The King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack
'What's all the buzz about? Educate and fascinate patrons of all ages with this beautifully descriptive tale from down south on the life and necessity of bees. We journey with young Henry to his Aunt Lilla's farm in the low-country of South Carolina. Time and summer pass slow and beautifully as Aunt Lilla patiently teaches Henry the art and magic of caring for bees. Henry loves helping with chores of the farm but especially loves watching his aunt work with her beehives and awaits the time he is old enough to help out. As Henry watches his Aunt, he is fascinated by her ability to 'bee speak' as she tends them and harvests their honey. Gentle, rolling, lyrical narrative by Lester L. Laminack and soft, inviting illustrations from Jim LaMarche engages us in learning all about bees and how vital they are for our environment and how important it is to protect them. A website in the note at the end also provides additional resources to learn more about honeybees. A wonderful read aloud for storytime, one on one or a great resource in the classroom when learning about bees, plants and pollination as well as protecting species. This story on "bees' gets an A!
By Joan Schimmels, Penworthy Sales Representative
Fortnite is a free, multiplayer video game that has taken the world by storm in the last six months. You can think of it as the "Hunger Games" of the video game world. Players are dropped on an island where they fight for survival and the last gamer standing is the winner. The goal of the game is to stay alive. You can play as an individual or as part of a team with people from all corners of the globe. It was originally released in 2017, and has already had more than 40 million downloads! While the game is free, there are in-game purchases if you choose to buy additional outfits, weapons and other helpful items. The game reaches a wide audience of girls and boys, with interest for 8 year old kids, to grown adults. If you haven't heard about Fortnite yet, just ask any patrons in your library; if they haven't played themselves, it's likely they have friends, family or children who have. Penworthy helps you stay up-to-date with the most popular trends, so we have a collection of Fortnite and Minecraft titles that are guaranteed to fly off your shelves. These books focus on the core elements of gameplay, give you the TOP SECRET know-how to turn you into a Fortnite pro, and help you plan advanced strategies!
Luciana Vega was introduced earlier this year as the American Girl for 2018, and is the first girl with a science interest. Her dream is to be an astronaut, and she inspires young girls in STEM related fields. Discover Science takes it one step further by encouraging young girls to explore the science world through fun experiments. There are more than 50 science-related projects in Discover Science, all the projects are illustrated and modeled by American Girl dolls. They include music, astronomy, nature, matter, sound, and yes....even fashion. Luciana was designed to inspire the "Mars generation" of young girls growing up now to become interested in STEM fields. Discover Science encourages them with hands-on STEM activities that will take the girls into the science world to explore, learn, and have fun.
By Susan Frappier, Penworthy Sales Representative
Discovery Channels Shark Week is scheduled to kick-off Sunday, July 22nd marking the 30th installment of the highly-anticipated TV event. It runs 8 days and is packed full of fun facts and exciting shows. So what better way to get kids excited to read about sharks! This week we've highlighted 8 shark books, fiction and nonfiction, from Penworthy's Shark Week Collection that will appeal to an audience of shark lovers! And stop by Penworthy's Pinterest page, Shark Week in the Library, for fun shark activities and bulletin ideas for the library!
I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916
From the popular I Survived Series come a frightening tale of a string of shark attacks along the New Jersey shore.
Training Academy: Sharks & Other Sea Life
"There are around 440 different kinds of sharks. The smallest is a dwarf lantern shark, which is smaller than a human hand."
Gilbert in Deep
A fun story about fish friends and a game of hide and seek. Teaching kids about making new friends and learning that it's OK to be scared sometimes, even when you're a great white shark!
Diving with Sharks!
"The largest great white shark ever recorded measured 21 feet (6.4 m) and weighed 7,302 pounds (3,312 kg). That's as heavy as five pianos!"
Shark School: A Fin-tastic Finish
A great transitional chapter book any kid can relate to about trying to fit in. Complete with character bios and fun facts in the back. Did you know, "A bull shark can live in both fresh water and saltwater."
Sharks Predators of the Sea
"The shortfin mako is the fastest shark in the world. It has been recorded swimming 31 miles per hour (50kph) and is thought to be able to go even faster."
The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Sink or Swim
Ms Frizzle leads the class to adventures in Hawaii in this Branches chapter book with a glossary, questions and activities at the end of the book.
Who Would Win? Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark
"The largest hammerheads have a head that is three feet wide eyeball to eyeball."
Looking for a great story to help ease the jitters for your new kindergartner? Then you have to read Whiffy Wilson, The Wolf who Wouldn't go to School. This book is about a wolf who had no interest in school or learning. He refused to learn his ABCs, write his name and felt that school was boring, but really he was afraid. One day, it all changed, when his father informed him that he was going to school. Whiffy wasn't thrilled and wanted to play so he walked to his friend Dotty's house who was also on her way to school. With the help of Dotty, Whiffy's fear of school went away. He made so many new friends and enjoyed playful learning games and the things he had been afraid of, no longer scared him. This is a terrific book to have in every home and classroom to be read on the first day of school. I'm sure your kids will enjoy hearing the outcome of fun that they will also experience when going to school.
By Kanisha Hines, Penworthy Sales Representative
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