Laura on November 11th, 2013
Family Get Togethers
I always think of November as the beginning of family gatherings. Whether you celebrate family as, familia, famille, Obitelj or Rodzina, we enjoy the holidays. Related by blood, marriage, friendship,or fellowship, families get together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving can be a time of sharing, sometimes with the joy of new additions or the sorrow of lost loved ones. New memories are made every year, photos taken, games played, and food eaten. Cherish all these moments, they are part of the definition of the word family.
Here are a few books about families and ways to celebrate:
Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear! By Nancy Carlstrom Jesse Bear experiences the excitement of a family reunion filled with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins and lots of food, games, and storytelling.
Do You Sing Twinkle? by Sandra Levins A boy's parents help him adjust to his new stepfamily when his mother remarries after a divorce
Families: A Global Family Album by Uwe Ommar A superbly original book to be enjoyed by children of all ages and families of all nationalities.
Family Photo and Other Family Stories There's fun for everyone when these families get together to bake a cake, visit grandma's farm, take a family photo and welcome a new baby.
The Frazzle Family Finds a Way by Ann Bonwill The Frazzle family is forgetful. But after trials and errors , they realize that putting things to song helps them remember.
Henry and Mudge in the Family Trees by Cynthia Rylant Invited to a family reunion at Cousin Annie's house, Henry looks forward to meeting new relatives. This is a warm celebration of the extended family.
I Love my Family by Laura Galvin Illustrated to show the love and fun of being in a family.
My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox
A musical family with talents for playing a variety of instruments enjoys getting together to celebrate.
My New Family by Pat Thomas Explains adoption, the feelings of insecurity that such a situation may cause, and the nature of biological parents, adoptive parents, and foster parents.
A New Family by Christine LHeureux A gentle discussion between Caillou and his cousins about why their parents do not live together.
What a Family! By Rachel Isadora This book shows how one little boy is related to other members in his family, by appearance, abilities, and other unique family traits.
Who’s in my Family? By Robie Harris All kinds of families, and all kinds of diversity. Families live in different places, eat different foods, and enjoy doing different things together. They have different numbers of children, who might be adopted, and different combinations of mothers and fathers, who might get divorced and possibly remarry. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, foster parents, and pets are family, too.
For Readers and Older Children
Finding Family by Tonya Bolden Twelve-year-old Delana is shocked when, after Aunt Tilley dies, she learns the truth about her parents and some of her other relatives.
The Not-Just-Anybody Family by Betsy Byars With their mother away on the rodeo circuit, it's up to Maggie and Vern to find a way to rescue Pap and Junior. How will they solve their family problems?
A Tangle of Knotsby Lisa Graff When she gets adopted, Cady her Talent for baking, helps unravel the mysteries of her past, but it also puts her in danger of losing her ability.
Travels with My Family by Marie-Louise Gay A young boy tells the adventures of his family's summer vacations as his parents choose unusual places to visit.
Celebrate: A sourcebook of children’s parties and family traditions Activities for holidays and seasons, and special family observances such as parties for dogs or cats, a bike-hike lunch, or a quiet toddler observance.
Enjoying Chicago Wilderness with Your Family An activity guide to enjoy the wilderness around the Chicago area.
Ex-etiquette for Families and Other Holiday Celebrations by Jan B. Ford Laying the groundwork for family gatherings
A Family Affair: How to Plan and Direct the Best Family Reunion Ever Provides information to plan a successful family reunion, including how to find family members, establish a budget, and plan meals and activities. (Ebook)
The Family Book: Amazing things to do together This resource contains ideas for amazing ways for families to spend quality time together. From rainy-day activities to fun games to unique arts and crafts, this guide is a guaranteed good time for all.
Laura on September 27th, 2013
H.E.L.P. or Homework Elicits Loving Patience
This is an acronym that should have been my mantra when helping my youngest son with his homework, that is of course, when he chose to complete the assignment. School is in session and no matter what age there seems to be homework. Parents have come to the library looking for books for their preschooler, all the way up thru their high school senior. Here at the library we have stories about homework, and the tools needed to complete it, covering ages 4-18 and a list of some suggested reads to help parents help their children.
For Beginning Readers
The Pencil Allan Ahlberg Easy AHL A lonely pencil draws a boy, a dog and other things. Soon his creations want changes and when the pencil draws an eraser, the real trouble starts.
The Berenstain Bear’s Report Card Trouble Stan & Jan Berenstain
Easy Berenstain Brother Bear has been spending too much time playing sports and games, when his report card comes, it’s terrible. All the family pitches in to help Brother bring up his grades.
The Dazzling Book Report Jane O’Connor Easy O’Connor, J. Early Readers
Nancy is determined to make the cover of her very first book report as fancy as she can, but she spends so much time on it that she has no time to write about the book.
Peanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches Lisa B. Cook Easy Cook, L.B.
Martin’s teacher is sick and so he has a substitute. Martin has homework from his substitute teacher and is having a tough time completing his work.
Homework Al Yorinks Easy Yorinks, A.
Tony’s pens, pencils, and eraser come to life. His writing tools begin to argue when it comes to completing Tony’s neglected homework.
For grades 3 & Up
Al Capone Does My Homework Gennifer Choldenko J FIC Choldenko, G. Al Capone(#3)
Moose Flannagan lives with his family on Alcatraz Islan. His father is one of the guards and gets a promotion to Associate Warden. The other guards and their families also live on Alcatraz. They are not happy with Moose’s Dads’s promotion. The inmates are upset as well with the news of the promotion. Moose’s family apartment burns down and it is up to Moose to solve the case and put rumors to rest.
Karen Tayleur J FIC Tayleur,G. David
Young David Mortimore Baxter, who knows how to stay out of trouble, shares excuses for avoiding chores, bullies, homework, and vegetarian dinners.
J 811 Dakos, K. A collection of poems that reflect the varied, sometimes funny, sometimes serious activities and emotions of the school year.
Junie B. First Grader: Cheater Pants Barbara Park J FIC Park,B. Junie B.(#21) Early Chapters
When Junie B’s Dad wont let her stay up late, Junie B. does not get her homework done. So she resorts to copying a classmate’s work. Junie gets caught in a most embarrassing way and has t o endure the consequences. Junie B. writes about the cheating in her journal and gets help from her teacher Mr. Scary.
The world according to Kaley J FIC Regan, D.C. Kaley Kaley Bluster has her own view of the world history she reads for her 4th grade essay writing assignments. Her teacher, Mr. Serrano, tries to get her to write essays, but they always turn out to be creative commentaries on Kaley's life and her own interpretations of history in light of her modern world.
Aliens Ate My Homework
Arthur and the Double Dare
The Report Card
Report Card Pick Up!
Return of the Homework Machine
Ending the Homework Hassle
The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get too Much of a Bad Thing
The Homework Solution
How to Help Your Child with Homework
Overcoming School Anxiety
The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten Through Grade Five
Taming the Homework Monster
Laura on August 16th, 2013
The First Day
Summer is sliding away. Within weeks, the kids will be starting back to school and in many instances, that day will be a first. The first day of school no matter what grade comes with a backpack full of mixed emotions. And not just for the student!
Here’s a list of some suggested reads for both student and parent to help in that transition from summer to “I don’t want to get up for school!”
For the Preschoolers and Kindergartners:
Noni is Nervous EASY HART-SUSSMAN, H.
Playdates & global warming are scary things but the most stomach clenching fear is that first day of school for Noni. Her family is a little stressed out too. Making a friend, Noni finds the world a little less scary and that goes for school as well!
Foxy EASY DODD, E.
With a wave of his magic tail Foxy works his magic to help Emma with her first day of school fears. Too bad instead of an eraser she gets an elephant! Good thing that finding a friend needs no magic at all.
For Kids returning to school
It’s the First Day of School Forever! J FIC STINE R.L.
Known for his nightmare tales, this story is just that. Evan has a bad first day. From the beginning, at home, with a messy breakfast that follows him to school, to an accident with spaghetti at lunch, followed by numerous other trials, Evan’s day just gets worse. The biggest problem is that it starts all-over the very next day.
You think it’s tough starting at a new school what if you were the president’s daughter? How will the other kids treat her like one of them or the First Daughter? And by the way no running thru the White House in your P.J.s.
Six stories all viewable on a playaway view. From a child’s first day, school bully, an unusual day, and parents night the whole spectrum of school is covered.
And More books for the kids
Back to School Tortoise EASY GEORGE, L.M.
Lucky School Bus EASY CROW, M. Early Readers
Meet Teddy Rex EASY WILLIAMS, B. Early Readers
Little Lizard’s First Day EASY CROW, M.M. Early Readers
Tony Baloney’s School Rules EASY RYAN, M.M. Early Readers
Third Grade Mix-Up J FIC JAKUBOWSKI, M. Sidney Early Chapters
The Re-Invention of Moxie Roosevelt J FIC KIMMEL. E.
Cosmic J FIC COTTRELL BOYCE, F.
How to Tutor Your Own Child EDUCATION PARENTING Ruben
The End of Molasses Classes EDUCATION METHODS Clark
rcuzzo on May 20th, 2013
Well, it's that time of year again. I have been off book talking at Chelsea School, and guess what? Not only did I recommend some fabulous books, I also got to tell the students about our summer reading program, Dig Into Reading!
This year, the program goes from June 10th to August 3rd. Kids will be able to log all of their reading minutes into their online reading log and win tons of awesome prizes. Not to mention, we'll be having all kinds of underground-themed programming for kids of all ages. You can find out more information on the summer reading club and all of our upcoming programming here.
Once again, I'd like to thank Mrs. Ulanowski and all of the lovely students at Chelsea for their never ending enthusiasm. So, without further ado, here are my May book talk picks.
Note: If you'd like to check on the availability of a book on this list, or would like to request it from another library, be sure to click on the image of the book cover. You will be taken directly to the library catalog!
~Rachel Cuzzo, Youth Services Education Specialist
Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War by Marsha Skrypuch
Tuyet's real life adventure truly starts on April 11th, 1975 wehn American soldiers whisk her and 56 other orphans away from war-torn Vietnam to live a new life in Canada.
Pickle: The Formerly Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
by Kim Baker
If you were attending Fountain Point Middle School and looking for a group of kids behind genius pranks, you'd never suspect Ben and the League of Pickle Makers. And that's exactly how they prefer it.
Dead City by James Ponti
I think it goes without saying that if you love zombies, you will love this book. But I must add that you will also love it if you love smart people, science, mythology, geography, and/or girls who kick butt.
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
If you're asking yourself, can a story be so great that it can fool one million people into thinking it's real? The answer is yes.
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
How the stories of many different people can become so tangled up in each other that you don't know where one story ends and the next begins.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
The story of a boy detective, his pet polar bear and "She Who Must Not Be Named."
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
Haunted houses are nothing compared to the horror that's in store when the kids find themselves trapped in the dark, crawling hallways of the Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls.
The search for immortality. Science versus magic. Family rivalries. A historic expedition to the North Pole. What more could you want?
Morgan and Sam used to be best friends. Now, in middle school, they are not. And in 33 minutes, Sam is going to find out why.
by Dorothy Hinsaw Patent
Dogs play a special role in the every day work and safety of our military. This book explores the history and training of these increasingly important canine soldiers.
Jen E on January 29th, 2013
And the Winners Are…
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb: The Race to Build—And Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage