Download of the Day: July 9

Tom Hayden: A Call to Battle Against the Climate Crisis

A clean energy economy may not be the most radical thing Mr. Hayden has championed, but it's among the most important.

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PreK Bits - Stories-To-Go Kits


Recently Launched!
10 new STORIES-TO-GO themes have just been launched.
These pre-selected kits are especially for families, childcare centers, preschools, classrooms, home schools with kids ages 2-7 years old.

The new themes are as follows:
FRIENDS How do you know you have a friend?
FAMILIES Who’s in your family?
OCCUPATIONS What do people do all day?
WORLD CULTURES A variety of world cultures are represented.
SAFETY TOWN Safe behaviors start young.
MAPS Maps and mapping activities are fun and interesting.
GRIEF When a pet or a person dies, how do you work out the grief?
DIVORCE When families separate, how do things work out?
POTTY TIME When it is time to consider using the potty.
HUMAN BODY What makes your body work?
The complete Stories-To-Go collection can be browsed here.

Download of the Day: July 8

Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott

This perpetually popular adventure novel kickstarted the historical fiction genre way back in 1820 when it was published.

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PreK Bits - "H" is for hudgins and hobgoblins

Ms. Rachel invited hobgoblins, hinky pinks and hudgins to tell stories in Preschool Storytime.
The HINKY PINK: an old tale retold by Megan McDonald is a current retell of a traditional storytelling favorite A BED JUST SO by Jeanne Hardendorff (out-of-print book).
Ms. Sara sang "If You're Happy And You Know It" while Ms. Rachel led the motion. This song can be found on these CDs for children:
BOB'S FAVORITE SING-A-LONG SONGS by Bob McGrath; ME, MY FAMILY And FRIENDS by Richele Bartkowiak and Patrick Brennan; and LET'S PLAY! by Raffi.
The “Goblin Story” is a story within the book LITTLE BEAR’S VISIT by Else Holmelund Minarik.

For more tales with miniature fantasy creatures, try the following:
JAMIE O’ROURKE And The POOKA
HERSHEL And The HANUKKAH GOBLINS
TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING FAIRIES
The WOMAN WHO FLUMMOXED The FAIRIES
HORTON HEARS A WHO
The ELVES And The SHOEMAKER
The TOMTEN
CHILD'S BOOK Of FAERIES
GNOMES
BOOK OF LITTLE FOLK

Notable New Memoir: Sally Mann's Hold Still

Renowned photographer Sally Mann’s new memoir, Hold Still, is a breath of fresh, Southern air. Stories of her family—past and present—as well as anecdotes about her deep love of the southern United States and her photography sojourns are interspersed with her beautiful photographs.

Mann generated controversy in the 1990s for her photo collection “Immediate Family,” which featured many pictures of her children, some in the nude. No matter how you feel about these photographs, its undeniable that they are striking, and the work of someone deeply talented. Her other work is equally breathtaking, particularly her haunting landscapes, many of which are taken at and near the farm where she was raised and continues to live, in Virginia.

Hold Still is written at an almost soothing pace. Mann spins out stories of generations of family troubles, and analyzes deeply who she is today. Excerpts from years of letters and diary entries compliment her stories, and add unique details and perspectives to situations whose outcomes have been altered by the passing of time. She writes at length about her beloved South and the deep-seated sense of place that she has found during her lifetime there. I loved becoming more familiar with Mann’s work while also reading this fascinating account of a memorable life.

For more of Mann’s photography, check out Deep South and What Remains.

Download of the Day: July 7

Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen

Young Catherine Morland's fascination with Gothic novels colors her interpretation of events during a summer spent in the city with her best friend's family.

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Download of the Day: July 6

Roman Games - Bruce MacBain

In this mystery of ancient Rome, a notorious senator is murdered and Pliny the Younger is called upon to find the killer or see the senator's household face violent consequences.

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I Smell a Good Book Series

Looking for a fun and pretty way to explore the world around you? I See…, I Hear…, and I Smell… are books in the same picture book series by PatrickGeorge. With bold, colorful illustrations and simple text the books are a great way to get little ones thinking about the world around them by exploring through their senses. There are even some funny finds.

For more fun with senses, check out these other titles as well.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #539

Exquisite Corpse *, marks the first US release for Paris-born bestselling graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu. This is the English translation of her Cadavre Exquis, originally published in French, and a prize-winner at the 2010 Angoulême International Comics Festival, the second largest comics festival in Europe.

Down-trodden twenty-something Zoe is a "booth babe", hawking luxury goods at trade shows by day and dreading the evenings with the unemployed Neanderthal of a boyfriend at home. On a lunch break, she meets Thomas Rocher, a recluse who happens to be a world-famous author, and soon becomes his girlfriend/muse. Everything is fabulous until Thomas' wife shows up, and that's just the first secrets that put into play an expected yet satisfying ending.

"(An) absorbing, fast-paced erotic literary drama... (this) funny and fresh exploration of authorship and a writer's relationship to fame is utterly charming."

An immensely fun and quick read.

* = starred review

To Kill or Not to Kill, That is the Question!

Whether you love it or you hate it, everyone knows about William Shakespeare and his plays: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, the list goes on.

Regardless of your feelings towards the great bard, this comic is definitely worth a look! Kill Shakespeare starts out in the play Hamlet, where the Prince of Denmark has just accidentally killed the nobleman Polonius and is sent away to England. In the original play, we don't really know what happens to Hamlet during this time and he eventually returns to Denmark. Well now is your chance to see what happened in between! At least according to Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. Hamlet is lost at sea, and rescued by King Richard III (the name of another Shakespeare play), who tells him of a great destiny in which he is called the Shadow King, a title Hamlet has recently been called in his visions by three crones (from Shakespeare's Macbeth!)

But what is the destiny of the Shadow King? Why, to kill a man who is said to be a god or a wizard. A man who holds a powerful quill and has accumulated a great following of people in King Richard's kingdom. A man named William Shakespeare.

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