Monday, October 31, 2016

Scary Middle Grade Novels

Happy Halloween!

Celebrate this Halloween by checking out one of these spooky stories recommended for ages 10-14.

Abarat by Clive Barker
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auzier
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Horror Stories for Teens

Zombies, vampires, monsters and other creatures make up these chilling tales for teens. Enjoy the Halloween season with a spooky horror story from our collection.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Asylum by Madeleine Roux
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Defriended by Ruth Baron
Don't Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel by R.L Stine
Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters by Suzanne Weyn
Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
The End Games by Martin T. Michael
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
A Midsummer Night's Scream by R.L. Stine
The Monstrumologist by Richard Yancey
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Scary Out There edited by Jonathan Maberry
Zom-B by Darren Shan

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Costumes, Candy, & Monsters: Halloween Stories for Kids

Halloween is coming up soon, and that means it's time for creepy creatures, costumes, and candy! It's the perfect time to check out one of these great picture books.

Monsters & Creepy Creatures
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
Frankencrayon by Michael Hall
Have You Seen My Monster? by Steve Light
If You're a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Monster Mash by David Catrow
My Monster Maman Loves Me So by Laura Leuck
Tickle Monster by Edouard Manceau

 Dress Up & Costumes
Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends at Halloween by Megan McDonald
Birdie's Happiest Halloween by Jujean Rim
The Costume Copycat by Maryann MacDonald
Crafty Chloe Dress-up Mess-up by Kelly DiPucchio
Curious George Goes to a Costume Party by Margret Rey
Dora's Costume Party by Christine Ricci
Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma by David Soman
Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis

Candy & Treats
Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy bu Nick Bruel
Beans to Chocolate by Lisa M. Herrington
Fancy Nancy's Candy Bonanza by Jane O'Connor
Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat by Eileen Christelow
Julius's Candy Corn by Kevin Henkes
Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Monday, October 10, 2016

STEAMpunks Reading List: Robots!

STEAMpunks is a popular program we host when there is no school for students in grades K-5. We do a variety of hands on activities on the themes of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Find out more at our website: This month our STEAMpunks activities are all about robots! Here are a few books for extended reading on the topic:

Books for Beginning Readers (Grades K-2)
The Adventures of Otto Series by David Milgrim
Beep Beep Go to Sleep by Todd Tarpley
Cookiebot by Katie Van Camp
Helper Robots by Nancy Furstinger
My First Guide to Robots by Kathryn Clay
Real-Life Robots by James Buckley
Robots at Home by Jenny Fretland VanVoorst
Robots in Space by Nancy Furstinger
Robot Rumpus by Sean Taylor
Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka

Books for Older Readers (Grades 3-5)
Drawing Robots by Carolyn Franklin
Everything Robotics: All the Robot Photos, Facts and Fun! by Jennifer Swanson
High-Tech DIY Projects with Robotics by Maggie Murphy
Little Robot by Ben Hatke
Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder
Robots by Melissa Stewart
Robots: From Everyday to Out of This World by the Editors of Yes Magazine
Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals by Helanie Becker
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Author Spotlight: Lois Ehlert

Lois Ehlert is an award winning author and illustrator from Wisconsin. She was born in Beaver Dam, studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and currently resides in Milwaukee. Many of her books for children are about nature and her artistic style is very distinctive. She uses many found objects in her art to create bright, textured, and interesting collages. You can learn more about her life in her wonderful book The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life.

Several of her books fit in the fall season. Find some inspiration in one of these books, and then go outside to gather your own collection of found objects to create with!

Fall Inspired Stories

Boo to You!
Leaf Man
Nuts to You!
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Other Great Books

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Color Zoo
Eating the Alphabet
Lots of Spots
Planting a Rainbow
Rain Fish
Wag a Tail 
Waiting for Wings