My Penworthy Pick is Bee-Wigged by Cece Bell. Jerry Bee is a lonely and enormous bee who loves people. Unfortunately, people don’t love him, since he is, after all, a person-sized bee. Wearing a wig, Jerry passes as a boy and finally makes lots of friends, until the wind blows off his wig during the school parade. In a hilarious twist, the wig turns out to be a guinea pig, who points out to everyone that while Jerry might be a very large bee, he is also a great person and friend.
While this is an adorable, funny picture book with bright and silly illustrations that will appeal to kids, it’s also a great starting point for discussions about appearances, preconceived notions, and kindness towards others. A great pick for story-time, especially now when young readers are beginning a new school year.
By Joan Schimmels, Penworthy Representative
The International Day of Peace is approaching on Thursday, September 21 - an ever-timely topic. This year’s theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” Here’s a round-up of ideas and activities, many of which require minimal planning.
And Penworthy's diversity collection includes titles focusing on themes of acceptance, tolerance and peace.
“If you want to end the war then instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.”
- Malala Yousafzai
Introduce your kids to the ultimate Renaissance Man with Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci by Gene Barretta. This fabulous picture book uses vivid watercolor illustrations to compare ideas and drawings from da Vinci's notebooks to the modern inventions they foreshadowed and inspired – airplanes, helicopters, contact lenses, robots, and more. The author even uses mirror writing on the pages that represent da Vinci's notes! Those familiar with da Vinci's artwork will get a giggle out of the first page of the book. It is full of “Easter eggs” including Leda and the Swan, The Last Supper, and Mona Lisa (who is eating spaghetti). This book is sure to inspire young readers to be careful observers, thinkers, and makers in their own right.
By Lisa Rulf, Penworthy Representative
We’ve put together this Comprehensive Reading package to help you be ready for back-to school season! It’s free with your purchase of $750+ through 8/31, and is perfect for helping young readers build language and comprehension skills in a fun, engaging way. The package includes:
Also, a quick note on September book-related observances – we’ve been adding lots of Library Card Sign Up Month and Banned Books Week pins (displays, crafts, event ideas, etc.) on our Trending Topics Pinterest board if you’re looking for new ideas. Enjoy!
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