Author: Dan Santat
This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle. New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.
While most stories of imaginary friends are from the person’s point of view, this one is from the imaginary friend’s instead. From this interesting perspective, the author takes the reader through heart-wrenching adventure to find friendship and the importance of not giving up. The illustrations are bright and vibrant and the story will warm your heart and tickle the back of your throat as you choke back a few tears. There are so many little details in the illustrations that bring new delights in a second, third, or fourth reading. From the moral of the story to the breath taking artwork, this is definitely a book worth picking up from our library.
Author: Megan McDonald – Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
In honor of Backwards Day, Judy Moody decides to turn that frown upside down, make lemonade out of lemons, and be nice to stinky little brothers. In fact, Judy becomes a NOT moody, cool-as-a-cucumber neat freak for one whole entire day. But when her combed hair, matching outfits, and good moods hang around for days after, her friends begin to worry. Could this smiley Judy be an imposter?
Judy Moody is a great character — she’s normal and relatable, silly enough to be interesting but not so much as to be weird, and generally a good kid, even if things don’t always turn out as she plans. Judy is a fun character to root for, and her struggle to stay in a good mood while bad things go on around her is something that every child or adult can likely relate to. Watching Judy figure out how to keep her calm is not only entertaining but it also could teach readers a valuable lesson— after all, if Judy can do it, so can her readers.
THIS BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FALL BOOK FAIR
Author: Claire Freedman – Illustrator: Ben Cort
Underpants are monstrously funny in this playful picture book from the team that brought you Dinosaurs Love Underpants and Pirates Love Underpants. Monsters around the world have different ways to scare, but they all share a love for zany underpants! Every Saturday night, you will find them in a secret cave, showing off their pants as they dance the Monster Bop; but they have to make it home before the sun comes up. After all, who would be scared of monsters in pants that were stripped and dotted?
A silly book about monsters loving underpants. Throughout the book you learn all the different types of pants and what monsters really get up to. Monsters are something that children are usually scared of but these silly images of monsters in spotty, colorful pants paints them in a child friendly way. At the end it states that if you hear strange scuffles under your bed, beware they might just steal your snazzy pair (of pants)! I feel this is so the children who are scared of monsters might think that they have not come for them but just their pants It is a very vibrant and well-illustrated picture book. I believe this will be a successful hit and it is great to read out loud!
Have you registered @”1000 books before Kindergarten” yet?
Just imagine if you read just 1 story a night you could read 1000 Books in less then 3 years. Start reading even before they are born. You might be surprised the books and subjects they will already be paying attention to once they are born. Mine had favorite books and music because they were “hearing” what I was reading out loud.
Keeping track of your numbers
How do I know if we have read 10 , 100 or getting close to the 100 book mark? Use something as simple as a spiral notebook or the handy app found here (iPhone/Android), to keep track of the books you read. It really doesn’t matter if you read the book once or 100 times. Your child will naturally want to read a book over, and over, and over. This is a normal attitude in young and old readers. We all have favorite books that we like to re-read.
You will still count it each time it is read. Memorization will improve their increasing vocabulary, and that means a big head start when it is time to start school.
Give us a call at the library if you need help getting started. We would love to help you give a love of reading to your child.
We’re excited to announce a new program where kids will be reading to kids.
It’s about mentoring.
We know that kids who have an adult reading to them and with them, will naturally grow to love books and reading themselves, even if they were a little reluctant before then. But, our program has a twist – We’ll be paring kids of different ages and reading abilities together.
Let us know if you’d be interested in getting your children involved in Reading Buddies.
The program is still in the planning stages. We’ll be announcing more details in the next month or so.
Thanks, everyone for a fantastic summer reading program!