Luciana: Out of this World
American Girl Contemporary Girl of the Year, Luciana, wants to be the first girl to walk on Mars. Luciana is a driven, focused, outgoing girl who has her goals in place. In this story, Luciana and her family are headed to Chile for winter break to see cousins and extended family. However, from the beginning, Luciana is so wrapped up in telling stories of herself and her accomplishments, her reception is less than welcoming. She had just been excluded by her cousins to go on a camping adventure, when she receives a surprise invite from 'frenemy', Claire Jacobs, from astronaut training camp to join her at the Mars habitat in the desert and watch NASA scientists at work. Torn between wanting to get close to her relatives and working with NASA scientists, Luciana chooses to give Claire a second chance. (Claire had been her partner at Space Camp in the second book and abandoned her in a diving drill in an underwater unit.) Luciana and Claire have their character and friendship tested. Eventually, the girls end up in a life and death situation and have to rely on each other for survival. Two strong women role models in the book, the grandmother and one of the NASA scientists, provide wisdom and guidance in formulating their choices and actions. In this story there are many moments of conflict, drama, opportunities for learning and reflection, and true friendships all set in the framework of science and Mars exploration.
By Joan Schimmels, Penworthy Sales Representative
If you're looking for a book that embarks on a uproar journey for Black History month, "We March" by Shane W. Evans is the pick for you. It's a great historical fiction story on how the African American community stood alongside other ethnic groups to fight for their own equal rights. This historical fiction picture book creates the tone and exhibits incredible illustrations on what it was like to prepare for a peaceful march and stand for equal rights TOGETHER. One mind, one body, one voice, which created unity and hope.
By Kanisha Hines, Penworthy Sales Representative
Happy Howlidays! Dog Man Brawl of the Wild will be released at the end of the month, and Penworthy will be offering it January 1st! If you aren't excited about this title, we're certain your kids will be!
"Is Dog Man bad to the bone? The heroic hound is sent to the pound for a crime he didn't commit! While his pals work to prove his innocence, Dog Man struggles to find his place among dogs and people. Being a part of both worlds, will he ever fully fit in with one?"
Dog Man is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Series! By author Dav Pilkey, writer of Captain Underpants, kids can't get enough of this witty humor and colorful graphics. The New York Times calls it "LEGENDARY."
Watch the Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild Official Trailer now!
This is a terrific picture book story for children which features two main characters Little Bob, a small bunny and Big Bob, a large bear (aka “Scaredy Bear”).
These two characters represent two different types of personalities that we are all familiar with. Little Bob is a fearless, risk taker despite his small size. When his mother warns him to stay out of the forest because there is a dangerous monster that lives there, he instead makes the choice to go out into the forest to look for the monster. There he meets a huge bear who is initially afraid of Little Bob. Little Bob names the bear Big Bob and they become friends. We quickly find out that despite Big Bob's huge size and the fact that he's a bear, he's afraid of just about everything.
This story teaches about overcoming fear, finding the “big bear” inside that is fearless. It's also about understanding that those that are different may not be the terrible monsters we fear but may be a lot like us. It does this all in a way that is fun and accessible for children. And, finally, who can resist a buddy story about a giant bear and little bunny?
By Mike Gunn, Penworthy Sales Representative
In case you don't already subscribe to the Collaborative Summer Library Program newsletter, we wanted to make sure you saw their most recent resources section emailed for librarians around the country to use:
The Space Science Institute (SSI) is home to the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) and its NASA@ My Library program. The STAR Net team in partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) are working together to share science- and technology-related activities and resources to libraries across the nation as part of next years’ summer learning program – Universe of Stories. NASA@ My Library will be sharing many more resources in the months ahead. Stay tuned!
STAR Net focuses on helping library professionals facilitate STEM learning for their patrons by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources. Whether you are new to STEM or are building on past experiences, STAR Net offers resources and collaborations to take lifelong STEM learning to new levels in your library:
1. The STEM Activity Clearinghouse’s “Universe of Stories” Collection features over 80 STEM activities that are perfect for the library setting.
2. Resource Overview for “A Universe of Stories”
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT), 3:00 p.m. (CDT), 2:00 p.m. (MDT), 1:00 p.m. (PDT)
Looking for activities, websites, how-to videos, training, and more for the 2019 Summer Learning Theme? Join the STAR Library Network for an overview of vetted, free resources available through NASA, the STAR Library Network, and the STEM Activity Clearinghouse. Presenters will walk you through how to find, access, and sort through – remember, availability doesn’t always equal accessibility! – these resources and offer guidance on how your library can best utilize them! Register Here
3. Bringing a Universe of Stories to Your Library (archived webinar)
Join the STAR Net team and Luke Kralik, Organizational Coordinator for CSLP, to learn more about the 2019 summer reading theme and ways that you can bring it to life in YOUR library. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to celebrate this out-of-this-world theme! http://www.starnetlibraries.org/resources/webinars/
4. Out-of-this-World Engineering (archived webinar)
Join STAR Net as we take a look at some of the newest activities on the STEM Activity Clearinghouse that feature engineering design challenges with a space science theme. As we create rockets and rovers, we’ll be following the engineering design process: think, build, test, and do it again. Come and learn how you can make your 2018 and 2019 STEM programs blast off!
The Adventures of Violet and Dash:
Book 1, Friend or Foe?
This is a cute chapter book based on the movie The Incredibles 2. Violet and Dash may be part of the Incredibles and super heroes but they also have chores, homework and school, just like any other kid.
Violet wishes her life could be NORMAL, but Dash wants life to be SUPER all the time. When some mysterious events happen at school, the siblings begin to wonder - are there other Super kids out there? And are these kids heroes or villains?
The story is told in diary format with Violet and Dash alternating chapters in the same diary (since Dash kept reading Violets diary, she told him he could write in it as well). There are two books in the series so far and it is a great set for reluctant readers, as the diary format makes for a quick and easy read and the story moves along quickly alternating between the two narrators. It tells a story of how if you work together you can accomplish SUPER results! Kids will love the fact that it looks handwritten and has illustrations mixed in just like a normal diary would and of course who can resist a Super Hero story?
By Cindy Feltes, Penworthy Sales Representative
Happy Thanksgiving from Penworthy!
We hope you have a wonderful Holiday spent with the ones you love most 🧡
Penworthy works hard to bring you the relevant titles that kids want to read now! We often have popular new movie titles before the movie has even released in theaters. With all of our titles in stock, and shipping within days, you can rest assured knowing the titles will be on your shelves when they're hot!
The Grinch pulled in about $66 million opening weekend after it's November 9th release and received mixed reviews. Some critics loved the colorful retelling of the Dr. Seuss holiday classic, others prefer the original. Overall, there is no dispute that it's a wonderful family movie that the children are excited about and will be begging to see again and again. Step into Reading's level 2 reader brings the characters the children know and love from the new movie, to a fun tale about Who-Ville.
Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet releases this Wednesday, November 21st. This movie is the sequel to the 2012 smash hit with the same beloved characters Ralph and Vanellope. Critics are already raving and excited about seeing some classic Disney Princess favorites. With the movie releasing near the Thanksgiving holiday, it's going to be a huge hit and the kids will come back asking for titles with Ralph in them. Penworthy released three new Ralph Breaks the Internet titles November 1st, check them out here!
Mary Poppins Returns releases December 19th and it's one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year! Releasing as a sequel to the 54-year-old Disney classic, this one is sure to be a movie that adults and children alike will be rushing to the theaters to see. Make sure to check back on penworthy.com December 1st for new titles based on the Mary Poppins Returns live action movie!
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