Authors brighten the world with their colorful stories that entertain children and adults alike. One day a year to appreciate them hardly seems like enough! There are many ways to honor and appreciate your favorites:
Want to find out 100 fascinating facts about famous authors? Check out this article by Interesting Literature!
Want to know more about how National Author's Day came to be? Here’s what the National Calendar had to say:
In 1928, Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement, Illinois Women’s Club had an idea of setting aside a day to celebrate American authors. McPherson was a teacher and throughout her life, an avid reader. While she was recuperating in the hospital during World War I, she wrote a fan letter to fiction writer Irving Bacheller, telling him how much she enjoyed reading his story “Eben Holden’s Last Day A’ Fishin”. Upon receiving her letter, Bacheller sent her an autographed copy of another story and it was then that McPherson realized that she would never be able to adequately thank him for his gift. McPerson decided to show her appreciation by submitting an idea for a National Author’s Day to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. A resolution was passed declaring November 1 as a day to honor American writers. The United States Department of Commerce recognized this day in 1949.
What Is the Story of Wonder Woman?, written by Author Steve Korté, is part of Penworthy's WHO HQ Collection which features 22 titles. This series gives a fun spin on non-fiction books, with cool facts about historical figures, places and now origin stories of popular fictional characters. Also known as the 'Big Head' books, they are one of our most popular series that kids love to read to learn facts about their favorite people and places. Netflix also streams the Who Was? Show, so it's likely your kids will be familiar with the series and will enjoy learning with each new addition.
This particular title, What is the Story of Wonder Woman, is one of Penworthy's newest and most popular additions. With the Wonder Woman and Justice League movies that been released and new ones in the works, this title will be a popular selection for boys and girls alike. Wonder Woman is one of the most popular super-heroines and one of the first ever created, making her comic book debut in 1941. This books gives details on how Wonder Woman was created, her back story, super powers and more!
Sales Representative, Nate Kovatch
Monster Mash a Halloween Story adapted by Jenne Simon
This fun little 8x8 story is perfect for Halloween and beyond. The Super Monsters are original characters to the Netflix TV series, which just began its third season on October 4th! The premise behind the series is that each of the preschoolers who attend Pitchfork Pines Preschool have a different set of powers and become a different monster at night. "Sun Down, Monsters up!!" is what they say when they turn into monsters at night.
In this story, the monsters are throwing a Halloween Party and they quickly realize the town needs to get in the spirit of Halloween! The best way to do that is to make decorations. Each of the monsters uses their special powers to create a unique Halloween decoration. Upon delivering the decorations, the monsters meet a young boy, Albert, who shy, introverted, and scared of all the things Halloween. The story continues with the monsters each kindly and creatively engaging with young Albert, to show him that Halloween is fun and not nearly as scary as he thinks.
I selected this book as my Penworthy Pick because of the positive central theme - befriend and include every one in the fun you are having! The story Is perfect to celebrate the Halloween holiday but also promotes inclusion, having positive fun on Halloween, making new friends and using unique and special talents. This book is an adaptation of a TV episode but would also be perfect for a live action skit for a fun Halloween story time event - or for reading in a small group story time!
October is almost here and we can't stop thinking about books! With October being National Book month AND Friends of the Library week falling in October, there sure is a lot to celebrate. We celebrate the joy brought to us by paper, ink, binding and the words that make a book come alive. In honor of National Book Month, we wanted to share some fun book facts you can pass along to your friends and some ideas on how you can spread the book love this month in your library!
1. The covers of the first printed books were covered in drawings, leather and even gold - but no author’s name.
2. Norman Bridwell, author of Clifford, almost called his big red dog Tiny, but his wife suggested Clifford - the name of her childhood imaginary friend.
3. People who read more have more complex brains and reading helps keep your memory sharp.
4. “Biblichor" is the word that describes the particular smell that belongs to old books. “Bibliosmia” is the word for liking the smell of old books!
5. Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, has the longest sentence ever printed - 823 words.
6. Books used to be chained to shelves in libraries, in order to prevent stealing.
7. When a person is reading fiction, their ability to empathize is improved.
8. It's rumored that President Teddy Roosevelt read one book per day - now that's dedication!
9. Dr. Seuss said he expected to spend "a week or so" writing The Cat in the Hat. It ended up taking a year and a half.
10. There are over 130 million books in existence.
Books are truly a very interesting topic! Writing, language, and reading connects us all. Moving on to activities, we thought of two essential ones to add to your schedule.
Outdoor book sale -
We've all heard about a book sale, but why not make it outside! This nice fall weather won't last for long so might as well make the most out of it. A book sale is a fun way to not only raise money for your library, but also to draw in a crowd for a good reason, books.
Friends Donate -
You can't have one without the other. Besides a book sale, a book donation or book exchange is a great way to help others give while also receiving something in return. Give a book, get a book, or just donate!
There's a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss
A yottle in a bottle? Yeps on steps? All aboard the imagination train! Dr. Seuss is very well known for his creative and one of a kind rhyming play on words in his endless children books. We would like to take a look at Dr. Seuss's easy read book called There’s a Wocket in My Pocket. The story follows a boy who tells us the story of all the bizarre creatures that he has found throughout his house, as well as what he thinks about them. It's a true delight to look into a child’s imagination.
Read at bedtime or for story time, children will love being able to envision the infinite possibilities around them - things that need to be found or even right in front of them! Fairies, treasures, and ghosts, we want all children to have the option of seeing the world with imaginative eyes and have as rich an imagination as this story portrays. Great illustration and an adventurous story, it's definitely a win in our book!
Sales Representative, Lauri Streeck
Winter is coming and there is no turning back, but until then let's enjoy the glorious change in season. The smell of pumpkin spice lattes, staying warm at football games, and pulling out your favorite sweaters - what a time to be alive! To help keep your library up to speed on the new season, we have a few activities and decoration ideas that will help you transition into fall.
No matter what fall activity or decoration ideas you choose to do, hopefully we inspired you to try something new or even gave you new ideas of your own! Autumn is inevitable, so make the most out of it for yourself and your library. Have fun crafting your way into fall!
Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandis, Illustrated by Michael Allen Austin
Sit back and enjoy the ride as this book has the perfect back to school vibe while also covering similar insecurities that children have in common with the main character. In this story, we follow a young boy, Kyle, who rides the bus for the first time. Along the way, Kyle is faced with situations where he MUST obey the ten rules his brother James has told him in order to stay out of some pretty sticky situations. However, Kyle has fun while discovering that the school bus isn’t as bad as he thought and that none of these rules actually matter. This book teaches children and adults that facing new challenges is not something to be afraid of and we should try new experiences with an open mind!
Lighthearted, silly, and important for all young children who are either starting school for the first time or heading back and might need some encouragement for the first day jitters.
Sales Representative, Katie Ratajczyk
Kids are heading back to school, so let's ring in the new year with a library card! Encourage kids to get a library card by setting up stations where they can personalize and decorate their own library card holders. Get people through the door is by hosting a Library card Sign-Up month celebration at the beginning of September, where you can give away goody bags, filled with old books, stickers and prizes, or yummy treats!
With the surge of new library patrons, also comes the need for new and exciting materials. If you're struggling to get funds to purchase new books, we've got some great ideas for you!
No matter what fund raising tactic you choose to adopt, just remember that with a little creativity, you can come up with many fun ideas that are sure to help your library in a new and unique way. Happy reading!
A Puppy for Helen Keller from the Secrets of American History series.
Dip a paw into history with this fact-filled Level 2 Ready-to-Read book, part of a new series all about pets and the people who loved them! In this story, learn all about Helen Keller and her Akita puppies, the first to travel to the United States!
Sales Representative, Dawn Marowsky
Pizza Pig by Diana Murray, Illustrated by Maria Karipidou
Following the flow of rhyming and engaging illustrations, we are first introduced to a pig who is great at bringing different animals together by making pizza catered to their different lifestyles. Bears are provided pizza topped with jam. Rats get pizza with extra cheese and mold. When the pig eventually serves a turtle sitting by herself, he is left wondering why she is displeased. After several attempts of making the perfect pizza for the turtle, the pig finally realizes what the missing component to the meal was. A friend!
I'd rate Pizza Pig 8 pizza slices out of 8 because of how it showcases the significance of friendship and compassion over any material items in our everyday life.
Sales Representative, Derek Kocher
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