Thursday, June 21, 2018

Iturbe, Antonio. THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ

Iturbe, Antonio.
THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ
New York : Godwin Books, 2017
IL YA
ISBN
978-1-62779-618-7
This is a Holocaust story but one you may not have heard before. We meet Dita as a prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau. But she is part of Block 31, a group of prisoners who allowed to keep their own clothing and have a bit more freedom than the others but it is still a hard existence. A young man named Freddy Hirsch is able to provide schooling to the children and some adults in secret. Dita is 14 and loves reading. The Nazis have burned books and very few remain. But there are 8 books in Block 31. Eight precious books that must be hidden from the guards for fear they will be taken away. Dita finds a way to hide the books and actually loan them out to other prisoners. If she is caught, it could mean her death. This is based on a true story from the camps. Many of the people in the story survived the camps and were able to tell their story. Do you cherish books as much as those in the camps did?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Yolen, Jane. A BEAR SAT ON MY PORCH TODAY

Yolen, Jane.
A BEAR SAT ON MY PORCH TODAY
New York : Handprint Books, 2018
IL K-3, RL 1.3
ISBN
978-1-45210-249-8

What would you do if a bear sat on your porch? Well, you would probably run but in this story, the bear would not leave. The girl tries to shoo him away but he is determined to stay. Well, he seems nice so the young girl lets him stay.  But then a squirrel sat on the porch. Again, he was determined to stay so the girl said yes. As more and more animals stop by, things get really crowded! What is going to happen?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stone, Tanya Lee. WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN'T BE COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS? : THE STORY OF ADA LOVELACE

Stone, Tanya Lee.
WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN'T BE COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS? : THE STORY OF ADA LOVELACE
New York : Chisty Ottaviano Books, 2018
IL K-3, RL 4.1
ISBN  
978-1-62779-299-8

Many people think that computers are a fairly recent invention. Well, would you believe me if I told you that the first "computer" was invented in the early 1800s?  It was invented but not built. A young woman by the name of Ada Byron saw the potential in this new machine and started creating "software" that would run on the machine.  Ada's mother was afraid that she was too flighty as a child and pushed math on her. Little did she know that it was the combination of Ada's imagination and her math skills that lead to her becoming the first computer programmer. At least on paper.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Johnson, Cindy Chambers. RUSSELL WRESTLES THE RELATIVES

Johnson, Cindy Chambers.
RUSSELL WRESTLES THE RELATIVES
New York : Aladdin, 2018
IL K-3, RL 2.6
ISBN
978-1-48149-159-4

Russell is dreading the family reunion. He comes from a long line of wrestlers and he is just one small boy. He is not looking forward to Grandaddy's Texas Ticklehold, or Grammy's Kansas Crusher. And don't forget Cora the Cleaner, or Uncle Murphy's Earthquake Shake.  Poor Russell. How will he survive?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Kurtz, Jane. WHAT DO THEY DO WITH ALL THAT POO?

Kurtz, Jane.
WHAT DO THEY DO WITH ALL THAT POO?
New York : Beach Lane Books, 2018
IL K-3, RL 4.2
ISBN 
978-1-48147-986-8
This is probably something you have wondered from time to time. What do zoos do with all the animal poo. Every animal poops. Some have unique looking poop. Seriously. Pandas poop looks bright green and doesn't smell at all.  Elephants can poop up to 165 pounds of poop every day! Wombats deposit about 80 to 100 droppings every night. And the poop is cube shaped!  But what do they do with all that poo?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sanders, Rob. PRIDE : THE STORY OF HARVEY MILK AND THE RAINBOW FLAG

Sanders, Rob.
PRIDE : THE STORY OF HARVEY MILK AND THE RAINBOW FLAG
New York : Random, 2018
IL K-3, RL 3.2
ISBN
978-0-399-55531-2



On June 26, 2015. the United States Supreme Court ruled that gay people had the right to marry anywhere in the country.  This didn't happen overnight. Many people fought for the right for equality. One man who was very vocal in the fight was Harvey Milk. He had dreamed of a country where gay people would be treated with equality. When a gay pride parade was planned for San Francisco in 1978, Harvey knew there had to be a symbol for the movement. That is when the gay flag was born.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Nelson, S.D. RED CLOUD : A LAKOTA STORY OF WAR AND SURRENDER

Nelson, S.D.
RED CLOUD  : A LAKOTA STORY OF WAR AND SURRENDER
New York : Abrams Books, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
ISBN  
978-1-41972-313-1


Long before Europeans came to America, Indians lived all through the land.  As more and more people immigrated, there was more need for land and the Indians were pushed further west. This is the story of Red Cloud, a Lakota Indian who would not be pushed anymore. As the soldiers moved further west into the land where the Lakota lived, Red Cloud made a stand.