Did you know that October is Global Diversity Awareness Month? An entire month dedicated to celebrating the world and it's many diverse facets from gender, to culture, to societal groups. And what better way to celebrate, than to discuss diversity in literature and what it means for today's children.
Diversity in literature can help us say goodbye to close minded opinions and welcome open hearts to all of the difference we see in the world. Presenting our differences in an easy to understand text, can help children relate and empathize at a young age. It expands their minds and helps them to see other cultures and races that they might not see otherwise. It is so important that we teach acceptance at a young age so children can grow into successful adults without any bias or prejudices.
Penworthy is proud to carry a large collection of diverse titles. We have titles that talk about what it's like to start school in a new country. We have titles that subtly feature diversity with a group of multicultural lead characters. We have titles that introduce diversity through new countries and different holidays. There is something that everyone can relate to, and can help explore the world of differences around our globe.
For ways to celebrate diversity, we have compiled some wonderful resources for you to use in your library:
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!
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."
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.
May the 4th started as a punny holiday, and has turned into a nation wide celebration for Star Wars fans of all ages! It is a great time to integrate Star Wars into the library and encourage even the most reluctant readers to pick up a good book! Here's a round-up of ideas and activities to bring a Galaxy far, far away...to your library:
And Penworthy's Star Wars collection includes high-interest fiction and non-fiction titles for all reading levels.
"Everybody has talent, it's just a matter of moving around until you've discovered what it is." - George Lucas
“Read Aloud. Change the world.” World Read Aloud Day is almost here! We’ve compiled a list of useful resources to help make your WRAD celebration a success:
If your school celebrates the 100th Day of School, it’s coming up fast! And it can be celebrated in the library or media center, too. Here are some fun ideas – many are free printables. And of course, our 100th Day Pinterest Board has many more suggestions for your perusal. Enjoy!
Let’s hear it for the graphic novel - a wonderful (and fun) way to engage young readers, build literacy skills, and inspire an enduring love of reading. Let us count the ways:
PS: quick plug here – there are some pretty amazing choose-your-gift giveaway items with $500+ orders this month! See below.
Here at Penworthy, we are thankful for books, libraries, and librarians. We'll be closed on Thursday and Friday (11/23 and 11/24) in observance of Thanksgiving - here's wishing you and your loved ones a very healthy and happy holiday!
And as you are no doubt aware, the latest Star Wars film (The Last Jedi) will be in theaters on December 15th. Here are a few resources you may find useful:
"I believe that the important message of picture book month is that the picture book is an enduring piece of literature, a magical combination of words and art, whose impact on literacy is unparalleled." – Diane de Las Casas
Happy Picture Book Month! Did you know that you can apply a "twibbon" to your Twitter or Facebook profile picture to spread the word? And that it's really fun to say twibbon? Also, you may want to check out these completely magical illustrations based on favorite picture books from a very talented group of artists (the above drawing is from one of them).
Other upcoming events of interest include:
And fittingly, all of our 8x8 Penworthy Prebound picture books are discounted by 20% through 11/11 - enjoy!
Penworthy Prebound Books are the high-circulation titles kids WANT to read in a binding that is guaranteed to last. All titles are in-stock and ready to ship with no back orders.