Kids World

A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts

A Bike Like Sergio's book cover: illustration of a book riding a bicycle with another walking behind“I wish,” I say, but I know that wishes won’t make money appear.

Sergio has a really great bike. Ruben only wishes he had a bike at all. With his birthday near, Ruben knows that even if he asked for a bike, his family could never afford it. In his despair, Ruben sees a lady drop a dollar bill at the grocery store. Snapping it up fast, Ruben is shocked to find out when he gets home that it’s actually a one hundred dollar bill. Maybe Ruben will get that bike for his birthday after all?

Each day our children are faced with many choices, and the courage it takes to do what’s right doesn’t always come easy. In A Bike Like Sergio’s, Ruben has a difficult decision to make. Using his own reasoning, and a little time, Ruben ultimately finds a non-fairytale ending that doesn’t sugarcoat the realities of life, but rather celebrates doing the right thing above all else. This picture book is recommended for lower and mid-elementary students.

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Naomi, Kids World

Some Writer by Melissa Sweet

Some Writer book cover: Images of book spines and one book facing out with a man feeding a pig featured onit"Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. Wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day."
"I would rather wait a year than publish a bad children's book, as I have too much respect for children."

If you've ever wondered how a writer becomes a writer, how a writer decides to write children's books, or where ideas for some of your favorite classic children's books came from, you need to read Some Writer! Follow Elwyn Brooks White's journey from his childhood summers spent on a lake in Maine to his years writing for a new (at the time) magazine, The New Yorker, to his inspiration and decision to write books for children. Peppered with quotations from E. B. White's journals, which he kept throughout most of his life, you will get both the inside and outside view of the man, the myth, the writer.

This book is recommended for readers in grades 2-6 who have enjoyed the various works of E. B. White, or who aspire to be writers themselves.

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Brittany, Kids World

Bring Me A Rock! by Daniel Miyares

Bring me a rock book cover: five various sized bugs are holding up a rock upon which a grasshopper stands on top"BRING ME A ROCK! THE BIGGER THE BETTER."

In an Aesop reminiscent of Seuss' Yertle the Turtle, Grasshopper is King of the bugs and he wants a giant throne of rocks...now!
Beetle, Mantis and Centipede all bring the biggest rocks they can find; but, will the littlest bug's pebble be enough?

Told through dialogue and a modern; but, naturalistic art style, Bring Me A Rock! makes the perfect canvas for reading out loud or becoming one of a child's first picture books to read on their own.

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Jennifer, Kids World

Battle Books Review

See if you can figure out which Battle Books these sets of characters come from.

Hints:

  1. If the book title begins with the word "The," skip over to the next word. For example, The Giver would simply be Giver.
  2. There are no spaces between words in the cross search. For example, The Secret Hum of a Daisy would be SecretHumOfADaisy.
  3. Click on the first tile in a title to start typing.
  4. If you typed a title correctly, the tiles will change into a pinkish/peachy color.
  5. The "A"s at the top will control the font size.
  6. The window image will make the puzzle full screen.
  7. The key image will provide the solution for the entire puzzle.
  8. Knowing which characters come from which book is the start of a great review. But, the next question you need to ask yourself, is why are these characters important to the story.
  9. Have fun!

Ready to try? Click on the read more link to play.

Sophie’s Squash Go to School By Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf

Sophie's Squash Go To School book cover: an illustration of young girl in pigtails walking on road towards school building with a squash in each arm and wearing a backpack“Sometimes growing a friend just takes time.”

Sophie’s parents said she’d have fun at school. But she didn’t. The chairs were uncomfortable, the milk tasted funny, nobody appreciated her two squash friends Bonnie and Baxter, and Steven just won’t leave her alone! Sophie isn’t interested in making new friends when she already has her squash friends from her garden. But what happens when her food friends start to rot?

School is a huge part of children’s lives, and along with that come dealing with new friendships. For some children who are sensitive, this is no easy task. In this book, Sophie repeatedly rejects any extension of friendship from other children. Until through her own eyes and experiences, she comes to the conclusion that friends are all different, and in the end, worth it.

Sequel to Sophie's Squash.

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Naomi, Kids World

The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game by Nancy Churnin

William Hoy story book cover: an illustration of a baseball player sliding onto base with an umpire's arms out to the sides behind him"His mother waved her arms. She was applauding him."

Have you ever wondered what made baseball umpires start using signs? Find out in this informational picture book!

Not many people knew sign language back in the 1880s and that led to problems for William when trying to pursue his dream of playing baseball professionally. From being paid less than other players to not being able to read the umpire's lips, William couldn't seem to find a way to compete even though he was a great ball player. Remembering his mother waving her arms in applause when he practiced at home, William came up with a solution: the common baseball signs you see used in the game today. William went on to set records in the National and American Leagues playing on many different teams (even the Chicago White Stockings!) and baseball was changed forever... for the better.

With the World Series over but not forgotten, many readers may be interested in learning more about baseball's rich history. This title on the topic would suit readers in 1st grade and up who are interested in baseball, history, or deafness and how to be inclusive to people with disabilities.

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Brittany, Kids World

The Infamous Ratsos by Kara Lareau

Infamous Ratsos book cover: illustration of a brickwall and sidewalk cement. In from of the wall two clothed rats stand on tehir hinde legs back to back. Garbage litters the sidewalk around them"There are two kinds of people in this world... Those who are tough, and those who are soft."

The Ratso brothers decide to to do something to make them "look tough." They want their father to be proud of their tough despicable ways. The trouble is prank after prank, something always seem to go array making them look soft instead. Will they ever gain a reputation that will earn their father's respect?

At only 58 pages, this humorous book is perfect for first and second grade readers looking to tackle a chapter book. With simple a vocabulary,  large font and entertaining plot, this transitional read will make taking the plunge into chapter books a delight.

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Celeste, Kids World

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

ghost book cover: a yellow cover with a boy running off the side’Who you run for?’ he asked. What? Who did I run for? What kind of question was that?
‘I run for me. Who else?’ I replied.”

Castle Crenshaw has been running his whole life. First, he ran from his dad during a violent outburst. Then, he ran from school bullies who torment him because he’s poor, and the principal who is tired of his inability to stay out of trouble. Now, he’s running for pride when he joins the after-school track team and dubs himself Ghost. Will Castle ever find a way to shake off his past, or will he eventually learn that the only way to move forward is to stop running away and start running toward who you want to be?

Ghost, the first in a three book series, is highly recommended for readers, especially reluctant ones, in grades 4 and up who enjoy sports or stories about school and personal problems.

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Brittany, Kids World

Now a Complete Book List!

The last two remaining battle books have arrived at Eisenhower Library and are ready to be checked out. (All of the schools were also delivered their copies of the books. See your Battle Coach for further details.)

The newly added books complete the list of 20 titles that Battle participants will be quized on in order to earn points for their school's team.

Ugly by Hoge is an autobiography. It tells the story of a boy coming to terms with his physical deformity. Fans of Palacio's Wonder should find this exceptionally appealling.

Fog Diver by Ross is a steam punk, science fiction, adventure story. In the furture the Earth is covered by a deadly white mist leaving only mountain peaks. In this world, Chess and his friends sail above the fog in a broken down ship, but now they are racing against time to save one of their own.

Happy Reading!

Sing by Joe Raposo (composer) and Tom Lichtenheld (illustrator)

Sing book cover: a blue bird singing as perches on a twig with a yellow sky behind itI found this board book appealing before realizing that the familiar, sweet song dates from Sesame Street back when I watched and sang along. The simple story (wordless until the inspiring lyrics play a part) shows a runt baby bird struggling to leave the nest after her siblings. A boy with a guitar is just the accompaniment the bird needs to launch herself into the big open sky. I am fond of Lichtenheld’s style and it is well suited to this ditty about joy and self-expression.

I recommend this precious board book for little lap-sitters, especially if their caregivers are willing to sing it as well as read it. We also have it available as a kit (book with a 3-song CD), in case you are not as old as I am.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

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