If You Like Fly Guy

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Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Parts by Tedd Arnold

No Jumping on the Bed! by Tedd Arnold

Green Wilma: Frog in Space by Tedd Arnold

Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin

There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly! by Lucille Colandro

Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman

I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

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Fractured Fairy Tales

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Fairy tales have always been some of my favorite stories, but what I love even better is when an author takes a story we know and twists it just a little bit to come up with something fresh and new: what if we heard the story from the villain’s point of view? What if the real world and the fairy tale world collided? What if it was the princess who was turned into a frog, or one person in the castle remained awake during Sleeping Beauty’s curse? These middle grade chapter books are all great fun and a different look at the stories we’ve heard before. I listed the original fairy tale after the title or “various” if the novel uses more than one.

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Women’s History Month

To celebrate International Women’s Day this week – and Women’s History Month all month – I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and nonfiction books with women and girls as the main character. Damsels in distress need not apply: whether it’s taking on a fire-breathing dragon, acting in a school play, or solving a mystery, these smart, determined girls tackle their own problems. It was too hard to narrow down nonfiction titles about individual women, so I’ve also included some great collective biographies about awesome women throughout history. This is only a drop in the bucket of all the great books about girls out there, so feel free to stop by the Children’s Desk to get some further recommendations!

 

PICTURE BOOKS
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
The Name Jar by Xangsook Choi
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

 

CHAPTER BOOKS
Franny K Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

 

GRAPHIC NOVELS
Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier
Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka

 

NONFICTION
Girls Think of Everything by  Catherine Thimmish
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
Shaking Things Up by Susan Hood
She Persisted and She Persisted Around the World by Chelsea Clinton
Women Who Dared by Linda Skeers

FURTHER RESOURCES
A Mighty Girl
National Women’s History Project
National Women’s History Museum
Women’s History Month

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If You Loved the Dork Diaries

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Five on Friday: Beginner Chapter Books

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Hello and welcome to this month’s 5 on Friday! Today we’re talking beginner chapter books. These illustrated chapter books are all on a 2nd-3rd grade reading level, perfect for those who are just starting to branch out into chapter books. They are Best of all, these books are all the beginning of a series, so if you enjoy them there are even more!

 

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Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.

 

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Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

In these 4 short stories, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities.

 

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Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great, the world’s greatest kid detective, solves the mystery of the missing picture.

 

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Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

 

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Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.

 

And that’s all for this month! Be sure to check back in April, same bat time, same bat channel for the next 5 on Friday.

Miss Jessica

 

Interactive Picture Books

As apps and touch screens become more and more popular even with the youngest of kids, these picture books work similarly by encouraging kids to touch, turn, make faces and shake their way through the pages. Check out these 12 interactive books and turn your idea of how books work upside down too!

Press Here and Mix it Up! by Herve Tullet

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley

Warning: Do Not Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

Tap to Play by Salina Yoon

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter

I Will Chomp You! by Jory John

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Top 10 of 2018: #1

 

 

Christina

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

by Grace Lin

A simple, beautiful story about Little Star trying to resist eating the Big Mooncake that Mama has hung in the sky to cool.  Little Star wakes in the night and takes a tiny bite.  She does this each night until you see the full moon waning to the new moon.  Text and pictures tell this story lovingly.  A great book to share with your little ones.

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We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

by Ryan T. Higgins

It’s the first day of school and Penelope Rex is ready with a new backpack.  When she discovers her classmates are children this causes a few problems because “children are delicious.”  After eating her classmates (and spitting them out thanks to the teacher), Penelope does learn how to be a friend.

This book has a good bit of slobber in the pages, which just add to its appeal!

Jessica

I Hate Everyone

by Naomi Danis

I actually didn’t read this book until I was in the process of writing this list and loved it so much it immediately bumped my previous #1 title.  Danis perfectly describes the contradictions of children: “Don’t look at me.  No!  Look at me!” Several pages made me laugh aloud and the illustrations alone are so great once I finished I flipped back to the beginning and started again to pay better attention to them.

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The Serpent’s Secret

by Sayantani Dasgupta

I loved this audiobook!  Just an average 12-year-old girl from New Jersey who happens to be a demon slayer –  no big deal!  Dasgupta creates such a fun, relatable hero in Kiranmala, and I loved the Indian folklore mixed with fantasy elements.  The audiobook is read by the author and she is a fantastic narrator!

Great read for fans of Rick Riordan or fantasy… or anyone!

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Willa of the Wood 

by Robert Beatty

This book is just so beautifully written.  It brought me right back to the feeling I’d get as a kid when I’d fall in love with a book in that deep, profound, genuinely sad when it is over way.  I listened to this audiobook and was sucked right into the world that Beatty created.  The world of the Faeran is magical but dangerous.  Willa, a night-spirit, is trying to find her way in her clan but the clan is changing.  Through a tragic chain of events, Willa comes to realize her clan is no longer her family and that she doesn’t truly have a place there.  On her own in the world she befriends a man named Nathaniel.  Though Willa and Nathaniel have a tenuous relationship at first, they form a bond that goes well beyond what Willa expects.  Nathaniel becomes family to her and she becomes family to him.  When she discovers a secret about Nathaniel’s children, she realizes that she can help him and his children but very much at her own peril.  Read my full review of this amazing book here.  For fans of fantasy, this book is a must-read, but it also is a good read for animal lovers and adventure readers.