Eleven years after she washed ashore in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Miss Moses LoBeau (or Mo for short) is a rising sixth-grader. She helps out in the town's quirky cafe and is a founding member of the Desparado Detectives. Her summer is looking good . . . that is until Mr. Jesse is murdered, Miss Lana and the Colonel are kidnapped, and Hurricane Amy arrives. It's a good thing Mo has always been lucky!
Visit author Sheila Turnage's website to find out more about this lively book and how she decided to become a writer.
Board books: indestuctible, interesting and illustrated with care
Board books are the perfect way to introduce your baby to reading. They are sturdy enough to withstand rigorous "inspection" by baby's hands and mouth and hold fun stories with bright pictures and words that will show your baby how fun reading can be.
Here's a just a sampling of new additions to our collection. These board books caught our eye and hopefully your little one's too.
Filled with the eye-catching, clear photographs that the magazine is known for, these books are a great way to introduce your little one to simple concepts like Shapes, Opposites, Matching and Counting.
Babies love surprises and these brightly colored, themed books are full of flaps to lift with little surprises underneath. Your baby will love turning the pages and re-reading these to see what's under each flap!
The last time we saw George and Harold in Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers they had squashed dastardly Tippy Tinkletrousers as zombie nerds. However, due to Tippy's time-traveling tricks, the reader is told that the events of the book had never happened, Captain Underpants was never created, and worst of all, there would be no more Captain Underpants books!!
Well, have no fear, our heroes find their way out and manage to change history back, so that Captain Underpants exists again in.....
What was the last book you read that left you feeling happy and hopeful?
I just finished Joan Bauer’s latest book, Almost Home, and found it to be one of the best stories I read this past year.
Middle schooler Sugar Rae Cole, her rescue dog Shush, and her mother Reba find themselves homeless, and on the move. Through poems, letters, memories and grit, Sugar holds onto her dream of someday having a real home again.
In all of her eleven novels, Joan Bauer explores difficult modern issues with humor and hope. She has won many awards, and has often spoken to school and civic groups about the power of resiliency. Her main characters are teenagers, but her stories will appeal to strong 5th and 6th grade readers as well as teens, and any adult who admires people who face their troubles with courage and humor. She has a marvelous website that allows readers to get to know this very cool lady her many cool stories. Her philosophy is that "stories connect us," and humor gives us hope. The site includes her own blog, and a Teaching Resource Guide for several of her novels, including 2001 Newbery Honor book Hope Was Here.
Visit her at: http://www.joanbauer.com/ Please visit the children’s desk at your local library to learn about Joan Bauer’s books, or other great titles to help you escape from the chaos in your world for a time!
If this new series is anything like the Series of Unfortunate Events, it should be exciting and fun to find out. What was your favorite "Series of Unfortunate Events" book? Mine is "The Reptile Room" (so creepy when their guardian, Uncle Monty, gets poisoned by his own snakes).
William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood series delivers great fantasy and adventure to 3rd and 4th grade readers. Grab one while they are still on the shelf, because…… on Nov. 21, 2012, DreamWorks is releasing Rise of the Guardians, based on the books.
This 3D, computer- animated film will be great to see during the holidays, especially if you’ve read the books first. Request one of the books now to read before you see the movie.
Are you going to see the movie on the 21st? If so, please let us know how you liked it!
She has a fabulous, totally professional pink trench coat, a rhinestone magnifying glass and her best friend, Bree, by her side. Now all she needs is a mystery to solve...Inspired by her love of Nancy Drew, Nancy Clancy is ready for adventure in this new series.
What's your favorite Fancy Nancy book? Let us know in the comments below!
At our Belmar Toddler Times, we have a favorite activity that is perfect for this kind of day. Try this with YOUR little ones:
I have two eyes to see with (point to eyes), I have two feet to stamp with (stomp your feet), I have two ears to hear with (point to ears), I have two hands to clap with (clap hands 3 times!)
I have two legs to jump and jiggle, (jump up and down) I have two thumbs that I can wiggle, (wiggle thumbs) I have to elbows, see them bend. (move elbows) I have two arms to hug a friend! (hug someone nearby, or hug self)
We also have some great books about HUGGING, including this brand new one, Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond.
Come join us at our Toddler Times for some huggable fun, and we will help you find the perfect books for your huggable moments at home!