Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We wish you a Merry Christmas!
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year!

From the staff of

Here is a sample of the great holiday books we have available

for checkout at our branches or by ordering at www.lcplin.org

laurielou56's 2013 Christmas album on Photobucket




Please note that all branches will be closed on
December 24th and 25th
and
January 1st.

All branches will be open December 31st from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We'll see you next year!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SQUIRREL'S FUN DAY by Lisa Moser, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

Lexile     250          Pages     44          Ages     5 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 159049 EN Fiction
IL: LG - BL: 2.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
AR Quiz Types: RP

Squirrel is very energetic and is determined that he and his friends are going to have a fun day. "Got to go. Got to go. Got to go, go, go!"

He persuades his friends Mouse, Turtle, and Rabbit to come out and play despite the other tasks they have to do. But something always turns out not quite right, although Squirrel doesn't realize it.

At the end of the day, he picks a big bunch of flowers to take to each of his friends to celebrate their fun day, but he can't find any of them!  He starts thinking over the day's activities and sees mistakes he thinks he made.  He is afraid his friends won't want to play with him anymore.  Dejected, he goes home to his nest and hides under the leaves.

Suddenly something plinks against his tail.  He peeks down and sees his friends.  They are throwing seeds up into his nest to get his attention but he thinks it's because they are mad at him. He apologizes, saying he is "sorry, sorry, sorry" that they didn't have fun.  "Oh, no!" they tell him. They explain that they are not mad and tell him how fun the day was for them.  Then they take him and show him the surprise picnic they put together for him complete with starlight and strawberries. "And friends," Squirrel says. "Friends, best of all!"

I love Squirrel's energy. I love Squirrel's exuberance. I love his sense of fun, fun, fun!

Squirrel shows us that it's okay to stop and smell the roses now and then.  He will also appeal to children who are unsure of themselves and maybe help them realize that what they perceive as mistakes they have made actually aren't.

Squirrel and his friends will be a fun, fun, fun addition to your story time!

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Squirrel's Fun Day can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Friday, November 29, 2013

CHAMELIA by Ethan Long

Lexile     AD440          Pages     40          Ages     3 - 6
AR Quiz No. 144066 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 1.9 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP



Most chameleons want to blend in.  But not Chamelia!  Chamelia wants to stand out.  She wants to be noticed.  She wears loud clothes and usually takes the opposite fork in the road from everyone else.  But Chamelia's plans don't always work out for the best.  Instead of standing out, she is left out.

Can Chamelia find a way to be accepted while still being true to herself?

I love this little lizard!  Being a bit of a rebel myself, I can empathize with Chamelia. It is sometimes a fine line to walk between being original and being obnoxious.  Chamelia's strategies can show your little ones how to walk that line - standing out while fitting in.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Chamelia can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, November 18, 2013

SALLY SORE LOSER: A STORY ABOUT WINNING AND LOSING by Frank J. Sileo, illustrated by Cary Pillo

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 and up
 AR Quiz No. 158158 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Sally likes to be first.  First in line, first finishing lunch, first out the door, it doesn't matter.  Sally wants to win at everything.  When she doesn't, she cries and yells and bullies.

One day at recess, Sally's friends decide they have had enough.  In the middle of a game of soccer they walk off the field. They nickname her "Sally Sore Loser" and tell her they don't want to play with her anymore. Sally sits down in the middle of the field and cries.

After recess, Sally's teacher, Mr. Taylor, talks to her about what happened. He tells her about good sportsmanship, giving her a list of rules to follow.  She talks about it with her mother who tells her Mr. Taylor was right and making some suggestions as to how Sally can once again be accepted by her friends.

Will Sally win at being a good friend? Read Sally Sore Loser and find out!

Good sportsmanship is such an important lesson to teach our children.  Sally Sore Loser is a great start.  Also, at the back of the book there is a section that gives advice on how we, as parents, can continue that lesson.  You can't go wrong with Frank Sileo's Sally Sore Loser!
Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Sally Sore Loser: a Story About Winning and Losing can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, October 28, 2013

SCARED SILLY: A HALLOWEEN TREAT by James Howe, illustrated by Leslie Morrill

Lexile     310          Pages     48          Ages     4 and up
 AR Quiz No. 148353 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Howard the Dog, Chester the Cat, and Harold the Dachshund Puppy find themselves alone on Halloween when the family goes out to do their Halloween stuff.  Chester is doing what he can to frighten poor Harold, who has never experienced Halloween.  Howard, being a big softie, tries to calm little Harold but it's not working so well.  Chester laughs and laughs.

A storm moves in and the lights go out.  Well!  Chester isn't laughing anymore!  All of a sudden the front door opens and a witch walks in!  She goes to the kitchen and starts boiling something on the stove.  Suddenly she stops and, looking around asks, "Where are those animals?"
 
Holy smoke! Howard, the narrator of the story says, "I never imagined that the three of us could fit behind the sofa at the same time, but no one stopped to measure." : )
 
Does the witch find them?  Is she really a wicked witch like the trio of friends think?
 
Read Scared Silly: a Halloween Treat, part of Howe's Bunnicula and Friends series and find out! This is a really fun Halloween read - scary, but not too scary.
Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Scared Silly: a Halloween Treat can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

NO MORE BITING FOR BILLY GOAT! by Bernette Ford, illustrated by Sam Williams

Lexile     AD360          Pages     32          Ages     2 - 5
 AR Quiz No. 158156 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 1.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

It is Billy Goat's first day of school and he is too shy to join the fun and games until a helpful classmate, Ducky, persuades him to join Bunny, Piglet, and Lambkin in a game of ball. He whispers to the group that he would like to play too, but they don't hear him. Frustrated, Billy bites Bunny on the tail! Then, not sure how to play the game, Billy bites again when Piggy objects to him grabbing the ball out of turn. With all of this biting going on, the group of friends are starting to not want Billy around! But then Ducky intervenes once again, calmly explaining that Billy needs to speak up and teaching him how to play the game.

At snack time, while eating his apple, Billy declares, "No more biting for Billy Goat!" to which  Ducky replies, "Right! Teeth are for biting food, not friends!"

No More Biting for Billy Goat addresses an issue that many parents face - dealing with a biter. I think the story of Billly and his friends is a good one for both parents and children. Sometimes parents don't realize that their children bite out of fear or frustration, and children, while knowing that biting hurts, don't think about the idea that if they bite their friends, soon no one will want to play with them.

Ford's story, along with Williams' adorable charcoal and watercolor illustrations, will show children that biting is not a good way to express themselves. Also, it will help non-biters understand the reasons other children bite and how they can help them stop.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

 No More Biting for Billy Goat can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, October 14, 2013

FLY GUY a series by Tedd Arnold

I love these books, each and every one of them! Written at different lexile levels for both beginning readers and beginning chapter book readers, the adventures of Fly Guy and his bestie, Buzz, are great fun. No lesson, no hidden meaning, just a big bucket of FUN! Here they are in publication order:

Lexile 280
 
Lexile 410
Lexile 360
 
Lexile 370
Lexile 170
 
Lexile 310
Lexile 380
 
Lexile 310
Lexile 420
 
Lexile 390
Lexile 470
Lexile 300


Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

The Fly Guy Series  can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/kkvsknm and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.















HUBBLE BUBBLE, GRANNY TROUBLE by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Joe Berger

Lexile     NR          Pages     32          Ages     3 - 7
 AR Quiz No. 152804 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

This little girl's granny is different.  She wears pointy hats and takes her bats and frog to the movies. Instead of chicken fingers for lunch, she makes "gloopy soup from icky slime, sludge sprinkles, and bits of froggy poop!"  She has a tendency to make things disappear.

One day the little girl asks her granny, "How about we try to make you a little more normal-ish?" Granny agrees to try, and she does try. She knits hats (witch hats,) she rides the bus instead of her broom, and even gets new clothes and has her hair styled. She's normal looking now . . . . but something isn't quite right.

The next day when the granddaughter goes to visit Granny, she is still in bed and the little girl is afraid Granny is ill. "What's wrong with you?" she asks, and Granny says she is bored.

The little girl (she is never named in the book) realizes that while her Granny looks normal, she isn't really different inside.  Out of love for her granddaughter she tried to be different but she misses her old ways.  The little girl promptly goes and makes some gloopy soup and lets the bats and frogs back in the house. She apologizes to her granny for making her sad.  Granny jumps up and says, "Not for long!" and has all of her witchy friends over and the little girl has her happy, fun and UNIQUE granny back.

This is a really fun book that delivers a great message:  Love people for what they are. Don't try to change them into something they're not.  Being unique is a good thing - if everyone was the same, life would be so boring!  You could talk to your child about their friends and what is different about each one and what they like best about them. It also gives parents the opportunity to understand what draws their children to certain people an learn more about their friends.

Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble would be a great addition to your reading list. You might even want it for your permanent collection! :)

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/k2q6at7 and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Friday, September 20, 2013

MOMMY'S LITTLE MONSTER by Dawn McNiff, illustrated by Kate Willis-Crowley

Lexile     AD540          Pages     32          Ages     3 - 5
 AR Quiz No. 157761 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Tiny Troll love his mommy.  More than puddles.  More than earwigs (ew!).  So Tiny Troll is very upset when he finds out Mommy is going to an adult party and he has to stay home with a babysitter.  "I'm NOT a baby!" he yells.  Mommy is firm and when the time comes for her to leave, Tiny Troll refuses to kiss her good-bye. She blows him a kiss and slips out the door with a wistful look.

Tiny Troll throws himself at the door, wailing, "MOMMY!"  The babysitter, Mrs. Hag, offers him some mudmilk, one of Tiny Troll's favorite treats.  But Tiny Troll is in tantrum mode and yells "NO!" and flings his toy against the wall.  Mrs. Hag ignores the tantrum and tells him she will be in the swamp room (kitchen) if he needs her.  He throws himself to the floor, crying and slapping the door with his tail.

Suddenly he smells a good smell - MUDMILK!  And he really does love mudmilk.  He peeks into the swamp room and asks, "Does mudmilk make crying go away?" to which Mrs. Hag replies that she believes it does.  He snuggles down with Mrs. Hag and she reads him a favorite story while he sips his milk, getting VERY sleepy. Mrs. Hag tucks Tiny Troll in and when he wakes up, Mommy is home and has brought him a treat from the party.  Tiny Troll decides it isn't so bad when Mommy goes out and drifts back to sleep content.

How hard is it when we leave our babies with a sitter for the very first time?  I was awful, crying the first block and nearly turning around.  I cut my night short, only to, like Mommy Troll, find my daughter content and sleeping.

Mommy's Little Monster shows children that it isn't so bad to stay with a sitter and that, despite their fear that she won't, Mommy comes home.  The story is amusing, with Mommy Troll getting ready for the party by curling her bristles and moisturizing with frog slime.  The illustrations are colorful and fun, from Tiny Troll in his cute little striped pajamas, hugging his stuffed slug, to the extra-itchy cotton balls and jar of nappy cream in the bathroom cabinet.

Mommy's Little Monster is a great addition to any little one's reading list.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Mommy's Little Monster can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, January 28, 2013

DELIA'S DULL DAY: AN INCREDIBLY BORING STORY by Andy Myer

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 153790 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 1.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Delia's life is boring.  Bor-r-r-r-ring!  Nothing exceptional ever  happens.  But is Delia paying attention?  When she is pouring milk on her breakfast cereal does she notice the mama and baby elephant walking through the room?  Or as she walks to school, busy on her video game, does she see all of the colorful hot air balloons in the sky?  No.  Delia always looks straight ahead, never looking at what is happening around her and failing to see all the exciting fun.

I think this is a great lesson for kids!  It is a good thing to be focused on your task-at-hand, but you need to be aware of what is happening around you at the same time.  By always focusing straight ahead Delia misses out on all of the magical and exciting things in her life.  From butterflies pouring out of her tuba, to the pirate riding the school bus, to the scuba diver coming up in the commode while she is brushing her teeth, Andy Myer's colorful, imaginative illustrations will teach children to open their eyes to the wonderful world around them.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Delia's Dull Day  can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/b6blzpn and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


Monday, January 21, 2013

NO DOGS ALLOWED! by Anne Davis

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages 4-7
 AR Quiz No. 146495 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 1.9 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Feline friends, Bud and Gabby, have been best friends for a long time.  They have their favorite things they like to do and Bud likes things just the way they are.  The main thing Bud doesn't like is DOGS.  Then one day Cookie shows up at the house and Bud is not at all happy.  Cookie sleeps in his favorite chair, she sniffs everything and she has this big old sloppy pink tongue - YUK!  But Gabby likes Cookie and plays with her and shares her toys and treats with her.  For Bud, this is the final insult and he kicks Cookie out and posts a sign, "NO DOGS!"  Things are back to normal until Gabby sees a big storm cloud headed their way.  She is worried and Bud knows why.  Bud gathers up an umbrella and rain coats and takes Gabby out in the storm to look for Cookie.  They find her and bring her home and Bud helps Gabby make Cookie warm and comfy, showing that he's just a big pussy cat after all.

Children who have had the experience of a new baby or a new kid on the block will quickly recognize Bud's feelings when Cookie comes on the scene.  They will enjoy Davis' colorful illustrations showing Bud and Gabby doing things just like they do - coloring, reading, and eating cheese and crackers.  Bud's change of heart will show little ones that change can be a good thing and friendships can be shared.

Give yourself a treat and pick up a copy of No Dogs Allowed.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

No Dogs Allowed can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/ar9nwr3 and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.





Friday, January 18, 2013

BEAR HAS A STORY TO TELL by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead


Lexile     540          Pages     32          Ages     5 - 7
 AR Quiz No. 152745 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

"It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy."

Bear wants to tell his friends a story before he hibernates for the winter but they all are busy preparing for the cold weather.  Mouse has to collect food to last and Bear helps but then Mouse hurries into her hole.  Duck has to fly south and Bear helps determine which way the wind is blowing and then Duck takes off, telling Bear, "I will miss you, Bear!"  So it goes with Bear helping his friends but none of them taking time to hear his story.  Finally, Bear crawls in his den and goes to sleep.

When spring arrives, Bear makes sure all of his friends are okay and gathers them 'round to hear his story but it has been so long that he has forgotten it!  His friends try to help him remember and Bear starts his new story with, "It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy," which takes the story full circle.

This book by husband and wife team Philip and Erin Stead is about friendship.  In helping his friends prepare for the winter, Bear shows children what being a good friend is all about.  My opinion is that it shows what not being a good friend is too.  Bear helps all of his friends yet not one of them will take the time to hear his story. To me, that is not being a good friend.

Erin Stead's illustrations are just adorable!  You can really tell how sleepy Bear is as he helps his friends and you can feel his consternation as he tries to remember his story.  As an added bonus, Bear Has a Story To Tell teaches children about animals and how each one prepares differently for cold weather.

Bear Has a Story To Tell would be a great addition to your child's reading list.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Bear Has a Story To Tell can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here
http://tinyurl.com/awew4da and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.



Friday, January 11, 2013

BUBBA THE COWBOY PRINCE by Helen Ketteman, illustrated by James Warhola

Lexile     620          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 29298 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP, VP

Bubba lives on a ranch with his wicked stepdaddy and his lazy, no-good stepbrothers, Dwayne and Milton.  While Dwayne and Milton are spoiled rotten, Bubba has to work from sunup to sundown doing his chores as well as theirs, but he never complains because ranching is what he loves.

Miz Lurleen lives up the road on the biggest ranch west of the Brazos.  She is "purty," rich, and loves ranching - every cowboy's dream girl, and she has decided she wants to get married. She throws a ball and invites all the ranchers in Texas.
On the day of the ball, Milton and Dwayne and their daddy are beside themselves with excitement!  They run poor Bubba's legs off, fetching this and polishing that.  Finally, they are ready to leave and Bubba asks, "Can't you wait for me to get ready?"  The boys and their Daddy laugh and laugh.  "Are you kiddin' me?  You smell more like the cattle than the cattle do!"  They drive off in the wagon leaving Bubba alone.  He forlornly rides off on his horse to check the herd. 

Just as he sets foot in the pasture he is struck off his horse by a bolt of lightning and he hears a voice say, "Go to the ball, Bubba."  He looks around and sees nothing but cows.  He figures he's "bonked the bejeebers out of his bean" because the voice is coming from a cow.  She says, "I'm your fairy godcow," and sets him up with fancy duds and a white stallion and sends him off to the ball, warning him that the magic runs out at midnight.

Bubba has a grand time at the ball but loses track of the time.  The clock strikes twelve and he becomes dirty, smelly Bubba once more.  He runs off in embarrassment, leaving behind an old, dirty cowboy boot.

The next day, Miz Lurleen goes from ranch to ranch with the boot, looking for the cowboy who had stolen her heart.  To the shock and despair of Milton and Dwayne, she finally finds Bubba and they ride off into the sunset on their way to happily ever after.

Bubba is Cinderfella, Texas style.  With its western language and humor it will especially appeal to the boys, but it will certainly have everyone in stitches.  You can't help but read it in a "Texas twang" and the outstanding illustrations by James Warhola, nephew of artist Andy Warhol, are tons of fun.

Rope yourself a copy of Bubba the Cowboy Prince and you'll be sure to have a whoppin' good time!

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Click here http://tinyurl.com/arrgdtp and order a copy of Bubba the Cowboy Prince for pick up at your favorite branch of the Lake County Public Library.

Monday, January 7, 2013

NORA THE MIND READER by Orit Gidal, illustrated by Aya Gordon-Noy

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8

Nora comes home from Kindergarten and tells her mother that a boy in her class had called her "flamingo legs." Although she wasn't quite sure what it meant she knew it was an insult.  Mommy gives her a big hug and then gives her something special - a magic wand!  When Nora looked through the wand (that has an amazing resemblance to a bubble wand) she could see what people were thinking as well as hear what they were saying.  And it was the oddest thing . . . . they weren't always the same!  The little boy who is saying, "I'm hungry," is really thinking, "I want some chocolate."  The child who says, "I don't feel like playing," is feeling insecure, thinking, "I don't feel like losing."  Looking through the wand, Nora begins to understand that people don't always say what they think or mean what they say, and being insulted doesn't make any sense. So she decides to do something about it.  The next day she goes to school and tells the boy who called her flamingo legs how nice his smile is and invites him to her house to play . . . . and he agrees!  Nora gives Mommy her magic wand and tells her she now knows how to make magic without it.

Nora the Mind Reader will help children understand the confusing idea that people don't always say what they mean, often because they are insecure.  The simple illustrations, done in crayon on a cream background, create a friendly ambiance in which to explore this paradox of human nature.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Nora the Mind Reader can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here
http://tinyurl.com/btwrpof and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.