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The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

What if the gawky teenager your mom brought home was actually your 76-year-old grandfather? In The Fourteenth Goldfish, tween-favorite Jennifer L. Holm brings warmth and wit to one of humankind’s favorite scientific quests, the search for eternal youth.

World Food Day

World Food Day
One of the highlights of weekly visits to the Farmers’ Market is the farmers themselves. My  husband and I enjoy catching up with Roberto, his tío Benjamin and primo Cam. When we buy microgreens we talk with John about the weather and how it affected this week’s crop of the delicate food. My niece and nephew love to join us, touching the produce and seeing new foods, such as bitter melons. Their excitement is fun, but I’m especially thrilled that they’re making a connection between the food we eat and someone’s hard work. World Food Day is a worldwide celebration drawing attention to that connection. Between October 12th - 18th, several library branches are hosting “Farms and Forks” storytimes in honor of the event and all branches are accepting canned food donations for local food banks. Here are some books about food that your family will enjoy.  
 

The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle the Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle begins on an island of unclaimed imaginary friends, where each one eagerly waits to be paired up with the right child. When they are finally imagined by lonely boys or girls, they receive not only their best friends but also their names.

Bone by Bone by Sara Levine with illustrations by T.S. Spookytooth

Bone by Bone by Sara Levine with illustrations by T.S. Spookytooth

Imagine if your only bones were a skull, vertebrae, and ribs. What kind of animal would you be? What kind of animal would you be if you didn’t have any bones at all? Find out in Bone by Bone, written by Sara Levine and illustrated by T.S. Spookytooth!

The Monster's Monster by Patrick McDonnell

The Monster's Monster by Patrick McDonnell

Once there were three little monsters who were oh-so-bad but could not agree on who was the absolute worst! In an attempt to settle the argument once and for all, they start building The Monster's Monster.

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex

Monsters, they're just like us! Sure, they lurk in darkened corridors, drink blood, and terrify unsuspecting villagers. When it really comes down to it, though, we all want the same things. In Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, Adam Rex explores every aspect of these monstrous needs...in rhyme!

Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

In Eileen Spinelli’s Another Day as Emily, Suzy is having a difficult year. Her little brother is a town hero for calling 911 and saving an injured neighbor, leaving Suzy feeling jealous of his newfound celebrity. What’s more, the boy she might like is accused of stealing, her parents are paying her less attention than ever, and only her best friend gets a part in the play they both auditioned for.

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

When Floyd's toy kite encounters a tree, it gets terribly, hopelessly Stuck. Floyd is not one to give up on his prized possession, so he takes off his shoe and hurls it at the kite...and that gets stuck, too.

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Who knew that puncuation had so much pathos?! Exclamation Mark stands out from all the periods around him. He tries fitting in, but that line above his head just makes him stand out so much! Exclamation Mark must eventually face the fact that he is different. At first, it does not feel good.

Columbus Day: A Day of Discovery

Columbus Day is sometimes called Discoverers' Day. In the spirit of discovery, take some time to learn about the world as it was in the days of the European explorers. You can make a compass, learn about the stars, read about other explorers and discoverers, and find how even our way of eating has changed since the Europeans came to the Americas looking for gold, glory, and, yes, tasty cooking spices.

Pizza Without Tomato Sauce?

The explorers who came to the Americas found the food enjoyed by the native people to be very different from what they knew at home. They had never seen tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize (corn), pineapples, chili peppers, or even cocoa. The vegetable dishes from the Europe they knew relied on parsnips, cabbages, peas, carrots, turnips, and onions. After being at sea and living off of a diet of lentil soup, salt beef from a barrel, salted sardines, hardtack, and other delights, the fresh, new foods of the islands would have been an astonishing change.