It's Autumn by Eileen Spinelli
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Weather in Fall by Mari Schuh
Fall by Aaron Carr

Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to School Stories

School is just around the corner! Whether you're excited to start a new grade or bummed about the end of summer vacation, here are some great books about the trials and tribulations of school days.

For Elementary School Students
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
Birdie's First Day of School by Sujean Rim
Thank You Mr. Falkner by Patrica Polacco
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
School's First Day of School by Adam Rex

For Intermediate School Students
Wonder by J.R. Palacio
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Lunch Lady Series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Keena Ford Series by Melissa Thompson
For Middle School Students
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Booked by Kwame Alexander
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Dog Days of Summer

We are officially in the dog days of summer. Make it through these hot August days with a story about man's best friend.

For Beginner Readers
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Rashka
Circle Dogs by Kevin Henkes
Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Dogs by Emily Gravett
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carols Montalvan
Charlie the Ranch Dog series by Ree Drummond
Carl series by Alexandra Day
Clifford series by Norman Bridwell
Martha Speaks series by Susan Meddaugh

For Middle Grade Readers
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
One Boy and His Dog by Eva Ibbotson
Togo by Kate Klimo
Unleashed by Gordon Korman
Honey by Sarah Weeks
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Sounder by William Howard Armstrong

Monday, August 8, 2016

Pool Party Time!

On Saturday, August 13th of all the kids in Evansville who have turned in at least 10 hours on a reading log to the library will enjoy a Summer Reading Pool Party! There's still time to earn your invitation to the party, as long as you turn in a reading log before the 13th. Here are some fun, swimming related stories to get you excited for the party!

For Beginning Readers (Grades Kindergarten-2)
Cork & Fuzz: The Swimming Lesson by Dori Chconas
Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodriquez
Katie Catz Makes a Splash by Anne Rockwell
Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London
Dino-Swimming by Lisa Wheeler
Animal Swimming and Diving by Isabel Thomas
There's a Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan
Just Keep Swimming by Melissa Lagonegro
For Older Readers (Grades 3-5)
Babymouse Goes for the Gold by Jennifer Holm
Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout by Megan McDonald
The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith
The Winning Stroke by Matt Christopher
Samantha the Swimming Fairy by Daisy Meadows
Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks by Kenneth Mallory

Monday, August 1, 2016

Road Trip Stories for Young Adults

Summer vacation might be winding down, but the open road is still waiting for you! Whether you're planning a road trip yourself or not, you can enjoy the adventures of these characters as they take their own journeys out on the road.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Mim discovers that her estranged mother is sick and sets out on a thousand-mile bus trip from Mississippi to Ohio to see her. Along the way she meets strangers who are kind, and some who are not. She learns about herself and discovers how to cope with her relationships with her family.

Paper Towns by John Green
One night in the spring of senior year Quentin Jacobsen goes on the adventure of a lifetime in his boring Central Florida town with the enchanting Margo Roth Spiegelman. When Margo disappears afterward, Q and his friends are left trying to solve the mystery of what happened to her.

The Disenchantments by Ninca LaCour
Just after graduating high school Colby heads out on the road with his best friend Bev and her bandas they travel through the Pacific Northwest playing shows in small bars and clubs. The plan has always been that after the tour he and Bev will take off and explore the world, but when Bev reveals that she's planning on heading to college in the fall Colby must face the realities of growing up, leaving home, and saying goodbye head on.

Let's Get Lost by Alsaid Adi
Seventeen-year-old Leila is on a road trip to Alaska in her crazy red car. She has with high hopes of seeing the Northern Lights. On her journey she encounters Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia who are all dealing with life's big questions in their own ways. Their stories intertwine in an interesting narrative that examines life, love, and loss.

In Real Life by Jessica Love
Hannah Cho impulsively decides to hit the road to Las Vegas to visit her online crush, Nick, and reveal her true feelings to him. Her older sister and best friend are along for the ride and for the surprises that await Hannah in Las Vegas.

The Haters by Jesse Andrews
The latest from the author of  Me, Earl and the Dying Girl is a road trip story about three friends and musicians who escape from jazz camp and hit the road to learn about real music and real life. The Haters Summer of Hate Tour, as they call it, takes them on an amazing adventure.

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
This highly acclaimed book tells the story of Eva and her cross country road trip she takes with her best friend Annie. Eva has finally fallen madly and truly in love with a boy named Will. Shortly after Eva falls for him, Will picks up and moves to California. Eva decides she can't lose him and must see him again, and so Annie and Eva set our on their journey.

The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani
When Ashlyn Montiel dies in a bike accident the worlds of her best friend, Cloudy, and her boyfriend, Kyle, come crashing down around them. After learning that Ashlyn's organs were donated after her death, Cloudy convinces Kyle to go on a road trip through the US Southwest to meet the recipients of Ashlyn's organ donations in hopes that the trip will help them heal and rebuilt their world.

Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
Joy is devastated when her boyfriend Zan leaves for college a year early without even officially breaking up with her. Needing to know where her relationship stands, Zan and her best friend Noah head from Utah to Zan's college in California to confront him.

Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham
Alice, Summer, and Tiernan were best friends as kids, but there friendship fell apart by high school. At they same time they broke up, so did their favorite band, Level3. When Level3 announces a reunion tour the summer before the girls are leaving for college, they decide to come back together and road trip from Massachusetts to Austin for the band's show.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Cameron Smith is just trying to get though high school when he is diagnosed with "mad cow"disease. Cameron sets off on a road trip in search of a cure with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital as his travelling companion.