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What We're Reading: Rosie Revere's Big Project Book For Bold Engineers

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Rosie Revere's Big Project Book For Bold Engineers by Andrea Beaty, Illustrations by David Roberts

Rosie Revere's Big Project Book For Bold Engineers by Andrea Beaty, Illustrations by David Roberts

We love this new companion to the New York Times bestseller Rosie Revere Engineer!  Does your kiddo love to make things and dream up helpful gadgets? If so, they might have what it takes to be a bold engineer! In this easy to understand project book Rosie gives tips and earth friendly advice on how to get started. She lists ideas for engineering treasure, getting organized, the main types of engineers and then walks you through fun and easy projects!  Ages 5-7

-Chrissy

 

What We're Reading: Sea Monkey & Bob

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Sea Monkey & Bob by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Sea Monkey & Bob by Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

A new, silly, summery story about two best friends: Sea Monkey and Bob Pufferfish! One day, Sea Monkey tells Bob he is much heavier than he looks and is scared he will sink to the bottom of the ocean. It is dark at the bottom of the ocean and Sea Monkey is scared of the dark! To prove his point, Sea Monkey begins to list all the heavy things he knows that sink. Pufferfish exclaims, “Now I’m nervous!” Pufferfish is quite light. He is scared he will float to the surface. There is air at the surface and he is scared of the air! They are lucky they have each other! Together they face their fears and come up with a sweet solution. Ages 4-8

-Chrissy

What We're Reading: Skyfishing

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Skyfishing by Gideon Sterer, Illustrated by Poly Bernatene

Skyfishing by Gideon Sterer, Illustrated by Poly Bernatene

When a little girl’s grandfather moves away from his house in the woods to come live with her and her family in the city, he brings all his fishing poles. He had been a fisherman all his life. He soon learns that in the city where he lives there is nowhere to fish! He tries new hobbies that fall and winter with his granddaughter, but he finds that nothing could take its place in his heart quite like fishing. So in spring, to cheer him, his granddaughter gets the idea that they could pretend. They grab some poles and dangle them off their fire escape. Their first fish is a flying litterfish! What follows is the story of their imaginary fishing adventures and the sweet bond that develops between a girl and her grandfather. A great pick for Father’s day!  Ages 4-8

-Chrissy

What We're Reading: Me: A Compendium

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Me: A Compendium by Wee Society

Me: A Compendium by Wee Society

This fun-filled journal for kids is our new favorite thing! We love that it’s simple and modern, set in bold type and bright primary colors. A perfect journal for kids to think about and record things they like and imagine such as their favorite joke and what their spy name would be! The cover is designed to decorate with your name and picture and has a removable jacket with a place to write super secret stuff on the inside! A great gift or keepsake great for ages 4-8.

-Chrissy

What We're Reading: Alejandro's Gift

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Alejandro's Gift by Richard E. Albert, Illustrated by Sylvia Long

Alejandro's Gift by Richard E. Albert, Illustrated by Sylvia Long

Earth day is April 22nd! In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share with you a favorite story about a man who builds a desert oasis in the American Southwest. Alejandro lives in an adobe house in the desert with just a burro for company. To pass the lonely hours he plants a vegetable garden. He waters his carrots, brown onions, tomatoes, corn, and peppers with water from a well. One day a squirrel drops by for a drink and his loneliness vanishes for a brief moment. So he decides to draw as many wild visitors as he can by building a watering hole where animals can drink and seek shelter. This gentle story about a relationship with man and nature follows his progress by trial and error, and is accompanied by Sylvia Long’s intricate illustrations featuring desert plants and wildlife. Includes a fact-filled glossary at the back!  Ages 5-8

-Chrissy