Kids Book Club: At-Home Edition!
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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, and discussion prompts. Available while supplies last. Books and supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library.
Upcoming Fall 2021 Schedule & Registration:
October 2021 Title: The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler
**Registration for the October Kit has closed.**
When ghost boy Kaz’s haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, he meets a real girl named Claire, who lives above the town library with her parents and her grandmother. Claire has a special ability to see ghosts when other humans cannot and she and Kaz quickly form a friendship. The two join forces to solve the mystery of the ghost that’s haunting the library. Could it be one of Kaz’s lost family members?
The first book in a young chapter book series from Edgar Award winner Dori Hillestad Butler.
Did you receive an October kit? Watch a how-to video for the DIY Ghost Craft here!
November 2021 Title: Lola Levine is Not Mean! by Monica Brown
Lola Levine likes writing in her diario, sipping her mom’s cafe con leche, eating her dad’s matzo ball soup, and playing soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. So what if she doesn’t always fit in? Lola is fierce on the field, but when a soccer game during recess gets too competitive, she accidentally hurts her classmate Juan Gomez. Now everyone is calling her Mean Lola Levine! Lola feels terrible, but with the help of her family, her super best friend, Josh Blot, and a little pencil power, she just might be able to turn it all around.
December 2021 Title: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller
Registration for the December Kit will open November 15th, at 10:00 am. Stay tuned for the registration link.
As Mr. Bing’s new pet “doughnut dog,” Arnie couldn’t be happier. When Mr. Bing joins a bowling league, Arnie gets to go along to practices and competitions. But then Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls. Someone or something is behind the madness. Arnie, together with his team of goofball friends, must sort through the shenanigans and solve the mystery. Get ready for some sleuthing and even some magic.
Bowling Alley Bandit was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013.
August 2021 Title: Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island by David Goodner
Kondo is big. Kezumi is little. They lived on an island with fruit trees and berry bushes and flitter-birds and fluffle-bunnies. When a surprise bottle washes ashore, they discover a map with a mysterious message: WE ARE NOT ALONE. Kezumi wants to follow the map and explore the world. Kondo wants to stay home and pick fruit from the fruit tree and berries from the berry bushes. But once Kezumi builds the perfect boat, the best friends set sail together to see . . . well, they don’t know. So begin the adventures of Kondo and Kezumi, where islands of cheese and giant mountains await.
July 2021 Title: Layla and the Bots: Built for Speed by Vicky Fang. Also available as a downloadable ebook.
Layla and the Bots are eager for Blossom Valley’s upcoming go-kart race, but one racer, Tina, needs their help to build a cart with hand-controls and other special features.
June 2021 Title: Stink and the Shark Sleepover by Megan McDonald.
When Stink’s parents win an aquarium sleepover, he and his two friends enjoy a scavenger hunt before trying to fall asleep while worrying about the frankensquid on the loose.
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.
A 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)
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
August 2020 Title: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz. Also 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.
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.
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.
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.[/fusion_separator]
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.
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.
Unicorn and Yeti run into each other (literally) while looking for sparkly things, and despite some differences, (for instance Unicorn is magic, Yeti is not, Yeti likes snowball fights, Unicorn can not throw snowballs)–the two become friends over a shared love of hot chocolate with rainbow sprinkles.
October 2019: Warren & Dragon: 100 Friends by Ariel Bernstein
Seven-year-old Warren and his 700-year-old “pet” dragon take on a new school and attempt to make 100 friends in this laugh-out-loud chapter book.
You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy. A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem-solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.
Mia Macarooney is a regular eight-year-old girl who finds out that she’s A SUPERHERO Her life literally goes from totally ordinary to totally super when she’s invited to attend the afterschool Program for In-Training Superheroes a.k.a. THE PITS And the crazy thing is, in a weird meant-to-be sort of way, all of this news somehow feels super right. Because all her life, Mia thought she was just super klutz…but it turns out, she’s just SUPER So now, it’s up to Mia to balance her regular everyday life and maintain her secret identity as she learns how to be the world’s newest superhero.
Summer 2019: Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
Binky’s blast-off into outer space (outside) to battle aliens (bugs) is delayed when he realizes he’s left something behind – and it’s not the anti-gravity kitty litter.
- Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar might be chicks, but they sure aren’t chicken. They’re the Chicken Squad, and it’s up to them to figure out what Tail, the not-so-brave squirrel, is so afraid of. When he describes it as BIG and Scary, that doesn’t give much insight as to what is lurking beyond the coop. Can our fecklees, fluffy heroes defeat something that could very well be — gulp — from out of this world?
With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure — the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages.In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late?
April 2019: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo
Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn’t have is a horse – until he meets Maybelline, that is, and then it’s love at first sight. Maybelline loves spaghetti and sweet nothings, and she loves Leroy, too. But when Leroy forgets the third and final rule of caring for Maybelline, disaster ensues. Can Leroy wrestle fate to the ground, rescue the horse of his heart, and lasso loneliness for good? Join Leroy, Maybelline, and a cast of familiar characters – Stella, Frank, Mrs. Watson, and everyone’s favorite porcine wonder, Mercy – for some hilarious and heartfelt horsing around on Deckawoo Drive.
March 2019: The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring Brring The monster alarm A big blue monster is threatening the goats Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret –she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.
February 2019: Dragon Masters: Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West
Eight-year-old Drake is snatched up by the King’s soldiers and taken to the castle where he is told by the wizard Griffith that he has been chosen to be a Dragon Master like Ana, Rori, and Bo–and his first task will be to discover whether his dragon, Worm, has any special powers.
January 2019: Narwhal and Jelly: Unicorn of the Sea! by Ben Clanton
A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together.
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Meet the Illustrator: My Book Illustration Process – Layla and the Bots #2
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