New and Noteworthy  

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Biographies

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Fun and Fiction

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Helen Keller and the Big Storm

"...Lakin reveals many facts about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Helen is caught in a tree during a storm and is rescued by her teacher. It is then that the child learned of 'the power of Nature' and 'the power of friendship' "--School Library Journal

 

 
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Albert Einstein Genius of the Twentieth Century

"It's hard to believe that a life and work as complicated as Einstein's could be distilled to a Ready-to-Read chapter book, but Lakin does a fine job...with equal focus on Einstein's early life and later successes. His three major discoveries--photons, e=mc2 and the general theory of relativity--are each given a crisp, one-page treatment that will work well for the target age group as well as older readers."---Booklist

 
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Abigail Adams First Lady of the American Revolution

Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book

ALA's Amanda Bloomer Project Selection  

"When Abigail Adams was born, women were expected to be just wives and mothers. But Abigail turned out to be so much more."

 

Amelia Earhart More Than A Flier

"Simple sentences...and colorful illustrations...make the story of this intriguing woman easy to read. The text is filled with many of Earhart's many exciting adventures, from a near collision between her snow sled and a horse-drawn cart when she was young to a stormy ride as an adult across the Atlantic in an ill-equipped airplane."--School Library Journal

 

Clara Barton Spirit of the American Red Cross

 Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book

"Clara Barton was very shy and sensitive, and not always sure of herself. But her fighting spirit and desire to help others drove her to become one of the world's most famous humanitarians. Learn all about the life of the woman who formed the American Red Cross."

 

Harry Houdini Escape Artist

"This easy-reader gives an overview of the life of Erich Weiss, known to the world as Harry Houdini.  The early years of poverty, his hard work to help support his family, and his interest in magic at a young age are simply presented."--School Library Journal

 
 
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Dad and Me in the Morning

 "...the young boy's deafness is unobtrusively woven into this story about a father and child sharing a moment in time...this warm story can be considered for all picture book collections."--Booklist

 

Hurricane!

Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book

"...This realistic story is enhanced with finely drawn illustrations of the landscape and people involved before, during and after the storm."--School Library Journal

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Steve Jobs Thinking Differently

 Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book--Starred

"Even reluctant middle-grade readers will devour Patricia Lakin's...biography of Steve Jobs—a fascinating portrait of a kid who breaks nearly every rule and yet rises to astronomical heights."--Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness

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Bruno and Lulu's Playground Adventure

"All the playground's a stage for these two pals. The text is delivered almost entirely in color-coded speech-balloon dialogue between the friends (yellow for Lulu to match her hair bow and blue for Bruno to mach his glasses). This supports the cartoonish quality of the humorous, digitally rendered art. A playful comic romp of a book for new readers."--Kirkus

"Speech bubbles of different colors delineate the dialogue, making it useful for those who'd like to put on a mini-play..."--Booklist

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Muddy, Mud, Bud

Bud the car loves to be muddy. It makes him look and feel so good! But when he thinks a car wash will help him get muddier, he's in for a big surprise.

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Vroom, Zoom, Bud

Vroom zoom with Bud as he tries to win the race!  Bud always loves to be muddy. When he enters a race, he gets distracted by a mud puddle! Should he jump in, or finish the race?

 

The Stellar Story of Space Travel

Blast off into a galaxy full of fun with this fact-tastic nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series about the history of fun stuff!

Did you know that ancient people all over the world looked at the stars and saw constellations? Or that a science fiction author named Jules Verne predicted the first moon landing? Or that astronauts from different countries take turns living on board the International Space Station? Houston, you’re cleared for takeoff and ready to become a History of Fun Stuff Expert on space travel!

 

The Colorful Story of Comics

Do you know how comics, graphic novels, and manga came to be? Or that they have their roots in cave drawings? Did you know that Benjamin Franklin is credited as having the first cartoon in an American newspaper? Ever wonder who put the fun in the Funny Pages? Become a History of Fun Stuff Expert on the funny history of comic strips, graphic novels, manga, and more, and amaze your friends with all you’ve learned in this fun, fact-filled Level 3 Ready-to-Read!

 

Subway Sonata

Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book  

"...During their Monday-morning commute, a writer, a composer, a choreographer, and a painter all converge in a crowded subway car and are inspired by the sights and sounds that fill it. The different works of art that result reflect unique interpretations of the same scene...The book's message--that inspiration is everywhere--is a good one." --School Library Journal

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Max and Mo Series

All named a Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book

These four easy-to-read books are all illustrated by Brian Floca and each includes simple-to-complete activity.


Gone, but not forgotten--your local library may have these books

Don't Forget

CBC Outstanding Social Studies Trade Book

"The story is upbeat, even sentimental...This could be a starting point for introducing the Holocaust to young children...What is compelling is the sense of secrets, both joyful and appalling."---Booklist

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Clarence the Copy Cat

Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book--Starred

Nebraska's Golden Sower Honor Book

"Clarence is supposed to help catch mice in the deli in which he lives with his parents. However since he can't 'bear to harm another living creature,' he is banished...He finally curls up by the door of the local library...Children will laugh out loud as they follow his adventures."--School Library Journal 

"A well-plotted, action packed, comically illustrated story."—Booklist

"Librarians take note: Young customers—those in branches with or without mice—will find much to smile about here."—Kirkus Review

 

Follow Sam, Pam, Will and Jill.   Click here for the parent/teacher guide.

All named Bank Street Children's Book Committee Best Book/Junior Library Guild Selections

Beach Day was an IRA/CBC Best Book