Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends by Wong Herbert Yee
It is a blustery spring day, and Mouse and Mole are very excited. They are going to go bird watching! They are planning to make bird books! Mouse and Mole pack paper and crayons and hurry outside. It turns out, birds are not so easy to watch. Splashing in puddles scare them away. Stepping on crunchy leaves does too. This is one of a series of seven books.
Alfie, the Turtle That Disappeared by Thyra Heder
First graders recently listened to this story in the library! Alfie and Nia tell the story of their lives together. When Alfie disappears to find Nia a present for her 7th birthday, he has a big adventure, gets advice from a snail and a dog, and makes it just in time for her.... 8th birthday! Enjoy this short video reading of the book with a real, live turtle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp3nYJZ9QyA
Middle Grades students:
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Life is harsh on the streets of Chennai, India, so when runaway sisters Viji and Rukku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly, eleven-year-old Viji discovers how vulnerable they are in this uncaring, dangerous world. Fortunately, the girls find shelter–and friendship–on an abandoned bridge that’s also the hideout of Muthi and Arul, two homeless boys, and the four of them soon form a family of sorts.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Ivan is about a gorilla who lives in a cage at a mall for the entertainment of the shoppers. Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes. Here's a link to an audio recording of chapter one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qo_3VNxQds
Upper grade students:
Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
Max is an American boy living with his family in Brussels for a year. He's having trouble adjusting to this new place when Ahmed comes into his life. Ahmed and his dad fled from Syria to Brussels but now his dad seems to have been lost at sea and Ahmed has no papers to prove his status as a refugee. He hides in Max's basement -- undetected for a long time until one day Max finds an unexpected guest and the two boys try to find a way for Ahmed to remain undetected.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Told in alternating voices, this is the story of Quinn and Rashad who didn't know each other until one day at a convenience store when Quinn witnesses a violent interaction between Rashad and a police officer. When Rashad is arrested for shoplifting, Quinn could provide some additional information to prove that the officer mishandled the situation, but will he? A compelling page-turner about very real current events in the United States.
Public library resource:
Creativebug provides online how-to craft videos through the Brookline Library:. Learn how to do a new craft while learning at home! There's a section specifically for kids with origami, painting, knitting and more. https://www.creativebug.com/lib/brooklinelibrary You will need your Brookline Library card number to login. Once you're on the site, just click "see all kids' classes".
Fun Online Museum Tours:
No need to pack a lunch or get a permission slip signed! Click on any of the links below and be transported to another place!
The Children's Museum Japanese House Virtual Tour: http://japanesehouse.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/virtual-tour
San Diego Zoo:
Jelly Cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium:
(I know at least one Lawrence student who loves jellies! 😀)
Google Arts and Culture-- Art from the world's best museums all in one place:
Coming up tomorrow: try a new recipe!