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Summer Reading - Let's Shoot for the STARS!!!!

Our public libraries have planned great summer reading programs with fun activities and prizes. Get in some fantastic hours of reading this summer. You can count listening to audiobooks also.
Here are the Kick-off days for the libraries and how long their program lasts
Libraries - Taking you OUT-OF-THIS WORLD!
Library Start-date Completion date
Cibecue Community Library                   June 26 July 26
Clay Springs Public Library Call for Dates  
Holbrook Public Library May 29  
Hopi Public Library June 3 July 12
Kayenta Contact for Dates  
Pinedale Public Library May 31 August 2
Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library June 11 July 17
Rim Community Library (Heber) June 6 June 27
Show Low Public Library June 3 July 19
Snowflake-Taylor Public Library June 1 August 1
Whiteriver Public Library June 26 July 26
Winslow Public Library May 31 July 20
Woodruff Community Library June 4 July 30


Fun with Math and Science programs at the library

Wow! Kids are having fun at the libraries that are holding Fun with Math and Science hands-on programs. Coming up are programs in Hopi's Polacca Branch, Cibecue and Whiteriver in July. If you missed these grant-funded programs check with your local library when they will be holding another series of 6 programs that focus on some part of math and science.

What a great chance to play with a bunch of science gadgets and learn basic science and math skills. These are for preschoolers. Be sure to bring your parents with you, to attend all 6 sessions, so you can learn together.

Check the Event Calendar for the days and times where Fun with Math and Science programs are still taking place.

The Summer Reading programs will also offer other science-related programs in the libraries.

Top-selling books from Baker & Taylor for Children
1.  Harold & Hog Pretend for Real! by Dan Santat
2.  Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider, by James Dean
3.  Pinkalicious Fishtastic! by Victoria Kann
4.  Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breatout Game, by Chris Grabenstein
5.  The Hawaiian Heist, by Geronimo Stilton
6.  Theodore Boone: The Accomplice, by John Grisham
7.  Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, by Jeff Kinney
8.  Shouting at the Rain, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
9.  The First, by Katherine Applegate
10. I Have an idea! by Herve Tullet

Upcoming Days to Celebrate with TumbleBooks
Read these Titles on TumbleBooks as these special days arrive:
June 17: Eat Your Vegetables Day

Today is Eat Your Vegetables Day! True, they're not the most exciting food... But they are SUPER good for you! Green, yellow, red, and even purple! They come in all sorts of colors and shapes, textures and tastes!

Maybe if you don't like peas or spinach so much, you could experiment! Find a vegetable that you DO like! For instance, did you know that if you eat too much asparagus or beets, your pee will change colors? Neat!

Whatever it takes, please listen to your parents when they tell you to "EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!" And don't forget to read the classic "The Lima Been Monster" and hear a funny tale that imagines what might just happens when you avoid eating your vegetables!!

June 19: National Kissing Day

Kissing? What? GROSS!! Yes, yes, yes... I can hear you now... Blergh!

But... there are many kinds of kisses, and they all serve the same purpose: to show someone how much you love them.

Butterfly kisses, pecks, and don't forget a "Pocketful of Kisses"!

Digby is nervous on his first day of school, but his mom blows a dozen kisses into his pocket so that he'll remember how much she loves and believes in him all through the day!

June 21: Summer Solstice

After a LONG winter, and a COLD spring, Summer is finally, and officially, here! Take some time to enjoy the sun (wear sunscreen!), go for a swim, and play with friends! Just like Nathan! But take a lesson from "Nathan Saves Summer"... Everyone deserves a chance to play! You'll be surprised just how resourceful people can be.

June 21: National Aboriginal Day (Canada)

June 21st is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. It is a day to commemorate and honor the role that First Nations' peoples have played in North America. From Annick Press comes "When I as Eight" which is a bittersweet tale about a resilient little girl, who faces serious challenges in a Residential School.

June 21: Take Your Dog To Work Day

Shhh... You didn't hear it from me... But June 21st is Take Your Dog To Work Day! Now, that doesn't mean EVERYONE should bring their dog to school with them, but some adults do! And you can still dream (as this dog-less Tumbler does!). Read what happens when Boomer, the dog, goes to school with his human!

National Take Your Dog To Work Day happens every year on the Friday after Father's Day!

June 24: The Last Week of SCHOOL!!!

June 24th begins the last week of school for many of our readers! Or maybe it marks the first week of freedom! Or maybe you've been off school since May?

Regardless of when your school year officially ends, let's take time to celebrate the freedom that SUMMER brings! What are your plans this summer? Are you camping? Travelling?

Have you ever thought about what your TEACHERS are doing over the summer break? No? Well I'll let you in on a little secret: they don't live in the school! Check out Tumble-favorite "Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10"!

June 26: United Nations Charter Signed in 1945

After the peace treaty ending World War II was signed, fifty countries came together to form the United Nations in 1945. This shows us how vastly different nations and cultures can work together for peace. In a way, the TumbleBook "Enemy Pie" is like the forming of the UN... as both show how entities with a history of enmity are not very different from one another in ways that matter most, and how they can get along!

June 27: Born on this day in 1859... Mildred J. Hill

You may not have heard of Mildred J. Hill before, but I bet you've sung her tune MANY times! In fact, here's a clue: you could even sing it for her TODAY! Mildred is the musician behind the "Happy Birthday" song! Today she would be 168 years old! Another catchy tune is "BINGO"!

June 29: International Mud Day

They say that "Every dog has its day"... Well that's true for everything! Because June 29th is (REALLY!) "International Mud Day!" We're not lying, honest! Google it! MUD DAY IS REAL! It's a pig's dream come true! Somewhere, there's a puddle with YOUR name on it! Go outside and have some dirty, muddy fun! Boots optional! Jule Ann, from Robert Munsch's classic "Mud Puddle" has the right idea! But please, don't send TumbleBooks your laundry!

Free Interactive eBook of the Month

Join in the fun as a young boy awakens to find that eveything around him is "odd". See if you find all the odd things that surround him throughout the day - both at home and at school. Will his "odd day" end when he goes to bed that night?

This book is specifically designed to be both fun to read and a launch pad for discussion and learning.  eBooks with Auto-flip, Auto-Read, and selectable English and Spanish text,

Philip Pullman wins J. M. Barrie Award

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman (right), author of the His Dark Materials fantasy trilogy, is the winner of the 2019 J. M. Barrie Award, given annually in recognition of a lifetime achievement in delighting children. Vicky Ireland, chair of Action for Children’s Arts, which sponsors the award, said that Pullman is “a magical, magnificent spinner of yarns, who for many years has pulled his readers and audiences in by the power of his imagination to explore realms of wonder and adventure.” The award will be presented at a ceremony in central London in the autumn....

The Guardian (UK), Mar. 21; The Bookseller (UK), Mar. 20


2019 Children Books Awards
2019 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children's Book and Honor Books
Winner: Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
book cover: Hello Lighthouse book cover: Alma and How She Got Her Name book cover: A Big Mooncake for Little Star book cover: The Rough Patch book cover: Thank You, Omu!

2019 Newbery Medal Winner and Honor Books
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Book cover: Merci Suárez Changes Gears Book cover: The Night Diary Cover: The Book of Boy  
2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner and Honor Books
Winner: Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor
book cover: fox the tiger book cover: The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap book cover: Fox & Chick, the Party book cover: King & Kayla Case of the Missing Tooth book cover: Tiger vs. Nightmare  

2019 Coretta Scott King Award Winners and Honor Books
Author Award Winner: A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield
Illustrator Award Winner: The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer
A few red drops book cover The stuff of stars book cover  

AZ Book Festival Book Characters
What fun to come across these fun book characters at the Arizona Book Festival! The action was in Tucson on Saturday, March 2. Do you recognize them?

“There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading,” bestselling author James Patterson says. “There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books. If we can put the right book in their hands, the story will do the rest.”
Brainteasers, Anyone?
You can go to this site and find 45 brainteasers for kids:

Khan Academy - Help with School Subjects
 Khan Academy offers help to lots of teens and adults through online videos with lots of subjects. Now the website also offers help for Elementary Kids who may be needing an extra boost with some subjects. It's like getting your own personal tutor! Just sign up with your email and see what Khan Academy can do for you. Don't get frustrated with schoolwork. Get help.

Time for Kids
A news magazine for children, this site covers current events and sports, and it offers challenging games.
Weekly Reader
An online educational magazine with content geared to different grade levels.
National Geographic World
National Geographic's online magazine for children with articles, cartoons, and games.
Ranger Rick
This on-line version of a popular children's magazine offers homework help, articles and activities.
Cricket Magazine Group!
Website for the Cricket Magazine Group that includes: Cricket, Spider, Ladybug and Babybug.
For children in grades 4-8, this electronic magazine explores environmental education.
Crank It Up! - Kids can compose and record multilayered rhythms using pots, pans, wooden spoons and even the computer keyboard to create a masterpiece. all ages.
Scratch - Create movies, music and video games at Scratch, developed by MIT Media Lab members. Ages 8 and up. - Kids write, read and tell stories by creating comic strips online, then printing & e-mailing them to friends or relatives. All ages.
Fidgit on - Fidgit is a multiplayer game on PBS' Design Squad site. Kids can also design & build their own games & challenge their friends. Ages 8 to 13.
Story Cove - Children can listen to or watch a story unfold on this site. Story Cove folktales come from a variety of cultures and places. They share timeless values and simple, universal lessons. Family Channel - Family Programming Section of the popular movie and TV show streaming site. Hooda Math is all about making math fun. Visit the games page to play math games which help reinforce math concepts. Watch a tutorial to learn math concepts. From Family Fun magazine...lots of crafts and holiday ideas. PBS site for kids that includes learning games, paint box, and links to PBS shows.
Yahoo internet games- Links to internet interactive games., is an interactive website providing children with the virtual experience of going to a library. StoryPlace currently consists of two libraries, the Preschool Library and the Elementary Library.
Best History Websites- History portal created for students, educators, and history enthusiasts CNN site for students and teachers with lots of homework resources and current events program support.
History Net- Historical information and access to history related online publications
Presidents of the U.S.- Resource on U.S. Presidents created by Internet Public Library
Time for Kids- News magazine for children covering current events and sports.
Ask Dr. Universe- From Washington State University...answers questions on many topics.
Ask Jeeves for Kids- Search engine that uses natural language algorithms. Also searches Yahooligans and Education World.
Awesome Library- Over 17, 000 on-line resources organized by topic in 5 languages.
Fact Monster- Almanac, dictionary, and encyclopedia from Information Please Almanac
High School Ace- Detailed reference collection with monthly features.
Homework Spot- Links by subject for all ages.
Zoom School- On line classroom.

MATH For elementary and middle school...flash cards, metric conversion, multiplication tables, etc. -
Learn how to do basic arithmetic with fractions (add, subtract, and multiply).
READING AND WRITING Great lists of books of all genres
Children's Book Council Spelling games for elementary children Reading suggestions, games, and activities

Enchanted Learning- Information about animals and habitat Ask a scientist archives for elementary age
National Geographic World- Web resources for science experiments
Your Science Fair Project Guide- Web resources for science experiments


Arizona Author Dianne White's Top Ten Picture Books Recommendations

In her interview with the Arizona Republic, Dianne White says children need to see the adults in their lives reading. If we want children to read they need to see it happening around them (Morrison, K, 2015). Dianne is a celebrated picture book author, poetry lover and teacher living in Gilbert, AZ. Here are her top ten picture books recommendations.

Bubba and Beau, Best Friends A Mama for Owen Tough Boris Kitten's First Full Moon Product Details
The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story Little Blue Truck Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold Product Details

Morrison, K. 15 Feb. 2015, Rythum and “Blue”: Writer uses poetry to teach kids. Arizona Republic

Great websites to check out!
Here are some newly recommended websites you might want to explore:
CBC Kids -
CBeebies -
Classics for Kids -
Kids in the House -
Learn. Genetics -
Nourish Interactive in Spanish -
Sparky the Fire Dog –

e-Books for e-Kids
If you haven't tried TumbleBooks, do it now!! Have great fun with these picture books and chapter books read for you online.
e-Books for e-Kids
TumbleBookLibrary is now iPad and Android compatible! Log in with your mobile device and click ok to launch the mobile site. No app is required!


TumbleBooks in Spanish
TumbleBooks son libros ilustrados animados, que hablan y enseñan a los niños la alegría de la lectura en un formato que les encantará. TumbleBooks se crea adoptando las ilustraciones de libros existentes con animaciones, sonidos, música y narración para producir un libro electronico de imágenes que usted puede leer, o que es leido a usted. En Español

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. In English

Featured Website
Funbrain Jr. ("A Fun Place to Learn") helps preschoolers and kindergarteners jumpstart their journey of learning with engaging games, stories and printables. Kids love playing and learning with Funbrain Jr., and you'll love that they're building math, early literacy and problem solving skills, while also developing important computer skills. Come discover this world - sit together and play, or let your little learner explore Funbrain Jr. independently - it's up to you!
Suggestions for eBooks
Read them through Freading eBooks.

The Berenstain Bears by Jan & Stan Berenstain

Charming stories geared to pre-schoolers with wonderful illustrations. Each book holds a lesson so they are educational as well! "Storytime Treasury", "The Big Book of Science and Nature", and "Soccer Star" are just a few of the Bear's adventures that are available for reading right now!


The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

Lets readers into the life of Anna, an intelligent fourth grader who does not hang out with the "popular" crowd, is embarrassed by her Chinese mother who does not speak English, and tries to bury her concerns by keeping her nose in books such as "A Wrinkle In Time" and "My Side of The Mountain" at all times. She eventually learns that she can't read about how to make friends. (Ages 6-9)

"This novel is a treasure to share with every middle- grade reader you know" -The New York Times


"Readers are left to discover the extraordinary within the ordinary, and to witness how kindness can draw trust and create confidence in the hesitant child"

- School Library Journal


Theodosia and The Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

The story is a part of a series available on Freading. Theodosia is the clever, spirited daughter of an often absent archaeologist and a career obsessed museum worker. She spends most of her time in the museum where he father works and has her own room there. In this installment, her mother brings home an important and cursed artifact from a dig, and Theodosia finds herself in the middle of a mystery. (ages 9-12)

"A combination of Nancy Drew and Indiana Jones"

-School Library Journal" 


Sesame StreetCookie Monster in the Library: Watch this Sesame Street video.

62 Magical Facts About . . .Harry Potter
Harry Potter's birthday is July 31, the same day as his creator, J.K. Rowling. Click here for those 62 magical facts about the series.

Electronic-only Poetry Anthology For Kids at Amazon & Barnes & Noble
PoetryTagSylvia Vardel, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, and poet Janet Wong, have compiled the first ever, electronic-only poetry anthology featuring top poets for children (ages birth-8). PoetryTagTime, available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, for 99 cents, is a collection of 30 new, unpublished poems, ranging from the humorous to serious, about tongues, turtles, and toenails, in acrostics, quatrains, and free verse, written by 30 of the best children's poets. Top talents such as Jack Prelutsky, Joyce Sidman, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Pat Mora, took part in an inventive game of tag, culminating in this collection of connected poems. In the creation of PoetryTagTime, each poet "tagged" another poet and explained how her/his poem connects with a previous poet's offering, in a chain of poets, poems, and play. For more information, visit

SeussvilleVisit Seussville (please click here)!

WhyvilleWhyville is a virtual world where boys and girls from all over the real world come to chat, play, learn, and have fun together. You design your face, earn clams by playing games, hang out at the beach, and go to town events at the Greek Theater. You can start your own business, buy a car and give your friends a ride, or write for the town newspaper.