Ages 5-11

FolkTale Bits - African-American Tall Tales

Zora Neale Hurston collected these "lies" from "professional liars" of the Gulf States, as she noticed there was a "decline in the quality of lies and it was just gone get worse, unless somebody did something." Christopher Myers, the adaptor and illustrator, "found them in a government office, which is where they are keeping all the llies nowadays." Each page is a new "lie". It could be great fun to create your own "lies" based on these examples. Can you top this?

Epic Tale from Ancient Iraq

This book is an exquisite rendition of an ancient middle east epic. The pictures and text are perfectly matched. The tale can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Lugalbanda is one of the oldest stories in the world. Lugalbanda was recorded over 5,000 years ago on clay tablets written in cuneiform by the Sumerians. It is older than the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the stories of Homer and the Greek and Roman myths.

Kid Bits - Under Construction

If Trucks and Construction are very interesting to you, try the following picture books ... Hart Hat Area by Susan L. Roth; One Hole In The Road by W. Nikola-Lisa; Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman; and The House In The Meadow by Shutta Crum.

Kid Bits - Kindergarten Starts Soon

School starts in a month and Kindergarten will be a new world. Get ready by reading about it. Try Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson; and the bilingual Spanish-English version in the Foreign Language Collection Prepárate, kindergarten! Allá voy!. Try 10 Days To Kindergarten by Alison McGhee; Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten by Joseph Slate; My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells; The Peanut-Free Cafe by Gloria Koster; or The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing.

Kid Bits - Babies

Is there a new big brother or sister in your home because a new baby arrived? These are stories especially for the bigger sibling. Dear Baby by Sarah Sullivan; Best Kind Of Baby by Kate Laing; Julius, The Baby Of The World by Kevin Henkes; Just Add One Chinese Sister by Patricia McMahon; and Walk On: A Guide For Babies Of All Ages by Marla Frazee.

Sofie and the City by Karima Grant

Sofie does not like her new home in the city. The city is crowded and the people are not friendly. Sofie finds that friendship can make a new place seem like home. Karima Grant tells a story a child just learning english and who misses home can relate to.

Info Bits - Mummies!

Mummies! They are in museums, and books, and movies. You can begin with Tutankhamun: The Mystery Of The Boy King. If you want more about Egyptian mummies try Mummies And Pyramids; for mummies from different cultures try Mummies; and for info you forgot to ask try Mummies, Dinosaurs And Moon Rocks: How We Know How Old Things Are. If you like extension activities you can browse The Detroit Institue Of Art site for some good ideas. Now maybe you're ready for a trip to the museum!

Info Bits - Dig Dinos?

Do you really dig dinosaurs at your house? Check out DinoFacts in these titles and find out neat stuff to grow on. Boy Were They Wrong About Dinosaurs; Double Bones: The Story of Diplodocus; Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs and don't forget to read about The Dinosaurs Of Waterhouse Hawkins.

Favorites by Tahira

With the Summer Reading Game in full swing, and so many books to choose from, I thought I would list my all time favorites:
Henry Huggins, Ramona the Pest, Bud,Not Buddy, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Walk Two Moons, Number the Stars and A Wrinkle in Time.
Favorite writers:
Beverly Cleary, Shakespeare, Christopher Paul Curtis, Mary Shelley, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

One Green Apple by Eve Bunting

One Green Apple tells the story of a Muslim girl who is a stranger in a strange land. On a school field trip she finds that there are many similarities in her old culture and her new one. Eve Bunting brilliantly captures the feeling of isolation experienced by a Muslim girl as she attends her second day of school.

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