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
With the school season kicking off and summer reading programs coming to an end, it's the perfect time to start thinking about how to draw more patrons into your library. A great way that libraries across the country are getting patrons to come back is by implementing a Food for Fines Program at their library.
Food for Fines Programs offer an excellent opportunity for the patrons, the community and the library, and I'll tell you why. The patrons are happy because they are able to reduce their overdue book fees that may have been looming over them. The community is thriving because you are collecting much needed items to donate to the local food pantry. And it works wonders for the library because you will draw in patrons who may have not returned otherwise due to overdue fees, and you will be able to give back to your community.
You control the Food for Fines Program which gives you the flexibility to decide how much in fees you want to waive. The program forgives $1.00 of overdue book fees for each non-perishable food item donated. But you can easily implement a maximum fee forgiveness. The program also only forgives overdue fees, so any lost or damage fees will still apply.
If you are interested in implementing a Food for Fines Program at your library, we have created excellent resources to help you get started. Flyers, FAQs and Graphics that will launch a fun and rewarding Food for Fines Program in your community:
In the Red Canoe by Leslie A. Davidson
Ducks and frogs, swallows and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads―a multitude of nature's best captures the attention of the child narrator in this beautifully illustrated picture book. In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.
By Dawn Marowsky, Penworthy Sales Representative
Thursday, August 9th is National Book Lovers Day and we think that's a cause for celebration! It's an entire day dedicated to book lovers around the nation that encourages people to find your favorite reading place, a good book and read the day away. Did you know - The first public libraries appeared in the middle ages! So let's pay our respects and celebrate this wonderful day. For some ideas on ways to celebrate and some book loving inspiration, follow the links below:
The King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack
'What's all the buzz about? Educate and fascinate patrons of all ages with this beautifully descriptive tale from down south on the life and necessity of bees. We journey with young Henry to his Aunt Lilla's farm in the low-country of South Carolina. Time and summer pass slow and beautifully as Aunt Lilla patiently teaches Henry the art and magic of caring for bees. Henry loves helping with chores of the farm but especially loves watching his aunt work with her beehives and awaits the time he is old enough to help out. As Henry watches his Aunt, he is fascinated by her ability to 'bee speak' as she tends them and harvests their honey. Gentle, rolling, lyrical narrative by Lester L. Laminack and soft, inviting illustrations from Jim LaMarche engages us in learning all about bees and how vital they are for our environment and how important it is to protect them. A website in the note at the end also provides additional resources to learn more about honeybees. A wonderful read aloud for storytime, one on one or a great resource in the classroom when learning about bees, plants and pollination as well as protecting species. This story on "bees' gets an A!
By Joan Schimmels, Penworthy Sales Representative
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!
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