Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Summer Reading Book Review

Book Title: Junie B Jones #23 Shipwrecked

Author: Barbara Park
What was the story about? 
Junie B Jones learning about Christopher Columbus.

Did you like the book? Yes, books help me learn

Reviewed by: Cody H.

Cody rated this book 5out of 5 stars. Thank you for this book review Cody!

The Junie B. Jones series was first published in 1992 (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus) and includes more than 20 books. During the summer, we can hardly keep these books on the shelf!

Summer Reading Book Review

Book Title: In The Garden With Dr. Carver

Author: Susan Grigsby
What was the story about? 
Dr. Carver's name is George Washington Carver. He was a famous plant scientist from Tuskegee. He made luxuries out of peanuts and sweat potatoes.

 Did you like the book? Yes, I liked the book. It has science in it and how to make food.

Reviewed by: Mikael B.

Mikael rated this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. Thank you so much for sharing your book review Mikael!

This summer, our theme is "Alabama Has A Universe Of Stories" and we're celebrating our states 200 bicentennial, so we absolutely LOVE that Mikael B. chose to review a book about a famous Alabamian! Dr. Carver was born in Missouri but moved to Alabama to teach at the Tuskegee Institute.

He did so much for the world and we're very lucky to have had him teaching in our wonderful state, where he taught farmers about the benefits of crop rotation and keeping farm soil nutritious. One of his more widely known contributions to science was his development of many products through peanuts including: wood stains, coffee, oils, paper, flour, cereal and even laundry detergent (among many many more!).

AR level:  4.8
Points: 0.5

Summer Reading Book Review

Book Title: School's First Day of School 

Author: Adam Rex
What was the story about? 
The School had many children and 2 apples. The school was happy. Janitor was schools best friend.

Did you like the book? I thought it was nice

Reviewed by: Linda H.
Linda rated this book 5 out of 5 stars! Thank you for reviewing this library book, Linda!

This is a wonderful picture book that shows children that they're not the only ones that may feel anxious about the first day of school! 

AR level: 3.3
Points :  0.5

Monday, June 10, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

You're All My Favorites by Sam McBratney is a great story to read to your little cubs this summer!  Sibling rivalry can be a big problem, but this picture book might reassure your family.  The book is on a 3.0 A. R. level.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

If you are a big Star Wars fan, please come in and ask where the books are.  We have easy readers, graphic novels, and Science Fiction chapter books.  We also have the large visual guides to some of the movies that will help fans get the details and diagrams about characters and machinery.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

     If I Were a Park Ranger by Catherine Stier is one of many books you may want to read this summer to investigate future careers. 
     Be sure to come listen to Ranger Daphne here at DPL on June 5 at 10:30, and ask her about her job.  She is our favorite thing about Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Natasha Wing's The Night Before Kindergarten Graduation is a good book to read at the end of the school year.  We just got a new copy in here, so please come get it to read with your family.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

"Fly Guy" is a great series to get beginning readers going!  Fly Guy Presents Space is just one of Tedd Arnold's non-fiction books that expand the reading universe for kids who already love the Fly Guy easy fiction books.  This book is on a 3.3 A. R. reading level, and you earn 0.5 point for taking the test.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Have you read every single "WHO WAS...?" book on our biography aisle?  Don't give up on reading, because we have some similar nonfiction books that you will love.  Try Where is the Eiffel Tower? by Dina Anastasio to see if these factual books aren't just as good as the biographies.  Where is the Eiffel Tower? is on A. R. level 5.6, and is worth 1.0 point when you take the test.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Please read this adorable book with your family.  It definitely teaches lessons about being tidy, and how important it is to use manners when you are a guest at someone's house.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

If you really want to know where things come from, please come check out our informational books like this one.  Andrea Rivera is the author of Wood, a great little factual book we got last week.  It is on a 2.1 A. R. level, and you get a half point for taking the A. R. test.  We have several other books that are great to learn how things are made, including several "Start to Finish" books, like Tree to Paper.  Take a look at our catalog for more information!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Please come see all the "5 Minute Stories" books we have.  These make great bedtime books.  The Peanuts book has twelve short stories to read with your child.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Pura Belpre was a trailblazer!  She felt that children who came from her home island of Puerto Rico should have access to books and stories of their culture, even while they were making new homes in the United States.  Making puppets and writing books, she told and read stories in many places as she traveled far and wide.  Promoting literacy and love for culture, Ms. Belpre was at the forefront of the bilingual movement in America.
This book is on a 4.0 A. R. level, and after taking the A. R. test, you get 0.5 point.
If you need bilingual books yourself, please come visit us, and check out some of our Spanish/English books.
A word of warning:  please warn your children to spot the poor grammar on multiple pages.  There are several sentence fragments and changes in tense, but the book is an enjoyable read!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Quiet, Tomie DePaola's newest book, is a very calming breath of fresh air.  Instead of rushing with everything we do, why not sit and think?  What's wrong with slow?  This easy book is on a 1.3 Accelerated Reader (A. R.) level, and children who pass the test will get 0.5 point.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

March is the month for National Pi Day, so it's fortunate that we got a new picture book that celebrates pie as the background story.  Many people ate pizza and pie on March 14, but those pies were not as important as the pies discussed in our book.  Pies from Nowhere by Dee Romito was published in November, and is sure to be a great resource for teaching children about the behind the scenes work that helped the Civil Rights Movement succeed.  Ladies cooked delicious food, including pies, to feed the people who carried out the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Some of the food was sold to raise money, as well, to help fund the boycott.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

     Wordless picture books are fun ways to let children develop oral and written story telling skills.  A three year old can "read" the story by describing the pictures.  When a third grader writes the story by looking at the same illustrations, you have a budding author on your hands. 
     One of my very favorite wordless picture books is Tuesday by David Wiesner.  Frogs on lily pads mysteriously gain the ability to fly one Tuesday evening, and no one understands what is going on.  What type of creature will fly through the air next Tuesday?  Read this fun book to find out.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Fireflies for Nathan by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim is a heartwarming story of grandparents sharing the joy of catching lightning bugs with a new generation.  This is definitely appropriate to read with summer coming!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

So you want to have a party?  Try a Star Wars theme.  These books from our Juvenile Non-fiction section have ideas you really should look at before spring break slumber parties! 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey is an easy book about the problems with travel that were experienced by blacks before the Civil Rights Movement changed our country.  The Green Book was a guide that allowed people to find hotels, gas stations, and other accomodations when they were away from home.  It is a short and easy read that brings to life a period of our history as well as a chance to discuss with your family the way we treat all people in the world.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson is an award-winning poetry book about a tragic time in American History.  The only good that could possibly come out of the event inspiring this book is that people will recognize the evil of hate, and teach children to love instead.  Since this is a mature topic, it would only be appropriate for our older juvenile patrons who can begin to comprehend the injustices done to others before the Civil Rights Movement help speed up some changes. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

     New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer is a sweet story about two little girls who found a way to right a wrong.  The book is on A. R. level 3.4, and teaches lessons of love, justice, creativity and hard work.
    Long ago, black people in Ella Mae's town weren't allowed to try on shoes at the local shoe store, and they had no way of knowing if the shoes would be comfortable or not.  Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte solved the problem for their neighborhood in a way that kept on helping everyone. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

North Alabama is known for its history of tornado terror, so this I Survived: True Stories book should be interesting to adults and young readers.  Tornado Terror is on A. R. level 5.9. 
Anyone who loves Lauren Tarshis as the author of the fiction series of  I Survived books will enjoy her three nonfiction books about natural events or attacks. Come by and take them home with you!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Winnie the Pooh DAY

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out to our special Winnie the Pooh storytime! 

The results are finally in for DPL's favorite Pooh character... 
 1st place: Winnie the Pooh
2nd place: Tigger
3rd place: Eeyore 

Who's your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

February is Black History Month, and a great way to spotlight contributions by African Americans is to focus on books about Alabamians.  We have several books about George Washington Carver, who is one of my personal heroes.  He stayed in the state of Alabama to help farmers even after he was offered a job that would make him wealthy in another state.  The biography by Michelle Jovin is on A. R. level 3.5.  Why not read this book to learn more about his helpful inventions?

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Does your child like to be scared just a little bit?  Please read Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds to see why Jasper Rabbit is worried!  You will love it as much as your child will.  It has such a cute ending, and you may never eat root vegetables again without looking at them carefully.  We have two copies of this Caldecott Honor book in our Easy section of the Youth Services Department.  It's on Accelerated Reader level 2.3.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ms. Mary's Monday Review

Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin tells of how a boy quickly changes into a young man, recognizing the serious deceptions and cruelties of Communist Russia.  This historical fiction book tells about two contradictory days in the life of ten-year-old Sasha Zaichik.  Decatur Public Library has this Newbery Honor book, and we also have the kit, containing the book, a two-hour audiobook cd set, and some comprehension questions for follow-up. 
 If you like this book, try reading another of Mr. Yelchin's books, Arcady's Goal, from our Juvenile Fiction section. 
Please let us know what you think of these books!

My Top 5 from 2018

My Top 5 favorite books of 2018

Without a doubt, the Young Adult section is my go-to section of the library. So it’s no wonder that my top 5 would be anything less. This past year I re-read and discovered a lot of Young Adult books, but narrowing it down to my top five was easy. Of this list, 2 books were written by debut authors of 2018, 1 was a 2016 Teens Top Ten nominee, 1 is a contemporary retelling of a beloved fairy tale and the last is one of the most exciting space opera’s I’ve ever read. Here's my list!