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Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger

Book Cover for Gone Fishing, a boy with a red hat and yellow shirt leads the way, following him is a man and a young girl with a pony tail; All three have fishing poles and gear“Okay, then, now it’s just us three,”
“But, Dad, it was just you and me.”

Sam feels disappointed when his Dad allows sister Lucy to come along on their fishing trip, and then resentful when she starts to reel them in. This clever story, told through a sequence of very short poems, reveals the mixed feelings that brothers and sisters can have for each other over the span of one day. I read this as a sweet, quick story and then immediately went back through it to admire this first-time author’s use of different poetry forms. Each type of poem (haiku, ode, complaint, etc.) is used to convey part of the story or Sam’s emotions in such a way that illustrates the unique power of each form. The Poet’s Toolbox addendum defines major poetic techniques and forms, detailing how they were used here. But your kids will simply enjoy this family story about Sam’s big day “gone fishing”. 

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Ol' Clip Clop: A Ghost Story by Pat McKissack

Ol' Clip-Clop book cover; a colonial man on horsebackJohn Leep "had a mean streak in him that ran the length of his long, thin body. Wasn't poverty that made him hard. He had plenty of money. But John Leep had a stingy heart." 

And so the stage is set with a selfish greedy man ready to get his comeuppance.

With the right elements of spooky, this is a perfect ghost story to share this Halloween. Recommended for grades 2 and up. (Or, a really bold first grader). Read with the lights on or off, either way, you'll never hear the sound of "clip-clop" the same way again!

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Celeste, Kids World

Horse Heroes by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

Image of Horse Heroes featuring a black horse against a prarie and blue sky"Some people say that after horses were tamed, the world changed forever. We were curious to know if this was true."

Have you ever read a made-up story and wondered which parts of it were true? If you have read any or all of the Magic Tree House series, you may like to know that the author (and her daughter) have written non-fiction books to go along with some of these fantasy/historical fiction stories. Horse Heroes relates to Jack and Annie’s Stallion by Starlight adventure and provides dozens of interesting facts and true stories about horses through human history.

Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade readers, Horse Heroes explains why horses’ bodies are especially speedy and strong and how horses have been used for travel, farming, business, sports and war. The book also includes the stories of many famous horses of the past. I thought this book was a great read and learned some interesting facts about horses.   

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Last Chance to Give Storytime Feedback!

Jack the Hand Puppet smiles above a felt board with a book and clock felt peices stationed above the word StorytimeThis is the last week to tell us your opinion of the new storytime schedule before the schedule for the next storytime session (January to April) is finalized.

Share your thoughts with us by phone or by filling out a 'Storytime Schedule Feedback Form' located at the Kids Desk.

Thanks again for your continued help in making Kids World programs the best they can be.

New Multi-Media Books

Display of Nook Black and White, Nook Color, and a Playaway ViewNew Playaway Views!

New Playaway Views are now available for checkout! PlayAway Views are devices that come preloaded with books and are perfect for viewing picture books or exploring science on the go! Playaway Views present animated books and have a built in speaker. Plug in your own headphones for an individual listening. Available to all patrons, Playaway Views are checked out for 3 weeks. Come into Kids World to try out the Playaway View Display. Playaway Views are located in the audio book shelves.

New Nook Books!

Come into Kids World and check out our newly updated Nooks! The Kids World Nooks have been updated with the most recent bestselling and popular picture as well as chapter books, phonics and easy readers. We have two Nooks that have been updated with the 2013-2014 Battle of the Books list and one Nook updated with the 2014 list of Caudill award-winning books. Our Nooks are available to be checked out for 3 weeks to residents of Harwood Heights and Norridge only. Check in with Kids World if you have any questions!
 

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Girl Meets Ghost by Lauren Barnholdt

Image of the book cover Girl Meets Ghost featuring two girls on a white background with pink and white lettering.Kendall Williams loves accessories, peppermint coffee and staying up late to text her best friend Ellie. She tries to focus on schoolwork but Brandon Dunham, her ultimate crush, and Daniella, a ghost begging for her help, prove very distracting. Will Kendall be able to help Daniella move on? Or will Daniella keep appearing at the worst times and ruin Kendall’s friendships with Ellie and Brandon? Read Girl Meets Ghost to find out.
 
Lauren Barnholdt’s characters are strong, smart and at times supernatural. In Girl Meets Ghost, Kendall, like many young adults, struggles with bad hair days, the awkwardness of a parent that starts dating and of course, math class. This book is recommended for readers that enjoy funny stories with female main characters. Girl Meets Ghost is a chapter book and well-suited for middle grade readers from ages 9-14. 
 
The sequel, The Harder the Fall, was released on September 3rd, 2013.
 
 
Jade, Kids World

A-Hoy Pirates!

Talk Like a Pirate Day logo: yellow circle with a black and white sketch of a bearded pirate with eye patch and peg leg who has a parrot on his shoulderAll pirates are welcome to drop-in the Story Room anytime between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 19th to play games and make a craft.

We will be looking around Dead Book Isle seeking buried treasure. Watch out for danger if you are forced to walk the plank!

Pirate garb is welcomed, but not mandatory for celebrating this international holiday.

Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee

Elvis and the Underdogs book cover; a large blue dog is behind a african american girl with a soccerball, a blonde boy with arms crossed, and a boy with black hair holding a laptop“Dr. Helen opened a box and pulled out a green helmet…”

Benji Wendell Barnsworth, who was born premature, is the smallest in his grade and constantly bullied. Prone to getting sick he also has a scary tendency of fainting without any warning. Benji feels hopeless when his doctor prescribes an embarrassing green helmet be worn at all times. The only other option is to adopt a dog trained for medical emergencies.

Benji’s therapy dog, Parker Elvis Pembroke IV (Elvis), is a two-hundred pound Newfoundland. If that weren’t crazy enough, Elvis can talk! Will Elvis give Benji the courage to stand up to his bullies and illness? Or will Benji get caught talking to his dog and be less popular than ever?

Elvis and the Underdogs is a hilarious read that is both sentimental and empowering. Through his relationship with Elvis, Benji learns to make new friends and take chances. The supporting characters provide many laughs in this fast paced story. Animal lovers will especially relate to this story.

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Jade, Kids World

Nugget & Fang, Friends Forever--or Snack Time by Tammi Sauer

Cover image of Nugget and Fang featuring a large shark and a small fish smiling at each other."They did everything together...until it was time for Nugget to go to school."

Can a big shark and a little minnow really be best friends? When Nugget goes away to minnow school, he makes a shocking discovery - sharks like to eat minnows! Shark misses his best friend and tries his best to prove that he does not, in fact, want to eat minnows, but Nugget isn't so sure. When Nugget finds himself in trouble, it is up to Fang to save the day and rescue the minnows. Will Nugget be able to look past their difference and be friends with Fang again?

With bright and colorful illustrations, this 'fishy' tale reminds us that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

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Bridget, Kids World

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