Friday, October 18, 2019

App Review: Toca Boo

App Name: Toca Boo
Developer: Toca Boca
Cost: $3.99
Available on iOS, Amazon, Google Play, Windows
Recommended for Preschool - Grade 2

All of the apps from this award winning studio come with a “grown ups” section with notes about the creation of the app and ways to use the app to engage with children. They note that this app is based on games like hide and seek and suggest great ways for caregivers to talk with children about the game. It is a beautifully designed app with lots of opportunity for creative play.

Early Literacy Connections

  • Reading & Talking: This app is a great launching point for talking about setting, characters, and other story telling elements.
  • Playing: During the game children will practice spatial reasoning as they determine what items their characters can go inside of, under, or behind. 
  • Emotional Literacy: Kids will engage with fear in a safe way as they play this game. Caregiver can use this opportunity to talk about fear and how to manage it.

Monday, October 14, 2019

It's Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus!

I put a spell on you and must read these spellbinding Young Adult book recommendations! 

From hints of eerie magic to post-apocalyptic epidemics to downright scary, there's sure to be a book to keep those teenage ghosts and ghouls bewitched!

Also, if your preteen or teen is feeling a little too old to go trick-or-treating this year, send them to the Library on Halloween! We will be having a little spooky fun for them from 5:00 to 7:00 that night! Costumes are totally optional.

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
A dark fairy tale with a modern twist that will keep you guessing.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A bewitching retelling of The Jungle Book.

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories by Roald Dahl
14 supernatural short stories chosen by Dahl himself.
Cassidy Blake is a ghost hunter who just so happens to have a ghost for a best friend. Together they take on The Veil.

Would you make it if you had to tell a witch a scary story every night to stay alive?

His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler
Modern takes on classic Edgar Allen Poe tales.

Raxter Island is quarantined from the mainland after "The Tox" takes over and forces everyone to fight for their lives.

Rotters by Daniel Kraus
A coming of age story...with dead bodies.

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
The dead don't always stay dead...

Friday, October 11, 2019

App Review: Labo Leaves

App Name: Labo Leaves
Developer: Labo Lado Inc.
Cost: $1.99
Available on iOS, Amazon, Google Play
Recommended for Preschool and Up

This app encourages kids to get creative with natural elements of colorful fall leaves and to use them to create works of art. This on-screen experience can be a great starting point for a hands on art project.

Friday, October 4, 2019

App Review: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

App Name: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel
Developer: PBS Kids
Cost: $2.99
Available on iOS, Amazon, Google Play, Windows
Recommended for Preschool - Grade 1

This app is based on the TV show produced by the Fred Rogers Company. The show and the app focus on social emotional learning for young children. By playing with Daniel, daily routines and sometimes difficult childhood experiences like going to the doctor can become more familiar. Talking with children about these experiences through play is a productive way to develop strategies for handling things in real life.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Collection Spotlight: YA Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are books made up of comics or illustrations. They can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, anthologies, or any other type of story. Our YA collection features these types of books for middle and high school students. It includes comic books, manga, and graphic novels.

YA Graphic Novel Collection is located under the windows.

Popular Series
My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
This is a popular Japanese manga series about a "normal" boy living in a world of superheroes. There are currently 20 volumes in the series. #21 comes out October 1st!

Berrybrook Middle School by Svetlana Chmakova
This series follows a group of middle school students through all of their ups and downs. There are 3 volumes out now: Awkward, Brave, and Crush. The 4th volume, Diary, comes out on October 29th!

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
This adventure filled series follows a girl named Emily who finds a magical amulet. There are 8 volumes in the series. A ninth volume is expected, but there is no release date yet.

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto
This Japanese manga follows a young ninja who dreams of becoming the leader of his village. There are 72 volumes in the series. The last volume was published in the US in 2015. If you just can't get enough, you can also check out Boruto: Naruto Next Generations - the 7th one in this series comes out in November!

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess by Akira Himekawa
Based on the popular video game. There are currently 5 volumes, and the 6th on is due out in February of 2020.

Popular Stand Alone Titles
Drama by Raina Telgmeier
Callie's middle school life is full of drama on and off the stage and she work on her school's musical. This book came out in 2012 and has been consistently one of our most checked out graphic novels!

Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jarrett Krosoczka
Younger graphic novel readers will recognize this author from his popular and goofy Lunch Lady series and loads of other popular titles. Hey Kiddo is a much more serious, autobiographical book about addiction and its affect on his family.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
A graphic novel adaptation of a the popular and spooky novel about a young girl who ventures through a mysterious door into a new world where she must fight to save herself and others.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
This autobiographical story about the author's childhood growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Anya isn't fitting in at school, but when she falls down a well and makes friends with the ghost living there things really start to get exciting.

New & Coming Soon!
Fever Year by Don Brown - a nonfiction graphic novel about the influenza pandemic in 1918

Marie Curie: A Life of Discovery by Alice Milani - a biography of the Novel Prize winning scientist

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia - from DC comics

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker - about a teen witch who works at a bookshop