Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Roller Girl May 2016

What a great book fair! Thank you all for coming to the book fair and supporting the library! I have had a such a great but busy year. I have learned so much from you all and love what I'm doing.
I was very lucky to have some free time during the book fair to read this book.

This is a 2017 CCBA nomination. Astrid and Nicole have been inseparable for years. They do everything together. Once a month Astrid's mom takes the girls on special outings. One of those outings was to a Roller Derby. Astrid decides that she is going to spend the summer at Derby Camp. Astrid assumes that Nicole will go to derby camp as well. However, Nicole goes to dance camp instead. Nicole meets and new friend and suddenly Astrid is left out. Astrid needs to dig deep and find her inner strength to make it through the summer.

May 2016 City of Ember

This month it was harder to sit down and read. School for me ends tomorrow so I am taking home my stacks of books and I'm getting excited for the summer reading program. I signed up yesterday and made sure that I had my library card ready! I hope you are having a great summer so far! Keep reading!

I reread The City of Ember during my evening reading times. I love the story. Hundreds of years ago the Builders created the city of Ember, but lately something has happened and the lights keep going out and the food for the community is running out. Doon and Lina find scraps of an ancient parchment with a puzzle. As they start to decipher the puzzles they find that the Builders may have left behind a plan for a new future for the City. How can they get the citizens of Ember to listen before it's too late?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nubs April 2016

Every day when I get home I am greeted by a 30 pound fuzzy dog that thinks I'm the center of her world. She follows me everywhere, and loves when I give her belly rubs. My dog makes my world just a little bit better. This is why I can get sucked into a good animal story. Just ask me about Incredible Journey.
So when I read this book, I cried. This was an amazing story about a dog who overcame tremendous odds to find a forever home. It is about friendship, kindness, and love. If you are an animal lover; this book is for you.
"We were given four days to 'get rid of the dog or else.'"- Nubs The True Story of a Matt, a Marine & a Miracle.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Squish #4

I have a confession, sometimes I like to read books that are silly. I call them candy books. These books are happy, fun, and quick to read. I love to escape to these fun places especially after a long stressful week.
The book I read today was Squish: The Power of the Parasite. Squish is an amoeba and when school is out for the summer he gets to chose Swim Camp or Ballet Camp. For Squish the obvious choice is to go to swim camp. After a first day spent hiding behind a bush reading his favorite comic book Squish meets a new friend named Basil. Basil is not always the nicest friend and doesn't always make good choices. Squish needs to find the courage to learn to swim and be true to himself. This was a super fun read. I especially loved at the end of the book there was a science experiment! You can find Squish in the Graphic Novel section.

Friday, April 8, 2016

April!! Spiders by Nic Bishop

I never liked spiders much. I always thought of myself as a dog person, until I met Mr. Grundy. Mr. Grundy was my son's 3rd grade teacher. He had a tarantula as a class pet! As a mom, I worried, a lot. However, my son would come home and tell me about the amazing life of this extremely lazy creature. I was very thankful that this criter lived in someone else's classroom. Then I met Ms. Center. Ms Center knew Mr. Grundy, and of course Mr. Grundy had given Ms. Center a spider. Ms. Center could tell that the spider was lonely so she brought her into the library. I absolutely love Miss Fuzzypants. She is very easy to take care of and fun to watch. I might now be a spider person, kinda.

In order to learn about more about Miss Fuzzypants I read this book. It is very informative and has very clear explanations. Spiders are so very scary and fascinating at the same time. This book great visuals! Sometimes the font used is not the easiest to read, but important facts are in bold. This book is a must read if you are just beginning a search to learn more about spiders.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Have you seen Miss Fuzzypants?

Miss Fuzzypants has had some epic adventures this week.
Even Miss Fuzzypants can be responsible with her books!

She loves being a part of her class!

But sometimes she hitches a ride when her legs get tired of walking.

She loves getting hugs from her teacher!

She can't wait for recess!

Hard at work!

Getting ready for the big test!

Sometimes she just doesn't feel well.

A visit to her favorite Principal! Hope they don't call home!

All is forgiven!

Sometimes its hard to get your little voice heard.

She is very good at the balance beam!

Steps can take some time to master.

Miss Fuzzypants at show and tell.

Time to call home.

It has been a very busy day.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring Break and A Frozen Heart

I hope you had a great spring break! I had plenty of time to catch up on my reading and that is always my hope for time off. During the big blizzard my power went out. I felt like my house had turned into Arendelle and Elsa had frozen me in. So with a warm blanket and a cup of tea I snuggled into my chair to read.
The story is told in a 2 person point of view, alternating in the voice of Anna and Hans. It was very nice to be able to hear the backstory of the two different sides. With the alternating stories there is a depth to the story that the movie just can't capture. I did miss the songs and had to rewatch the movie after the book just so I could hear the trolls sing. This was a quick read. It wasn't groundbreaking or deep thinking it was pure fun. If you are looking for a light hearted read with some fun charter insights, this is the book for you.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

More March Reading Dying to Meet You

I'm finding a lot of time to read lately. I'm using the overdrive library app on my phone to borrow audiobooks from the library. This lets me "read" while I'm at the gym or walking the 1/2 mile loop.

So I read a book that was recommended to me by a student. The book is 43 Old Cemetery Road Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise. This is the story of a young boy and his best friend, who just happens to be a ghost. When a grumpy writer rents the house for the summer the young boy and his ghost must learn to look past the grumpy outside and befriend the renter or force the renter out.  With wonderful names like Frank N. Beans or I.B. Grumply how can this not be a fun read?
"..be kind to each other. Other people's feelings are as real as you."
Isn't that a great little blurb? Being kind is so important. This was a truly fun read for anyone.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Race The Wild March 2016

This is my first book post. I will try to do a post every month to let you know what I'm reading and what I like. Remember, what I like might be very different than what you like. If you have any suggestions for my bookshelf blog please let me know!!

Russell is excited to join a race that travels the entire world!! Even though he doesn't know his teammates he knows that he will be able to do his best to win. When he gets to the first leg of the race, the Amazon, he has to wonder is he really prepared for this amazing race? Will his team be able to work together to not only survive this dangerous game but also to win?

I really enjoyed the creature features. It was fun to learn about animals that are indigenous to the area. I love the idea of a scavenger hunt with clues and pictures. This is a fun read for anyone who has ever had to step outside of your comfort zone.