Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Book suggestions

Attacked at Sea by Michael Tougas

In 1942 the Downs family was returning home to Texas from South America by ship. It was dangerous to travel by sea at that time. World War II was going on and German submarine crews were out searching for large ships to torpedo-- in fact German submarine captains were competing to see who could destroy the largest number of ships. The ship the Downs family was on was torpedoed and all four family members ended up in the freezing water floating on bits of the ship and pieces of wood. They had to contend with sharks, hypothermia, and sunburns. This is an amazing story of a family caught up in World War II, a story of adventure and ultimately, survival. 

Saving Savannah by Tonya Bolden

Savannah Riddle is lucky. As a daughter of an upper class African American family in Washington D.C., she attends one of the most rigorous public schools in the nation--black or white--and has her pick among the young men in her set. But lately the structure of her society--the fancy parties, the Sunday teas, the pretentious men, and shallow young women--has started to suffocate her.

Then Savannah meets Lloyd, a young West Indian man from the working class who opens Savannah's eyes to how the other half lives. Inspired to fight for change, Savannah starts attending suffragist lectures and socialist meetings, finding herself drawn more and more to Lloyd's world. This historical fiction book tells of Washington DC in 1919. 

MCBA 2021: Students in grades 4 -6 may read and vote on their favorite book from this list chosen by the Massachusetts Children's Book Award at Salem State. We will vote in March. We own many of the titles as print books and/ or e-books and audiobooks. Please reach out if you'd like more information!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Book suggestions & letters for seniors


A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

This award winning picture book tells the true story behind Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech. Gorgeous illustrations contribute to the stirring tale. 

Muslim Girls Rise by Saira Mir

This book introduces readers to nineteen Muslim women who rose up and made contributions to the fields of science, activism, fashion, film, sports, education, and other fields.

Our Favorite Day by Joowon Oh

Every morning Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, and makes a trip into town. Papa enjoys his daily tasks, but there's one day each week that is extra special. It means a visit the craft store and getting lunch to go. Find out why Thursdays are Papa's favorite days in this story about the bond between a grandparent and grandchild.

Love for Our Elders
This international organization sends card and letters to seniors in nursing homes around the world! Find out how you can send your own cards to brighten someone's day. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Vacation ideas

Family Trees at the Concord Museum:
The Concord Museum has limited the number of visitors so that all can continue to enjoy this annual tradition! This is the 25th year that trees have been decorated at the museum -- each tree represents a particular children's book. Witness the creativity of local volunteers who enthusiastically participate each year. The exhibit runs through Sunday, January 3. 

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children 5 to 17 years. Free for children under 5.

Steve Sheinkin's Author - Fan Faceoff series! Fun videos with some of your favorite authors! Links to all the YouTube videos appear on Steve Sheinkin's Blog. 

A superfan of various authors meets the author on zoom and challenges the author to answer trivia questions about his or her book! Very funny! See if you can answer these tough questions, too! 

See you all in the new year! Have a wonderful break! 

Monday, December 21, 2020

Snow stories & recs for vacation

Have you seen the district-wide library webpage with snowy day read alouds? Some are read by our school librarians and some are read by other special readers. Enjoy! 

Need more snow stories? Here's a great list from the Boston Atheneum.

The Sisters of Straygarden Place by Hayley Chetwins

Seven years ago, the Ballastian sisters’ parents left them in the magical Straygarden Place, a house surrounded by tall silver grass and floating trees. They left behind a warning saying never to leave the house or go into the grass. “Wait for us,” the note read. “Sleep darkly.” Ever since then, the house itself has taken care of Winnow, Mayhap, and Pavonine—feeding them, clothing them, even keeping them company—while the girls have waited and grown up. Mysterious and eerie, this book will keep you turning pages to find out what happens next! 

The Camping Trip by Jennifer K. Mann

Ernestine is beyond excited to go camping. She follows the packing list carefully (new sleeping bag! new flashlight! special trail mix made with Dad!) so she knows she is ready when the weekend arrives. But she quickly realizes that nothing could have prepared her for how hard it is to set up a tent, never mind fall asleep in it, or that swimming in a lake means that there will be fish — eep! Will Ernestine be able to enjoy the wilderness, or will it prove to be a bit too far out of her comfort zone?

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Book bundles for tweens and teens!

Brookline Library news! 

The public library is now offering book bundles of 5 books for teens and tweens! Here is their announcement of this special pre-vacation program:

Stop by and pick up some vacation reading today!