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Batman's Dark Secret by Puckett

Batman's Dark Secret book cover: illustration shows batman from the waist up with a horde of bats flying in the air above him“Nothing scares Batman. Nothing at all, not even the dark.”

This picture book tells the story of a young Bruce Wayne learning to be afraid of the dark and then overcoming his fear.  Be forewarned: the book does cover the death of Bruce's parents, but it handles the traumatic event with eloquence and grace. The focus is not on the individual who committed the crime or even the crime itself, only on how it affected Bruce's perspective of the dark. "First he heard loud noises, then a bang. There was a flash of light, and the smell of smoke. And when he came out of the dark, he was alone. His parents were gone!"

The basic plot is the traditional "origin" one- no new ground broken here. However, that should not be a deterrent for preschool and early elementary aged Batman fans. The concept of self-reliance and overcoming fear is one most kids can relate to. In particular, moving beyond the fear of the dark is often a timely discussion with that age group.

Without a doubt, the real draw is the illustrations by Jon J. Muth, perhaps most noted for his Zen Panda series. Rather than the usual blunt "comic book style" art, the images are soft with the edges often a bit blurred. These gentle illustrations keep the focus on "childhood fear" and facilitates in drawing in the reader.

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Celeste, Kids World

Little Kids' First Big Book of the World by Elizabeth Carney

Little Kids First Big Book of the World book cover: photographs of planet eart, a tiger, egyptian pyramid, statue of liberty, tree frog, elephant, castle“Pop-up facts offer tidbits of really cool information. Use these to impress your friends and family with your geo knowledge.”

National Geographic Kids’ books are some of my favorite non-fiction books to share with young readers because of their stunning photographs of the natural world. This book covers all seven continents in 120 pages. The simple text is somewhat spotty and jumpy but I think curious kid readers will be taken in by the engaging spreads of maps, photos, “fact boxes” and “pop-up facts”.

I recommend this book for early-ish readers who might be interested in reading maps and facts. It would make a great browsing book for a car ride or waiting room. What a great offering for curious kids!

Mary Jo, Kids World

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I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

I'm new here book cover: three drawing reminescent of school photographs of children from  ethnic/culture backgroundsMaria, Jin, and Fatimah are new to this country. They feel lost, alone, and voiceless. Back home, they each thrived in their schools, but here things don’t make sense. Maria, Jin, and Fatima poetically tell their versions of what it is like to live in a foreign land. Maria and Jin discuss the difficulties of speaking and writing a new language, while Fatimah tells how she can’t find the rhythm of her new class. Gradually they begin to grow into their own with the help of friends and teachers.

This picture book is perfect for anyone who may feel out of place and for those who don’t, so that they can glimpse the experience of being the new kid. Early elementary students may find this particularly enjoyable.

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Rose, Kids World

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

The Marvels by Brian Selznick book cover: purple with gold designs of a ship, moon, flying birdsFirst, in pictures, learn the amazing history of a lone shipwreck survivor, taken in by a theatre family and turned into a multi-generation acting legacy. Then, in words, follow a young runaway boy find his estranged uncle who lives in a strangely preserved historic house. Finally, discover the shocking facts that tie these two stories together and why sometimes fiction is more honest than truth.

This title is recommended for curious readers in grades 4-6 who enjoy multi-layered plotlines and a touch of wonder.

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Brittany, Kids World

Let's Make a Movie: Stop Motion Animation

Yesterday a group of third thru sixth graders spent the day at Eisenhower Library learning about stop motion animation and creating their own videos using Eisenhower ipads.

This is their first group project where groups worked on different scenes and then we put all the scenes together to create a complete story. This is their take on the traditional "The Three Little Pigs" and is called simply "The Three Little Dinosaurs."

 

After the large group project, everyone broke into smaller groups and began to create their own videos. They built their own sets, came up with their own plot lines and characters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firebird written by Misty Copeland

Firebird book cover: chose an african american ballerina in mid leap“even birds must learn to fly
like me, you’ll grow steady in grace
spread an arabesque of wings
and climb”

Misty Copeland is the first African American female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. In her first picture book, a young girl looks at a successful ballerina, intimidated by thoughts that she can never be as great. The successful ballerina, in turn, assures the novice that with work, she can be great, too. After all, weren’t we all beginners once?

Beautifully illustrated with torn paper and paint collages, reading this title is an inspiring visual dance. Firebird is suitable for every age of dreamer, most highly recommended for those just beginning their journey in a specific passion.

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Brittany, Kids World

Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewart

Mummy Cat by ewart book cover shows a mummified cat coming out of a decorative box"A cat who moves without a breath: a mummy cat, who's passed through death."

Mummy Cat loved his owner Hat-shup-set more than anything else. However that was all in the past. Currently, Mummy Cat is a mummy himself, roaming alone in the pyramid where his human was laid to rest. Recounting fond memories of what's really important in life and the bond they shared, Mummy Cat waits for his lonely time to be over.

Mummy Cat is a book that approaches the harsh topic of death in a gentle and educational manner. Told through historical fact (with a twist of fiction) it tells a beautiful story about love and friendship that’s easy to identify with. While not its’ intended purpose, Mummy Cat is also an opportunity to open a dialog between parent and child about the basic concepts of this life-changing event that affects us all.  A brief overview in the back reveals how mummies were made and their importance in ancient Egyptian culture, along with a hieroglyph search and guide. Mummy Cat is a multifaceted book for several reasons, and a sweet tale for any age to enjoy.

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Naomi, Kids World

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

Blackbird Fly book cover: image shows 2 rows of lockers, in the middle aisle with back towards viewer is a figure with long hair with a backpack and guitar wearing a t-shirt and jeansApple has a few problems. She wants to be a rock star like her hero, George Harrison of The Beatles, but her Filipino immigrant mother is dead set against it. Playing the guitar and not studying after school is “too American.” But nothing can be “too American” for Apple when her so called friends drop her after her name ends up on her middle school’s infamous Dog Log: a list of the ugliest girls in school. If only her friends didn’t turn on her, if only she could fit in, if only she could follow her dreams to become a musician… then maybe life would be easier. Or maybe finding a new friend or two and uncovering bits of her mother’s secret past will make life as sweet as apple pie.

This title is recommended for any and all readers in grades 5-7, especially those with a fondness for The Beatles.

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Brittany, Kids World

Storytime Schedule- Please Help!

The Winter Storytime Session ends this Friday, February 26th. The class schedule will be the same for The Spring Storytime Session that will begin on March 7th. However, we are interested in fine tuning our class schedule for the summer and fall sessions.

Please stop by the Kids desk for a copy of the 'Storytime Schedule Survey.' We ask each family to fill out one form per child. The form should only take a minute or two to fill out, and the more responses we have the better class schedule we can draft.

Thank you in advanced for your input.

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