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Bernice Gets Carried Away by Hannah E. Harrison

Bernice Gets Carried Away book cover: cat in a pink dress has a grumpy face"It was a horrible, dreary day, and it suited Bernice's mood just fine.

Bernice is at a birthday party, and it is not going well. Everyone gets extra frosting on their cake and candy from the pinata, but not her. She didn't even get a turn at swinging the bat! Finally, when the balloons come out, Bernice has had enough being left out. She takes them all. Unfortunately, she is a small kitty, and the balloons take her up into the air. The good news is as Bernice shares balloon after balloon, the day begins to turn sunny - literally.

Bad days are bad days, and the concept of being left out because of being small will be one many pre-schoolers are familiar with. As Bernice shares balloon after balloon, the readers will see that bad days can be turned around.

Great for kids who struggle with "that's not fair" as well as those who need examples of sharing.

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Celeste, Kids World

Invisible Girl by Mariel Hemingway

Invisible Girl book cover: a riped photo of a girl scrapebooked along with purple wild flowers and sketches of birds flying and other notebook doodles“What makes a family sad?  It’s a hard question to answer. Maybe it’s better to think about what makes a family happy and then subtract it.”

Having grown up in a famously dysfunctional family, actress Mariel Hemingway has become a national advocate for mental health awareness. Here she candidly shares vignettes about her family and how those relationships made her feel disconnected and lonely as a child.  She writes as a young person confiding in her readers, kids who might also be feeling invisible and alone.

This book might appeal to tweens who are feeling that things are not exactly right within their own families.  Each chapter wraps up with the author’s inner reflections on her family and suggestions for coping, touching upon many issues such as alcoholism, choosing a trustworthy adult to talk to, finding the joy in each day, and trusting your own feelings.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

125 True Stories of Amazing Pets By National Geographic Kids

125 true stories of amazing pets book cover: a photograph of a steer being ridden as it jumps over a pole gate like a horse“Paw through these pages and find 125 of National Geographic Kids’ favorite true tales of animal heroes, silly tricks, spoiled-rotten critters, and even pets that have pets of their own.”

Opening with a full page spread of a surfing pig, this book delivers one fascinating surprise after another.  Touching stories of animal helpers and pets that have made heroic rescues are included, but many of the profiled animals seem to have, for better or for worse, quirky owners or keepers who train them to do ridiculous stunts.  Meet dogs that drive cars, a gorilla with a pet bunny and a goat that rides a cow every day.  My favorite: the poodle whose owner disguises it as other (wild) animals (like a lion and a panda) through exquisite grooming and dying of its hair. 

The photography is what makes this book (and other National Geographic books) exceptional. This book is recommended as a bring-along browsing book for families with readers ages 6-12.  It is a good bet for reluctant readers due to the high interest subject manner and the number and variety of animals profiled.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

My Dog Is the Best By Laurie Ann Thompson

My Dog is the Best book cover: pencil drawing of a young boy peering over a dog with long ears who has a ball in front of it"My dog is the best. He does tricks."

What could be more enchanting than the relationship between a child and their beloved pet? ‘My Dog Is the Best’ is a tale of unconditional love that’s accented by simplistic illustrations, leaving readers with that warm and fuzzy feeling that’s so dear to any pet owners’ heart.

An excellent book for beginner readers, parents will love the easy words and repetition that lets children try reading aloud. So why not read this book with your pet at home? Then you can decide if My Dog Is the Best is the best book for you!

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Naomi, Kids World

Shark Sighting in Kids World!

Cartoon image of a shark grinning and bearing its teeth at the viewerThe great hunters of the deep are invading Kids World! Join us for Shark Week as we celebrate the ocean's greatest predators!

"Swim" by Kids World August 10th through the 14th (Monday-Friday) at 4:00pm for shark themed crafts and games. Activities will be different each day, so come once or stop by every day!

For ages 3-12 years. No registration necessary.

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Eyewitness Plant by David Burnie

Eyewitness Books: Plant book cover featuring a close up image if a flower patter“The oldest seed known to botany comes from North American Arctic lupine plant and is thought to be about 10,000 years old.”

We are surrounded by them, our existence depends on them, yet we never care to notice them. Plants are at the core of all living things, so it is safe to say that we should know something about them. “Plant” by David Bernie gives a well-balanced introduction to this fascinating world of plants. The book is rich in photographs which show in great detail the beauty and complexity of a wide variety of plants and their structures.

This book is a good nonfiction read geared towards 4-6th   independent readers. The vocabulary is at times challenging as new scientific concepts are being introduced, but the book in general does not rely heavily of scientific terminology.

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Jerry, Kids World

Uh-Oh Octopus! by Elle van Lieshout & Erik van Os Mies van Hout

Uh-Oh Octopus book cover: water color scene of ocean, a yellow octpous is center with fish, jelly fish, seahorse surrounding him"Octopus lived in a cozy home under the sea. He had nothing to complain about. He could make himself a decent meal. He had a wonderful view."

Everything is perfect for Octopus until the day a very large and mysterious tail is found sticking out of his cave. All the fish have different ideas of what to do, but will Octopus have the best idea of all?
 
Told with both soft, impressionistic watercolors and crisp ink that show off the details of Octopus's underwater home and the variety of wildlife; both real and imaginary, readers of all ages will find something in this picture book to enjoy. 

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Jennifer Palermo, Kid's World

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost

Sleepless Knight book cover: cartoon figure of a knight and horse cuddling together afraid in the forest at night“Who do you think you are, throwing sticks in the middle of the night, waking up cute little animals?!

James Sturm continues to combine wacky storytelling with “how to” cartoon instruction in this cute little graphic novel.  Is it the Knight’s best camping trip ever or, actually, the worst? Well, it depends which page you’re on.  Follow the Knight and his horse Edward on their madcap adventure involving marshmallows, a cave and a lost teddy bear.

Readers ages 6 – 12 will enjoy this silly and short graphic novel at whatever reading and humor level they are at.  Extra fun: Learn to draw the four main characters with some basic drawing instructions included on the endpapers.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Whose Butt? by Stan Tekiela

Whose Butt? book cover: photographs of the butts of various animals including a bird, forest animals, and animals from Africa"I love taking pictures of animals...Sometimes the animals run or fly away... I only get pictures of their butts..."

And so begins this humourous animal trivia book formatted into a "Guess that butt" game. For each photograph of a butt, the reader is invited to look at the photograph and its clues (tail, feathers, fur, coloration, size) and see if they can recognize the animal it belongs to. The next page will display a photograph of the whole animal along with a short informational paragraph about the animal (and how they use their behind).

Children ages 2 through 9 will find the vocabulary and length right up their alley, but this nonfiction title is perfect for both, the young and old, who enjoy a bit of fun thrown in with their facts. The large photographs and game show style makes this the perfect read-a-loud for larger groups as well as one-on-one sharing. This is the book animals lovers didn't even know they have been waiting for.

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Celeste, Kids World

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