"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!'
Top 10 Picture Books for Kids 2013
1. Press Here by Herve Tulle
2. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
3. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
4. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
5. This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
6. IWant My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
7. It’s a Book by Lane Smith
8. The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz
9. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
10. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Top 10 Boardbooks Purchased in 2013
1. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
2. Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro
3. Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
4. Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden
5. Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
7. My Big Animal Book by Roger Priddy
8. Doggies by Sandra Boynton
9. The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
10. Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton
e-Books for e-Kids
Thanksgiving Song for Children
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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"
Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young (Little, Brown)
Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renée Russell (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)
Teen Choice Book of the Year
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton/Penguin)
Author of the Year
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel (Amulet Books/Abrams)
Illustrator of the Year
Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet (HarperCollins)
• Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack--Winner!
• Bailey by Harry Bliss
• Dot by Patricia Intriago
• Pirates Don't Take Baths by John Segal
• Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio
• Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel--Winner!
• A Funeral in the Bathroom: And Other School Bathroom Poems by Kalli Dakos
• The Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libby Hamilton
• Sidekicks by Dan Santat
• Squish #1: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
• Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt--Winner!
• Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
• How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz
• Lost & Found by Shaun Tan
• Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Caught Reading in the Library!
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
Sylvia 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 http://poetrytagtime.com.
Whyville 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.
HERE ARE SOME COOL WEBSITES TO HELP WITH HOMEWORK...AND JUST FOR FUN!
A news magazine for children, this site covers current events and sports, and it offers challenging games.
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.
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.
Hoodamath.com 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.
Familyfun.com- From Family Fun magazine...lots of crafts and holiday ideas.
pbskids.org- PBS site for kids that includes learning games, paint box, and links to PBS shows.
Yahoo internet games- Links to internet interactive games.
storyplace.org/storyplace.asp-StoryPlace, 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
CNNfyi.com- 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
Stately Knowledge- Information about each of the 50 states, facts, and historical dates
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.
Yahooligans.com- Yahoo for 8 - 14 year olds.
Zoom School- On line classroom.
Allmath.com- For elementary and middle school...flash cards, metric conversion, multiplication tables, etc.
READING AND WRITING
Bookhive.org- Great lists of books of all genres
Children's Book Council
Funbrain.com- Spelling games for elementary children
Kidsreads.com- Reading suggestions, games, and activities
Enchanted Learning- Information about animals and habitat
Madsci.org- 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