May 2013

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

May 30, 2013

ON A BEAM OF LIGHT: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, pictures by Vladimir Radunsky. For the first three years of his life, Albert Einstein barely said a word. “He just looked around with his big, curious eyes. Looked and wondered. Looked and wondered.” He seemed different than the other children and perhaps it was […]

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A Few New Gems for Young Readers

May 29, 2013

THE HAPPY OWLS by Celestino Piatti (North South, 2013) The origins of this timeless picture book reach back over 100 years ago to Dutch artist, Theo van Hoijtema’s words and illustrations. Piatti, known for his many memorable representations of owls, first published his version of the fable in 1963. He loved owls and wrote,”You can draw an […]

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Princess Posey and the New First Grader, by Stephanie Greene

May 28, 2013

Princess Posey and the New First Grader offers an insightful peek into a tender first grade girl’s social nuances. In it, Posey has a problem. There’s a newcomer in the first grade class, one who threatens Posey’s close friendships, causing her to question her sense of belonging. Grace, the new girl, is the personification of everything that Posey feels she can never be […]

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California ReaderKidZ Recommend…

May 26, 2013

Nicole, Janelle, and Dominic are third graders from California. Check out their favorite books and see what they’re planning to read this summer vacation! Nicole, age 9, recommends… 1) Holes   2) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’ Stone   3) Legend of the Ghost Dog  4) A Coyote’s in the House  5) Big Nate in a […]

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Summer is Short and There Are So Many Books!

May 23, 2013

Annie and Simone are in Sharry Wright’s Mother Daughter bookclub in San Francisco. Here are some of their favorites: The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson I like this book because the friendship was so strong between the two main characters. I Thought the book was written well because the author used so much detail […]

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D IS FOR DESERT

May 22, 2013

D IS FOR DESERT: A World Deserts Alphabet by Barbara Gowan and illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen Think you know something about deserts?  Think again and enjoy the fascinating information in this book which will take you to the many deserts around the world. First of all, did you know that deserts cover nearly one-third of our […]

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Kids’ Picks from San Francisco

May 21, 2013

Caroline, Anna, Delancey, and Lyali are the daughters in a Mother-Daughter Book Club in San Francisco. They read a LOT and are recommending some of their favorites. Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker is a great series about a girl who is always paying attention to things, maybe not the things she should be paying attention to, […]

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