Ages 5-11

Fun Fantasy

Are you about 10 years old and like to read Fantasy? Guess what? I REALLY liked the following titles so I'm letting you know!!
Brainboy And The Deathmaster by Tor Seidler, follows Darryl, a twelve-year-old techno-genius, who finds himself the star of his very own life-threatening video game. YIKES!
The Skull Of Truth by Bruce Coville, follows Charlie, a sixth-grader with a compulsion to tell lies. Charlie acquires a mysterious skull that forces its owner to tell only the truth. Hoo BOY!
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Kid Bits - Home

Preschool Storytime Programs begin the week of September 11, and will run for 6 weeks in a row. This week at Malletts Creek and Pittsfield will be stories about "My Home". Here are a few titles to try ... We Were Tired of Living In a House by Leisel Skorpen, The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater, From Here To There by Margery Cuyler, {b:b1033647| A House Is A House For Me] by Mary Ann Hoberman, and Lizard's Song by George Shannon.

Local author's book featured on PBS today

Local author Nancy Shaw's, Sheep on a Ship will be featured on Between the Lions today at 1:30 p.m. on the Detroit station, WTVS, with a repeat next Tuesday, September 12, at the same time. Click here to find out the PBS schedule for channels 23 and 28.

We're Back!!! Baby and Preschool Series begin this week!

The Baby PlayGroup Series and the Preschool Storytime Series start this week throughout the Library System and you don't want to miss any. Remind Babies to bring a Big Person to Baby PlayGroups. Remind the Little Kids to bring their Big People to Preschool Storytimes. While you are in the building say "Hello" to the puzzles, pick a few Books, choose some CDs to sing along together, then wave Bye-Bye when you are done. You can come back next time, too!

Kenya's Word by Linda Trice

Kenya doesn't listen very well in school. This leads to her making a mess of things during class. She is asked to tell the class of her favorite describing word. After a visit to the market, watching a family friend paint, and listening to her father play jazz, Kenya makes her decision. Linda Trice has written a wonderful picture book that subtly expresses the message that black is beautiful.

Mystery Bits - the Wright book

If you like facts along with your fiction, read Wright 3 by Blue Balliett. There is a mystery to solve for the three sixth gradersin this book. While following the clues you learn about architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Robie House in Chicago, and facts about both of them. If this book intrigues you, read more in Frank Lloyd Wright: Maverick Architect and Frank Lloyd Wright For Kids and compare facts with fiction.

Mercy Me!

This is one joyful, adventurous little pig, and she is much better looking than her parents! Kate Dicamillo's newest reads for the beginning chapter book crowd, Mercy Watson to the Rescue and Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, are filled with escapades illustrated by Chris Van Dusen that look like 1950's pics gone wild. Check out the fabulous description of Dicamillo's essay writing experience on her kid-friendly website katedicamillo.com. It says it all.

Kid Bits - School Days

Chrysanthemum loves her name until she starts school and other children make fun of it. Kevin Henkes is a masterful author who tells satisfying stories which illustrate creative adult solutions to complex young feelings. If you are looking for more "School Stories" as the new school year looms, try Wemberly Worried, Countdown To Kindergarten, Twelve Days Of Kindergarten, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten, Edward Unready For School, Preparate Kindergarten Ala Voy!/Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come!

Bessie Smith and the Night Riders by Sue Stauffacher

Emmarene is excited when Bessie Smith and the Harlem Frolics arrive in her town. She can't afford a ticket to the show and waits outside the tent for a peak at Bessie. She sees a member of the Ku Klux Klan pulling out the stakes of the tent and runs in to warn Bessie. To her surprise Bessie comes out and confronts the Ku Klux Klan, frightening them off. Based on a true story with some embellishment for the entertainment of younger readers, Sue Stauffacher shows how the courage of one person can save the lives of many.

Punxsutawney Phyllis

This adorable tale by Susanna Leonard Hill is all about a young groundhog named Phyllis and her desire to become the next Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog who emerges every February 2nd to determine whether spring will arrive early or late. The only problem is, Phyllis is a girl and the tradition of foretelling the weather has always been passed down to the men in the family. Well, little Phyllis has her own ideas and great senses too. You'll have to read it to see if she gets her wish. This wonderfully illustrated picture book also includes a nifty summary of Groundhog Day and a brief history of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

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