Kid Bits - "easy" chapter books

Are you in Elementary School? Do you read books like Junie B. Jones, Unicorn Secrets, Zack Files, and Animal Ark? Then you can read books like Ruby Lu Empress Of Everything by Lenore Look; Boo's Dinosaur by Betsy Byars; Gloria Rising by Ann Cameron; and Akimbo And The Elephants by Alexander McCall Smith.

Kid Bits - NEW "easy" chapter books

NEW books for kids who are reading "thin" chapter books are always coming in. I see the following NEW titles by Kate DiCamillo on the shelf, Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride and Mercy Watson Fights Crime. Mercy Watson joins Babe, and Wilbur in delightful pig literature. If you already found Mercy Watson To The Rescue you will like these additions. You can also find them in audio-book for car rides. =)

National Pi Day: March 14 (Also Einstein's Birthday, Born in 1879)

Daniel Tammet, author of Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant: a Memoir, in 2004 “raised money for an epilepsy charity by memorizing and publicly reciting the number pi to 22, 514 digits – a new European record” (New York Times, February 15, 2007, page F1).

The article continues:

“His decision to memorize and recite the digits of pi was an important turning point. Racked by nervousness the night before the recitation, he fell into a deep sleep and dreamed that he was walking through the landscape of pi -- that he was actually deep inside the number, enveloped by its sights and colors and textures.

The recitation took place at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, lasted five hours and nine minutes and was monitored by students from the department of mathematical sciences at Oxford Brookes University. Mr. Tammet made no mistakes.

''I wanted to go as far into the other place as I could go,'' he said, speaking of the world of numbers. ''Having reached that point, I felt I felt a kind of release because I could look back and in my mind's eye I could see all the numbers -- all 22,000 numbers in my head -- and I actually turned around in my head and waved them good-bye, because I knew that I wasn't going to see them again, I wasn't going to do something like that again.”

Read a recent book on mathematics to celebrate Pi Day:

It’s Not Easy Being Mean (Clique Series)

If you thought The Plastics from Mean Girls were especially callous, watch out for The Clique in Lisi Harrison's Clique Series. The latest It’s Not Easy Being Mean is on Amazon.com Teen Top Sellers list.

Clique Series (Books 1 - 7)
The Clique
Best Friends For Never
Revenge of the Wannabes
Invasion of the Boy Snatchers
The Pretty Committee Strikes Back
Dial L for Loser
It’s Not Easy Being Mean

The Braid

When their family is evicted from the Western Isles of Scotland in 1850, teenage sisters Jeannie and Sarah are torn apart. Jeannie goes with her parents and younger siblings to Cape Breton, Canada. Her older sister, Sarah, hides so she can stay behind with Grandma. Before they separate, the sisters braid their hair together, and cut it off, each taking half of the braid.

Though likely separated for life Sarah and Jeannie each tell their stories through poems that are knitted together and resonate with those things most important to both sisters, home, security, and heritage. The Braid made the 2007 Best Books for Young Adults list.

Hot Vegetarian Cookbooks, For Everyone!

The AADL has many cookbooks to browse through. If you’re looking for something different, or something yummy, why not check out some tried and true vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. They are sure to please both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Vegan With a Vengeance has simple and delicious recipes. By the same author is Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. The book is just that; all cupcake recipes that are sure to make any dessert lover’s hot list. Fresh From The Vegetarian Slow Cooker is packed with many easy recipes that require staples you’re sure to have around the house. Throw them in the slow cooker and come home to a tasty meal. Last but not least, The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen is full of authentic recipes rich in flavor. These books definitely make cooking fun, and even healthy.

Inventor? Entrepreneur? Investor? Check out the New Enterprise Forum

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If you have an invention you are trying to market you might consider connecting with the New Enterprise Forum to network with other inventors, investors and entrepreneurs. The Forum will be hosting an event on Thursday, March 15 at 5:45 at the Holiday Inn North Campus (3600 Plymouth Rd.)The featured speakers, Hugo Braun, of North Coast Technology Investors, and Rajesh Kothari of Seneca Partners, will discuss "Perspectives on the Investor/Entrepreneur Relationship." The program is free to members and $20.00 for non-members. The organization's mission is "to link entrepreneurs with management expertise, joint venture partners, business services, capital and other critical resources."

National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced

The National Book Critics Circle has a blog, Critical Mass. Since the announcement of the nominees in January most of the nominated titles have been written up on the blog. The write-ups are well worth reading.

The winners are:

Fiction: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The NBCC write-up

Autobiography: The Lost: a Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn
The NBCC write-up

Nonfiction: Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution by Simon Schama

Many "Curious Incidents"

Mark Haddon, author of the wildly popular Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has written a second book, A Spot of Bother about a family in the midst of chaos. Haddon, however, manages to make their trials quite funny even while dealing with serious subjects like cancer, extra-marital affairs and homosexuality. George Hall, father of the on-again, off-again future bride, Katie, is convinced he has cancer when he discovers a skin irritation, the "spot of bother" on his hip. He plummets into a deep depression characterized by cowering on the floor or hiding in the "loo." Jean, meanwhile, is having an affair with one of George's former business partners. And Jamie, George's gay son, is pining away for lost love, Tony. Nearly farcical, Haddon's novel manages to make all these bumbling characters look all too human. Not as insightful as his first, this story may either strike you as fluff or a comic riff on family dynamics.

Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake" in theaters today!

Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake has being turned into a feature film and is in theaters today. It will begin playing at the Michigan Theater March 30th. This article on NPR provides an excerpt from the book and insight into the movie. Check out Fox Searchlight's official movie page for reviews, video excerpts and trailers.

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