"Girls in this family don't go down without a fight."
Katy Gordon loves one thing more than anything in the whole wide world...baseball. A chance encounter with a Little League scout lands her a spot on a team but all too soon her dreams come crashing down around her when she is kicked off of the team for being a girl. With grit and determination Katy embarks on a long road to prove to Little League that girls can play baseball too. It's 1957, space exploration is starting, the civil rights movement is growing, with all of this change shouldn't Little League let girls play baseball?
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Tiffany, Kids World
"Wherever this stuff goes, it's going to be somebody else's problem."
1987, the year of trash, specifically New York's trash. New York's landfills were at their limit, so Lowell Harrelson, the owner of the National Waste Contractors in Alabama offered a solution. 3,186 tons of trash was loaded on to the Mobro 4000 barge and tugged all the way to North Carolina. North Carolina wanted nothing to do with the massive amount of garbage so there the barge lingered, going in circles in the Gulf of Mexico. But no one wanted the trash! What were they to do with it all? Burry it and build an island? Contaminate the ocean? This non-fiction picture book nicely summarizes an unique event in the 80s. It can be a fun independent read for those in 2nd-4th grade who are interested in historical events, or even used as a tale of caution and bring to attention how much trash humans produce.
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Gilly, Kids World
“That’s why [ the sun’s ] been employee of the month for 4.5 billion years and counting.”
It can be hard to explain things that we don’t interact with everyday especially things that happen all the time without us noticing. That bright ball in the sky is Earth’s best friend and does so much to help us. Nick Seluk makes concepts like the changing of seasons, how large our solar system is, and the water cycle accessible for younger readers in K-2nd. This book relates such large concepts to everyday activities and objects with cartoonish visuals that younger readers will be able to relate too.
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Anna, Kids World
"Just because someone is different doesn't mean they're weird," Roxie pointed out.
Harris can see all the signs that everyone else misses. The new kid writes with his mind, exercises by balancing on one finger, and eats food without chewing. Clearly, Zeke is an alien. Now he has to try and prove it before the alien ends up coming over to play video games!
The Alien Next Door is an ongoing series about three different points of view on the topic of being, well, different. Zeke is the new kid who travels a lot and tries to fit in. Harris is the skeptic and untrusting of someone so new and strange. And Roxy is the voice of reason in the middle, happy to be friends with both of them. This book is great for 2nd-3rd grade readers; however, they may require an adult’s help sounding out the ‘alien language’ on some pages. An overall charming and enjoyable read.
Naomi, Kids World
"You're back. Took you long enough,"
What if you discovered an imaginary friend from your childhood whom you had completely forgotten about? Livy, now ten, visits her grandmother again after five years. She doesn’t remember much until she finds a small green creature in the closet, right where she had left him (so he tells her). Bob can't remember where he came from. Livy had promised to help him find his way back home and he has been waiting for her all this time. Can she help Bob? Can she remember her way forward?
This slim chapter book is sweet and silly both. Livy and Bob tell their story in alternating chapters, as they reunite and their friendship deepens. Readers who like magic and childhood nostalgia will enjoy this quick read.
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Mary Jo, Kids World
"I used to love nuts. I ADORED them."
There are so many nuts, what are the squirrels to do? Try and pawn them off on you! These silly squirrels have had enough nuts and now are trying to get rid of all the nuts in every possible way, putting them in stew, making a shake, giving them as gifts, and many more creative ways.
This is a rhyming Reader that works as a quiet read for young children who have already started to read.
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Gilly , Kids World
"We’re content. There’s no need to move much when you’re content. But I’m not content. So I’ve been traveling."
Peter and Ernesto are best friends. They are also sloths. They both love to look up and find pictures in the sky. But when Ernesto leaves on a grand adventure to see more sky, Peter is at a loss. He loves his home. And it’s dangerous not up in the trees. Right? Soon, Peter follows in Ernesto’s footsteps as he tries to find his best friend. In turn, he too learns to become brave and to see the world.
The big panels and simple words with clear, cute pictures are perfect for elementary grade readers who would like to branch into graphic novels.
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Victoria, Kids World
Storytime from Space is exactly what it promises to be. Astronauts have been recorded reading different space and science themed picture books while on the International Space Station. These readings have been posted online for you to enjoy as part of a project of the Global Space Education Foundation in conjuction with other organizations including NASA.
So far 12 videos have been posted ranging from 8 minutes to 20 minutes. The varying lengths of the book selections do cause the recommended age of the listener to vary from preschool through early elementary depending on the video. However, the lark of hearing a story from space is something that might appeal to a wider range of audience- no matter the book chosen.
Visit Storytime from Space official website
Celeste, Kids World