Friday, April 15, 2016

Professional Resources for Elementary Science

Engineer Through the Year: 20 Turnkey STEM Projects to Intrigue, Inspire & Challenge, Grades K-2
- Sandi Reyes
Contains twenty projects involving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for grades kindergarten through two.

Engineer Through the Year: 20 Turnkey STEM Projects to Intrigue, Inspire & Challenge, Grade 3-5
- Sandi Reyes
Contains twenty projects involving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for grades three through five.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New Audiobooks

Heroes of History series

A narrative biography of American abo
litionist Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and led others to freedom as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Louis Zamperini: Redemption
As an Olympic runner, a bombardier, and a prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini
modeled hope and forgiveness to a generation. A magnet for trouble as a boy, Louie determined to create a new path for himself. Nicknamed the "Torrance Tornado," he set national records and traveled to the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. His resolve as a runner was matched by his will to survive a plane crash, weeks adrift at sea, and years in a prison camp. this American hero encouraged countless others to have faith and persevere, revealing that no life is beyond redemption.

Christian Heroes: Then & Now series

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: In the Midst of Wickedness
Born into a loving family, Dietrich Bonhoeffer pursued a life as a pastor, teacher, theologian--and spy. He spoke about the trouble in Germany when Adolph Hitler came to power, urging the Christian church to rescue disparaged people groups and resist Hitler's evil empire. Accused of being a troublemaker, Dietrich continued on fearlessly in the midst of wickedness. His work as a spy in the German resistance and participation in a plot to assassinate Hitler led to imprisonment and eventual execution. But the lesson of his life story remains : "Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

William Carey: Obliged to Go
William's amazing journey to India would prove to be just the beginning of a missionary quest filled with hardship and heartache as well as tremendous victories. Often referred to as "the father of modern missions," William Carey displayed a single-minded determination to set his face like a flint to the task of bringing the gospel to those lost in darkness. His life of service and sacrifice is a guidepost for Christians of all generations.

David Livingstone: Africa's Trailblazer
With the heart of an explorer and the passion of an evangelist, David Livingstone mapped vast, unexplored areas of Africa, sharing the gospel with whomever he encountered. His stamina, perseverance, and dogged determination created the legacy of a trailblazing explorer with an undying hunger to make Christ known wherever his steps led him. David Livingstone's captivationg adventures and tireless zeal continue to inspire countless men and women to bring the gospel message of God's love to those souls who have never heard.

Lottie Moon: Giving Her All for China
In a twist that only God could orchestrate, this spirited young girl who grew up to become the most educated woman in the American South would ultimately find her calling as a missionary to China. As Lottie watched her fellow missionaries fall to disease, exhaustion, mental breakdowns, and death, she became just as dedicated to educating Christians about the often preventable tragedies of missionary life as she was to educating Chinese people about the Christian life. The sacrificial service of the unforgettable Lottie Moon has inspired and enabled countless others to give their all for the dream of seeing the whole world reached with the gospel.

Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer
A biography of the American pilot who served Christian missionaries in Ecuador's jungles until his death at the hands of Auca Indians in 1956.

Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China
Hudson survived his perious maiden voyage to his beloved China. With his heart set in determined obedience to God, and trusting the provision of the One who had called him, Hudson overcame persecution and almost overwhelming personal losses to bring God's truth to the "ripe harvest fields" of China. Today, Hudson Taylor's story continues to challenge and inspire believers young and old to carry the anchoring gospel message, regardless of personal trial or hardships, to those who are adrift and without hope.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pictures Books for Social Studies Topics

A Street Through Time: A 12,000-Year Walk Through History
Take a breathtaking journey through time as a street evolves from a camp of nomadic hunter-gatherers to the present day.

Fly Away Home - Eve Bunting
A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom.

¡Sí, Se Puede!/Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. - Diana Cohn
When Carlitos's mother and the other cleaners go on strike for higher wages, Carlitos cannot think of a way to support his mother until he sees her on television making a speech, and then he gets his class to help him make a sign to show his pride

I've Seen the Promised Land - The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Walter Dean Myers
Pictures and easy-to-read text introduce the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chicken Sunday - Patricia Polacco
To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, three children sell decorated eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat.

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins - Carole Boston Weatherford
The 1960 civil rights sit-ins at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, are seen through the eyes of a young Southern black girl.

Apple Pie 4th of July - Janet S. Wong
A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.

Letting Swift River Go - Jane  Yolen
Relates Sally Jane's experience of changing times in rural America, as she lives through the drowning of the Swift River towns in western Massachusetts to form the Quabbin Reservoir.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

New Picture Books

Prince Fly Guy - Tedd Arnold
Buzz is writing a fairy tale for homework, and Fly Guy naturally assumes the role of a handsome prince, who fends off a giant and rescues a beautiful princess.

Dylan the Villain - K.G. Campbell
Dylan's parents have always boasted that he is the "very best and cleverest super-villain in the whole wide world," but when he meets Addison Van Malice, his powers are put to the test.

The Night Gardener - Terry Fan and Eric Fan
Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work.

When Spring Comes - Kevin Henkes
Animals and children alike watch as the world transforms from the dark and dead of winter to a full and blooming spring.

The Hueys in None the Number: A Counting Adventure - Oliver Jeffers
One of the Hueys tries to explain the concept of "none" to another by finding different numbers of items, one through ten, then taking them all away.

Into the Snow - Yuki Kaneko
A child plays in the snow and experiences the sensory joys of winter and independence.

Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber - Sue Macy
Examines the career of Mary Garber, who "was a sportswriter for fifty-six years and was the first woman to receive the Associated Press Sports Editors Red Smith Award, presented for major contributions in sports journalism. And now, every year the Association of Women in Sports Media presents the Mary Garber Pioneer Award in her honor to a role model for women in sports media.

Parachute - Danny Parker
A boy wears a parachute because it makes him feel braver when he is scared but eventually comes to a point when he realizes he doesn't need it any more.

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble - Doreen Rappaport
Includes bibliographical references. A picture book that celebrates female social reformers, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Sojourner Truth.

Bear Sees Colors - Karma Wilson
While taking a walk with Mouse, Bear meets many other friends and sees colors everywhere.

The Bear Snores On - Karma Wilson
On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.

Fiction & Nonfiction for Young Adults

Unbecoming - Jenny Downham
Life has just become very complicated for seventeen-year-old Katie; her father walked out a year ago, her mother is stressed out, her brother is a "special needs" teenager, and she is caring for the maternal grandmother she has never met, who is suffering from Alzheimer's--and Katie has a secret of her own that she cannot reveal.

Titans - Victoria Scott
Seventeen-year-old Astrid Sullivan belongs to a family of compulsive gamblers, and now that her father has been laid off from his job in Detroit and lost all their money betting on the Titans, which are half-horse, half car, and race around impossible tracks, her family is falling apart--but when Astrid's new friends give her the chance to participate in this year's Titan races, she thinks she sees a way to win some money and keep her family together.

A Wicked History Series:
Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare - Philip Brooks
Includes bibliographical references and index. Presents the history of Hannibal, a famous Carthaginian military commander who invaded Italy by crossing the Alps with war elephants, and won many battles against Rome over a decade before being defeated in the Battle of Zama at Carthage.

Ivan the Terrible: Tsar of Death - Sean Price
A biography of Russia's first tsar Ivan the Terrible that describes his life, cruelty, and victims.


A Sloth Named Velcro
In 2000, Ana Salceda, a young journalist, moved from her native Spain to explore the wilds of Panama. She became the caregiver for a tiny orphaned baby sloth named Velcro. This is the story of Ana's return to Central and South America to see how much has changed since Velcro came into her life. Sloths, once largely ignored, have become a hot topic of scientific researchers

He Named Me Malala
An intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her in Pakistan's Swat Valley. The shooting of the then fifteen-year-old teenager sparked international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Books for Elementary & Middle School Students

My Diary from the Edge of the World - Jodi Lynn Anderson
Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood, twelve, of Cliffden, Maine, living in a world where sasquatches, dragons, giants, and mermaids are common, keeps a diary of her family's journey in a used Winnebago as they seek The Extraordinary World in hopes of keeping her little brother, Sam, safe against all odds.

The Owlings - Books I & II- D.A. DeWitt
A worldview adventure for readers young and old alike about a young boy named Josiah who discovered an important lesson from some unlikely visitors. Get ready to meet Gilbert, a talking owl, who is joined by three of his friends to explain the greatest truth in all of the world -- that the world is not all there is, or ever was, or ever will be.--Back cover

Curse of the Iris - Jason Fry
As Tycho and his siblings continue to compete for the captain's chair of the Shadow Comet, they must work together to hunt for an old pirate treasure--a treasure that is tied to some long-buried family secrets.

Apollo: The Brilliant One - George O'Connor
Mighty Apollo is known by all as the god of the sun, but there's more to this Olympian than a bright smile and a shining chariot.

Fuzzy Mud - Louis Sachar
Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.

Prayers That Changed History - Tricia Goyer
Stories of twenty-five notable people are presented along with how prayer changed their lives and changed history. Following each historical example is a biblical story that ties to that person's life and actions, as well as ways you can use the power of prayer in your life as well.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Young Adult Fiction

Need - Joelle Charbonneau
Teenagers at Wisconsin's Nottawa High School discover a social networking site that promises to grant their every need ... regardless of the consequences. A new iPhone? Concert tickets? Kaylee needs a kidney for her sick brother. Can't hurt to try, can it? But soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes, and the body count rises.

The Forever Man - Eoin Colfer
Riley, an orphan boy living in Victorian London, who has achieved his dream of becoming a renowned magician, and Chevie, the seventeen-year-old FBI agent who traveled from the future and helped him defeat his murderous master, Albert Garrick, face the return of Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and must destroy him once and for all.

When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther - Danika Cooley
Martin Luther's life was too exciting not to be written for teens and younger readers! In this fast-paced, action-packed novel of Martin Luther's life, teen readers will be introduced to a fascinating time when princes ruled Europe and knights roamed the countryside. They'll learn about a time when powerful forces lined up against each other and believing the wrong thing could get you killed.

See No Color - Shannon Gibney
Alex has always identified herself as a baseball player, the daughter of a winning coach, but when she realizes that is not enough she begins to come to terms with her adoption and her race.

The Ghosts of Heaven - Marcus Sedgwick
Four linked stories of discovery and survival begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world.
A 2015 Michael L. Printz Honor book.

The Bitter Side of Sweet - Tara Sullivan
They only wanted to make some money during the dry season to help their impoverished family; instead they were tricked into forced labor on a plantation in the Ivory Coast. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods Amadou and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. Then Khadija comes, the first girl who has ever come to camp, and shes a wild thing. She fights, but the bosses break her. Now the three band together as family and try just once more to escape.

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

Zeroes - Scott Westerfeld
Told from separate viewpoints, teens Scam, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous, Bellwether, and Kelsie, all born in the year 2000 and living in Cambria, California, have superhuman abilities that give them interesting but not heroic lives until they must work as a community to respond to a high stakes crisis.

Monday, March 14, 2016

New Picture Books

Don't Throw It to Mo! - David A. Adler
Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins. Winner of the 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.

Mr. Goat's Valentine - Eve Bunting
When Mr. Goat learns that it's Valentine's Day, he sets out in search of gifts for his first love, but his choices are a little unconventional.

Bloom - Doreen Cronin and David Small
When the glass kingdom begins cracking, the king and queen fail in their quest to get help from the fairy Bloom, who can work great magic but was banished because of her muddy boots and messiness, so they send Genevieve, an ordinary girl who will do what it takes to save the day.

Snappsy The Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) - Julie Falatko
Snappsy's ordinary day is interrupted by a meddling narrator.

The Hueys in What's the Opposite? - Oliver Jeffers
Quirky egg-shaped creatures known as the Hueys explore the concept of opposites.

Toys Meet Snow - Emily Jenkins
While Little Girl is away on winter vacation, her toys, Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic, decide to go outside and learn more about snow.

Little Red Gliding Hood - Tara Lazar
Little Red is an excellent ice skater, but she will need a good partner for the skating pairs competition and the only one available is a certain Wolf, who needs new skates as badly as Little Red does.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Smell the Roses - Cynthia Rylant
When Mr. Putter and Tabby take Mrs. Teaberry to the Conservatory for her birthday, Zeke tries his best to stay out of trouble, but one of the trees is irresistible.

Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book - Britta Teckentrup
A book with peek-through holes that let a child view the changes in a tree throughout the four seasons.

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Adventure - Mike Twohy
When a bouncing ball wakes a sleeping mouse, it's just the beginning of an alphabet adventure.