November 19, 2017


As we get ready for Thanksgiving, I want to share a suggested holiday wish list of book titles and magazine subscriptions. Many thanks to the students of Hampden Meadows who made suggestions of books and magazines they love and/or would enjoy receiving.

The first book featured this week is a title from the RI Children’s Book Award list, an award chosen strictly by children for children. There are 20 nominees. Children in grades 3-5 who read at least 3 books from the list are eligible to vote in February.  Librarian Michelle Steever created a handy sheet to track which titles you read.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, (2016)

words by Debbie Levy and pictures by Elizabeth Baddeley


Goodreads summary: Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.

Watch a book trailer for I Dissent.

This next book is a title on our Mock Newbery list. I have not gotten a chance to read it just yet but look forward to getting my hands on it.  Hampden Meadows is a reading community and I invite the adults and students to participate in our HMS Mock Newbery by reading titles and commenting on what you think by going to this link.  Here is a title from the list I cannot wait to read.

Tumble & Blue, (2017)

by Cassie Beasley


Goodreads summary: The magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and how they take their destinies into their own hands.

When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him.

But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both . . . and their descendants. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones.

Now, Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies.

But what if the legend of Munch is nothing but a legend, after all?

Watch the Tumble & Blue book trailer.

Our Mock Caldecott list is chock full of amazing picture books. You will want to read this one. It is simply amazing.

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!, (2017)

words by Carmen Agra Deedy and pictures by Eugene Yelchin


Goodreads summary: La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peace and quiet would make it just right.
So the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long, singing of any kind is outlawed. Even the teakettle is afraid to whistle!

But there is one noisy rooster who doesn’t give two mangos about this mayor’s silly rules. Instead, he does what roosters were born to do.

He sings:

Carmen Deedy’s masterfully crafted allegory and Eugene Yelchin’s bright, whimsical mixed-media paintings celebrate the spirit of freedom — and the courage of those who are born to sing at any cost.

There is no book trailer for this title but you can hear a page read in both Spanish and English here.

This year I have more and more students asking for scary books. When I came across this graphic novel recently I was sure to order two for our library. As soon as they went on display both copies were checked out!

Graveyard Shakes, (2017)

by Laura Terry


Goodreads summary: Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and a man named Nikola, who is preparing a sinister spell that’s missing one key ingredient.

Victoria teams up with adorable Little Ghost and Nikola’s kindhearted son, and together they search for Katia. They must find her before she becomes Nikola’s next victim!

There is no book trailer for this brand new book. Perhaps one of our students will create one! Here is a link to Laura Terry’s website so you can learn more about her work.

Serena Williams: Legends in Sports, (2017)

by Matt Christopher


Goodreads summary: Discover the amazing achievements of sports legend Serena Williams–on and off the tennis court–in this exciting new biography. 

Serena Williams has been ranked number one in the world for tennis singles, won twenty-two Grand Slam singles titles, and won four Olympic gold medals. She is a powerful player and a fierce competitor. Learn more about the record-breaking athlete in this comprehensive and action-packed biography, complete with stats and photographs.

There is no book trailer for this title but this is a quick intro video to Serena Williams.

Here’s a bonus book this week. We have two different Chromebook informational books now that our school has gone one-to-one. They’re pretty popular so be sure to place a hold if you’re interested in becoming an expert on your Chromebook!

Chromebook for Dummies, (2015)

by Mark Lafay


Goodreads summary: Get the most out of your Google Chromebook. Are you the proud new owner of a Google Chromebook and a little–or a lot–intimidated by the technology? You’ve come to the right place! “Chromebook For Dummies” walks you through setting up the device, transitioning from traditional computers and working in the cloud, customizing Chromebook to suit your needs, navigating the apps and their uses, and applying advanced settings and features. Fear not: with the step-by-step guidance and helpful information inside, there’s no reason to break a sweat.

Chromebooks are affordable, fast, and sleek–and with Google driving the initiative, they’re impossible to ignore. So it’s no wonder they’re gaining popularity and enticing people from all walks of life to make the switch from a traditional PC or laptop. If you’re one of those people and want to make the most of your experience, this book is a practical user’s guide to all things Chromebook.Covers all Chromebooks on the market. Provides coverage of all Chromebook features in an easy-to-follow manner. Serves as the go-to reference for successfully using a Chromebook.Includes step-by-step coverage of everything you’ll encounter with your Chromebook

If you’re a new or inexperienced user who wants to maximize the performance of your Google Chromebook, you’ll turn to this friendly guide time and again.


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