Mistakes can end up being fun! Frog has big plans for an exciting Christmas vacation this year. According to his brochure, the "Christmas Extravaganza Hotel" has supersonic sleigh ride, a big singing tree, tons of bright lights and also a North Pole breakfast bar each morning! Unfortunately a map-reading error brings him to the home of a bear who's all set for a quiet, simple Christmas of his own. Frog is crushed but bear offers him a place to stay, and soon realizes he's has to think of alternatives to all the activities in Frog's brochure.
Bear and Frog end up having a blast enjoying each other's company as they bake cookies, have snowball fights, ride sleighs and gaze at the Northern Lights! Frog loves Bear's Christmas Hotel and forgets all about his fancy resort in the brochure. Children will absolutely love this story about two unlikely friends who through chance, explore the true meaning of Christmas together. The book's large beautiful pictures and cheery expressions make this a wonderful choice for story time this holiday season!
By Justin Barkhurst, Penworthy Sales Representative
Picture Books are so important, for many different reasons. They engage emergent readers, bring families and communities together for story hours, and aid struggling readers with vibrant illustrations. Picture books have the ability to open the imagination, and explore places we may have never been. It is important that we continue to put excellent picture books in the hands of children and instill in them the importance of reading at a young age. At Penworthy our mission is to help you inspire a lifelong love of reading in kids, and that starts with Picture Books. November is picture book month so gathered interesting articles about Picture Books for your enjoyment:
This book is part of a books series about two friends, Desmond and Andres. Surf's Up, Creepy stuff gives a story of Desmond and Andres who go to the beach and they have to battle beach bullies, who also happen to be creepy monsters! Even though they battle monsters and ghosts in all of the books, the two friends are complete opposites when it comes to dealing with spooky or scary stuff. Desmond is a Ghost Patrol and isn't scared of anything and Andres is afraid of everything. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page it is perfect for any readers.
By Nate Kovatch, Penworthy Senior Sales Representative
New to the Penworthy Story-time Collection in October is the fantastic small press title, The Only Way is Badger by Stella Jones. Badger is the main character who is extremely relatable to even the smallest child. He is stubborn, rude, obstinate, loud, demanding, bullying and exclusionary. Badger feels the only right ways of living and being are to be more badger, to look like, live like, act like and be like a badger. One by one, he excludes every other animal from the forest by bullying them and then casting them aside for their own uniqueness. In the end of the story, Badger realizes he is all alone, and finally sees all the other animals had value too and having friends is more important than holding on to his bullying and exclusion.
This Penworthy Pick is perfect for story time. Badgers demanding ways are great for read aloud exaggerations and make for a very fun and animated story time circle. This book is excellent for teaching behavior, character building skills, friendship and tolerance of others for Pre-K and up.
By Kris Cunningham, Penworthy Senior Sales Representative
Fall in love with reading, programming and creative displays this month! If you are interested in bringing the fall season to your library, this is your one stop for all those great resources. We have compiled some of our favorite favorite library displays for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. There are also creative crafts and activities perfect for all ages.
Looking for some great fiction to add to your STEAM collection? I invite you to take the time to get to know Ada Lace, Nina, and their friends as they use math, science and technology to solve mysteries. I love the Ada Lace Chapter Books series because it reminds me of myself as a little girl. However, I didn’t have any characters, books or visible role models such as this for me to follow growing up. This series is a great way to show your little readers that science is for everyone, and can be used in everything we do!
Written by a NASA engineer Emily Calandrelli, we get to know Ada and her best friend Nina as they solve mysteries using different approaches- Ada uses science and technology, while Nina is more about the right-brained way of solving problems. Even though they are opposites, they work well together. I love this dynamic because it lends humor and depth to the characters, and a realistic portrayal of 3rd grade friendships. The series also addresses topics such as disagreements between friends, tension with parents, jealousy, and being overly- competitive. This series can really add depth to your STEAM collection by appealing to the fast growing group of girls that love science and can’t get enough!
By Laura Paff, Penworthy Sales Representative
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:
I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien.
This books is an insight of how difficult it can be to transition to a new country and to do it in elementary school. Kids have to work hard to understand language and customs. New alphabets in some cases, reading and writing are huge challenges. Making new friends can be also be a challenge with all of these other barriers. This book is written simply and shows the transition of adjustment. It is a necessity for kids to be exposed to this kind of story and it helps for them to be empathetic.
By Lauri Streeck, Penworthy Sales Representative
The Daphne, Secret Vlogger series is a great chapter book series for today's pre-teen girl. The main character Annabelle is a shy, insecure preteen girl who lives through her alter ego 'Daphne' who films a YouTube Vlog (video blog) Daphne Definitely Doesn't. Annabelle is a military brat and has just moved from Germany with her parents to New Jersey, then finds out her mom is going to be deployed to Afghanistan. So before her mother goes, her parents think that she needs to see a therapist to help her cope with all the changes. Her alter ego Daphne (who wears a pink wig on YouTube) says all the things Annabelle wishes she could. Her therapist challenges her to try new things, which is the theme of each book : Dances, Drama, Fashion, and Sports. It's a very modern take a girl's life today: deployed military parents, asking for help with therapy and vlogging.
By Katie Ratajczyk, Penworthy Sales Representative
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