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05/07/2018 - 10:07am
Cover to Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat

A bright young girl runs through the chaos of demolished streets. Plumes of black smoke rise from the rubbled buildings. No one else is in sight. Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) is a life lesson that everyone should receive: always take responsibility for your actions, particularly when they involve a ginormous hulking robot with the power to crush cars and shoot lasers every which way.

Usually, when my school science projects went wrong, it was more of a mild disappointment than anything else. My baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano did not erupt. I received a C- instead of a B+. These are minor hiccups when compared to our main character’s situation. Oh No! allows us to think about our own mistakes and say, “Well, it could have been worse…much, much worse.”

06/29/2018 - 9:34am
Discovery Tables

Discovery Tables are back, all summer long! Drop into the Fredericksburg, HowellSalem ChurchSnow, and Porter branches for a rotating series of self-guided, discover-it-yourself STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities. Grades K-6.

04/10/2018 - 2:05am
Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

Many mysteries have been explained through space exploration, but one remains unanswered: Is there anybody else out there? Let the Curiosity rover guide you through the dusty red planet, while she searches for evidence of other life!

04/09/2018 - 2:04am
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón had many, many pets. She had Bonito the parrot who, like Frida, was as colorful as the house she lived in on 247 Londres Street in the city of Coyoacán, Mexico. In La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo was inspired by her animalitos to create beautiful and imaginative pieces of modern art.

04/02/2018 - 1:59am
Cover to Spectacular Spring: All Kinds of Spring Facts and Fun by Bruce Goldstone

If your young child likes vivid photographs with lots going on and lots to think about, your family will enjoy sharing Spectacular Spring: All Kinds of Spring Facts and Fun, by Bruce Goldstone. Like many of the Dorling-Kindersley books, this one has two ways to read it.

For example, one headline reads, “Days Get Longer." You might prefer to just go from headline to headline for the youngest listeners. As your children grow and their interest levels in the details of the world around them increase, bring in the rest of the words on the page. Below "Days Get Longer," you'll see, “Spring begins on the vernal equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere, that’s a day near March 20 when day and night are both 12 hours long.”

For older readers/listeners, there are also pages devoted to some of those how-and-why questions, with their own bright illustrations, such as, “How Do Umbrellas Work?” and “Seeds Travel in Many Ways.”

03/12/2018 - 1:45am
Cover to Everybunny Count! By Ellie Sandall

This gentle, jaunty rhyming book is perfect for springtime. With Everybunny Count! children will not only be counting the many interesting things the bunnies see as they go on their hide-and-seek hunt for Fox. They will also be encouraged to name what they see:

“We’ve spotted something in the tree,
Everybunny count to THREE!”

01/31/2018 - 12:18am
Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro

Like most animals during the winter months, field mice take cover underground. They stay warm in tiny burrows built into farmhouse walls or hollow logs. But not Lucy. Lucy the field mouse LOVES winter. She loves the feeling of the snow beneath her paws, the frosty air that makes her whiskers freeze. Most of all, Lucy loves her fluffy wool hat that keeps her head—and heart—warm.

It makes her brave. It makes her bold. It makes her bloom!

01/24/2018 - 12:13am
Snow Scene by Richard Jackson

What do you know about the out-of-doors and the changing of seasons? What happens when snow falls? What do the trees look like in winter? Icy boughs, covered in snow. How do you feel when snow falls? Look here! We have red ears. And, there? Frosty hair!

Look at the animal prints, the snowmen. How about at night? Everything is white—night white! What will you see soon? A hint of green? Suddenly, it's April, May, June. Springtime is almost here!

11/22/2017 - 2:02am
The Lumberjack's Beard by Duncan Beedie

Big Jim Hickory is a lumberjack.

Every day, he awakes next to a forest, in a little log cabin, and he completes his morning routine: Limbering-up exercises—it's very important to limber up if you're a lumberjack. Jim also has a hearty breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup before he sets out with his trusty ax and heads into the forest.

CHOP-CHOPPETY-CHOP! Jim's ax echoes at every tree he cuts.

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