Can you trust everything you read? Princess Martha believes there is only one way to find out, and that fairy tales are just stories. When her sisters meet a talking frog, they're convinced that giving him the royal treatment will turn him into Prince Charming. Martha is not so sure. Her suspicions arise the more she sees of Prince Ribbit. Determined to expose him and to convince her sisters that just because it's in a book doesn't mean it's true, Martha presents her facts. However, before the end, Princess Martha might learn that same lesson! I find this picture book refreshingly delightful, as Jonathan Emmett pairs a spunky princess with a cunning frog to teach a charming lesson on the mishaps of trusting everything you read.
By Dawn Marowsky, Penworthy Sales Representative
With funding, or the lack thereof, becoming an increasingly bigger challenge for libraries and schools, librarians and media specialists are getting creative (nothing new there!). We’ve compiled this list of grants and other funding and donation resources which you may not have seen.
Here’s wishing you and your library every success!
Tenney is one of American Girl's new contemporary series characters, recently released in February 2017. Girls have enjoyed the American Girl historical fiction dolls and books since 1986; however today's girls are a bit more sophisticated, and their interests are a bit more sophisticated as well. In fact, due to popular demand, American Girl also released their first boy doll along with Tenney: her bandmate Logan, who is a drummer!
Tenney is a twelve year old girl who is a songwriter, singer, and musician. She loves playing music with her family in local cafes and social halls, and is thrilled when she's offered an opportunity to play at Nashville's famous Bluebird Café. However, Tenney's parents decide she's too young to perform professionally - a frustration which most pre-teen girls have experienced. The story is loosely based upon two sisters, Leah Bryan and Hannah Fisher, who were the youngest musicians to ever receive a Grammy for their soundtrack of the movie, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?".
Many girls in this age group dream of being a singer or musician, and they can relate to Tenney's struggle to follow her dreams while staying true to herself, despite the fame that's knocking at her door. Again, the subject matter is a bit more sophisticated than the traditional American Girl stories, so these chapter books should appeal to 4th-6th grade girls.
By Roxane Goldman, Penworthy Sales Representative
Summer reading time right around the corner - and June is Great Outdoors month, too! Conservation and related topics can be good tie-ins to the 2017 Summer Reading theme “Build a Better World”.
If you’re looking for ways to encourage your young patrons to celebrate Great Outdoors Month, Discover The Forest’s website offers lots of fun outdoor activities for kids and useful resources for educators and parents. National Get Outdoors Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2017. Here’s a list of 62 state parks offering activities.
June 10th is also Maurice Sendak’s birthday – check out Penworthy’s Trending Topics Pinterest board for free resources and fun ideas to celebrate. And don’t forget that free printable “Build a Better World” activity sheets are available on our website!
Happy (almost) summer!
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