Kid Bits - A Porcine Wonder !

If you are a fan of delightful pig fiction, then discover the tales of Mercy Watson. Mercy is the favorite pig of Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Read her adventures in
Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride;
Mercy Watson To The Rescue;
Mercy Watson Fights Crime and Kate DiCamillo's newest addition to the series
Mercy Watson: Princess In Disguise. Kids can read these as a "first chapter book", or the family can enjoy them together. OINK with pleasure !

Madeleine L'Engle Brought Us Such Reading Pleasure

I remember being curled up in my "hiding place" 44 years ago and reading the first line, "It was a dark and stormy night". How many thousands of other children were turned upside down by Madeleine L'Engle's imagination and amazing literary skills? In her Newbery Award acceptance speech the author, who often claimed that children's literature is literature too difficult for adults to understand, said "A writer of fantasy, fairy tale or myth must inevitably discover that he is not writing out of his own knowledge or experience, but out of something both deeper and wider." That is why L'Engle, who wrote more than 60 books and died this week at the age of 88, will continue to enrich the lives of many young readers on a dark and stormy night.

ACT/SAT Test Practice on Thursday, September 6

Taking the ACT or SAT soon? LearningExpressLibrary can help you get ready. Join us 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center and take an e-practice test.

Baby Bits - Chick-Chick-adee !

Baby PlayGroup series is arriving the week of September 10, 2007. And new books keep arriving. Look for rhythm and rhyme and names and pictures you LIKE!
Remember .... You'll need to read it again, and again, and AGAIN!
Try Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan; and Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett; and The Cow Who Clucked from Denise Fleming.

Kid Bits - Baseball

Ah ... Baseball Season's coming to an end, but mighty Casey carries on. Ernest Lawrence Thayer's Classic Casey At The Bat sets the climate. Dan Gutman has created a sequel Casey Back At Bat.
"CAN Casey bring joy back to Mudville?"

The Power of Sisterhood

Here’s a great new family read-aloud that will take you through the landscape of Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and other fairy tales while the spunky Eden sisters run into the woods, chased by ravenous wolves and the evil Dr. DeWilde, all the while clinging to the precious pipe given to them by their worthless mother on her deathbed.

After the War

I just found two brand new stories for young children that remind us that wars do end and that there is compassion, humor and generosity even in the midst of destruction. Both Dadblamed Union Army Cow by Susan Fletcher and One Thousand Tracings:Healing the Wounds of World War II by Lita Judge are based on true stories. The feisty Union Army cow refuses to leave her young soldier and saves many men from starvation. In One Thousand Tracings a mother and daughter send hundreds of shoes to distressed families in war torn Europe. Both stories are beautifully illustrated with fascinating author's notes at the end.

Joey's Back!

If you have already met Joey Pigza then you will jump up and down even faster than he can when I tell you he is back in I Am Not Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos. He has already swallowed a Key, lost control and asked himself what would Joey do? Now he has dropped out of school to triple flip turkey burgers and try to keep up with his crazy dad’s crazy scheme. Hang in there Joey!

Kid Bits - Share The Yiddish

Oy Vey! Kibbitzers and Fools: Tales My Zayda Told Me by Simms Taback is a very fun collection of brief tales, Yiddish sayings, and colorful illustrations. It's a very nice family shared read. Gey gezundt!

Culture Bits - Share The Princess

The PRINCESS And The PEA has been around for generations. Rachel Isadora has illustrated a brand new version of The Princess And The Pea and she tells the story using iconic African patterns and profiles. It is bee-yoo-tee-ful !!

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