July 4 - Independence Day Action

4th of July is "Independence Day".
Celebrate "Independence" by learning personal stories of people who have stretched the definition of civil liberty in US history.
Our Children Can Soar
Madame President
Elizabeth Leads The Way
American Heroes: Robert Smalls
River Of Words: Story Of William Carlos Williams
Boy Named Beckoning:True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma

Kid Bits - Pencil Action

Got Pencils or Crayons? Get Movin'....
The NEW Books Shelf has NEW Drawing Books for Kids.
You might be an Artiste!
How To Draw Incredible Cars
Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need
Draw 50 Baby Animals
Draw 50 Princesses
Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make A World
The Draw 50 Way
You might even illustrate your own book someday.

5th grade reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Are you going into 5th grade this fall?
SCARY! Try Double-Dare To Be Scared: Another Thirteen Chilling Tales.
ROYALS! Try Marie Antoinette or Jahanara: Princess of Princesses in the Royal Diaries series, by American Girl Publishers.
ADVENTURE! Try National Parks Mysteries with Deadly Waters set in Everglades, or Valley Of Death set in Death Valley.

4th Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

If you are going into 4th or 5th grades this fall, You may enjoy some of the following books:
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From A Medieval Village won the 2008 Newbery Award!
Nic Bishop Spiders with fabulous photography, incredible factoids!
Hachiko Waits based on a true story of dog loyalty.
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect a story of how dreams of perfection evolve into reality.
No Talking or Report Card by Andrew Clements.

Kid Bits - True or False?

If you are somewhere between 3rd Grade and 8th Grade, and like to tweek your truth-o-meter, try the "Classified" series. They are fun because they are unproven news stories that have raised questions of hoax.
My favorite is Vanished!, a WWII aircraft carrier that "vanished in port" ... the sailors reappeared elsewhere! You get to read the story, and then read facts from both Witnesses and Doubters.
Other titles are Breakout, Alien Landing, or
Nuclear Winter Man about the disappearance of renowned nuclear Russian scientist Vladimir Alexandrov.

Pirate Bits - Hoist the Jolly Roger Ya Scallywags!

Spy a spare frigate? Find an eye-patch or few?
Where could you find a pirate if you need one?
At the Library, of course! Find books such as:
How I Became A Pirate;
What If You Met A Pirate?;
Don't Mention Pirates;
Olive's Pirate Party;
Pirate Pete's Talk Like A Pirate.
Yo, Ho Scurvy Mates!

3rd Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

If you are going into 3rd or 4th grade you may like to try:
Mystery Of The Missing Marquess sleuthed by Enola Holmes, 14 year old sister of Sherlock Holmes.
Little Klein and his brothers are adopted by a stray dog one summer.
A Crooked Kind Of Perfect results when Zoe's "perfect" plans go wrong.
If historical facts are fun try Artistry In Stone: Great Structures Of Ancient Egypt.
with new archeological conclusions of how pyramids were built.

2nd Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Summer Reading is under way.
All ages can sign-up and get a card.
If you were in 2nd or 3rd grade this year you might enjoy trying the following series.
For "silly" try Mercy Watson; or Geronimo Stilton.
For "everyday kids" try Hey Li'l D; or Clementine.
For "sports" try Winning Season; or Baseball Card Adventure.
Or ... ask a Librarian for suggestions.

1st Grade Reading UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Summer Reading Is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
All ages can join and get a game card.
If you were in 1st or 2nd grade,
you may enjoy these true stories of people in history.
Rough Tough Charlie; Women Dardeviles: Thrills, Chills, and Frills; Haym Salomon: American Patriot; or The Story of Charles Atlas, Strong Man.

Horse Bits - 2nd to 4th grades

Where are the Horse Stories?
A classic author is Marguerite Henry who wrote Justin Morgan Had A Horse and Misty Of Chincoteague, and more based on true stories.
For easier reading levels, try books on ponies in the
Animal Ark series like Pony At The Point; and the
The Pony Pals series with A Pony For Keeps.

For more difficult reading, try the
Lucky Foot Stable series including Lady's Big Surprise, or the
Heartland series with After The Storm and many more.

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