I Pledge of Allegiance by Pat Mora & Libby Martinez. This story goes to show how amazing our country is and how special it is to be an US citizen. Libby's Great Aunt from Mexico always wanted to be an US citizen from when she was a little girl. Her father always wanted a safer place for them to grow up. Great Aunt Lobo had to study hard for her citizenship test and learning the Pledge of Allegiance and what it stands as part of the test. Her niece Libby wanted to help her and practice with her and they created a great bond together while going over the words. On the day of citizenship they all stood in the court room and recited The Pledge of Allegiance to all the new citizens of the United States. This book would be a great story to get with Memorial Day coming and July 4th to remember how important and proud you should feel to be a US citizen!
By Michelle Ekstrom, Penworthy Sales Representative
48 years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people gathered to protest the negative impacts of industrial development. Since then, Earth Day has become a global event where people around the world take part in environmental movements to make the Earth a better place.
This year, in 2018, the Earth Day focus is to end plastic pollution. "From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet." - earthday.org
The time for change is now - Here are some great links for celebrating Earth Day around your community:
Why Do Families Change? Our First Talk About Separation and Divorce. This title will help little ones have a better understanding of separation and divorce. The book very simply addresses how people get together and make commitments. Then goes on to discuss that relationships change so the commitment changes. An unhappy home is not a healthy home. Kids are assured that they are not the reason for the separation or divorce. The author recognizes that although the family dynamic has changed that you still have a family and are very loved.
I really appreciate how simple the text is and how it fosters the idea that talking about your feelings with your parents is the best thing you can do to feel better. It goes on to a brief discussion of deeper related topics like custody, parents getting back together and blended families. Every library needs this title to make the transition easier for the children of divorce.
By Lauri Streeck, Penworthy Sales Representative
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
In this book, Lilly has committed to reading a poem for a big talent night. Then she receives a flute from her aunt as a gift and decides she will play it for the talent night instead. Even after much practice, Lilly finds that she really is no good at playing the flute... a story many can relate to. In the end, Lilly decides to read a poem about wind and incorporate her bad flute playing as the flute making sounds of the wind. Lilly is kind, smart, determined and a good problem solver who thinks outside the box. She is a good character model for young readers. The story has a quick pace, is fun and has an enjoyable plot for little readers.
Lilly the Elf chapter books are perfect for beginning chapter book readers that need to build feelings of success and accomplishment. The entire series features short, manageable chapters, pages with big font and many adorable line art drawings that successfully help to tell context of the story and will entertain even the most reluctant readers. This set would also be ideal for advanced young entering into chapter books for the first time.
By Kris Cunningham, Penworthy Sales Representative
Penworthy is proud to help foster a love of reading in children, so we have gathered some useful resources to help you have the best Children's Book Week possible! And of course, if you need great books to prepare for this wonderful week, browse our website!
"Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!" - Every Child a Reader
Explore all of these fun links from the Every Child a Reader website:
Spring is upon us, and a fabulous way to celebrate the turning of the seasons and the miracle of nature is with the sumptuous read-aloud picture book, Miss Maple's Seeds. Through the warm and comforting narrative of grandmotherly Miss Maple and beautiful flowing illustrations, we are taken on her journey as she collects the orphan seeds that failed to sprout the last season and nurtures them for a second chance. “Take care, my little ones,” Miss Maple says, “for the world is big and you are small.” She spends the summer taking them on field trips, teaching them the best place to grow for each type of seed (a seed chart is provided with various seeds), and plants to avoid (the looming weeds). She keeps them safe and warm, telling them stories and singing songs throughout the winter. When spring arrives, they're ready to take their place in the big world. As she finds each the perfect new home, she reminds them that “even the grandest trees had to grow up from the smallest seeds.” A beautiful celebration of life, and a perfect read-aloud at any time - but especially for springtime or Earth Day!
By Joan Schimmels, Penworthy Sales Representative
Calling all crafters: March is National Craft Month! To celebrate, here’s a round-up of easy, low-cost crafting resources. Crafting and handmade projects are more popular than ever right now. Happy crafting this month – and beyond!
Yes, it's true! The frog is actually part of the bow that is needed to play the cello (fortunately not the animal, just the name of the part). It helps adjust the sound of the cello by tightening or loosening the strings. Frogs Play Cellos, part of the Did You Know series, is a very clever nonfiction title with quirky characters that entertain while relating facts and music trivia. Kids will not only learn about a variety of instruments, but also read snippets on cultural influences and musicians (for example, spoons are used in many cultures to make a beat and create harmony). The illustrations are a lot of fun, including a pig singing opera, John Lennon as the Walrus, and a variety of cool cats playing the horns. This would be a great title to support this year’s summer reading theme “Libraries Rock,” and I’ve heard from customers that the Did You Know series is massively popular with their young readers.
By Susan Frappier, Penworthy Representative
April is National Poetry Month! The observance was created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 in order to celebrate and promote this expressive literary art form. There are a multitude of ways to celebrate in the library – here is a list of resources and program ideas to help you and your young readers get poetic:
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