Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Bryant, Jen. SIX DOTS : A STORY OF YOUNG LOUIS BRAILLE

Bryant, Jen.  SIX DOTS : A STORY OF YOUNG LOUIS BRAILLE
New York : Knopf, 2016
IL K-3
ISBN
0449813371

 When Louis Braille was born in 1809, he was a tiny baby and no one expected him to live.  But he did.  He was an active, curious boy who was always learning.  When he was 5, he had an accident that cost him his eyesight.  Now blind but still curious, Louis longed to find books that he could read.  He ended up going to a school for the blind in Paris.  The few books they had did not satisfy Louis.  He longed to find a way to write books that blind children could read.  Find out about how Louis experimented with different ideas until he developed the Braille alphabet that opened up reading to many blind people all around the world.


http://www.nancykeane.com/booktalks/mp3/bryant_six.mp3

Monday, July 04, 2016

Carle, Eric. THE NONSENSE SHOW

Carle, Eric.
THE NONSENSE SHOW
New York : Philomel Books, 2015
IL K-3, RL 1.4
ISBN
039917687X
Nonsense I say.  How can this be?  I dare you to pick up this book and not get a giggle out of the Nonsense Show. Where else will you find a rabbit pulling a child out of a hat? Or a mouse chasing a cat.  What else can you find in this ridiculous book?

podcast: http://www.nancykeane.com/booktalks/mp3/carle_nonsense.mp3

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Burleigh, Robert. SOLVING THE PUZZLE UNDER THE SEA : MARIE THARP MAPS THE OCEAN FLOOR

Burleigh, Robert.
SOLVING THE PUZZLE UNDER THE SEA : MARIE THARP MAPS THE OCEAN FLOOR
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL K-3, RL 4.4
ISBN
1481416006
I love finding books that tell me about people I would never have heard about.  This is the story of a woman named Marie Tharp.  She lived at a time when women were not encouraged to learn about science.  But she was fascinated by maps.  Her father was a map maker and she often helped him.  She was curious about what was under the ocean.  No one knew.  Was it flat or were there mountains that no one could see?  She wanted to know but no one would let her go out and explore.  That didn't stop her though.  Find out how she used science to not only map the ocean floor, but to prove an important theory about the earth.

http://www.nancykeane.com/booktalks/mp3/burleigh_solving.mp3

Friday, July 01, 2016

Aguirre, Zurine. SARDINES OF LOVE

Aguirre, Zurine.
SARDINES OF LOVE
New York : Child's Play, 2015

IL K-3,
ISBN 
184643727X
Lolo loves, loves, loves sardines. He eats them every single day.  His wife, Lola, hates sardines but she sells them at the fish shop and she cooks them for her husband.  One day, Lola accidentally sells all the sardines in the shop.  What is she going to serve Lolo?  Maybe she can catch some sardines if she tries.  But she certainly doesn't expect what happens next! 


Podcast:   http://www.nancykeane.com/booktalks/mp3/aquirre_sardines.mp3

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rockwell, Anne F. LIBRARY DAY

Rockwell, Anne F.
LIBRARY DAY
New York : Aladdin Books, 2016
IL K-3, RL 3.8
ISBN
1481427318
Do you go to the public library with your parents?  This is story of Don who is going to the new library with his father. Don thinks there are just books in the library but he soon finds out there is much more to do.  First he goes to story hour and enjoys the books the librarians share.  He even makes a new friend.  While he is choosing some books to take home, he sees a lot more activity going on.  How many of these have you seen in your library?




Podcast:  http://www.nancykeane.com/booktalks/mp3/rockwell_library.mp3

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Morpurgo, Michael. LISTEN TO THE MOON

Morpurgo, Michael.  LISTEN TO THE MOON
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2015
IL 5-8, RL 6.3
ISBN
1250042046
When Alfie finds a young castaway on an uninhabited island off the coast of England, he and the town are all really curious as to who she is and how she got there.  She won't speak and she doesn't interact with anyone.  At first the rumors were that she was a mermaid.  Then people began to think she was deaf and just couldn't hear when people spoke to her.  Alfie's family takes her in and names her Lucy.  Alfie tries to keep secret the fact that she was wrapped in a blanket with German writing.  He is afraid that the islanders will think she is a spy.  England is at war with Germany and everyone is afraid of Germans.  What will they do when they discover the truth?


podcast: 
http://www.nancykeane.com/booktalks/mp3/morpurgo_listen.mp3

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gephart, Donna. LILY AND DUNKIN

Gephart, Donna.
LILY AND DUNKIN
New York : Delacorte Press, 2016
IL 5-8, RL 4.6
ISBN
0553536745


Lily loves the feel of her mother's dress.  But her father wants her to dress as Tim and act like a boy.  How can she ever convince him that she is really a girl?  Her mother and sister have accepted it but not her father.  So when he sees Lily dressed up, he is furious.  And the new boy on the block sees her as well.  When school starts, the new boy, Norbert Dorfman, is confused to meet Tim.  He was sure he had seen a girl who looked just like him.  Lily befriends Norbert and nicknames him Dunkin because he is always drinking Dunkin' Donuts coffee.  The two become friend but Dunkin is recruited to join the basketball team because of his height.  These are the boys who are making Lily's life miserable.  When Lily confides in Dunkin about her desire to live openly a a girl, will that change everything?  And what is Dunkin hiding from everyone?

Podcast: https://spark.adobe.com/video/BJyL498B