Kids Book Club: At-Home Edition!

**Updated 2/3/21: The Winter 2021 Kids Book Club is FULL. Please email Youth Services Librarian Kristin with any questions.**

Winter 2021 Kids Book Club Kit available for home delivery or library pick up is now full. Email us or call 541-766-6794 to participate. Limited supplies. Available while supplies last. See titles and details below.

Stay tuned for registration for Spring 2021!

The Kids Book Club is for kids who are reading beginning chapter books. The At-Home Edition of the Kids Book Club features a monthly home delivery of the book club selection, craft supplies and directions, discussion prompts, and a bonus mail challenge. Available while supplies last. Books and supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library.

Winter 2021 Schedule:

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: Winter's No Time to Sleep by Poppy Green

The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: Winter’s No Time to Sleep by Poppy Green

January 2021 Title: The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: Winter’s No Time to Sleep by Poppy Green

Sophie and her friends accidently awaken a hibernating hedgehog in the sixth book of The Adventures of Sophie MouseWinter has finally arrived in Silverlake Forest and Sophie and her friends are having some snowy fun While playing one day, they accidentally wake a hedgehog named Pippa who has been hibernating all winter. Though Pippa is a little foggy at first, Sophie, Hattie, and Owen show her all the fun things to do in wintertime. There’s ice skating on the pond, sledding down snowy hills, snow-animals to build, and so much more The only problem is now that Pippa’s awake, will she ever be able to get back to sleep?

Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds by Elise Gravel

Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds by Elise Gravel

February 2021 Title: Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds by Elise Gravel

King of the Birds is the first in a new early graphic chapter book series about the friendship between Arlo, an arrogant crow, and a sarcastic little bird named Pips.

Like most crows, Arlo has a big brain. But Arlo has something else: a little pal who’s not afraid to tell him when he’s being insufferable!

In the first of three episodes, a battle of the brains and bird-to-bird banter soon turns into an unexpected friendship. Arlo and Pips’ adventures include a visit the big city and the beach on their hunt for shiny things and French fries. Cool crow facts are included throughout the book.

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers

March 2021 Title: Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers. Also available as downloadable ebook on CloudLibrary.

Polly loves words, writing, and telling stories, so when she finds a fancy book on her doorstep labeled “Special Delivery from the Writing and Spelling Department for Polly Diamond” she is thrilled; and when she finds that anything she writes in it actually happens she is really excited–but Polly soon realizes that she has to be very careful what she writes because that kind of power can be dangerous.

Spring 2021 Schedule – Registration Coming Soon:

Phoebe G. Green: Lunch Will Never Be the Same! by Veera Hiranandani

Phoebe G. Green: Lunch Will Never Be the Same! by Veera Hiranandani

April 2021 Title: Phoebe G. Green: Lunch Will Never Be the Same! by Veera Hiranandani

Phoebe loves her pet fish, Betty #2 (named after Betty #1, may she rest in peace), making lists, and her best friend Sage. But when Camille, a tall French girl, arrives at school with unusual lunches, Phoebe’s friendship with Sage doesn’t seem so important anymore. Thanks to Camille, Phoebe discovers goat cheese, butter lettuce, and cilantro (although she’s convinced that’s not a real word). She’s determined to get invited to her new friend’s house for dinner to see what other mysterious food Camille eats. But what about Sage? Is there still room for him? Can Phoebe make a new friend and keep an old one?

Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins

Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins

May 2021 Title: Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins. Also available as an audiobook and a downloadable ebook from Overdrive.

In these six linked stories from Emily Jenkins, and illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Paul O. Zelinsky, readers will meet three extraordinary friends. Lumphy is a stuffed buffalo. StingRay is a stuffed stingray. And Plastic… well, Plastic isn’t quite sure what she is. They all belong to the Little Girl who lives on the high bed with the fluffy pillows. A very nice person to belong to.

Together is best for these three best friends. Together they look things up in the dictionary, explore the basement, and argue about the meaning of life. And together they face dogs, school, television commercials, the vastness of the sea, and the terrifying bigness of the washing machine.

Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Winner, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book, and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award Winner, Toys Go Out is truly a modern classic. (description from Amazon.com)

Past 2020 Schedule:

Cover of Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence

Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence

January 7, 2020: 4:00-5:00 pm: Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence

Jasmine Toguchi, wants to do something before her older sister for once. So when her family comes to visit for New Year’s, she sets her sights on pounding mochi, traditionally a boys-only job.

Cover of Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

February 4, 2020: 4:00-5:00 pm: Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Squish, a meek amoeba who loves the comic book exploits of his favorite hero, “Super Amoeba,” tries to emulate him when his best friend is threatened by a bully.

Cover of Craftily Ever After: The Un-Friendship Bracelet by Martha Maker

Craftily Ever After: The Un-Friendship Bracelet by Martha Maker

March 3, 2020: 4:00-5:00 pm: Craftily Ever After: The Un-Friendship Bracelet by Martha Maker

Emily Adams, Maddie Wilson, Bella Diaz, and Sam Sharma are eight-year-olds with one special thing in common: they love to design, build, and create. In the first book of this new chapter book series, a new student gets between eight-year-old best friends Emily and Maddie–and changes the meaning of their friendship. Will their friendship last and can they make room for others?

Cover of Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog! by Hilde Lysiak

Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog! by Hilde Lysiak

April 7, 2020: 4:00-5:00 pm: Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog! by Hilde Lysiak with Matthew Lysiak

Nine-year-old Hilde Lysiak is an aspiring reporter with her own newspaper, the Orange Street News, and she is investigating break-ins and missing baked goods–and with the help of Zeus, a little dog with a big bark, she intends to track down the thief who is trying to steal a win in the Bake-Off Bonanza, one of Selinsgrove’s biggest events.

Summer 2020 At-Home Edition Schedule:

Cover of Diary of a Pug by Kyla May

Diary of a Pug: Pug Blasts Off by Kyla May

June  2020 Title: Diary of a Pug: Pug Blasts Off! by Kyla May. Also available to download as an e-book.

Baron von Bubbles, aka “Bub,” is the self-proclaimed cutest pug on the planet! Things he loves: fashion, peanut butter, and his human, Bella. Things he does NOT love: Nutz the squirrel, baths, and the rain. When Bella enters the Spirit of the Inventor Challenge, Bub helps her craft the best project ever. But what happens when Nutz gets on Bub’s nerves and makes him ruin Bella’s project? If Bub wants to make it up to his girl, he’ll have to stand up to Nutz — and the rain — once and for all. With four-color artwork throughout, this funny and charming diary-format chapter book is perfect for anyone who believes a furry pal is the best kind of friend.

Cover of Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau

The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau

July 2020 Title: The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau. Also available to download as an e-book.

Louie and Ralphie Ratso’s dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they’re going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What’ll Big Lou do when he finds out they’ve been acting like softies all over the Big City? Perfect for emerging and reluctant readers, this clever and surprisingly warmhearted chapter book shows that being tough all the time can be really tough.

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Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz

August 2020 Title: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy SchlitzAlso available as an audiobook and dvd.

Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She’s sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She’s sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won’t let her have a dog. But when she writes to her fairy godmother for help, she doesn’t expect that help to come in the form of a crocodile–a crocodile who does not behave properly.

Fall 2020 At-Home Edition Schedule:

Cover of Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlson

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlson

September 2020 Title: Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon. Also available as an audiobook and to download as an ebook.

As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she’s too much of a baby for them, so she’s left to her own devices–including her wild imagination and untiring energy. Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, moving into the closet, and exacting revenge on her sister’s favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get exactly what she has been looking for.

Cover of Megabat by Anna Humphrey

Megabat by Anna Humphrey

October 2020 Title: Megabat by Anna Humphrey. Also available to download as an ebook. Nominee for the 2020-2021 Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award.

A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader. Daniel Misumi has just moved to a new house. It’s big and old and far away from his friends and his life before. AND it’s haunted . . . or is it? Megabat was just napping on a papaya one day when he was stuffed in a box and shipped halfway across the world. Now he’s living in an old house far from home, feeling sorry for himself and accidentally scaring the people who live there. Daniel realizes it’s not a ghost in his new house. It’s a bat. And he can talk. And he’s actually kind of cute. Megabat realizes that not every human wants to whack him with a broom. This one shares his smooshfruit. Add some buttermelon, juice boxes, a lightsaber and a common enemy and you’ve got a new friendship in the making! This charming, funny story is brought to life by Kass Reich’s warm and adorable illustrations. There’s never been a bat this cute — readers will be rooting for Megabat and Daniel from page one!

Cover of Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina

Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina

November 2020 Title: Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina. Also available as an audiobook. 

Fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean will love Juana, the spunky young Colombian girl who stars in this playful new series. Juana loves many things: drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, or going to dance class. And she especially does not love learning the English. Why is it so important to learn a language that makes so little sense? But when Juana’s abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning one that Juana will need to speak English to go on, Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all. Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones, the hearts of readers everywhere in her first adventure, presented by namesake Juana Medina.

Cover of Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter

Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter

December 2020 Title: Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter. Also available to download as an ebook and as an audiobook on CloudLibrary. Nominee for the 2020-2021 Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award.

Hugo is a young Sasquatch who longs for adventure. Boone is young boy who longs to see a Sasquatch. When their worlds collide, they become the unlikeliest pair of best friends. At the Academy for Curious Squidges, Hugo learns all manner of Sneaking–after all, the most important part of being a Sasquatch is staying hidden from humans. But Hugo dreams of roaming free in the Big Wide World rather than staying cooped up in caves. When he has an unexpected run-in with a young human boy, Hugo seizes the opportunity for a grand adventure. Soon, the two team up to search high and low for mythical beasts, like Ogopogos and Snoot-Nosed Gints. Through discovering these new creatures, together, Big Foot and Little Foot explore the ins and outs of each other’s very different worlds but learn that, deep down, maybe they’re not so different after all.

For more information, contact Youth Services: 541-766-6794.

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Fun Zone!

Five Questions (Plus One!) with Juana Medina (from Candlewick Press)

Book trailer for Big Foot and Little Foot by Ellen Potter

Book trailer for Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (from Penguin Books)

Listen to a sample from The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau:

Watch the trailer for Diary of a Pug: Pug Blasts Off! by Kyla May.

Kids Book Club Update from Hilde Cracks the Case: Hero Dog by Hilde Lysiak