We are about 3 weeks away from Reading Week and our author visits from Melissa Stewart and Sarah Albee! Students have been reading their books after book check-out time in the library to prepare for the visit!
Sarah Albee had a brand new book come out last week. I’m working on getting her to do a book signing at Barrington Books after school on Wednesday, April 25th. Fingers crossed it works out because kids of all ages will love this one!
Dog Days of History: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends, (2018)
by Sarah Albee
Goodreads summary: What is it we love about dogs so much? From ancient times to the present, dogs have guarded us, worked with us, marched off to war with us, and of course, just sat on the couch with us for a cuddle. Throughout the course of human history, this partnership deepened from dogs doing a service into friendship. Dogs have been by our side through it all, and this book tracks our common story from wild wolves in ancient civilizations to modern-day breeds, highlighting famous pooches of the past and present along the way.
Watch the Dog Days of History book trailer.
Speaking of dogs, here is a new book by Dan Gemeinhart. I loved The Honest Truth and Some Kind of Courage, and can’t wait to get my hands on this one!
Good Dog, (2018)
by Dan Gemeinhart
Goodreads summary: Brodie didn’t remember the exact moment that he died. But he did remember the exact moment that he woke up afterward. When he woke up he was already running.
In his awe-inspiring new novel, acclaimed author Dan Gemeinhart brings his signature blend of action, heart, and beautiful, deliberate prose to the story of a good dog who can’t move on to the afterlife until the boy he loves is safe.
Watch the book trailer for Good Dog.
Thanks to Netflix, the Series of Unfortunate Events series is making a comeback in library circulation stats. A student politely asked me to PLEASE include this series in the next Book Bites post since Season 2 begins this weekend. I am partial to book five, The Austere Academy, so this trailer made me chuckle. And where does the time go? This book came out in 2000? Eek!
The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5), (2000)
by Lemony Snicket
If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.
Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.
It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.
With all due respect,
Watch the trailer for Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
A Boy Called Bat is a terrific 2017 book that is now on the 2019 RI Children’s Book Award list. My hope is that you will read that first and then read this next book about Bat.
Bat and the Waiting Game, (2018)
words by Elana K. Arnold and pictures by Charles Santoso
Goodreads summary: In the tradition of Clementine and Ramona Quimby, meet Bat. Author Elana K. Arnold returns with another irresistible story of friendship in this widely acclaimed series starring an unforgettable boy on the autism spectrum.
For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life is pretty great. He’s the caretaker of the best baby skunk in the world—even Janie, his older sister, is warming up to Thor.
When Janie gets a part in the school play and can’t watch Bat after school, it means some pretty big changes. Someone else has to take care of the skunk kit in the afternoons, Janie is having sleepovers with her new friends, and Bat wants everything to go back to normal.
He just has to make it to the night of Janie’s performance. . . .
This last featured book cannot arrive soon enough. My fourth grade teacher heart is slightly obsessed. It’s an amazing mentor text for writing Haiku but it also incorporates so many science concepts and features of national parks that fourth graders study!
Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up, (2018)
words by Sally M. Walker and pictures by William Grill
Rocks, fossils, earthquakes.
Seventeen short syllables?
Earth Science haiku!
In a stunning combination of haiku and impressionistic (but accurate) art, this one-of-a-kind book encourages readers to think playfully about our planet and its wondrous processes. Sibert Medal-winning author Sally M. Walker covers Earth’s many marvels — fossilized skeletons of plants and animals, terrific volcanic eruptions, the never-ending hydrologic cycle — in sometimes straightforward, sometimes metaphoric three-line haikus. Expertly drawn art by William Grill, author-illustrator of Shackleton’s Journey, provides a visual reference for each poem. In clear and creative back matter, Walker and Grill further use their skills to provide additional detailed explanations for the science behind each concept. A unique, artistic intersection of poetry and science, Earth Verse is sure to enthrall any and all readers interested in the world around them.