Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Title: The Fourteenth Goldfish
Author: Jennifer L. Holm
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 195
Reading Level: Grade 4-6
Interest Level: Age 10-12
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim

Science is great, and scientists have made some amazing discoveries over the years but what would happen if they were to figure out how to obtain eternal youth? Would it be a wonderful scientific discovery or would we be getting more than we bargained for?
Ellie is an eleven year-old girl that loves working puzzles, hates being onstage (much to her theater parents dismay!) and who discovered she has had 13 different goldfish over the years rather than just the one she thought she had!
When her scientist grandfather comes to live with them after having discovered the fountain of youth and is now a 14 year old boy again, things get interesting!
Covering topics such as death, aging, friendship, family and immortality in a light-hearted way, you can't go wrong with a Jennifer Holm book and this would appeal to girls and boys both!




Friday, September 26, 2014

Chomp



Title: Chomp
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Illustrator: None
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 290
Reading Level: Ages 10 - 14
Interest Level:  Ages 10 - 14
Series: No
Reviewer: Sandy





Mickey Cray, animal trainer, has headaches and double vision because a frozen iguana fell from a tree and landed on his head. His son, Wahoo, is missing a thumb because their pet alligator, Alice, took a bite. A fake survivalist hires them for a harrowing adventure through the Everglades where their star Derek Badger gets bitten on the tongue by a bat.  Now, that should peak your interest in this crazy, humorous adventure by Carl Hiaasen.  In addition to the humor, Hiaasen also tackles some values in  conflict as well as father/son relationships and abuse.  This was our Family Book Club choice for September, 2014.  A really fun read for the whole family.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Best Autumn Music

Title: When It's Autumn
Music by: Kathy Reid-Naiman
Category: Music
Reviewer: Kathy

I really like this CD.  This is the perfect CD to listen to this time of year.  It’s filled with terrific Autumn, Halloween & Thanksgiving music.  There are songs, dances & rhymes that are fun to listen to and to dance along with.  It’s  great for families and preschools.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Learning CD's

With the kids back to school you might be interested in some CD’s that teach while having fun.

These are great to play while running errands with your kids.  They are also another way to reinforce what your kids are learning in school.

READY TO LEARN - SONGS FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS – by Cathy Bollinger - Each song in this CD help to enforce basic skills, including listening and following directions.



ROCKIN'READING READINESS - by  Pamela Byrne Schiller - Allows children to improve their literacy skills. Important skills such as oral language, letter knowledge, and print awareness are emphasized in this CD. 




LAUGH 'N'LEARN LITERACY SONGS -  by Pamela Byrne Schiller - This CD focuses on brain power and how to increase memory retention in your child. The songs have been written by a expert who specializes in child development.




LEARNING-TIME TUNES - by Georgiana Liccione Stewart - These children's songs teach children the concepts of color and rhythm, as well as listening skills and telling time.





GRAMMAR ROCK – by Songs of Higher Learning - Hip review of the parts of grammar and sentence structure.





Leaping literacy : rhythm sticks, ribbons, & games for reading readiness -  by Pam Schiller  - Songs & games for reading readiness.





One little sound: fun with phonics andnumbers – by - Hap Palmer - Activities and songs which encourage learning of the alphabet, phonics and numbers.









Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night


Title: Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night
Author/Illustrator: Jon Davis
Category: Picture Book
Pages:40
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
Interest Level: Age 4 and up
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim


A good read a-loud for kids who are scared of the dark.
Small Blue (a little bluish bunny)wakes up scared in the middle of the night. She sees lots of scary goblins, gremlins and hairy spiders.  She yells for Big Brown (a big brown bear) who calms her fears by telling her the scary things could really be funny things. With fun (and not scary) illustrations of the things that scare Small Blue and funny illustrations of the what-ifs, this is a really cute book that could help little ones with their fear of the dark.  I read it to my daughter who sometimes wakes up scared in the night and she delighted in the cute illustrations and funny what-ifs of the things that go bump in the night. She also didn't wake up scared last night!  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Girl Sleuths


Title: Cam Jansen Mysteries - Mystery at the Haunted House
Author: David A. Adler
Illustrator: Susanna Natti
Category: Juvenile Series
Pages: 58
Reading Level: Grade 2-4
Interest Level: Ages 7-9
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim


Title: Harriet the Spy
Author: Louise Fitzhugh
Illustrator: Louise Fitzhugh
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 320
Reading Level: Grade 2-5
Interest Level: Ages 8-11
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim





Title: Nancy Drew - Green-Eyed Monster

Author: Carolyn Keene
Pages: 176
Reading Level: Grade 2-5
Interest Level: 8-11
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim



Title: The Red Blazer Girls
Author: Michael D. Beil
Pages: 299
Reading Level: Grade 3-7
Interest Level: Age 8-12
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim






Author: Sheila Turnage
Pages: 312
Reading Level: Grade 4-7
Interest Level: Age 9-12
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim





Title: Sammy Keyes
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 323
Reading Level: Grade 5 and up
Interest Level: Age 10 and up
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim






Author: Jennifer Allison
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 321
Reading Level: Grade 5 and up
Interest Level: Age 10 and up
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim




Title: A to Z Mysteries Detective Camp
Author: Ron Roy
Illustrator: John Steven Gurney
Category: Juvenile series
Pages: 130
Reading Level: Grade 2-4
Interest Level: Age 7-9
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim





Author: Megan Frazer Blakemore
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Pages: 312
Reading Level: Grade 3-5
Interest Level Age 8-12
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim






Title: The Milo and Jazz Mysteries The Case of the Buried Bones
Author: Lewis B. Montgomery
Illustrator: Amy Wummer
Category: Juvenile series
Pages: 108
Reading Level: Grade 2-5
Interest Level: Age 7-10
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School


Check out some of these great back to school books!




Title: Monsters Love School
Author: Mike Austin
Illustrator: Mike Austin
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 40
Reading Level: 4-8
Interest Level: Age 4 and up
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim


Title: Monstergarten
Author: Daniel J. Mahoney
Illustrator: Jef Kaminsky
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 40
Reading Level: 4-8
Interest Level: Age 4 and up
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim


Title: The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School
Author: Deborah Diesen
Illustrator: Dan Hanna
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 32
Reading Level: 4-8
Interest Level: Age 2 and up
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim




Author: Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Illustrator: Shane Prigmore
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 40
Reading Level: Age 4-8
Interest Level: Age 4 and up
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim




Title: On My Way to School
Author: Sarah Maizes
Illustrator: Michael Paraskevas
Category: Picture Book
Pages:40
Reading Level: Pre-K-1
Interest Level: 3-6
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim



Author: Audrey Penn
Illustrator: Ruth E. Harper, Nancy M. Leak
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 332
Reading Level: PreK-3
Interest Level: 3-8
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim







Title: Llama Llama misses mama
Author: Anna Dewdney
Illustrator: Anna Dewdney
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 40
Reading Level: PreK-K
Interest Level: Age 3-5
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim






Author: Herman Parish
Illustrator: Lynne Avril
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 32
Reading Level: Pre-K - 3
Interest Level: Age 4-8
Series: Yes
Reviewer: Kim




Author: Peter Brown
Illustrator: Peter Brown
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 40
Reading Level: Pre-K-3
Interest Level: Age 4-8
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim




Author: Jo Hodgkinson

Illustrator: Jo Hodgkinson
Category: Picture Book
Pages: 32
Reading Level: Pre-K-3
Interest Level: Age 4-8
Series: No
Reviewer: Kim