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George Ferris: What a Wheel

November 23, 2014

George Ferris: What a Wheel (Grosset & Dunlap, 2014) is the tale of a bridge-building engineer named George Ferris who, as a child, was captivated by the repetitive turning of a waterwheel. This childhood memory served as inspiration for the much anticipated debut of his Ferris Wheel, the highlight of the 1893 World’s Fair in […]

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Underpants Dance

November 20, 2014

If you’ve ever been around kids of picture book age, you know that underpants are giggle-worthy. Think of “that page” in David Shannon’s, No, David! or the fun kids have pulling Dav Pilkey’s Diaper Baby or Captain Underpants off the shelves. There can never, ever be too many underpants books! Enter, UNDERPANTS DANCE by Marlena Zapf with pictures by Lynne Avril. Lily […]

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Native American Heritage Month Celebrated in Picture Books

November 18, 2014

From all of us at READERKIDZ to all of you, sincere wishes for a healthy and joyous Thanksgiving and holiday season.  May we see and celebrate the kindness of others.  May we surprise a friend or stranger with “unjustified” kindness.  May we celebrate goodness with laughter and applause. JIM THORPE’S BRIGHT PATH by Joseph Bruchac, […]

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Librarian’s Corner: Guest Vicky Lorencen on Playing With Words

November 16, 2014

Like many of you, I started out as a kid. And whether by nature or nurture (or a smoothie of both) I was a word-loving kid. My grandmother adored words too. She read to me from 100 Best-Loved Poems. As Grandma read lyrical stanzas by Wordsworth, Longfellow and Keats, I became enchanted with their rhythm […]

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Once Upon An Alphabet

November 13, 2014

Letters make words. Words form sentences. Sentences become stories. But what if each letter were able to have its own story? A story made especially FOR each of the 26 letters of the alphabet? ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET, by Oliver Jeffers, is just such a book. Readers will learn about Edmund the Astronaut, who, in spite of his fear […]

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THE OLIVE TREE

November 11, 2014

THE OLIVE TREE by Elsa Marston, illustrated by Claire Ewart, is a story for all ages about an ancient olive tree in Lebanon and two children who live on “opposite sides of the wall.” At first they are enemies until an unexpected disaster show them what they share in common. This picture book story is […]

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Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!: A Gamer’s Alphabet

November 9, 2014

P is for power up, and that is just what you’ll want to do after reading author Chris Barton’s latest picture book, Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!: A Gamer’s Alphabet. Illustrated by Joey Spiotto in a cleverly pixilated style, kids and parents alike will delight in discovering the cool backstories behind video gamer lingo. On their […]

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