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
Dear Komodo Dragon by Nancy Kelly Allen
This is a cute story that is about a young child Leslie that dreams of being a dragon hunter and becomes pen pals with a Komodo Dragon. The story is told through a series of letters as Leslie asks the dragon questions and the dragon replies with witty, wise-cracking responses. It has true facts about the Komodo Dragon and educates Leslie about an endangered species as they become friends. In the back of the book the author has educational materials that can be printed and used for teaching further. I think it would be a wonderful book for story time and the additional learning materials can be used to build a lesson plan around the story if you are a teacher using it in your class. Great illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein with very soft colors, textural, and accurate depictions of the animals. The kids will love it!
By Cindy Feltes, Penworthy Sales Representative
It can be hard to stay on top of what's trending with kids TV and who the most popular characters are. So we've pulled the list of Google's top Chart of the most searched kids' TV shows and compiled some basic information about who these popular characters are! The list is in rank of the most searched TV shows.
#1 - SpongeBob SquarePants (171 months in top 10)
Launched on Nickelodeon in 1999 and still running and popular today! Following sea creatures and friends through their underwater city of Bikini Bottom
#2 - PAW Patrol (33 months in top 10)
First aired on Nickelodeon in 2013 and new episodes can be seen on Nick Jr. An action packed series that follows around a pack of search and rescue dogs known as the PAW Patrol.
#3 - Peter Rabbit (2 months in top 10)
A 2012 Nick Jr. Series that has grown in popularity recently due to the Peter Rabbit movie that was just released in theaters February 3rd this year. The program is not airing new episodes currently.
#4 - Peppa Pig (48 months in top 10)
This British animated series that can be found on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. The show revolved around Peppa Pig and her friends and family. Peppa's friends are all different animals which engages children of all ages.
#5 - Sesame Street (150 months in top 10)
A longtime favorite of children and adults that can be found on PBS. With fun programs and educational lessons, it's no surprise that this show is loved by kids and adults alike!
#6 - Steven Universe (37 months in top 10)
Cartoon Network launched this series in 2013 and it is still running. Featuring Steven a youn boy, who lives in the magical town of Beach City with aliens named Pearl and Garnet.
#7 - Power Rangers (169 months in top 10)
Another series that has gained popularity from it's 2017 film, Power Rangers. Originally released in 1993, and still running strong with new episodes airing on Nickelodeon.
#8 - Star Wars Rebels (7 months in top 10)
This Star Wars story line follows an era when the Imperial forces are hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights. But are the Rebels strong enough to defeat them? New episodes are still airing on the Disney channel.
#9 - Dora the Explorer (118 months in top 10)
With a live-action film underway and scheduled to release in 2019, this series is sure to gain even more popularity. Even though the show ran from 2000-2014, the character still holds high interest among kids with popular merchandise and mobile streaming options released in 2017.
#10 - Adventure Time (73 months in top 10)
A Cartoon Network Series that released in 2010 with new episodes still being released. This fun animated series follows the adventures of Finn and his best friend Jake the Dog. This duo goes on wild adventures with a little bit of magic and a lot of imagination.
The Distance to Home is an amazing story of loss and healing. Last summer, 11-yr old Quinnen was the star pitcher on her baseball team with her supportive older sister Haley in the stands cheering her on at every game. This summer though is much different since Haley passed away 9 months ago and Quinnen's spunk, curiosity, and love for the game of baseball isn't there anymore.
There is a local minor league team in town and the friendly Midwestern families typically host many of the ballplayers. Quinnen's family, all dealing with the loss in their own way, takes in one of the players to hopefully remind Quinnen of her love for the game, but there are definitely speed bumps along the way. You fall in love with all of the characters, flaws and all. The story is truly believable, full of heart and emotion, and you can almost smell the hot dogs and hear the crack of the bat during the scenes from the ballpark.
I was on the edge of my seat for the whole thing as it takes you on a emotional rollercoaster while not getting too heavy or deep for a middle schooler. It's lighthearted, humerous, full of hope and I could not put it down until the very end!
By Justin Barkhurst, Penworthy Sales Representative
We honor the memory of service members and their families who have sacrificed to protect the freedom we enjoy! Thank you from our Penworthy family to all veterans and active service members for all you do!
Newberry-winning author, Kate Dicamillo offers another fun adventure in Mercy Watson's world in her Tales from Deckawoo Drive chapter book series.
Baby Lincoln’s older sister, Eugenia, is very fond of telling Baby what to do, and Baby usually responds by saying “Yes, Sister.” But one day Baby has had enough. She decides to depart on a necessary journey, even though she has never gone anywhere without Eugenia telling her what to take and where to go. And in fact Baby doesn’t know where she is headed — only that she was entirely happy in the previous night’s dream, sitting aboard a train with a view of shooting stars. Who might Baby meet as she strikes out on her own, and what could she discover about herself? Will her impulsive adventure take her away from Eugenia for good?
By Dawn Marowsky, Penworthy Sales Representative
May 24th is National Scavenger Hunt Day, and what better way to celebrate than hosting a scavenger hunt in your library! Hosting a scavenger hunt at your library can be easy with these resources we've pulled together for you! You can create your own hunt specific to your library, or just download a free printable hunt for kids to enjoy! Happy hunting:
Ugly, by Robert Hoge, is a great chapter book that tells a heartbreaking and emotional story of being born and living with severe physical deformities. Hoge's autobiography takes you on a powerful journey through his life growing up and overcoming adversities into adulthood.
One of the more emotional parts of the story, is when Hoge was born, his mother initially did not want to keep him because of his deformities. She decided to ask her other children if they wanted her to bring Robert home. The siblings unanimously voted to bring him home. That was just the beginning, and Hoge then takes you on the ups and downs of his life and all he had to endure. He underwent numerous surgeries in hopes of having a more normal childhood. Through time, Hoge chooses not to undergo any more surgeries and accepts himself for who he is.
The compelling story Hoge takes you on, about enduring hardships, overcoming life's struggles, and coming to acceptance really captivates the reader. The writing is very accessible and it is a great book with a wonderful message of tolerance and acceptance that everyone should read and know.
By Nate Kovatch, Penworthy Sales Representative
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