Kids World

True Tales of Rescue: Sweet Senior Pups by Kama Einhorn

True Talesof Rescue: Sweet Senior Pups book cover: a black and gray haired dog on coverThere’s plenty of heartbreak involved in any sanctuary’s story, but there’s also good news. People who help animals are everywhere.

So many books tell you about your new puppy. How to pick the perfect pup, how to train it, and how to care for it while it grows…but what about when your loyal dog get older and have a grey ‘sugar face’? Join Mino, Jack, and Buffy, three senior dogs that take you on a tour of Senior Dog Sanctuary of Maryland. Meet their friends, hear their true stories of rescue, and learn how you can help!

Sweet Senior Pups is a book about love, healing, and helping. So many senior dogs need help are ready for loving homes. This book teaches us all how to care for them from ‘sugar face’ tip to waggly happy tail. Learn how to adopt them, make them special treats, how to play new games and generally helping them enjoy their life until they get to that ‘rainbow bridge’ in the sky. Sweet Senior pups is a must read for any dog owner, and a good basis for children of all ages to be completely educated about the complete responsibility of caring for their furry family member from beginning to end.

Find True Tales of Rescue: Sweet Senior Pups in the Library.

Naomi, Kids World

New Kid by Jerry Craft

New Kid book cover: illustration of boy in blue hoody and backpack over shoulder. A pencil is in one hand and a open notebook in the other"They say that there are animals that will chew off their own leg to get out of a trap. I never understood that...until now."

Jordan Banks is in the 7th grade and loves drawing cartoons about his life. But rather than attending art school, his parents are sending him to a fancy private school renowned for its academics. As one of the few students of color, he soon finds himself lost between his neighborhood life in Washington Heights and his new upscale life at Riverdale Academy Day School.

Author & Illustrator Jerry Craft’s funny illustrations deftly contrast with the novel’s more sobering themes of bullying, income inequality and microagressions. New Kid always maintains its sense of humor which is what makes it the perfect graphic novel for kids ages 10-14.

Kids who like authors Raina Telgemeier or Jason Reynolds will love New Kid. It’s also a great read-a-like for other graphic novels such as Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sells or Real Friends by Shannon Hale.

Find New Kid in the Library.

Brooke, Kids World

Final Battle Scores

The Battle of the Books is now completed. Congratulations on a great season. Overall, the scores are very close this year and all participants should be very proud of their efforts.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, April 3rd for the Battle Award Ceremony. Each member of every team will receive their Battle Certificate and be able to hear author, Keir Graff, speak about writing. We will all dine on pizza as the author signs Battle Certificates or purchased books.

Please note this year teams have the opportunity to test their book knowledge against Miss Tiffany. Teams are invited to write their questions (be sure to have the relevant page numbers written down that support your answers), and quiz Miss Tiffany during the pizza eating portion of the Awards Ceremony.

See you there!

Battle 3 Recap

Battle Three Scores: Giles in first place followed by Leigh Black, St. Eugene, Union Ridge, Leigh Red, Pennoyer, St Monica White, then lastly, St Monica BlueCongratulations to all the teams for their great work during Battle 3. We are now over halfway through the battle season. High scoring rounds during Battle 3 caused a lot of movement in the leader board. We are excited to see what happens next week!

Remember, next week is the last week to turn in your Purchase Forms. If you need a second copy, please stop by the Kids World desk anytime during the week. Remember, only by pre-ordering guarantees that you'll have the copy of the book you want at the Award Ceremony for the author to sign. 

Happy reading!

 

Battle 2 Recap

Battle 2 Scores:Congratulations to all the teams for their strong efforts during Battle 2.

As you know, the challenges made during Battle 2 will be addressed before the start of Battle 3. Any points awarded for those challenges will be added into Battle 3 scores. Challenges are a vital part of the Battle process, and sometimes a question is worth scrutiny to be sure it was fair and accurate. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when challenging a question: Have you read the book? Do you wholeheartily believe that the answer given (and all the teams that got the answer correct) are wrong? If you can honestly answer yes to both of those questions, then it is only right to challenge that question.

On a secondary note, remember to turn in your Purchase Order Forms and payment for pre-order books either before or after battle next week. If you have lost your Purchase Order Form and would like to order a book for the guest speaker to sign at the Battle Awards Ceremeony, please stop by the Kids World desk for a new form.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Battle 1 Recap

Something to consider for next Battle: Remember to take your best guess if you do not know an answer. Since there is no penalty for a wrong answer, a guess is better than bringing up a blank sheet of paper, and who knows, your team might get lucky!

There were a few challenges to questions. These challenges will be reviewed, and the decisions announced at the beginning of Battle 2. If points are to be awarded from the challenges, those points will be added to Battle 2's scores.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week. Remember, next Wednesday during Battle is the first time you can return your order slips to purchase books for the guest author to sign during the Battle Awards Ceremony.

Practice Battle Recap

Congratulations goes out to all the teams for their efforts during Practice Battle. The scores from the Practice Battle do not count towards the running total that determines the overall winner of Battle of the Books; however, we hope the experience of playing in the Practice Battle helps clear up some of the confusion about what will be expected for the official Battles.

As a reminder, all Battle participants should be in their teams' squares by 4pm if they are to play in round 1. If you are late, you may not join your team during round 1. However, take a seat on the sidelines as players may be added or switched out before rounds 2 and 3. In addition, a lot of warnings were issued during Practice Battle. Be cautious of talking between questions in order to avoid the possibility of losing points. Unsportsmanlike conduct can also result in warnings and/or deduction of points, so please no grandstanding or heckling.

Now for the results of everyone's hardwork! Please note: this does not reflect the results of the challenge made during the Speed Round. The results of that challenge will be discussed before the next Battle.

See everyone back on Wednesday for Battle 1!

Don't Let the Penguin Drive the Batmobile by Jacob Lambert

MAD presents Don't Let the Penguin Drive the Batmobile book cover: illustration of the batman villain, Penguin“I WANT TO DRIVE THE BATMOBILE!!!”
 
The arch villain Penguin really wants to drive the Batmobile, but the readers of this book have been entrusted by the Caped Crusader himself to make sure that doesn’t happen. Special pop-ins of various characters (good guys and villains alike) from the Batman universe encourage the reader to stand firm.
 
Like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems, this MAD parody invites readers to interact with the book’s text by going off script and shouting “No!” at the pages. In particular, young superhero fans and Pigeon fans ranging from 2 years old to early elementary schoolers will find a lot here to enjoy especially if their adult reader puts some “whine” into Penguin’s pleading. Go ahead, grab a reading partner, and remember, Batman is counting on you to not let Penguin drive the Batmobile.
 
 
Celeste, Kids World

Pen and Paper Tabletop Adventure Club Recap

Pen and Paper Tabletop Adventure Club recap: photo image of dice, figures, and announcement of the first week's adventureAfter keeping the jungles of Chult safe the heroes used the treasure they earned to open up a Bed and Breakfast called the D&D B&B. Wanting to expand their business empire they set their eyes on the city of Water Deep to open up a 2nd location. News quickly spread and soon the adventures were thrown into a new treasure hunt. Someone named Volo left a mysterious note with clues leading to riches and dangers.

After some negotiation the team decided how to build the Bed and Breakfast. No frills or fanciness was added however they spared no expense when it came to security. After several bank loans the bed and breakfast hired a S.W.A.T team to keep the building safe while they went on adventures.

Being new to Water Deep the locals wanted to say hello to the D&D B&B crew.  The criminals in Xanathar’s gang first stopped by after hearing there was lots of gold soon to be found. They offered the heroes help to find the treasure if they split it 50/50 with them. If they refused something “bad” might happen to their Bed and Breakfast.  The city guard stopped by later and offered a similar deal. The city guard warned the team that some surprise bills might come their way if they don’t share the treasure.

After weighing both options the Bed and Breakfast team originally decided to team up with the city guard. However after sneaking into the Xanathar’s underground hideout they made friends with some of the goblins. They even proved how strong they are to Xanathar by taking out his body guards. Now the heroes are teamed up with both sides without the other knowing.

Volo’s letter is leading them to somewhere with spiders next. Hopefully the team can keep themselves and the Bed and Breakfast safe.

Pen and Paper Tabletop Adventure Club is a group of interactive game players composed of kids ranging from 5th to 8th grade. The group will next meet Saturday, January 19th at 2pm. Registration is required to play. 

A Battle Review

Use the clues to unscramble the words below.

Some helpful tips for the puzzle

  • the "A"'s will increase or decrease the size of the text
  • the "window" will open the puzzle in its own window
  • be aware of any spaces in the answer portion- it designates multiple words
  • the "key" will fill in all of the answers- but give it a try yourself first!

Have fun!

 

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