The 10 Minute Makers Series
As libraries in our country begin to open and offer services again, this seemed like the perfect opportunity for Penworthy to highlight the new in spring, 10-Minute Maker Series. This set easily lends itself to a curbside checkout to help parents keep the kiddos busy! This series contains 6 books that highlight simple "to -do" projects that are both fun and easy to make with items found in most homes! The series is geared toward 4-5th graders, but would certainly be of interest to young, advanced readers as well. Book titles include: Paper Projects, Duct Tape Projects, Science Projects, Yarn Projects, Engineering and Art Projects. Kids will have fun making bookmarks, pencil toppers, or even a magic wallet. Each book has 32 pages and is full of fun, creative and STEAM based projects that are fun for the whole family!
Kris Cunningham, Senior Sales Representative
STEAM to GO Kits integrate high-interest prebound books with interactive STEAM resources to create safe and innovative learning environments that foster the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity.
The All About Magnets STEAM Kit is our best selling kit and for good reason! The David Adler title Magnets Push, Magnets Pull combines colorful illustrations with informative text to keep kids captivated and educated. Follow along to learn about magnets, how they are used in everyday life, and review the glossary in the back to understand basic magnet terminology. It even has easy to follow activities that kids can try using everyday objects they have at home or in the classroom.
After you've read through the book, you can use the educational resources included to complete fun activities and put your newly acquired knowledge to the test! The Magnet Movers set comes with 10 magnetic experiment cards for easy guided activities. The 24-piece Magnets! Activity Set also comes with activity cards and more engaging tools to complete fun challenges.
Find out do like poles attract or repel? Is the largest magnet necessarily the strongest? What kinds of materials are magnets attracted to? This kit will certainly keep kids entertained for hours, with little supervision required. The easy to follow activity guides make this the perfect grab-and-go activity kit for young scientists.
Laquen McGraw, Penworthy Marketing Team
100 Easy STEAM Activities by Andrea Scalzo Yi is a great title for kids of all ages!
This book offers simple easy instructions on 100 activities using just a few easy to find household objects. The timing couldn't be better for "Dragon Eggs". The simple instructions make for great family fun and a cool technique to dye eggs for Easter or all year round. The index gives a great overview of all of the projects and with 100 to chose from there are hours of fun and learning!
Sales Representative, Lauri Streeck
It's Women's History Month and international Women's Day on March 8th - so let's celebrate all of those strong women of the past and present. It's the perfect time to educate all of your littlest patrons about influential women from all over the world. You never know what young girl you might inspire to become the next Amelia Earhart!
Unicorn Academy #1 - Sofia and Rainbow
The Unicorn Academy offers bright attractive chapter books for girls who love adventures and unicorns! Unicorn Academy resides on Unicorn Island where girls come to be paired up with their very own unicorn! In the first book, Sofia and Rainbow Sofia is super excited to meet her unicorn Rainbow, but once they witness a sinister event their adventure ensues. Perfect for the National Summer Reading theme 'Imagine Your Story', this six book series with irresistible covers will be sure to please!
Sales Representative, Katie Ratajczyk
Read Across America is a reading initiative created by the National Education Association that is begins on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss' birthday! Some celebrate just the day, while others continue for the week, or even the year! Visit N.E.A.'s Read Across America Website for lot's of wonderful ideas and resources. We cant wait to celebrate and wanted to share with you some of the best ways you can bring the Read Across America celebration into your library.
The Iron Trial: Book 1 of the Magisterium Series
Fans of Harry Potter, anything Rick Riordan and other fantasy series will love the Magisterium series. Twelve-year-old Call has been taught by his father to fear and avoid magic all of his life. He has heard alarming stories of what life at the magician's training school, the Magisterium, is like. Then he is unwillingly thrown into that world, loses his connection to his father and must face a terrifying future. This series is appropriate for grades 5 and up.
Dawn Marowsky, Sales Representative
Biscuit's Snow Day Race by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
From the illustration of the cover alone, I was immediately drawn in to the book. If a picture speaks a thousand words, that of a dog speaks a thousand more. Pets play a huge role in the development of our character especially if presented at a young age. This book takes us through a snowy day with a girl and her dog, Biscuit. Biscuit finds himself wandering around and being the nosy and curious critter. Eventually, Biscuit finds himself in a sledding race, in which he wins and grabs attention from the other kids. They end up finishing a snow fort that they had initially started big enough for the other kids and pets to join in as well. In the end, Biscuit brings an entire group of friends together and makes the fun day in the snow that much better.
Connections that you make with pets can give you an indescribable feeling that's hard to match. Biscuit's Snow Day Race by Alyssa Satin Capucilli leaves the readers with a smile and a warm heart that can carry throughout the entire cold winter.
Derek Kocher, Sales Representative
In these cold winter months, it's fun to start thinking ahead to summer! So why not start planning for summer reading programs? The 2020 Collaborative Summer Library Program is Imagine Your Story! Summer reading programs are designed to encourage young readers to keep coming to the library and enjoying books during summer vacation. The CSLP website offers many wonderful resources to help you create successful summer programming.
To help further, we have dug through and found some fun summer reading ideas to help get you started:
Pirates Don't Go To School by Alan MacDonald
This is funny story about little pirate boy, Jake, who's life was on a pirate ship though he longed to go to school. But "pirates don't go to school” his family would tell him. They filled his mind with bad things he'd find in school, such as “a terrible ten-legged sea monster” teacher! Nevertheless, he insisted, so his parents agreed to let Jake go to school!
His initial experience was lonely, and having no friends made Jake wonder if his family was right after all. Maybe school IS bad.
However, things improved for him and he made it through his first day, leaving him eagerly anticipating the next day. Only this time, he brought his pirate family along to share in his wonderful school experience!
Sales Representative, Sajidah Darr
Penworthy Prebound Books are the high-circulation titles kids WANT to read in a binding that is guaranteed to last. All titles are in-stock and ready to ship with no back orders.