Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Teaching Aids & Educational Games

7 Ate 9 - Players add, or subtract, 1, 2, or 3 to the number on the top card on the pile to determine if they have a card that can be played next.

Magnetic Write-on & Wipe-off Dice - Manipulatives that can be
used to create your own letter, fraction, operation, or other specialty dice.



Phase 10 - A rummy-type card game with a challenging and exciting twist.


Qwirkle - Players attempt to score the most points by building lines that share
a common attribute, either color or shape.


ShapeOmetry - Players combine the green and blue game pieces to create two identical shapes. For development of spatial, abstract, and quantitative reasoning skills. Supports Common Core Math Standards.

Unifix Sudoku - Builds spatial reasoning, problem solving and patterning skills.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Nonfiction for All Ages

For Teachers...
Tinkerlab: 55 Playful Experiments That Encourage Tinkering, Curiosity & Creative Thinking - Rachelle Doorley
Features creative experiments designed to encourage young children to use their natural curiosity to explore, test, play, and tinker.



For Students...

Dolphins - Kate Riggs (K-3)
An introduction to dolphins, covering their growth process, behaviors, the oceans they call home, and such defining physical features as their fins.

Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job - Dorothy Hinshaw Patent (Grades 3-6)
A dog's nose is 300 times more powerful than a human nose, so it's no wonder that dogs use their incredibly advanced sense of smell to do some very important jobs. This books explores the various ways specific dogs have put their super sniffing ability to use: from bedbug sniffers to explosive detectors to life-saving allergy detectors...and more.

D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 - Rick Atkinson (Grades 5-8)
Presents a young reader's adaptation of "The Guns at Last Light," tracing the Battle of Normandy and the Allied liberation of Western Europe through the end of World War II.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia - Candace Fleming
(Young Adult)
From the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes a heartrending narrative nonfiction page-turner--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew into the Russian Revolution. Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants and urban workers--and their eventual uprising--Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life.

The Freedom Summer Murders - Don Mitchell (Young Adult)
In June of 1964, three idealistic young men (one black and two white) were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. They were trying to register African Americans to vote as part of the Freedom Summer effort to bring democracy to the South. Their disappearance and murder caused a national uproar and was one of the most significant incidents of the Civil Rights Movement, and contributed to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mitchell takes a comprehensive look at the brutal murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, through to the conviction in 2005 of mastermind Edgar Ray Killen.

A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery - Albert Marrin (Young Adult)
Examines the life of abolitionist John Brown and the raid he led on the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in 1859, exploring his religious fanaticism and belief in "righteous violence,"--and commitment to domestic terrorism.


Middle Grade Fiction

The Mark of the Dragonfly - Jaleigh Johnson
Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.


Back Before Dark (Code of Silence series) - Tim Shoemaker
When Gordy is abducted in the park, his cousin Cooper will do anything to rescue him and although Hiro and Lunk fear that Cooper will get himself in trouble, too, they join the race against the clock to save their friend. Includes author's notes about friendship, discussion questions, and tips for avoiding abduction.


Below the Surface (Code of Silence series) - Tim Shoemaker
Something is wrong with Cooper. He's plagued by a fear he doesn't understand and can't control. Cooper just wants to escape, and a summer vacation aboard the restored cabin cruiser, The Getaway, with best friends Gordy, Hiro, and Lunk seems like the perfect way to do it. Two weeks of fun with no mysteries or life-and-death danger. That'' the plan. But their plans are shattered the very first night when they witness a murder. Or did they? Despite their intentions of leaving the investigation to the police, narrow misses and creepy encounters lure them in. Is there really a body floating in the underwater currents of the lake? The closer they get to the truth, the deeper into danger they get. Too late they see the trap. Now each of them must face their own buried fears just below the surface.

Sisters - Raina Telgemeier
Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.
Revolution - Deborah Wiles
It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Picture Books

Biscuit Loves the Library - Alyssa Satin Capucilli
On "Read to a Pet Day" at the library, Biscuit plays with story time puppets, visits with friends, and listens to recorded books before a librarian helps him discover his favorite activity of all.


Mister Bud Wears the Cone - Carter Goodrich
Mister Bud and Zorro have learned how to get along. They made it through Zorro's outfit. But now Mister Bud has to wear...the cone.


Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin
As he walks down the street, Pete the cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin
Pete the cat wears his school shoes when visiting the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and more while singing his special song.


Hands & Hearts: With 15 Words in American Sign Language - Donna Jo Napoli
Highlights the bond between a mother and her child while providing a gentle introduction to sign language during their day at the beach.


Clara and Davie: The True Story of Young Clara Barton Founder of the American Red Cross - Patricia Polacco
Relates the story of the special relationship between young Clara Barton, who would one day establish the Red Cross, and her older brother Davie, including Davie's encouragement of Clara's loving, healing nature, and Clara's healing touch that saved Davie's life.

The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - Peter Sis
A biography of French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery.




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Young Adult Titles

The Vanishing Season - Jodi Lynn Anderson
Girls started vanishing in the fall. For Maggie Larsen, the town of Gill Creek is only a stopgap before college and freedom. Until she meets Pauline and Liam. What starts as an uneventful year suddenly changes. Someone is killing teenaged girls, and the town reels from the tragedy. As Maggie's and Pauline's worlds collide and change around them, they will both experience love and loss. And by the end of the book, only one of them will survive.

Illusive - Emily Lloyd-Jones
After a vaccine accidentally creates superpowers in a small percentage of the population, seventeen-year-old Ciere, an illusionist, teams up with a group of fellow high-class, super-powered thieves to steal the vaccine's formula while staying one step ahead of mobsters and deadly government agents.


The Cracks in the Kingdom - Jaclyn Moriarty
Hoping to bring back her father and the other missing royals of Cello, Princess Ko gathers a group of teens, each with a special ability, including Elliot, whose forbidden communications with Madeleine may be the key to traveling across worlds.

The Shadow Hero - Gene Luen Yang
In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity: the Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero. The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Gene Luen Yang has revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

The Night Gardener - Jonathan Auxier
Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.



The Hangman's Revolution - W.A.R.P. Book Two - Eoin Colfer
FBI agent Chevie Savano escapes into the past to elude the secret police after they kill Charles Smart just as he is telling her of the WARP program, and she and Riley team up to find Colonel Clayton Box before he can launch missiles at the capitals of Europe.

New Kid - Tim Green
A troubled kid finds his bearings in a new school after a baseball coach offers him a spot on the team.

The Glass Sentence - S.E. Grove
In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799's Great Disruption--when all of the continents were flung into different time periods--thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia's uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston's foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.

Children of the King - Sonya Hartnett
Cecily and Jeremy have been sent to live with their Uncle Peregrine in the English countryside, safe from the war, along with a young refugee named May. But when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding in the ruins of a nearby castle, an extraordinary adventure begins.

Comics Squad: Recess! -
A collection of comics by a variety of authors about every kid's favorite school subject: recess.


The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya - Jane Kelley
An orphaned African grey parrot who can speak 127 words. A girl so sick, she has forgotten what it means to try. Fate--and a banana nut muffin--bring them together. Will their shared encounter help them journey through storms inside and out? Will they lose their way, or will they find what really matters? Here is a story that will remind readers how navigating so many of life's desperate adventures requires friendship and, above all, hope.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Picture Books

My Teacher is a Monster! - Peter Brown
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.


Picnic - John Burningham
Boy and Girl go out for a picnic and meet all sorts of animals along the way.


Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale - Steven Guarnaccia
Retells the classic fairy tale of the young servant girl who experiences a magical night and finally finds her prince. Features illustrations of apparel and accessories inspired by famous fashion designers.

The Bambino and Me - Zachary Hyman
George Henry Alexander is a huge fan of baseball. His favorite team is the New York Yankees and his favorite player is Babe Ruth. George plays baseball during his free time and he listens to the games on the radio with his dad. Everywhere he goes, he carries his Babe Ruth baseball card. On his birthday, George's parents surprise him with two tickets to watch the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees--his first real game! But his presents don't stop there. Uncle Alvin has sent him a baseball jersey and cap, but it's for the Boston Red Sox! Filled with horror, George tosses them aside, but his mother will not have any of that. He will wear them to the baseball game with his dad! What will happen at the game? Will George get to meet Babe Ruth while wearing the opposing team's jersey?

The Midnight Library - Kazuno Kohara
"Once there was a library that only opened at night. Step inside and meet the little librarian and her three assistant owls."-- Provided by publisher

Froodle - Antoinette Portis
One day, amidst the usual chirps, tweets, and caws, a little brown bird decides to try singing a new song and sets off an interesting reaction.

A Boy and a Jaguar - Alan Rabinowitz
The renowned cat conservationist reflects on his early childhood struggles with a speech disorder, describing how he only spoke fluently when he was communicating with animals and how he resolved at a young age to find his voice to be their advocate.

Almost an Animal Alphabet - Katie Viggers
A whimsical A to Z book which pictures an animal for each letter of the alphabet.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Picture Books

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus - Jen Bryant
The story of "shy young Peter Mark Roget, [for whom] books were the best companions--and it wasn't long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time.

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel - Kathryn Gibbs Davis
Capturing an engineer's creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world's most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.


The Legend of Saint Nicholas - Anselm Grün
An introduction to the saint who is the inspiration for giving.

Manger - poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
There is a legend that describes how, at midnight on Christmas Eve, all creatures are granted the power of speech for one hour. In this rich collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and a dozen other poets imagine what responses they might offer. The poems represent a diverse group of animals, but all come together with one singular purpose: celebrating the joy of the miraculous event.

Three Bears in a Boat - David Soman
Afraid to face their mother after breaking her beautiful blue seashell, three bears set out on an high seas adventure to try to find a replacement.

Thank You, God - J. Bradley Wigger
Offers readers of all ages and backgrounds the perfect chance to reflect on all the things that they have to be grateful for. It is a celebration of family and friends, of homes and food to share, and of the wonder of creation from the first light of day to the calm, peaceful night.