Tuesday, March 24, 2020

At home resources #2

Book Suggestions: 

Welcome back! 

Younger readers:
Click for more information on this titleOn Linden Square by Kate Sullivan
This is the story of a neighborhood getting through a snow storm together. If you live near Linden Street in Brookline you might recognize our neighborhood in the illustrations! Although we haven't had much snow at all this winter, the theme of neighbors working together seems appropriate for March of 2020!

Click for more information on this titleMr. Putter and Tabby Take the Train by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and his fine cat Tabby hope to get a chance to take the train in this early chapter book. They aren't sure that pets will be allowed on the train, but their friend Mrs. Teaberry is positive they can! Humor, friendship, and great illustrations by Arthur Howard.

Middle grades: 
Click for more information on this titleDory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
Dory is the youngest sister in a family of three siblings. She has a very active imagination so when her siblings try to scare her by mentioning the made-up Mrs. Gobble Gracker, Dory builds a whole world in her imagination much to the horror of her brother and sister. Very funny, great illustrations, an unforgettable character. (There are now five books in the series.)

Click for more information on this titleWonder by R.J. Palacio
Auggie is about to start school for the first time. He is in fifth grade but has never been to school because of all the surgeries he's had to go through. He looks different from all his peers and his family wonders how he'll be accepted by his new classmates. The picture book We're All Wonders by the same author is also pretty terrific!

Upper grades: 
Click for more information on this titleRedwall by Brian Jacques
Matthias, a young mouse, is determined to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy of invading rats. Long, sweeping fantasy series. Humor, edge-of-your-seat adventure. Lots of sequels, prequels and companion stories.

Click for more information on this titleThe Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Jo is a Chinese-American girl living in Atlanta in 1890. She works for a spoiled wealthy girl by day and secretly writes an advice column for the local newspaper at night. The author doesn't shy away from the racism and sexism that Jo faces in her community. Historical fiction with adventure, humor and some romance.

Public Library online resource: 

Yesterday I gave instructions for logging on to our school library's collection of ebooks. Here's how you can find many more through the public libraries:

  • Go to brooklinelibrary.org  
  • Choose "what we have"
  • Choose "ebooks"
  • You can select just kids and teen titles (left column)
  • You can then select "available now" titles (left column)
  • When you click on "checkout" it will ask for your library card number. If you don't have one, you can get an ecard here: https://library.minlib.net/selfreg
  • Happy reading!
Please let me know if you have trouble logging in and I will try to help: kathleen_moriarty@psbma.org

Boston Public Library also has ebooks here: https://bpl.overdrive.com/library/kids

Fun Online Resource:
Browse the full collection of magazine titles
Free online kids' magazines via Flipster:

  • Go to psbma.org
  • Select "library"
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to see Flipster
  • Login and password are revealed when you click on "Digital Magazines K- 8"
  • Click on the cover of any magazine to read it on any device!
  • Back issues are revealed when you are in a magazine, right hand column, click "all issues"

Coming up tomorrow: virtual museum trips and more!

Please reach out if you'd like a book suggestion: kathleen_moriarty@psbma.org

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