Archive for the ‘First Chapter’ Category

So You Want to Be President?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

It’s impossible to escape from election fever with candidates campaigning regularly in Ohio. Here are some fun books to answer kids questions and curiosity in a non-partisan way!

Cover of Grace for President

Enjoy the irresistible energy of Grace in Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio. When Grace learns that a woman has never been president of the United States, she sets out to change that, running for class president. Even the Electoral College is explained in a very straightforward way.

Cover of Bad Kitty for President

Not to be left out, Kitty runs for President of the Neighborhood Cat Club in Bad Kitty for President.  Is she the purrrfect candidate!? Along the way terms like caucus, primary, endorsement and others are explained, along with kissing babies, grassroots campaigning, the role of money and the media, and the perils of mudslinging.

 Cover of So You Want to Be President?

So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George presents an entertaining glimpse into the president’s lives. “The President never has to take out the garbage.” And “You probably weren’t born in a log cabin. That’s too bad. People are crazy about log-cabin Presidents. They elected eight.” David Small’s cartoon style illustrations (think caricatures!) are a highlight of this Caldecott Award winning title.

Cover of Vote!

A brief history of voting rights is presented in Eileen Christelow’s Vote!  Who has the right to vote? Who decides?

Cover of Those Rebels, John & Tom

Can two people who seem to be polar opposites get along? Find out in Those Rebels, John & Tom  by Barbara Kerley. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson could not have been more different. One short, the other tall; one who loved to debate and could speak for hours on end, the other quiet, preferring to write out his arguments. But united by a common cause, these rebels were instrumental to the formation of our country.

Enjoy learning about history, presidents, and don’t forget to exercise your right to vote this November!

 

Best books for trasitioning readers

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Transitioning from easy readers to chapter books can be really scary!  It’s so comfortable in the reader room — it’s a relatively small collection, and if your child is ready to transition they can probably read everything in the room.  Stepping into the chapter book room, where the vast majority of the collection is above your child’s reading level, can feel like being thrown into the swimming pool before you know how to swim!

We know your pain, and we’ve created a section just for you!  Just outside the reader room, you’ll now find the First Chapter collection, designed specially to help kids transition from easy readers to chapter books. 

If you’re still stumped, try the five finger test and check out our tips for choosing books for kids.