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Sidman, Joyce. RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS : A YEAR IN COLORSNew York : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009IL K-3, RL 2.4ISBN 0547014945Can you hear red? Can you taste yellow? In this color-drenched poetry book, you can! The four seasons come alive through the colors that dominate them. The words are imaginative and the illustrations rich and lively. Experience the joys of each season in a new way! (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
Oppel, Kenneth. THE KING'S TASTERNew York : HarperCollins, 2009IL K-3, RL 2.5ISBN 0060753722The kingdom gets a new king who is a picky eater. The cook and his dog go to France to find French Fries for the king. They go to Venice to get pizza. The last trip is to Mexico for tacos. Max tastes each meal and thinks that they are all delicious, but the king will not eat them. Just when the cook is about to lose his head, Max saves the day with his surprising discovery. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
Nolan, Lucy. BAD TO THE BONENew York : Marshall Cavendish, 2008IL K-3, RL 2.2ISBN 076145439XDown Girl is a rambunctious dog who has a dog friend named Sit, a human master named Rruff, and an archenemy named Here Kitty Kitty. This cast of characters romps through a “whose-on first” type adventure. Join the hilarity and confusion as these pets try to train their masters. Can Down Girl’s master really be called Rruff? (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
Last night I had a squirrel try to come into the library through the courtyard door. Instead, he buried his nuts outside. Good plan as we don't leave the door open in the winter. But I have never had a bat in the library.Lies, Brian. BATS AT THE LIBRARYNew York : Houghton Mifflin, 2008IL K-3, RL 3.1ISBN 061899923XBats are nocturnal – not seen during the day nor able to enjoy playing on a sunny beach nor able to check out books at the local library. What do you think happens when some bored bats discover an open window in the local public library? They swoop in, of course! Read Bats At the Library to see what mischief and fun a group of book-loving bats can find one night. Goodnight Sun, or Little Red Riding Bat anyone? (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
Kajikawa, Kimiko. TSUNAMINew York : Philomel Books, 2009IL K-3, RL 2.9ISBN 0399250069A wealthy elder in a Japanese seaside village decides not to join the rest of the village during a rice harvest celebration. His decision leaves him in his home on the hilltop where he sees the signs of an approaching tsunami. His quick thinking action to set his own rice fields on fire seemed strange to his grandson, but the motives become quite clear when the whole village rushed to the hill to put out the fires and are saved from the tsunami. Let Ed Young’s illustration sweep you away! (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
Hicks, Betty. GOOF-OFF GOALIENew York : Roaring Brook Press, 2008IL K-3, RL 2.5ISBN 1596432446Ten-year old Goose makes a wish on his birthday candles that his soccer team’s goalie would disappear so Goose can take his place. Half the wish comes true! The goalie moves away, but Coach thinks Goose lacks focus – and Goose’s try-out seems to prove that! That’s when Goose’s friends step in and develop a plan to help Goose make his wish come true. Will it work? Or will Goose still be the team goof-off? This is the second in the Gym Shorts series. If you like soccer, this action book is for you! (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
Gerstein, Mordicai. A BOOKNew York : Roaring Brook Press, 2009IL K-3, RL 2.8ISBN 1596432519What if you woke up one day and were a character in a book? What kind of book would it be? A fairy tale? A mystery? An adventure? Perhaps historical fiction or science fiction is more to your taste. Join the heroine as she dashes through nursery rhymes, mysteries and other adventure on her quest to find her perfect story.(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
English, Karen. NIKKI AND DEJANew York : Clarion, 2007It is wonderful to have a best friend who understands you and likes everything you like. And what could be better than having that best friend living right on your own street? Nikki and Deja do everything together, but when Antonia moves into the neighborhood—they decide to make a club that SHE can't join. The problem is—well, I don't want to give it away, but the rules of the club might be just a bit too hard for one of the friends to follow. If you have a best friend, you will BOTH want to read this book. (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
New Hampshire author Joe Monninger has done it again. His new YA book will be coming out this fall and it is another winner. This time he takes his love of nature to the west coast and sharks. I am not a big fan of sharks but I know a lot of boys Tommy's age that are fascinated with these creatures.Monninger, Joseph. WISHNew York : Delacorte, 2010IL YAISBN 0385907885Tommy is about to get his wish. He has lived with cystic fibrosis all his life and it has limited his options but not his enthusiasm for sharks. Now the national wish agency has come through with an all expenses paid trip for Tommy, his mother and his sister Bree. Tommy is getting his wish to swim with a great white shark. But things don't always happen as they are planned.
Catalanotto, Peter. IVAN THE TERRIERNew York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007IL K-3, RL 2.1ISBN 1416912479Meet Ivan, a fun loving energetic pup with an attitude. Along with lots of attention, Ivan adores stories. How he makes each story his own -while still being the center of attention- will surprise and please you! (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
McCarty, Peter. JEREMY DRAWS A MONSTERNew York : H. Holt, 2009IL K-3ISBN 0805069348Jeremy lives in an apartment at the top of a building. He is bored. So, he draws a monster. It is a great big monster. And you know what? It starts to move!
Kaner, Etta. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A STORK BUILD A LOG CABIN?Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2010IL K-3ISBN 1554533368Have you ever seen a polar bear build an igloo? Or a mouse build a green house? What kind of houses do they really live in? What kind of house do you live in? Take a little tour of animal houses.
It is my birthday today and I bought myself a present!! I new 42" plasma. And added HD service! It's a whole new world. So, in honor of my new TV, how about a book about the inventor of this life changer?Krull, Kathleen. THE BOY WHO INVENTED TV : THE STORY OF PHILO FARNSWORTHNew York : Knopf, 2009IL 3-6, RL 5.5ISBN 037594561XCan you imagine life without television? Most of you probably can't even imagine television without hundreds of channels. But a hundred years ago, there was no television. There wasn't even radio. Or movies! Imagine if you can. But one boy was going to change all that. Philo Farnsworth was a curious little boy and was fascinated by the many inventions that were being introduced. When he was 11, he came up with the idea of an electric light machine -- television. Just an idea then but it was the beginning of his quest to bring us this amazing light machine.