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While the metamorphosis of a butterfly may be an easy, obvious metaphor for growth and development, its use in this book is made fresh and exciting by the personality of Velma Gratch. In her, both author and illustrator combine their talents to create the kind of independent, confident spirit that we hope all kids will discover in themselves. This charming mouse has starred in six of her own graphic novels and in this seventh in the series she does not disappoint. Babymouse has the chance to show what she is best at after all her friends are named best at something.

When she is discovered by a famous ice-skating coach, her fun hobby treads on thin ice. Jennifer L. Her brother Matthew draws Babymouse whimsically. Find Babymouse: Skater Girl at your local library. Muth - Scholastic, 32 pages. The yellow haze of unrelenting heat steams off every page of this beautifully water-colored story of leggy little girls waiting for rain. Just when everyone in the city is wilting, a delicate breeze through the kitchen window brings hope for refreshing rain.

With rich word choice that sizzles, thunders, drenches and simmers, the story concludes with a parched city now glistening after a rain storm that refreshes even the reader. Find Come on, Rain at your local library. Pendziwol , illustrated by: Jirina Marton - Groundwood Books, 32 pages. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Marja learns about self-reliance. This is a moving story with a lasting message. Nate tries to solve, not one, but two mysteries. Can he ignore a good mystery when it involves his dog Sludge and his friend Annie?

I think not! Read to find out if Nate gets any Valentines of his own. Find Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine at your local library. This collection features three short stories for early readers. Find Poppleton in Winter at your local library. Based on an account documenting a true incident in Norwegian history, this book tells the story of the Birkebeiners, a group of brave warriors in , who race to protect a baby, Prince Hakon, the future King of Norway, from his enemies, the Baglers.

Woodcuts from the illustrator of Snowflake Bentley add dramatic effect to this mesmerizing tale. Find The Race of the Birkebeiners at your local library. Early readers will love Snow Wonder for its rhyming story, sticker sheets and colorful illustrations.

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The little dog is especially cute! Find Snow Wonder at your local library. Find The Snowy Day at your local library. Find Chester at your local library. Doreen Cronin has done it again with this first person narrative told from the point of view of a boy worm. This book introduces the concept of a diary in a fun way. Young readers will identify with all the escapades of a worm, as he interacts with family members, goes to school and vacations at Compost Island.

Children will laugh and learn facts in a fun way while learning to appreciate living creatures. Want to see the movie? Find Diary of a Worm at your local library. This simply illustrated, laugh out loud chapter book will make all listeners eager for a sequel. The hook: Three separate hilarious adventures of brothers Orville and Wilbur and their mother, who is also a school principal, will attract young readers who love silliness. A beautifully illustrated tale with just a touch of Cajun dialect will delight the ear of the giggling listeners who will know what Mr.

Gator is up to long before his tormentors do. Find Gator Gumbo at your local library. The hook: Gooney Bird arrives in second grade in the middle of a school day, which suits her fine. Wearing colorful, creative costumes daily, Gooney Bird soon becomes the brightest — in every sense of the word — star of second grade. Her teacher, who is trying to explain the nature of good stories to her class, tolerantly allows Gooney Bird to upstage her by telling melodramatic stories that appear to be whoppers. The format of her book is excellent for transitional readers; her stories, filtered through a fine imagination, are entertaining; and they will leave readers hoping for more.

Once upon a time, there was a verbally creative rat, Bob, who managed to save his tail by telling tall tales. Bob loved two things above all others — reading and baking cookies. One afternoon, when Bob is cornered by two hungry cats, he puts his talents to work to save himself. He enchants the cats with fanciful tales while serving up warm-from-the-oven, mouthwatering cookies alongside fresh saucers of milk. This amusing story is the perfect read-aloud that is sure to elicit a giggle or two. The illustrations provide a delightful accompaniment to the story, so bake up a batch of cookies, pour a glass of milk, curl up and enjoy this charming tale.

Find How to Save Your Tail at your local library. The title, which is also the first line, sets the playful tone. Delightfully anti-authoritarian and anti-establishment, Prelutsky is the unexcelled master of word-playing nonsense. His laugh-aloud poems are rude, disrespectful, annoying and perceptive. In a word, marvelous. Childish readers, however, will read, laugh and pay him the ultimate compliment.

They will memorize and repeat them with pickle relish. Moxy is in the same boat. This laugh-out-loud book is full of wit and charm. Moxy is a lovable character, even if her schemes are scatter-brained. The story will leave you with a smirk on your face. Both boys and girls relate to Freddy and his best friend, Jessie, who happens to be a girl. In fact, she is the star hockey player on the peewee hockey team. Of course, no school story would be complete without a class bully. Find Science Verse at your local library. Each chapter is told from alternating perspectives, so both kids get equal time telling their stories, which are funny, realistic and endearing.

Though they both make cases for detesting each other, it is clear that the siblings are close. For example, when the Pain is afraid to get his hair cut, the Great One makes him a pair of fake ears, saying that if he wears one and gets cut, the barber will suffer from the curse that she placed on the ears. A perfect read-aloud for the whole family, this can easily be read by a newer reader. Parents who grew up on Judy Blume will enjoy it, as I did. Munsinger - Houghton Mifflin, 32 pages. Tacky is back, getting himself into predicaments that can only result in delighted, yet understanding, young readers.

This time, Tacky is surfing while his more subdued penguin pals are napping on their iceberg. What can Tacky do to escape? Tacky will certainly find new fans with this book, while old fans will be reminded to reread the other Tacky books! Find Tacky in Trouble at your local library. Hilarious cartoon illustrations scamper across the pages of this three-chapter book. Started when the men were fighting in World War II, talented females fed the love of the national pastime for loyal fans. The story of one such athlete is told by her daughter who takes fielding practice with her mama while they wait patiently for her daddy to come home safely.

Illustrations in oil paints add movement and life to the story of a devoted little girl who captures women? Find Mama Played Baseball at your local library. This early reader is full of fun facts about emperor penguins — their lifecycle, habitat, predators and even what they like to do for fun. With easy-to-understand explanations and plenty of illustrations, Emperor Penguins is a great choice for young animal lovers. Find Emperor Penguins at your local library. Parents need to know that this book is both too delicate, and possibly too scary on one page the jaws of a T-rex come out at the reader for young kids.

Also, though thoroughly researched, some of the information presented, both verbally and pictorially, is controversial, though the author is usually careful to indicate this. Families who read this book could discuss the science behind it, the sleuthing and inferences made by paleontologists.

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How did they figure out what the dinosaurs looked like and ate? What has caused their ideas to change? Families can also do further research together on the types of dinosaurs presented, or find out about other species. Find Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs at your local library. This book proves that a tail can be more than just a tail. The appearance and function of tails as different as the prehensile tail of an opossum to the deadly tail of a scorpion to the beautiful tail of the Central American quetzal are discussed.

Simple vocabulary and close-up color photographs enhance the appeal for young readers. This book follows the daily routine of five diverse animals at a water hole on the African savannah from dawn until midnight. The pages, which include a clock indicating the time of day, are packed with facts about the eating, playing, resting and sleeping behaviors of the animals found in this particular habitat.

The visually appealing photographs and the conversational style may just hook those reluctant readers. Find Water Hole at your local library. This brief chapter book featuring short simple sentences and basic vocabulary introduces the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, inventors of the airplane. The brothers, who ran a bicycle shop, read about the flight research of German flier Otto Lilienthal. When Lilienthal dies in a crash, the brothers decide to continue his research and begin to build gliders.

Technical terms are explained in words and pictures. An afterword provides an introduction to their scientific method, and a glossary is included. This would be the perfect read for inquiring young scientists and those kids fascinated by aircraft and flight. This beautifully illustrated book chronicles the career of Latino baseball star Roberto Clemente, from his childhood in Puerto Rico, through his major league career, and finally to his tragic death in a plane crash on his way to aid earthquake victims in Central America. This inspirational story follows Clemente from humble beginnings his first baseball glove was made from a coffee-bean sack to World Series fame in the major leagues to his legacy as a role model for aspiring baseball players and as a hero to the people of Puerto Rico for his humanitarian work.

This is the moving and inspirational story of Sammy Lee, an Olympian diver. In , Dr. Sammy Lee became the first Asian American to win a gold medal in the Olympics. Accompanied by sensitive, thoughtful illustrations. In this installation of the Smart About? He also pioneered the commercial use of peanuts, including the invention of peanut butter! A humorous yet informative look at the U. Presidents in chronological order.

Piven uses found objects to comprise the facial features of the presidents with hilarious results. Fun tidbits that actually stick with you! With a passion for cooking and against the odds, he landed a job as a chef at a fine restaurant frequented by an upscale clientele. He prided himself on his culinary talent and reputation, and the popularity of his cuisine grew. One day a diner complains that her French-fried potatoes, a fashionable new dish at the time, are cut too thick. In a fit of aggravation and to teach the customer a lesson, George accidentally creates the all-American snack food, potato chips.

The lively and comical acrylic illustrations add to the fun of this quirky true-life story. Find George Crum and the Saratoga Chip at your local library. This book is filled with outrageous stories, facts, and fascinating tidbits about food from around the world. If your child has an interest in unique historical facts, this is the book for him.

What would it be like to have traveled to America on board the Mayflower? Part of the A to Z Mysteries. The Sinking of the Titanic, I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, Ten-year-old George Calder's life changes forever as he, his little sister, Phoebe, and their Aunt Daisy set out across the ocean on the "Titanic" in The Great Chicago Fire, Tornado Terror by Lauren Tarshis.

I Survived: Tornado Terror: "Tells the stories of two young people who survived terrifying tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and includes facts about tornadoes and profiles of the well-respected scientists and storm chasers who study them". Toothless Wonder Junie B. When Junie B. Nerds by Michael Buckley. While running a spy network from their elementary school five socially awkward misfits combine their talents and use cutting edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world.

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman. The BoxCar Children. Wizards Don't Need Computers. Can the new librarian with the long white beard and a magic wand really be Merlin the great wizard. Dragon's Dont Cook Pizza. Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball. There are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey City.

But could the very short basketball coach from Ireland really be a leprechaun? Junior Graphic Novels and Comic Books. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice.

But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty? Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. Chi, a newborn American shorthair, becomes separated from its mother while out walking and is taken in by the Yamadas, who soon become attatched to the kitten even though they are not supposed to have pets in their apartment. The members of the Yamada household are affected by Chi's curious and independent behavior and learn cats are not just cute but also a lot of work. The Baby Sitter's Club. The Baby Sitter's Club is back in style with in an all new graphic novel series.

The library current has books Smile by Raina Telgemeier. The author relates, in graphic form, her experiences after she injured her two front teeth and had to have surgeries and wear embarrassing braces and headgear, all while also dealing with the trials and tribulations of middle school. Drama by Raina Telgemeier.

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going. Michael Townsend Amazing Greek Myths. A collection of comics that interpret Greek myths, depicting stories about characters such as King Midas, Pandora, Arachne, Icarus, Hercules, and others.

Babymouse Queen of the World. An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party. Jellaby by Kean Soo.

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Portia is bright beyond her years, which means it difficult to make friends in her new school, and her single mother is preoccupied, so when Portia sneaks into the woods after midnight and discovers a shy and sweet purple monster, she is delighted by her new friend--but Jellaby has secrets of his own. Recommended GR. Pokemon Adventures, Volume 4. When Pikachu returns alone from a training challenge, he is befriended by a mysterious yellow trainer, and the two go in search of Red, who may have disappeared due to an encounter with Team Rocket.

Adventures in Cartooning. Once upon a time And with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned how--well enough to draw her way out of an encounter with a dangerous dragon, near-death by drowning, and into her very own adventure! Children Nonfiction Recommendations. Nubs The True Story of a Mutt. Chronicles the friendship between Marine Major Brian Dennis and Nubs, a pack leader of wild dogs in Iraq who bonded with Dennis, but when Dennis was relocated seventy miles away and could not bring the dog with him, Nubs traveled across the freezing desert to find his human friend.

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. The true story of Victorian artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who built life-sized models of dinosaurs in the hope of educating the world about these awe-inspiring ancient animals and what they were like. Prehistoric Predators by Csotonyi. An introduction to predators from the Permian period, Triassic period, Jurassic period, Cretaceous period, and Cenozoic era. Sharkpedia by DK Publishing. Sharkpedia includes shark stories why we fear them , shark folklore, history, and types of sharks. Penguins by Jill Esbaum. Explains how Emperor penguins manage to live, eat, and raise their young in an extremely cold environment.

K-3 GR. Elephant Twins by Richard Sobol. Thong-Tang and Thong-Kum are the only known pair of elephant twins in the world. Elephant Twins transports readers to Thailand to play with the baby elephants and meet this unique pair of brothers! Polar Bears by Molly Kolpin.

A brief introduction to polar bears, providing information on their habitat, food, behaviors, and life cycle. A story that explores why the dinosaurs disappeared. Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers? Discusses the discovery and analysis of Archaeopteryx, a feathered dinosaur which may have been an ancestor of modern birds.

Big Cats Tigers by Don Middleton. An introduction to the physical characteristics, habitats, and behavior of the largest and strongest of all the wild cats. Guinea Pigs by Mark Evans. Offers information for the first-time pet owner on the physical characteristics, selection, care, and feeding of guinea pigs. Kitten Pet Care by Mark Evans. Describes different kinds of cats and discusses how to select and care for one. Rabbit Pet Care by Mark Evans. Offers information for the first-time pet owner on the physical characteristics, selection, care and feeding of rabbits.

Fish Pet Care by Mark Evans. Describes how to set up and maintain an aquarium and how to care for fish as household pets. Duckling by DK Publishing. Learn about the life cycles of a duckling. Small Pet Care by Annabel Blackledge. A guide to teach children how to care for their new small pets covers feeding, sheltering, and healthcare tips along with step-by-step photographs to make the advice easy to understand. Very Big Sharks by Victor Gentle.

World's Strangest Sharks by Gentle. Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Patent. Explains the many ways that dogs are used in the military and how they are trained and cared for. Frogs and Tadpoles by Anita Gaheri. Younger readers can follow the transformation of the common frog, from egg to adult amphibian, in the charming series that tracks the life cycles of familiar animals. Beluga Whales Babies. Describes the characteristics of beluga whales and how mother beluga whales living in aquariums are taught to care for their babies. Endangered Animals of the Islands. Describes and illustrates in detail a cross section of endangered animal species found on the land areas in earth's oceans and seas.

This volume focuses on factors that have contributed to this critical situation and features specific animal life inhabiting the islands of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Owls by Gail Gibbons. Provides general information about the physical characteristics, hunting and eating, nesting, and parenting behaviors of owls, and includes introductions to the twenty-one types of owls believed to be living in North America.

Monsters of the Deep. Monsters of the Deep presents information about such creatures found in the world's lakes and oceans as great white sharks, the lochness monster, giant squids, and poisonous jellyfish. Superstars of the St. Louis Cardinal. Horse Care for Kids by Cherry Hill. Here is the perfect book for kids who are eager to learn the essentials of equine care. Cherry Hill, the author, who has spent her life learning about horses, teaches you everything you need to know to become a responsible and successful horse or pony owner. Follows Abraham Lincoln from his childhood to the presidency, showing how he spoke up about fairness and eventually led the country to abolish slavery.

Provides instructions for making models of things used by indigenous peoples of North America throughout the development of their thousand-year-old civilization. Swords by Ben Boos. When the Nestor robots are all told that harmful radiation will be between them and the person in danger, all but one—Nestor 10—remain seated when the rock falls.

Nestor 10 moves because he can see that the radiation is not dangerous. But because the room is bathed in gamma radiation, which kills robot brains, she survives. A competing robot company, Consolidated Robots, asks U. Susan Calvin thinks that the reason Consolidated is having problems is because building the hyperspace drive involves harm to humans, it brings the First Law do not harm humans and Second Law obey human orders into conflict. The story jumps ahead to Powell and Donovan inspecting the ship two months later.

While inside, the ship takes off and as the ship makes an interstellar jump, each man has a near-death experience. The men return from beyond the galaxy and Calvin learns that, during their time in hyperspace, the two were technically dead matter turns to energy at light speed.

Why was The Brain able to build the ship if it caused human death?

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Robots, to keep Byerly from political office because Byerly is a robot. Byerly denies this, but lets Quinn base his campaign on testing whether or not he is a robot. He goes outside to talk to them and a man challenges Byerly to hit him. Byerly obliges and Calvin pronounces him a human, because the First Law do not harm a human would have stopped him if he were a robot.

Later, Calvin reveals to Byerly that she suspects that he really is a robot. She recalls that a biophysicist named Byerly was horribly crippled in an accident. Waste and famine are words in history books. And so the question of ownership of the means of production becomes obsolescent. Given that even the cleverest attempts to overthrow the Machines only result in more data for the Machines to consider, large-scale disruptions wars, economic turmoil, etc.

For an impoverished child. Over the next few years, he continued to test the Three Laws of Robotics in a series of robot stories. He called such writing future-historical. Clarke and Robert Heinlein. Even with early success, Asimov could not afford to be a full time writer until Meanwhile, he continued to write while obtaining his B. He taught at Boston University from to and remained a faculty member throughout his life. In addition, throughout the s and s he primarily wrote non-fiction science works that covered a dazzling number of subjects including Astronomy, Earth Sciences, Physics, and Biology, among others.

Calling Asimov a prolific writer would be an understatement. He wrote more than 1, essays and published at least books. Famously, Asimov had at least one book published in each of the ten major Dewey Decimal library classifications. He won seven Hugo awards, the first in and the last in He was also honored with two Nebula awards.

Asimov died in but his work lives on through new generations of readers, writers, and scientists. Rather than being outdated, his writing has proved prophetic. Reading his stories about robots in , we would have thought that his reach exceeded his grasp. As advances in robotics and brain imaging have brought the idea of a human-like robot closer, we recognize that the day may come when we just might see Robbie tending to our own children. Why did Asimov single out these groups to be threatened by robots?

What do the groups share that makes them hostile towards robots? What other groups might not welcome robots into our world? What groups would be happiest to see robots develop?

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Without letting them look at their books, have your students describe the two in as much detail as possible. What color are their eyes? How tall is each one? What race are they? Then ask your students to prove their descriptions from citations in the book. Why or why not?

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If Robbie is a modern Cinderella, who are the wicked stepsisters, the fairy godmother, and the prince? How can a novel tell you more about humans than an anthropological textbook, or physics? What facts do novels leave out that science books include? Late in life, he allowed the possibility that humans might improve in the future. What, for your students, makes us a better breed than robots? Have your students pick a few of them and invent stories—consistent with their context in I, ROBOT—that explain what these terms are and how they work.

What is it? Can your students identify some?

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  6. Then encourage your students to find out how many of the three Laws are represented in the systems they have identified, and in what order. Does the U. If so, why? If not, why not? In , he collected the stories and published them together as a book. What clues can your students find in the book that show that the stories have been joined together? Where are the seams?

    What techniques did Asimov use to make the stories seem like one whole book? Where does this reweaving work well? Why does it work in some places but not others? How likely do your students find a situation where humans would give up control of their worlds to machines?