Gilbert the Great by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Charles Fuge
With Shark Week about to start on July 23, my Penworthy Pick is a shark themed picture book. This is a really sweet (not scary) story about friendship featuring a shark named Gilbert. One day Gilbert’s best friend, a remora fish named Raymond, moves away. Gilbert is left feeling very lonely. So many children have to deal with the sadness of a close friend moving away during childhood. This book is a wonderful way for children to see that you can get past the sadness and there will always be more friends to make. Critically acclaimed artist Charles Fuge does a fantastic job illustrating this picture book. I especially liked the information about great white sharks and their companion fish, remoras, in the beginning of the book. This is a good read-aloud selection with a happy ending.
By Marti Fink, Penworthy Representative
A new generation of Wonder Woman fans has been created with the release of the film earlier this month, which been one of the biggest hits of the summer 2017 blockbuster season. Here’s a round up of fun Wonder Woman-themed activities and project ideas, perfect for your library’s makerspace. Enjoy!
Wonder Woman Bracers/Cuffs
Bottle cap bookmarks – here is an amazing free printable template:
Simple (non-specific) super hero masks with printable template
Superhero tiara templates (one non-specific and one Wonder Woman)
Wonder Woman paper bag puppet
And here’s a bit of library awesomeness: last week, actress Lynda Carter of the 1970’s “Wonder Woman” television series presented the script for the 2017 film to Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden! Dr. Hayden’s reaction is priceless. You can watch the presentation here. A photo of their meeting (at the top of this post) was the Library of Congress’s “Pic of the Week.” Beautiful!
Penelope Perfect is a fantastic picture book for every collection, because it addresses a challenge that many young girls today face - the need to be perfect. The main character, Penelope, likes everything to be just so every day. When a power outage disrupts her perfect schedule and she wakes up late, changing her whole day, she ends up realizing that unplanned days can be fun, too. Her gradual acceptance of not being perfect all the time and always having to follow a strict routine can help children understand that it’s not the end of the world when things go differently than planned. A useful section at the end includes activities and discussion topics for children and their grown ups, and "A Psychologist's Perspective" for parents.
By Katie Ratajczyk, Penworthy Representative.
Since summertime is busier than ever for librarians, Penworthy put together this Summer Carnival package giveaway to help you plan a memorable and easy summer event in your library! The package ships with all June orders of $750 or more, and includes 75 fun giveaway prizes, face painting crayons, a guessing game, weighted ducks, and carnival door banner.
And check out Penworthy’s Carnival activity ideas Pinterest board for lots of resources, fun yet easy ideas, and free printables. Browse Penworthy's June I Love My Library collection here!
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