Your children worked hard this school year so don’t let them lose ground! Reading throughout the summer, helps students prevent summer learning loss and the public library offers incentive based programs making summer reading easy and fun. Of course, there’s no required reading list at the public library so any book counts. After all, any reading is good reading! While we have plenty of titles featuring your typical superheroes, here are a few suggestions that star the more unusual sort.
In Snip Snap! What's That?, an alligator crawls out of the city sewers and into an apartment building. The three children inside Room Thirteen hear it creep up the stairs. The book takes a moment to ask the reader, "Were the children scared?"
Every morning, Patricia (Trisha) Polacco wakes to the sounds of singing birds on her old Michigan farm. She goes downstairs, pours herself a cup of coffee, and then plays an antique music box, enjoying its magical beauty. She then sits in her favorite chair, rocks and rocks, and dreams of stories, old and new, that she can tell to children through her words and her drawings.
"Long, long ago, when the earth was set down and the sky was lifted up, all folktales were owned by the Sky God."
So begins an Ashanti tale, Anansi Does the Impossible!, retold by Verna Aardema. Anansi the Spider and his clever wife, Aso, use their wits to buy the folk tales for the Ashanti people. Verna Aardema spent much of her life retelling these folktales.
Boy + Bot are two very different friends who share the same love of discovery. Boy encounters the robot in the woods while collecting pinecones and asks to play. "Affirmative!" the robot answers.
"In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a cold and rainy day, four little friends found a perfect place to play."
A zebra, a lion, a moose, and a sheep find shelter in a cave, but maybe they should have first asked The Very Cranky Bear. He chases the quartet out into the storm with a "ROAR!"
Are you worried about being bored to death over summer vacation? You don’t have to worry any more! Thanks to Super Librarian and the staff at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, people of all ages can sign up for the Summer Reading Clubs online at librarypoint.org or at their local library branches starting on June 1.
When the Bunny family finds an abandoned wolf pup on their doorstep, they raise it as their own. Only big sister Dot is skeptical of little Wolfie the Bunny.
When the vaudevillians came to summer in Bluffton, they brought with them an elephant, a zebra, and a young actor named Buster Keaton. Henry Harrison is a regular kid from the nearby town. Upon meeting the showbiz folks, Henry is entranced by their world of gags and tricks.
I am not afraid of snakes. I find them fascinating, and as a child I even saved my allowance to purchase one as a pet. In recent years, I’ve encountered many copperheads; the ones in the yard are no problem, I simply give them a wide berth and continue on my way. It’s those I’ve met while gardening that make me nervous. There’s nothing like happily weeding down a row only to arrive at the tail of a coiled poisonous snake. Once, a baby’s bright yellow tail tip even stroked my hand in its efforts to escape my rustling. I started to carry my cell phone and “announce” my presence before sticking my hands in, but I was still afraid a copperhead would misinterpret my gardening as a threat and lash out teeth first! So I did some research on copperheads and what happens if you’re bitten. Now, when I start to feel nervous, I remind myself that although poisonous, a copperhead bite isn’t deadly, and that I definitely want to ask for the anti-venom before finding out how much it costs. This knowledge has helped me face my fear and continue a beloved hobby. While not a guaranteed cure, the power of knowledge can be a great reassurance. Here are some books that might help soothe your wary loved ones.