Ages 5-11

Wonderful Youth Poetry Books

The summer may be starting to wind down, but there's still plenty of time to read! One often-forgotten genre in the world of kid's books is poetry. There is a ton of great youth poetry out there beyond Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky (beloved as they are) and it's often short, sweet, and funny. Poetry can sometimes seem intimidating to get into, but the books below are anything but! With the summertime left to us, why not try out some of this awesome genre?

Mirror Mirror: A book of reversible verse and Follow Follow: a book of reverso verse, both by Marilyn Singer, are retellings of fairy tales with a twist: they tell one point of view read top to bottom, and another point of view when read bottom to top. Figuring out which fairy tale each story is telling is a lot of fun, plus the illustrations are gorgeous.

Following up the fairy tale theme, Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: false apology poems by Gail Carson Levine is full of fairy tale characters who aren't REALLY sorry for their misbehavior and use poems to falsely apologize a la William Carlo William's poem "This is Just to Say."

Last, but not least, we have This Is Just to Say: poems of apology and forgiveness by Joyce Sidman. This book features a (fictional) class of sixth graders writing poems asking for forgiveness for various infractions, both serious and less so, with a corresponding second half in which the poem recipients write their own poems in response. If you like your poetry to have a little narrative to it, this one is for you.

Go forth and explore poetry!

Get an Inside Look at the White House...When Audrey Met Alice

Ever wonder what life is like for a kid in the White House? Then check out When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens.

Thirteen-year-old Audrey Rhodes became the First Daughter when her mother was elected the first female President of the United States. Sadly, life in the White House is far more frustrating than fun. After her last hope of making friends at her new school is ruined by a security breach, Audrey feels alone and miserable. Then she discovers the diary of Alice Roosevelt, eldest child of Theodore Roosevelt and a former First Daughter herself. Alice seems to understand exactly how Audrey is feeling, and while reading about the lively and rebellious Alice – whose antics included taking her pet garter snake, Emily Spinach, to dinner parties and sneaking a boy into the White House by dressing him up like a girl – Audrey decides to try out a little of Alice’s rebellious spirit. By channeling Alice, Audrey is eventually able to stand up for a cause both she and Alice believe in – marriage equality.

I have been a big fan of Alice Roosevelt ever since reading the wonderful picture-book biography What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley, and so I loved getting to learn more about Alice and her White House adventures. Readers who enjoy spunky female characters and kids who stand up for what they believe in will definitely enjoy meeting Alice for themselves.

'Show Off' This Summer!

Are you bored? Need something fun to do this summer that doesn't involve sleeping? Then check out Show Off: How to Do Absolutely Everything One Step at a Time by Sarah Hines Stephensand Bethany Mann! Both kids and adults will find something to love in this book of explosive fun. Inside you will find stunts, tricks, pranks, experiments, projects, recipes, games, and more! Maybe you've always wanted to spin a basketball on your fingertip, astounding your friends. Or perhaps you wish you could move on the dance floor like a worm, baffling your enemies into silence. Your bucket list will be cheering you on as you cross off item by item! Many of the activities in this book suggest grown up supervision, but you can rest assured that you can definitely "try this at home!" Check out this book. Your ego will thank you.

Kid Bits - I CAN PLAY IT SAFE

Ann Arbor Rec & Ed is running SAFETY TOWN CAMP 2014 for all children entering Kindergarten in the Fall.

Here is a LIBRARY LIST of titles to teach safety with elementary school children.
The following topics are especially included:
BICYCLE SAFETY
Stranger Safety SAY NO And GO: Stranger Safety
Animal Safety MAY I PET YOUR DOG?
Getting Lost I LOST MY DAD
Fire Safety IF THERE IS A FIRE
Personal Boundaries BECAUSE IT'S MY BODY

3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge- All Submissions 2014

2014 submissions were accepted for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. The following are all the students and the work they submitted for this year's Short Story Challenge. The winning stories can be viewed here.

Third Grade

Hiraku Aso, "Planetarium"
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Abby Bowers, "Harry on the High Seas"
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Caitlyn Cupitt, "My Ordinary Day"
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Connor Fischer, "Captain Pickel Pants and the Time Machine"
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Jadon Fischer, "Niko de Angelo's Adventure"
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Madeline Hendriksma, "Suri Story"
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Joe Hickman, "Ghost in the House"
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Anniyah Hinton, "Girls Night"
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Salsabeel Hodge, "Three Kids Three Different Lives"
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Michael Howard, "Without a Sun"
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Emily Jiao, "The Magic Rug"
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Joe Juarez, "Quacky Duck"
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Thomas Kaechele, "Mystery of River Creek"
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Brigit Keiter, "Vampire Girl"
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Sophie Kriz, "The Original Adventures of Emily"
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Amy Lei, "The Story of Nancy Silk"
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Emma Li, "Dragon Friends!"
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Peyton Manning, "Sled Ride"
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Shannon McKay, "My Birthday"
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Julia Mei, "The Start of Skating"
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Sydney Richardson, "Mackinac Island"
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Jane Ryu, "Benjamin"
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Alexandra Salazar-Esquivel, "My Turtle"
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Kureha Shibuya, "My Trip to Japan"
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Mica Sims, "The Surprise"
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Niko Stamadianos, "Ted"
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Justin Su, "The Land Nobody Knew"
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Meena J. Suresh, "The Ghost of the West"
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Kaden Thornton, "The Magical Book"
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Eliza Ann VanEe, "Save the Slaves!"
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Jack Vlasak, "Snow Boarding"
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Tyler Waller, "The Day I Got My Horse"
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Fourth Grade:

Rokaya Benloucif, "My Diary"
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Georgie Branch, "Pop"
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Anna Clingenpeel, "The Best and Worst Times of Life"
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Suri Doepfer, "Untitled"
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Becca Kingham, "The Epic of King's Adventure"
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Fionnuala MacKercher, "The White Wolf"
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Alma Moga, "Lupa and the Pie"
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Mandy Pritts, "The Mystery of the Missing Cookies"
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Jennifer Shim, "I'm Always Here for You"
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Kendall Spink, "Princess"
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Karinne Tennenbaum, "One Thought After Another"
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Katrina Walbridge, "My Marvelous Friend"
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Amy Xiu, "The Dangers of Pollution"
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Eric Huayi Zhang, "The Gum Story"
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Fifth Grade:

Ahmed Adudiab, "The Winter of 2014"
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Zaina Al Habash, "Two Giraffes, One Big Story"
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Zakariya Alem, "Zomz"
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Luna Alkassem, "That Jaguar"
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Huda Al-Regib, "The Man in the Woods"
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Romaissa Ameziane, "The Amulet of Vadla"
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Nina Ang, "Bram's Quest"
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Abigail Anne Tejero Babila, "Carol the Hero"
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Samuel Bechar, "Traveling Through Time"
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Kira Brehob, "King of the Clouds"
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Evelyn Carroll, "Ivy and the Brain Wave Scooter"
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Myra Davis, "Nicole's Mermaid Adventure"
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Abby Dobson, "The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly"
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Nathaniel Dodge, "Resc-alcon"
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Rachel Amanda Eglinton, "The Impossible"
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Muneer Elshaikh, "Monday Midnight"
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Noor Elshaikh, "Iris"
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Niv Fisher-Pinsker, "Stuck in Time"
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Grace Franklin, "Josephine's Canyon"
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Aarush Goel, "WhiteJill"
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Lirit Green, "The Worst Day of My Life"
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Shoshana Green, "Mystery at Midnight"
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Gracie Greenberg, "Be Careful What You Wish For"
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Nadra Harbali, "The Demon Dragon and the Gem"
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Makayla Harris, "Hutch McLaw: The Case of the Sparkling Torch"
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Luka Hecht, "Misplaced"
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Hajawr Khan, "The Magic Mirror"
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Max Klarman, "Falling"­­
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Sarah Larson, "Lenny the Leprechaun"
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Ari Leflein, "The Door to Happiness or Despair"
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Aishah Mahmood, "The Cipher Competition"
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Asieh Mohammed-Azizi, "The Lightning Girl"
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Aafaf Moustafa, "The Magic of Magena"
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Zach Newpol, "The House in the Woods"
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Adi Orlyanchik, "Kwiko the Dragon"
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Evan Rago, "I am a Deity"
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Marisa Redding, "The Meadow Song"
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Saphira Samuels, "A Tale of Two Sisters"
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Jessica Schwalb, "The Squirrels"
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Laibah Siddiqui, "The Journey"
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Nathan Strauss, "Falling from an Airplane"
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Joann Sun, "The Stolen Glasses"
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Brendan Sutton, "Mission Possibility"
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Zayd Tanbour, "The Broken Arm"
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Aakarsh Verma, "Mines of Ashland"
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Kinneret Weiss, "Jake the Handyman"
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Layla Youssef, "The Postcard"
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Brainfuse: Live Tutoring & Homework Help

Have you forgotten everything you learned in school already? Don't despair! You can log on to Brainfuse. Their live Homework Help is available from 2:00PM-11:00PM every day, even in summer! The interactive Study Suite is accessible anytime with your AADL account log in information. For more details about the amazing facets of Brainfuse read these FAQs. Using Brainfuse can make learning fun for parents & kids! College students and adult learners can benefit from it, too! Give it a try and you can re-learn the stuff you thought you forgot.

Scary Murder Mystery – With Ghosts!

In the mood for something spooky this summer? Then give The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud a try.

This unusual murder mystery is set in an alternative England where ghosts have grown more and more active in the last few decades and Psychic Detection Agencies like Lockwood & Co. employ talented young agents to track down and destroy the sources of these hauntings. When Lucy and her fellow Lockwood & Co. agents uncover an unsolved murder while searching for the source of a haunting, they decide to solve the mystery with the help of the victim’s locket…but someone is out to make sure they never solve this case.

Full of adventure and genuinely scary encounters with ghosts, this story may be written for children but it is not for the faint of heart. Recommended for fans of Alvin Schwartz’s scary stories or older readers who enjoyed Libba Bray’s The Diviners.

Audiobook fans may also wish to check out the audiobook of The Screaming Staircase, which was named one of ALA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2014.

Hogwarts for Fairy Tales

School may be out for the summer, but this summer is the perfect time to discover The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.

At this school, students learn how to be fairy-tale heroes and villains, with good students (known as Evers) attending classes like princess etiquette and animal communication and evil students (known as Nevers) tackling subjects like uglification and henchman training. The story focuses on two new students, best friends Sophie and Agatha, who seem to have been mixed up in the wrong schools. As golden-haired Sophie struggles in the School for Evil, trying to convince everyone she really belongs in the School for Good, foul-tempered Agatha just wants to escape the School for Good and return home.

Fans of the Harry Potter series will enjoy this new twist on a magical boarding school, complete with its own annual traditions, mythical creatures and unusual headmaster, while fans of Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm will appreciate its exploration of the darker side of fairy tales.

Books & Other Fun Stuff that AADL Staff Promoted During our Annual K-12 School Visits!

If during May and June your child or teen came home from school pumped up about the Summer Game and talked about the many books, programs, events and unusual stuff at the library they were lucky enough to see one of the lively presentations our staff do annually. Each May and early June staff visit elementary, middle and high schools to promote the summer game, summer programs and the unusual variety of stuff that we check out at the library! Please find the complete lists of ALL of the books, music tools, science tools and MORE our staff shared during their school visits.

Kayla visited Bryant, Allen, Mitchell, Bach and Carpenter - find her Grade K-2 List and her Grade 3-5 List.

Laura visited Northside, Wines, Hebrew Day School, Burns Park and Dicken - find her Grade K-2 list and her Grade 3-5 list.

Amanda went to Logan, St. Paul Lutheran, King, St. Thomas Catholic and Thurston - find her Grade K-2 list and her Grade 3-5 list.

Mariah visited E. Washtenaw Multicultural Academy, Lakewood, Open and Pattengill. Find her Grade K-2 list and her Grade 3-5 list.

Rachel visited Haisley, Abbot, MI Islamic Academy and Eberwhite. Find her Grade K-1 list, her Grade 2-3 list and her Grade 4-5 list.

Lastly, Erin visited Tappan, Forsythe, Scarlett, Community and St. Thomas Catholic. Find her Grades 6-12 list.

Geography Crafts for Kids

About now most kids are are counting down the days to summer break. However, summer doesn’t have to mean taking a break from learning. AADL has some great books that will have the whole family learning all summer long! The book Geography Crafts for Kids by Joe Rhatigan and Heather Smith offers hands on activities that will have learners of all ages thinking in new and exciting ways about the world we live in. Serve up some plate tectonics with a Pangea Pudding Puzzle or learn the art of cartography by mapping out your neighborhood. This book is filled with over 50 cool projects, along with illustrations and sidebars for parents. Check it out and learn about the world and beyond from your very own home!

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