December 3, 2017

Shelli Paroline
Braden Lamb

We have an exciting week ahead at HMS! We will welcome graphic novelists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb on Friday morning for an interactive assembly. It is a perfect fit for us because graphic novels are always dominating the monthly top circulation statistics.

The first featured book is on the Rhode Island Children’s Book Award list. It is a perfect pick for students who enjoy realistic fiction. If your child is looking for recommendations this is the perfect place to start. This list of 20 nominees was carefully chosen by a committee of librarians and teachers.

Weekends with Max and His Dad, (2016)

words by Linda Urban and pictures by Katie Kath


Goodreads summary: Max and his dad love their weekends together. Weekends mean pancakes, pizza, spy games, dog-walking, school projects, and surprising neighbors! Every weekend presents a small adventure as Max gets to know his dad’s new neighborhood—and learns some new ways of thinking about home.        Acclaimed author Linda Urban deftly portrays a third-grader’s inner world during a time of transition in this sweet and funny illustrated story that bridges the early reader and middle grade novel.

There is no book trailer, but here is the link to author Linda Urban’s website.

This next title is on our Mock Newbery list. It is a great story told from a unique perspective.

Wishtree, (2017)

words by Katherine Applegate and pictures by Charles Santoso


Goodreads summary: Trees can’t tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

Watch the Wishtree book trailer.

This title is on our Mock Caldecott list. I can’t wait to read this with students and hear their thoughts on it.

Flashlight Night, (2017)

words by Matt Forrest Esenwine and pictures by Fred Koehler


Goodreads summary: Flashlight Night is an ode to the power of imagination and the wonder of books. Three children use a flashlight to light a path around their backyard at night; in the flashlight’s beam another world looms. Our heroes encounter spooky woods, a fearsome tiger, a time-forgotten tomb, an Egyptian god, a sword-fighting pirate, and a giant squid. With ingenuity, they vanquish all, then return to their tree house–braver, closer, and wiser than before–to read the books that inspired their adventure.

This biography is worth a read. You’ll learn about a brilliant mind and also about the origin of a coding word we use today.

There is no book trailer, but you can visit the websites of Matt Forrest Esenwine and Fred Koehler.

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, (2017)

words by Laurie Wallmark and pictures by Katy Wu


Goodreads summary: If you’ve got a good idea, and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” The picture book biography of Grace Hopper—the boundary-breaking woman who revolutionized computer science.

Who was Grace Hopper? A software tester, workplace jester, cherished mentor, ace inventor, avid reader, naval leader—AND rule breaker, chance taker, and troublemaker. Grace Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and taught computers to “speak English,” and throughout her life succeeded in doing what no one had ever done before. Delighting in difficult ideas and in defying expectations, the insatiably curious Hopper truly is “Amazing Grace” . . . and a role model for science- and math-minded girls and boys.

Watch a Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code book trailer.

I really enjoyed this last featured story about a veterinarian who takes care of all animals, but specializes in magical animals. Ooh, it’s a good one!

The Unicorn in the Barn, (2017)

words by Jacqueline K. Ogburn and pictures by Rebecca Green


Goodreads summary: For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away.
One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn’t born with an ivory horn curling from its forehead.
When Eric discovers the unicorn is hurt and being taken care of by the vet next door and her daughter, Allegra, his life is transformed.
A tender tale of love, loss, and the connections we make, The Unicorn in the Barn shows us that sometimes ordinary life takes extraordinary turns.

Watch a book trailer for The Unicorn in the Barn.


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