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Who Was First?

“In fourteen hundred and ninety-two/ Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”  But there’s more to the story.  As Columbus Day approaches, take a new look at the explorer in Russell Freedman’s “Who Was First? Discovering the Americas.” 

Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie

 Lauren Thompson’s story begins, “This is the pie, warm and sweet, that Papa baked.”  But how did Papa make the pie?  Start with apples, “juicy and red,” then the tree, “crooked and strong,” and so on until we come to “the world, blooming with life, that spins with the sun, fiery and bright…” 
 Perfect for this time of year, “The Apple Pie That Papa Baked” is a rollicking picture book illustrated by Jonathan Bean in tones of cream, sepia, black and red, evoking classic illustrations by Virginia Lee Burton and Wanda Gag. 

In Search of Ancient Humans

She’s only four feet tall and 110 pounds, but little “Ardi” is causing a sensation among paleoanthropologists. Earlier this month, after fifteen years of research, scientists reported that they had identified Ardi’s skeleton as the oldest hominid known to modern humans. Ardipithecus ramidus, as she is formally known, lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. She’s remarkable not just for her age, but for what she tells us about human evolution. Scientists are re-arranging the human family tree in light of this new research.

          Up until Ardi’s discovery, Lucy was the most famous hominid skeleton, and she is still important to an understanding of human evolution. Catherine Thimmesh tells her story for readers ten and up in her new book, “Lucy Long Ago, Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From.”
 

Fall Into New Books

 The next time you’re in the library, take a look at some of the newest books to grace library shelves.  Readers of all ages will be entranced with Jerry Pinkney’s wordless edition of Aesop’s “The Lion and the Mouse.”  The story of kindness rewarded has a simple plot filled with action, just right for a wordless treatment.

New Booklist: Imaginations Run Wild!

Let your own imagination run wild with these books from our newest booklist.

October Author of the Month: R.L. Stine

Get the creepy crawlies with R. L. Stine. He's a master of conjuring things that go bump in the dark. Imagine you've just moved to the town of Dark Falls where you don't know anybody.

Pinky Dinky Doo: Beginning Reading Heroine to the Rescue

Pinky Dinky Doo is full of spunk and has lots of adventures in her own beginning reading series. The books have vibrant artwork and zany text that especially appeals to the pre-reader and beginning reading set. Pinky also has her own show on Noggin.

To get a taste of what Pinky is all about, go to her awesome Web site. There you can play Pinky games, watch more than a dozen videos, and even listen to her audio podcast.

The Ruins of Gorlan: The Start of a Must-Read Series

Will is small for his age and can climb a tree quicker and higher than any of his Ward mates. He hopes to be accepted into Battleschool on Choosing Day so he can become a hero like his father, whom Will never knew. Will is an orphan, left on the steps of Castle Redmont's ward, and Choosing Day is the opportunity each ward has to be apprenticed to a master craftsman. 

SkippyJon Jones: The Wonder Perrito

SkippyJon Jones is a small Siamese cat with a BIG imagination. He loves to pretend that he is El Skippito, a sword-wheeling chihuahua always up for an adventure. But ay caramba! He drives Mama Junebug crazy with his escapades. Little does she know that during each time-out in his room, SkippyJon goes into his magic closet and travels somewhere else, like ancient Egypt and the land of dinosaurs.

To see SkippyJon in action, click here to go to his cool Web site. There you can watch videos, download coloring sheets, and play games.

When you love a color too much...

The little girl who stars in "Pinkalicious" loves the color pink. One day she and her mother make pink cupcakes and she eats soooo many that she turns pink! A certain 5 year-old in our household thought that was the coolest thing and started eyeing her own food as something more than to just put in her stomach.