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Battle of the Books

Photograph shows the back of the crowd who turned out for the Battle Ceremony. Up front (very tiny) author Eric Kahn Gale in a blue t-shirt can be made outThe Battle of the Books 2013-2014 season has officially ended. This program showcases the brains of our local fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. The local school sends teams to compete against each other based on what the team remembers from reading 20 books.

This past Wednesday, we held the Battle Awards Ceremony. Over one hundred people turned out  to watch as trophies were handed out to the top three teams and for our pizza celebration.

In addition, guest speaker, author Eric Kahn Gale, spoke about his career and took questions from the students. He kindly agreed to give an autograph for each Battle participant.

For more information on our Battle of the Books program and season, please visit the Battle page and Battle blog.

Find Eric Kahn Gales' The Bully Book in the Library

No Storytime This Week

Storytime is spelled out in captial multi-colored letters on a powder blue felt board. A book and a clock felt pieces are above the letters. Above the board peeks out "Jack the Puppet" a hand puppet using a fist and googly eyes on a pipecleaner. 'Jack' wears a yellow shirt with red stripesThis week is the Storytime's 'Spring Break.' No storytimes will be held March 10th through the 14th.

Most classes will resume the following week. However, the storytimes on Tuesday will get an additional week off as Tuesday, March 18th is Election Day. Tuesday regulars are welcome to try out one of the other storytime classes held that week. Please see our storytime schedule for an alternate day and time.

Please enjoy the break!

If you would like to do the 'Tick Tock Song' at home, our animated video may prove helpful. Follow along with Mr. Ducky as the clock chimes one - two- three o'clock!

Dog Loves Counting By Louise Yates

Dog loves counting book cover: (from left to right) a red bird witha blue tail resembling a chicken with a larger beak is hold the number'1', a white dog holds the birds hand with one hand while the other hugs a blue number '2', a branch comes in from the top with a sloth hanging off of it with one hand while the other hand holds up a blue number '3'"'I could do this forever,' he said happily.  The others agreed."

Dog loves books. And counting. When he has trouble falling asleep, he makes (and counts) new animal friends from number 1 to number 10 who, seamlessly, come out of his book and into his numerical adventure. The relation of each specific animal with its sequential number invites young readers to look carefully, to count (of course!) and to discover details that they (we!) might have missed if not for the context. The lovely, simple watercolors convey the delight of a fun adventure with new friends.

This creative and playful picture book would be ideal for any novice number-lover, from toddlers through the primary grades. Share the infectious fun of counting with your little ones.

Find Dog Love Counting, and Yates' previous hit, Dog Loves Books, in the library.

Mary Jo, Kids World

Monkey & Robot by Peter Catalanotto

Monkey and Robot book cover: on left side is a gray humanoid robot smiling with its arm through the arm of the monkey on the right side of the cover. the money is wearing a read and white striped shirtWhat do a dog, a board game, and a bowl full of popcorn in common?

This early chapter book contains 4 stories of friendship, fun and adventure. Monkey and Robot try to watch a scary movie together, but will it be too scary for Monkey? Read and find out! When they try to play a board game together, hilarity ensues as a dog steals the dice and Monkey must chase after him. They help each learn new games and ideas, as RObot shows Monkey what happens after a caterpillar creates his cocoon and Monkey teaches Robot how to play hide-and-seek. These two best friends will delight readers with their silly antics and funny stories.

With four individual stories, this book is great for early chapter book readers.

Find Monkey & Robot in the Library

Bridget, Kids World

ICK! YUCK! EEW! Our Gross American History by Lois Miner Huey

Ick! Youck! Eew! Our Gross American History book cover; features a man in 1700s attire on the left side; he is wearing a powdered wig witha brown jacket and white cravatThe title says it all as readers are taken back in time to 1770 to see how life really was in Colonial America: from how they dressed to medical treatment.

Filled with artwork, full color photographs and artifact reproductions, school-aged kids will enjoy a rarely seen view of history through modern eyes.

Find ICK! YUCK! EEW! Our Gross American History in the library

Jennifer, Kid's World  

Chicago Baby By Jerome Pohlen

Chicago Baby book cover. A child in a red stroller holding a blue teddy bear is being pushed by the Millenium "Bean" sculpture by an unseen adult.“Many babies say ‘Dada’ but our babies say ‘Da Bears’…”

This fun story illustrates the many unique experiences available to babies in our city. Famous sites such as the Chicago Theatre, Wrigley Field and the Art Institute are sweetly illustrated in pastels. An activities section challenges toddlers to describe colors, point out letters and name the seasons.

This book is part of the Local Baby Books series. Author Jerome Pohlen lives in Chicago and his hometown pride is unmistakable. Chicago Baby is an upbeat read aloud for little ones and their caregivers.

Find Chicago Baby in the Library

Jade, Kids World

2014 Award Winners

Three book covers: The watermelon and the seen book cover features an alligator taking a bite out of a watermelon; Locomotive book cover features an old smoke stack train facing the viewer; Flora and Ulysses book cover features a young lady, short spiky brown hair, holding a book in her arms. Each book cover has an award sticker; Watermelon seed shows the Geisel; Locomotive shows the caldecott, Flora and ulysses shows the NewberryIf you are looking for a great new book, look no further than these 2014 Award Winners!

Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamilio is the winner of the 2014 John Newberry Award. Follow the adventures of Flora Belle Buckman and Ulysses, a squirrel with amazing strength and intelligence, as they begin an incredible friendship. This book is recommended for 3rd Grade and older.

Locomotive by Brian Floca is the winner of the 2014 Randolph Caldecott Award. Travel back in time with beautiful and majestic illustrations that detail what it was like to travel by train in the 1860’s. Brian Floca perfectly captures a beloved era of travel by railroad with his illustrations. Readers, both young and old, will enjoy this book.

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli is the winner of the 2014 Theodore S. Geisel Award. Have you ever wondered what might happen if you swallow a black watermelon seed? In this charming and humorous tale, one crocodile will face his worst fear and find out exactly what DOES happen when you swallow a seed. This book is perfect to read for young children and beginning readers who love silly stories. 

Find Flora & Ulysses in the Library.

Find Locomotive in the Library.

Find The Watermelon Seed in the Library.

Bridget, Kids World

Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue by Naoko Stoop

Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue book cover; a girl with black boot, red jacket and a red hat is flying by hanging onto to hang glider that appears to be fashioned from folded newspaper and string“We will always remember our journey together.”

How can an adventure story involve a flying machine, a sailboat adventure, forest animal friends and orca whales, yet still be quiet and calming? This is the beauty of Naoko Stoop’s simple text and evocative artwork in her second picture book starring the Red Knit Cap Girl.

You, the reader, are swept into this every-girl’s dreamlike quest before you can even wonder at the charm of her forest friends or the immediacy of the tragedy at hand. Watch her fly and sail across serene landscapes as she delivers the stranded polar bear cub to safety in this natural habitat.

This sweet, sparse tale of compassionate problem-solving would make a soothing bedtime story for any young child and her adult reader.

Find Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue in the Library

Mary Jo, Kids World

Up the Creek by Nicholas Oldland

Up the Creek book review: a beaver, moose and black bear are paddling in a red canoe towards the reader"They twisted, leaped, crashed and blasted through the water."

Bear, Moose and Beaver are going on a canoeing trip. They are the best of friends, but they often disagree with each other. This becomes a problem when they can't decide who should steer the canoe or what side of the canoe to paddle the oars. They begin to argue so loud that they don't hear the whoosh and roar of the raging rapids up ahead. Will the best friends be able to get along before they tumble down the rapids?

If you like the previous books in Nicholas Oldland's Life in the Wild series, you will love this latest adventure! This story of friendship reminds us that, even though we're all differnt, we can work together to solve problems.

Find Up the Creek in the Library

Bridget, Kids World

Demeter and Persephone retold by Hugh Lupton

Demeter and Persephone book cover: blue cover, girl with a white dress held around the waist by a man in a red tunic who is driving his chariot through a hole in the groundHow could six pomegranate seeds be the cause of our cold, dark winters?

This is a tale of three powerful rulers, each with their own world. Demeter’s daughter, Persephone, is gathering flowers when she is captured by Hades, King of the Underworld. Will Zeus help Demeter or even allow Persephone to return? Can Demeter rescue her daughter from the misery of becoming a shadowed queen? And what about those seeds? Read Demeter and Persephone to find out.

This hardcover chapter book is 33 pages in length with many full-page, color illustrations. It also includes a family tree for the Greek Gods, pronunciation guide and map of Ancient Greece. Recommended for 3rd-5th grade readers, especially those who enjoy learning about mythology. 

Find Demeter and Persephone in the Library

Jade, Kids World