Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kline, Christina Baker. ORPHAN TRAIN GIRL : THE YOUNG READERS' EDITION OF ORPHAN TRAIN

Kline, Christina Baker. 
ORPHAN TRAIN GIRL : THE YOUNG READERS' EDITION OF ORPHAN TRAIN
New York : Harper, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 5.6
ISBN
 0062445944

Molly Ayer was only eight when she was placed in foster care. She has not had an easy life and now she is in trouble and forced to perform community service. She is assigned to an elderly woman who needs some help cleaning out her attic. Molly is not thrilled with this assignment but how bad can it be? As they get to know each other, Molly learns that Vivian was orphaned as a young child and sent from New York on a train to find a new home. These "orphan trains" were devised as a good way to find homes for city orphans and to help people in the midwest who could use         help. Vivian tells of her adventures on the train and of the homes that did not work out. Molly begins to bond with Vivian and can't wait to hear the next installment of the story.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Khan, Khizr. THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION : DISCOVER AMERICA WITH A GOLD STAR FATHER

Khan, Khizr. 
THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION : DISCOVER AMERICA WITH A GOLD STAR FATHER
New York : Knopf, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 6.1
ISBN
1524770914
Few who watched Mr. Khan at the 2016 Democratic National Convention can forget his powerful words. As an immigrant who lost his son while fighting for America, he gave an impassioned speech on the value, principals and ideals that America was founded on. Using the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, he inspires us all to believe in the ideals of the Founding Fathers again.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kimmelman, Leslie. WE'RE AMAZING 1, 2, 3! : A STORY ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AND AUTISM

Kimmelman, Leslie.  
WE'RE AMAZING 1, 2, 3! : A STORY ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AND AUTISM
New York : Little Golden Book, 2017
IL K-3, RL 1.4
ISBN 
1524766216

Elmo and his friend Julia have been friends for a long time. They both love the same things even though they may play with them differently.  When Elmo's friend Abby joins them, she is worried that Julia doesn't like her. But Elmo explains that Julia has something called autism and she acts a bit differently. As Elmo explains how to talk to Julia, Abby begins to make a new friend.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Jaeger, Paige. WHO WILL ROAR IF I GO?

Jaeger, Paige.  
WHO WILL ROAR IF I GO?
BQB Publishing, 2018
IL K-3
ISBN
1945448156

The King of the Beasts -- that's my claim to fame.
I've got a big crown of hair that's called a mane.
I'm swift and strong and sly, you see,
And everyone's afraid of me.
Recently I've lost my home;
There's no savanna on which to roam.
I'm king of this land, don't you know?
Who will roar if I go?

Do you know how many animals are endangered around the world? Too many. This lovely book showcases a few of them and explains why they are disappearing. What can you do to help keep these animals safe?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Green, John. TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN

Green, John. 
TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN
New York : Dutton, 2017
IL YA
ISBN 
0525555366


Aza Holmes is 16 years old and losing her mind. She knows she should take her meds but just doesn't. Her anxiety is becoming more and more destructive. When the father of a boy she met in "Sad Camp" after her father died goes missing, she reconnects with Davis and learns that he has demons of his own that he is fighting. The two become close but Aza's demons won't let her be reallyclose to anyone. Aza questions her own existence and tries to find a way out of her fears. The spiral is getting tighter and she is not sure that she will ever learn to live with her demons.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Fogliano, Julie. WHEN'S MY BIRTHDAY?

Fogliano, Julie.  
WHEN'S MY BIRTHDAY?
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017
IL K-3, RL 1.9
ISBN 
1626722935  
     
Here's a question I think all of us has asked -- when's my birthday?  It is so hard to wait for the special day, isn't it? I think all kids get excited for the big day. But do they all want the same kind of parties? Or the same kind of presents? Who will come to the party? Oh it is so hard to wait for my birthday.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Elya, Susan Middleton. LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA

Elya, Susan Middleton.  
LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2017
IL K-3, RL 1.8
ISBN 
0399251561
There once was a prince who wanted a wife. But not any nina would do in his life. This book is a twist on the classic fairy tale. Sprinkled with Spanish words, the tale relates the story of a lonely prince in search of a wife. But, his mother doesn't want him to marry just anyone. So she devises a test for the beautiful young girl who the prince has chosen.  Will she pass the test?