April 2, 2017

We have exciting news! The Kids Read Across RI Book choice this year is Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. We will host a family book club on Friday, May 5th before the KRARI event at the Rhode Island State House on Saturday, May 13th from 2-4pm. At the event you’ll get a free copy of the book, meet and hear the authors speak, and play fun games around the book. We hope you’ll consider joining us for the family book club!

Save Me a Seat, (2016)

by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajansavemeaseat

Goodreads summary: Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.

Joe’s lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own.

Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.

Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common — but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

Watch a Save Me a Seat book trailer.

This next book is a really fun fantasy. I will make it a point to order the next book in the series titled Making Mistakes on Purpose.

Ms. Rapscott’s Girls, (Ms. Rapscott’s Girls #1), (2015)

by Elise Primavera


Goodreads summary: Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.

Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn’t agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.

Bestselling author Elise Primavera has created an irresistible, richly illustrated story about finding your way.

Dan Santat has illustrated a book published this week. Gennifer Choldenko, author of the Al Capone At Alcatraz series, is the author. I cannot wait to get a copy for our library.

Dad and the Dinosaur, (2017)

words by Gennifer Choldenko and pictures by Dan Santat


Goodreads summary: A heartwarming father-son story about bravery and facing fears.
Nicholas was afraid of the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs live, and the underside of manhole covers.

His dad was not afraid of anything.
Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help. That s why he needs a dinosaur. After all, dinosaurs like the dark, bugs are nothing to them, and they eat manhole covers for lunch (and everything under them for dinner).
With his toy dinosaur, Nicholas can scale tall walls, swim in deep water, even score a goal against the huge goalie everyone calls Gorilla. But when the dinosaur goes missing, everything is scary again.
Luckily, his dad knows that even the bravest people can get scared, and it s okay to ask for help facing your fears. It s just guy stuff.
A family classic in the making from the dream team of Newbery Honor-winner Gennifer Choldenko and Caldecott Medal-winner Dan Santat.

You never know what will make someone turn into a reader. Perhaps someone enjoys a movie and would be up for trying a book series based on it. For those of you who liked the Night at the Museum movie, you might enjoy the series we have in the library.

Watch the Dad and the Dinosaur book trailer.

Night of the Dragons (Night at the Museum: Nick’s Tales #1), (2011)

by Michael Anthony Steele


Goodreads summary: “Things at the museum just got weirder ”
In the blockbuster film “Night At the Museum “night watchmen Larry Daley learned that every night an ancient Egyptian tablet brought the museum exhibits to life from a mischievous monkey, to a full-sized T-Rex skeleton, to twenty-sixth President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. In “Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian “Larry s adventure continued at the Smithsonian Institute.
Picking up where the movies left off, “Night of the Dragons “is a brand-new novel for middle grade readers, following the adventures of Larry Daley s teenage son Nick as he learns the ropes at the strangest museum in the world. In this story, a new exhibit brings new dangers and unleashes an evil force on the Museum of Natural History. Soon, Nick is up to his ears in trouble. With his father sidelined by a strange new magic, the boy must face giant dragons and an evil sorcerer determined to take over the museum and then the world!

I talked this book up last year but realized there is a whole crop of fourth graders who haven’t heard about it yet. It’s definitely worth a look!

The Seventh Most Important Thing, (2015)

by Shelley Pearsall


Goodreads summary: It was a bitterly cold day when Arthur T. Owens grabbed a brick and hurled it at the trash picker. Arthur had his reasons, and the brick hit the Junk Man in the arm, not the head. But none of that matters to the judge—he is ready to send Arthur to juvie for the foreseeable future. Amazingly, it’s the Junk Man himself who offers an alternative: 120 hours of community service . . . working for him.

Arthur is given a rickety shopping cart and a list of the Seven Most Important Things: glass bottles, foil, cardboard, pieces of wood, lightbulbs, coffee cans, and mirrors. He can’t believe it—is he really supposed to rummage through people’s trash? But it isn’t long before Arthur realizes there’s more to the Junk Man than meets the eye, and the “trash” he’s collecting is being transformed into something more precious than anyone could imagine. . . .

Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton.

Watch a book trailer for The Seventh Most Important Thing.


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