Kids World

Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan

Freedom Over Me book cover: title is encircled with chains, within each loop the face of an African slave is pictured."I was enslaved in Central Africa. In chained coffles, I survived the long walk to the coast."

After reading an 1828 estate appraisement listing only the names, ages, and prices of a family's slaves, author Ashley Bryan decided to bring these forgotten souls to life, giving each their own story and dreams using free-form poems. Weaving the eleven people together through marriage, friendship, or mere shared servitude, a community emerges and just how grave and dehumanizing the conditions of slavery were comes to light. Each fictionalized account of a real person merits reflection on how the institution of slavery gravely affected our brothers and sisters in the past, and how it still affects us today.

The illustrations bring life to each fictionalized story in a way that is not too juvenile for its target audience, but could be easily emulated by any young artists who happen to be reading. This book is recommended for readers in grades 3-6 and would pair flawlessly with Laurie Halse Anderson's Seeds of America trilogy.

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Brittany, Kids World

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos

Swatch book cover: an illustrated girl in long grey pants and gray and white striped long-sleeved shirt with color dots trailing behind her"Her name was Swatch, and she was a color tamer."

Do you have a hard time choosing just one color to call your favorite? Then meet Swatch. This young girl collects breathtaking colors from all over and places them in jars. One day, she stumbles upon the color she hasn't yet collected: yellow. But yellow doesn't want to be tamed. Will Swatch continue to try and tame yellow, or will she let it roam free?

This picture book is perfect for exposing pre-kindergarten students to a beautiful array of colors. It will be sure to capture their attention with its vibrant artwork.

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Aseel, Kids World

Can You Snore Like a Dinosaur? by Monica Sweeney

Can You Snore Like a Dinosaur book Cover: two long neck dinosuars nuzzle a baby nestled between them"Can you yawn like a Pteranodan?"

This self-designated "Help-Your-Child-to-Sleep Book" offers illustrations of sleepy dinosaurs as a backdrop for its quiet interactive text. With tips from a certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant, this book offers struggling parents a guide to help settle down rombitious young ones. Encourage your child to do as the dinosaurs do- fall sleep. Young dinosaur fans, particularly those between ages 2 and 5, will find this a perfect bedtime story.

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Celeste Kids World

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

Midnight Without a Moon book cover: the back of an African girl looking at a house in the distance. Cotton plants surround the cover"But in Mississippi you never knew what little thing could spark a flame and get you killed. Registering to vote. Voting. Or even something as little as whistling at a white woman."

 Jim Crow laws are still affecting Mississippi in 1955 as with the rest of the Deep South. African American's are legally free, but in Mississippi the color of your skin still means everything. Rose Lee Carter, the 13 year-old African-American narrator shares her dreams of moving out of her grandparent's sharecropper house and to live up north. But to where? To Chicago, where her Mama left her and her brother for a husband and a new set of kids? Or to St. Louis with her Aunt Belle, a Civil Rights activist that supports the controversial NAACP?

Throughout the book we read about racism in the South and how some African Americans like Rose Lee's grandmother are content with their lives working for a white family and okay with the law that deemed, "separate but equal". But, Rose Lee Carter and those in her community are forced to see things differently when an African American boy, Emmett Till, is found murdered for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
 
Would you stand up for what you believe in even if you might be killed? Or would you stay in the shadows and hope that nothing changes?

Rose's voice comes through as a witty and intelligent young girl that tries to see hope in the darkest places. This heart-felt, but raw historical novel is recommended for sixth grade and up.

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Victoria, Kids World

Bog Hollow Boys: A Series by C. B. Jones

Bog Hollow Boys book cover: Kiss of the snake: on motorized four wheels kids drive along a path in a forested area, a snake in a helmet is in the basket of one vehicle"No animal is too small, large, cute, ugly, slimy, furry, feathered, stinky, or dirty... Bog Hollow to the rescue!"

A new chapter book series is hitting Library shelves. The Bog Hollow Boys are part adventure, part ecology exploration, and part mystery. This kid team made up of Ace, Daryl, Ethan, and Nellie (yes, a girl) invesigate suspicious events at Bog Hollow State Park. Together they rescue animals in need from natural hazards and human dangers such as poachers- when they are not in trouble themselves!

These short chapter books will fit perfectly in the hands of 3rd grade and advanced 2 grade readers who love slightly irreverent antics. No real new ground has been broken here, but older fans of the Wild Kratts will likely want to take a look at this series of self-designated animal protectors.

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Celeste, Kids World

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Du Iz Tak? book cover featuring two insects looking at a sprouting plant. the title is in a speech bubble apparently said by the bug on the left"Iz tak unk gladdenboot?" "Unk gladdenboot!"

This 2017 Caldecott Honor picture book leaves a lot to the imagination. Written entirely in seemingly nonsense words, readers follow a group of bugs discover, celebrate, and eventually abandon a flower throughout its life cycle. Half of the fun of this title is guessing what each bug is saying and what each nonsense word means, what part of language it is, and perhaps making up nonsense dialogue of your own. The other half of the fun is reveling in the wonderful illustrations and learning to connect pictures to text no matter their meaning. Without being heavy handed, Du Iz Tak? hands each reader a lesson in language and storytelling they are sure to never forget!

This title is wonderful for older preschool and younger elementary school students alike, with each age group garnering a different lesson from the text and illustrations.

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Brittany, Kids World

And the final Battle Scores are...

Battle 5 scores: Giles-59/335; Union Ridge-48/328; St Eugene-50/311; St Monica White-50/307; Pennoyer-57/294; St Monica Blue 56/287; Leigh-51/265Congratulations to all the teams for their performance this Battle Season.

In the winner's circle: Giles took the lead early during Battle 5 and held on, earning them first place overall. Union Ridge is in second place, and St. Eugene takes third.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week at the Awards Ceremony. Remember, the Awards Ceremony is more than just handing out the trophies. We'll have our guest speaker and book/certificate signing as well as the promised pizza. See you there!

Charles Darwin’s Around-the-World Adventure by Jennifer Thermes

Charles Darwin's Around the world adventure: a boy in old fashioned clothes appears to be in the middle of a jungle with butterflies surrounding him. “He was beginning to have new ideas about how the earth was formed and how animals evolved in order to survive.”

This picture book depicts Charles Darwin as a young man when he sails the HMS Beagle in 1831. The five-year voyage would bring him to exotic places that would spark his curiosity about biology and geology. It teaches us that we should keep our eyes open because we never know what we can learn in the world!

Thermes brings Darwin to life with bright colors and detailed maps of his travels with a time-line of his journey in the front and back of the book. This biography is recommended for all elementary school students, especially those in the lower grades.

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Victoria, Kids World

Battle 4 Recap

Battle Scores: Union Ridge-88/280; Giles-85/276; St Eugene-84/261; St Monica White-86/257; Pennoyer-84/237; St Monica Blue-64/231; Leigh-56/214The leaderboard remains very tight. Congratulations to the teams for a fine battle.

Remember, warnings are given for not only how you behave to other teams, but how you behave to your teammates. Name calling and blame dispersal is not conducive to focused battle team. If you get a question wrong, just refocus on the next one.

There were many challenges issued to various questions. These challenges will be evaluated over the coming week. If any additional points are awarded, they will be handed out before Battle 5 commences and included as part of Battle 5's score.

We look forward to seeing every next week for the final Battle of the 2016-2017 Battle season. Good luck!

Remember Your Purchase Forms!

Ami Polonsky author photo with her two book covers: Gracefully Grayson and ThreadsWednesday is the last day to pre-order one of Amy Polonsky's books for the Battle Award Ceremony. Please turn in a check made out to Eisenhower Public Library District along with your Purchase Form to one of the Library staff before Battle commences or during the break between Round 1 and Round 2.

Additional Purchase Forms will be available by the door to the meeting room.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

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