All fall I’ve been visiting daycares and preschools in Harvester reading the Building Block Nominees so children can vote for their favorite read aloud book. The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Youth Services Community of Interest of Missouri Library Association, is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri’s public libraries. All of the books are fun and so wonderful and you have till December 31 to read at least 5 of the nominees so you can vote. You can go to my Blog Roll or click here to find a ballot so you may vote.
Here is our list of awesome books reviewed by our wonderful summer readers…hope you find something fun to read for the holidays!
Alison Inches Castaways! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Jacob Age 5
My favorite part was when Austin cut vines for the castaways to use for their beach hut. I like this book. Other kids should read it. My favorite character is Tyrone.
David A. Adler Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Rachel Age 8
One of the reasons I like this book is a lot of details. I like to try to solve the mystery myself. I did not figure out the answer before I read it. This is a really good mystery.
Bill Watterson Something Under the Bed is Drooling 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Joshua Age 10
The funniest part was when Calvin said “Don’t turn out the light Dad! You didn’t check under the bed for monsters!” I think my friends should read it, it is a really funny book. If I got a chance to meet one of the characters I would say YES!
Louise Gikow Barbie: Be Proud of Yourself 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Campbell Age 5
I liked this book because it teaches a lesson. Don’t ever change yourself to please someone else. The characters that I like are Stacie and Barbie. Stacie has a talent in math. Always tell your friends how you feel or they won’t know if you’re upset. Everyone is good at something! Always be proud of yourself.
Dan Gutman Babe and Me 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Zach Age 9
This book is about a kid and his dad who traveled back in time with a baseball card. The baseball card takes them to Wrigley Field and they met Babe Ruth. Joey learns to always be nice. Joey learns to be nice because these kids were playing baseball with a rock with a sock over it, so Joey gives them Babe Ruth’s home run ball. I loved this book.
Eric Blair Paul Bunyan 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Zachary Age 8
I like this book because this man was small and he grew big. He made lakes with his feet. He helped the people. It is an easy book to read.
Charlotte Wilcox The Chihuahua 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Sarah Age 9
This book gave me lots of good information. And it has great photos, too. I learned lots of new words. I learned a ton of facts, too. One word I learned is bobtail, means small tail; some are natural and some are cut. I think my friends should read this because it gives you a lot of information and it’s great for people who like non-fiction.
Rania, Queen, consort of Abdullah II, King of Jordan The Sandwich Swap 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Audrey Age 5
I liked the book because they tried each others sandwiches and they liked them! It was something new. I would recommend this book to others. I liked at the end where they asked all the kids to bring foods from different countries to try.
Kitty Richards The Great Toy Escape 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ephram Age 5
I love this book because I love Woody books. Woody is my favorite because he saves the day and the T-Rex. Slinky and Buzz and Woody save everyone from the mean bear. Plus they go to a garbage dump. I love garbage.
Eileen Spinelli Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Evan Age 6
We liked it because they recycle things. People that go to school would like it because it helps you be better at recycling. The bicycles are awesome. Go Green Save the Planet
Glad you checked out some of our fun reviews, be sure to read the Building Block Nominees and vote! Have a happy holiday!
Posted in Uncategorized November 27, 2013
We will be having our Tale Waggers program in November at many of our branches and hope all of you will join us to read to the dogs! Bring a favorite book or pick one of ours to share with some furry, loving friends from Love on a Leash. Parents, this is a perfect way for your reluctant readers to practice their reading. Registration for the program has begun if you want to sign up please click HERE .
If you are looking for some recommended reading to bring with you check out the awesome books our summer readers are recommending:
David Kirk Miss Spider’s Tea Party 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emma & parent Age 4
Emma loved the illustrations and how Miss Spider had a tea party. It teaches counting and social skills in a fun way. Emma also liked the rhymes. Miss Spider has lots of fun with her insect friend and they are special to her.
Dan Gutman Mrs. Lizzy is Dizzy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ben Age 10
The funniest part was when A.J. was right about Mrs. Lizzy locking up the school enrichment program teacher in the basement. My friends should read this because it is a very surprising book. This is a very good series. I can’t wait till the next book comes out. I would like to meet A.J., he would be a fun friend.
Dan Gutman Miss Daisy is Crazy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Nick Age 8
The funniest part is when the principal showed up in a gorilla suit. Because it is funny. I would like to meet A.J. That was one good book.
Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Rajat Age 8
There are four Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Jeff Kinney is going to make at least 3 more. All of his books are funny. My favorite is the 1st one because they got in trouble a lot and it was funny.
Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid Last Straw 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Edik Age 11
I liked it when Greg was at his friends house and he pretended to be sweaty and he put water on himself. I recommend reading this book and the others in this series. I would like to meet Greg, he is funny and a lot like me.
Nancy Harris Orange 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Neil Age 3
This book is about the color orange. I like this book because my favorite color is orange! I liked the orange snake. I would give this book to a friend. Orange, orange, orange!!
Jerry Smath Wee Witches’ Halloween 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Sophie Age 7
We enjoyed this book because it was funny. We would recommend this book. The cats riding on the brooms with the witches were funny!
Rob Scotton Splat the Cat 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Phillip Age 4
I liked how the cat became friends with mice and he wasn’t afraid to go to school anymore. I like Splat the Cat!
Michael Rosen We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alex Age 4
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is easy to read. It was a sad story because at the end the bear had no friends. My favorite part was when they forgot they left the door open. I really liked when they went in the cave and found the bear. Then they ran back home.
Hope to see you reading to the dogs at the library soon!
Posted in Uncategorized October 31, 2013
We have to be the luckiest library district ever because we have the best authors and illustrators visiting us. The next two months are awesome, starting with the bestselling author Brandon Mull, he’s here to talk about a wonderful new series “Spirit Animals” on Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm. Click on the picture to register for this fun author visit.
We will also have a green cloak/spirit animal photo booth, spirit animal masks and other fun things to do as you wait to get your books signed.
Our next author to appear is Michael Buckley, New York Times bestselling author of the series’ NERDS and Sister Grimm. Michael will be visiting the Spencer Road Branch on Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm. Be sure to click on the picture to register for this fun author visit.
It should be a fun filled fall at the library and I hope so see all of you at the library. Here’s some fun reviews of good reads to share from our past summer readers.
Michael Buckley NERDS 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ryan Age 10
The funniest part was when Butch (the dog) bit him. It was funny! My friends should read this book is because it’s an action book. Really cool too! I would like to meet Jackson because he is an interesting character in the book.
Kate McMullan Fluffy Goes to School 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Noah Age 6
Fluffy is at school to be the new class pet. They vote on his name and Fluffy got the most. So they started calling him Fluffy and he thought “where is this Fluffy”? They get him a box for his cage and he pretends to be a policeman. I like this book because Fluffy does lots of funny things.
Judy Blume Freckle Juice 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Marshall & parent Age 6
It was a good book. My son thought it was funny. A boy wanted freckles so bad he would do anything. A mean girl tricked him and he ended up sick.
Gertrude Warner The Mystery at Skeleton Point 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Caleb Age 8
This was a scary book. A skeleton came alive. It acted like a human drowning in the water. Two kids and their grandpa noticed it was a skeleton. The skeleton tried to scare them.
Natasha Wing The Night Before Kindergarten 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Amira & parent Age 5
This was a perfect book to read to any child entering Kindergarten. It focuses on what some kids might feel entering school, like anxiety. We loved the book because it prepares kids on what to expect in Kindergarten. The story gets the child excited about going to school and the parents, however can be a little sad about seeing their child leave for the first time.
Rita Book My Soccer Mom from Mars 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Eden Age 7
I liked this book because his mom kept dressing as a cow. This book was very very funny. I want my friends to read it so we can laugh.
Margaret Rey Curious George Visits the Zoo 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Connor & parent Age 3
This book was perfect because I like monkeys and the zoo. George saw the giraffes and elephants and took the bananas. He gave them to the monkeys in the cage and snatched the red balloon. He made the boy happy!
Mo Willems Pigeon Finds a Hotdog 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Wesley Age 6
I would like to meet the pigeon because he was funny. I like how the pigeon yells before sharing his hot dog with the duckling. I hope the pigeon shares with all of his friends!
Denise Fleming Beetle Bop 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Nathan Age 5
The story is funny. It has a lot of bugs in it. The beetles fly, eat and swim. I like the pictures, they are cool. My mom reads it really, really silly!
Lisa Papademetriou Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Sophie Age 8
The scariest part is when the fairy runs away and has to fight a water snake. My friends should read this book because it’s awesome. Yes, I would like to meet Rani because she cut off her wings to swim, and she is COOL!
Johanna Hurwitz Pee Wee’s Tale 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Carly Age 8
Pee Wee started in a cage with a boy, Robbie, who always wanted a dog. The Pee Wee ended up at the National Park in New York! He befriends Lexi the squirrel, and learns about the park. Other kids should read this book, because it tells you about an animals point of view.
Thanks, can’t wait to see you at our Author visits and at the library, enjoy these fun recommendations and let’s go into fall reading.
Posted in Uncategorized September 27, 2013
September is an exciting month at St. Charles City-County Library District with not one but two great author visits. The first one I’ll talk about is:
Peter Brown –
Meet NYT Bestselling author & illustrator Peter Brown, a 2013 Caldecott Medal Honoree for his book Creepy Carrots. Children love his books including You Will Be My Friend, Children Make Terrible Pets and Chowder. (You can enjoy his book Curious Garden at the Picture Book Walk in Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville!) Peter Brown will be drawing and talking about his newest book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, in which children who are bored with being proper and want to have more fun discover that Mr. Tiger knows exactly how they feel. He decides to go wild, but does he go too far? This is a story that shows there’s a time and place for everything…even going wild.
Peter Brown is also the recipient of two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award, and a Children’s Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year.
Peter Brown will be at the Spencer Road Branch on Thursday, September 5 at 6:00 pm to talk about his new book and watch him draw! To sign up please click here….SIGN UP!
The next author that I’m excited about is
Chris Stuckenschneider –
Meet the warm and delightful author Chris Stuckenschneider and hear about her newest book….Patriotic Pals: Tales of Civil War Dogs. She will be at the Deer Run Branch on September 26th at 6:30 pm. Following Chris’s presentation during the autograph session, you can read to a dog from Love on a Leash. Maybe the dog you read to had an ancestor in the Civil War…you can ask him! This will be a great evening for families.
We all know about the famous people and places of the Civil War but what about the dogs who played an important role in the War between the States? Washington Missourian Book Editor Chris Stuckenschneider, who also write Show Me Reader nominee Twist of Fate, brings to life the tales of the dogs who were part of the War as well as sharing facts and trivia about the Civil War. Patriotic Pals brings humanity to a tragic part of our history and makes learning about the War fun. Do you know a Civil War buff? Please bring them to the program!
Read to the dogs in this special program offered by the members of Love on a Leash. Bring your own book or choose one of ours and read for 10 minutes to an adorable, attentive dog who loves you and your reading. Reading to dogs is a very positive and non-threatening way to build reading skills and confidence in reading. To sign up for this wonderful program click…SIGN UP!
Keep your eyes on our webpage to keep up with all of the fantastic author programs for all ages….more coming in October!
Here are the wonderful reviews by our past Summer Reading participants….hope you find a good read.
Ann Martin Doll People 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Andrea Age 10
Kate has her dolls in a doll house in her room. Annabelle and her sister doll found out that Aunt Sarah doll disappeared. She found out from reading Aunt Sarah’s journal. Then Grandpa doll and Bobby doll and Annabelle went to find Aunt Sarah. Oh there was a box and they met other dolls in the box but they couldn’t see them. I liked this book a lot!
Deborah Diesen The Pout-Pout Fish 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kelly & parent Age 4
Kelly liked this book because it is really funny. It is also a happy book. I would tell someone to read it because it is very funny. The story was special because we don’t borrow it that much and because I can’t stop reading it!
Margaret Mayo Dig, Dig, Digging 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Carter Age 4
I like this part when the trucks make the road smooth. I like the digging and I like putting out fires. The tractors are cool. And I like the cars on the trucks. The dump trucks are my favorite. My friends should read this book to learn all about trucks.
Ian Keable-Elliot The Big Book of Magic Fun 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Hunter Age 10
My friends should read it because if they like magic a lot, it’s a good book to start with.
Lauren Brooke Everything Changes 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emily Age 10
Everything Changes is a great book. Heartland gets a new wild mustang and they are supposed to train it. My friends should read this book because it is exciting and sad (I won’t tell your why!). I would want to meet Ty and Amy. The best part was training Dazzle. That is why I like Everything Changes .
Lena Arro By Geezers and Galoshes! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kate Age 6
I liked the book because the ship got really big. It started out really small, it was built from a box. The book was funny when they stole booty from the motorboat. They were acting like pirates and saw sea monsters and dolphins. In the end they sailed home but they didn’t really leave….I figured out they were not really in the big ocean sailing around the world.
Carolyn Keene Mystery of the Fire Dragon 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Arianna Age 9
The scariest part was when Nancy was kidnapped. The book was also funny. Especially all of Bess’ and George’s jokes. I really liked this book because it was about China and all things Chinese. I really like Nancy Drew and I really like mysteries.
Susan Hood Pup and Hound Catch a Thief 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alexander Age 6
The cat ran down the stairs. Then the dogs went upstairs to see why the cat ran downstairs. The dogs followed the smell of the cat. When they found the cat, they found the jewels. The dogs found the bird that took the jewels. This is a good book to read because it is a little harder to read but good for that. And it tells you that the thief gets caught.
Christopher Paolini Eldest 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ariana Age 10
I think the saddest part was when Ajihad died. I’m glad Katrina and Roran are getting married, Roran is always lonely. I would like to meet Arya because she is very wise. I think my friends should read this book because it is a fun fantasy book.
Peg Kehret Abduction 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emma Age 10
I would like to meet Bonnie’s friend Nancy because when Matt was taken Nancy slept over and never left Bonnie’s side. I would recommend this book to everyone because it is a mystery and I love mysteries!
Judy Blume Super Fudge 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emma Age 9
This book gives everyone who reads it a little taste of Peter Hatcher’s life. His little brother Fudge, thinks that he is going to be a bird when he grows up. Fudge is also very obnoxious. Peter’s parents have another baby, as if one Fudge isn’t enough!
Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Sarah Age 7
I like Amelia Bedelia because she does funny things. She cut the towels, she put powder dust on the furniture, she drew a picture of the curtains and she dressed up the chicken. I would recommend this book to my friends because they would laugh. I liked how the people were drawn.
John Erickson Case of the Swirling Killer Tornado 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kira Age 7
I give this book five stars because I had not read it before and I found it so much fun! I can’t wait to read all of the Hank stories.
Carol Diggory Shields Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Braeden Age 5
A rock and roll party for all the dinosaurs. They gather together to dance and stomp. The words rhyme and it is a lot of fun. I never get tired of this book.
Hope you enjoy our reviews and keep your schedules cleared for all of the fun and wonderful programs at the library.
Posted in Uncategorized August 30, 2013
Dig into Reading is finishing up so all of you that want a cool yard sign for reading 100 hours get reading. There should be signs all over St. Charles County since we’ve had kids in picking them up like hotcakes. Congratulations to all of the super readers in St. Charles County! Here are some super reviews from our past Summer Reading program participants, I’m sure you will find a super read from one of them.
Beverly Cleary The Mouse and the Motorcycle 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Madeline Age 10
The funniest part of the story was when Ralph almost got sucked up by the vacuum. The saddest part was when Ralph was talking about all his relatives that have died. The scariest part is when Ralph fell into the trash can. My friends should read this book because it’s really exciting. I would like to meet Ralph.
Audrey Penn The Kissing Hand 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Tyler & parent Age 6
We enjoyed “The Kissing Hand” because it made us understand that even though we will be apart at times, we will always be in each others’ hearts. We would recommend this book to any child who is starting school to make them feel better about being apart during the day. The raccoons were acting just like people, and that was neat!
Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Charity Age 10
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is one of the funniest awesomest book I’ve read so far. This book is about a boy named Charlie who has 2 grandmas and 2 grandpas. Charlie has a mom and dad too. They are all very poor. Charlie goes to a Chocolate factory. What will happen next? Read the book and I’m sure you will love it!
Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Abigail Age 10
I really liked the book “Bridge to Terabithia”. There are happy parts and there are sad parts. One of the sad parts of the book is…oh wait I shouldn’t tell you because you are going to have to read it yourself. But, a happy part is when Jess gives Leslie a puppy.
Anne Mazer The Salamander Room 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Dominic and parent Age 6
We enjoyed this book because we like salamanders. The book was interesting because the boy’s room started to turn into a jungle. We would recommend this book because we think others would like it, too. It has lots of good pictures of animals.
Katherine Applegate Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Madeleine Age 10
I would want all of my friends to read this book, because it is so funny! They all get crazy and they are glued to their chairs. If I could meet one of the characters it would be…..ROSCOE RILEY, because he does all of the crazy stuff.
Ridley Pearson Kingdom Keepers 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emma Age 9
I liked “Kingdom Keepers” because it is in Disney World. It also has action and mystery. The kids in it defeat Maleficent. It is like a thrill ride going up and down. It is so exciting I would read it hundreds of times. It has fantasy, action, mystery and realistic fiction. I can’t wait to read the second and third. I bet the second and third books are gonna be great too. Every person should read the “Kingdom Keepers” books.
Annie Barrows Ivy and Bean Bound to be Bad 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Lauren Age 10
First Ivy and Bean were trying to be “good” but then a neighbors brother told them that they were so good that they could never be bad. Ivy and Bean tried to be bad and they got into big trouble.
Melissa Morgan Camp Confidential 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Mackenzi Age 10
My friends would love this book. It will possibly convince you to go to camp. A girl didn’t want to go to camp and she loved it. I think my friends would really enjoy it a lot.
J.E. Morris Please Write Back 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alexis & parent Age 6
Alexis & I liked this book because we have family out of town that we write to. This could teach kids patience and how to keep in touch with family the old fashioned way. The little alligator writes his grandma & asks her to write back & for days he waits and waits for a letter and one day he quits waiting and he ends up with a BIG SURPRISE!
Tennant Redbank Toy to Toy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Gideon & parent Age 3
We like this book because it is short enough to keep our attention. It tells us about all our favorite toys. We like everything about Buzz and Woody and the pictures look really cool. It’s a good book to start learning letters and words.
Hope you enjoyed our fun reviews and congratulations to all of our 100 hour readers. Can’t wait to see the street signs!!!
Posted in Uncategorized July 30, 2013
Be sure to run by your local branch library, most of them have ant farms, worm farms and tickle plants for kids to see when they visit to pick out books, come to programs or just to visit.
There are also great programs going on all summer, I’ve linked the children’s programs going on in July, check them out HERE. Enjoy our great group of reviews by our past summer readers, be sure to comment with reviews of books you are reading this summer.
Beverly Cleary Socks 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alyssa Age 8
I liked this book because it had a cat in it. I also liked this book because it was funny. My friends should read this book because my friends like cats. I would like to meet the character named Mrs. Bricker.
Kurt Cyrus Tadpole Rex 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Aiden Age 5
Best part was when the dinosaur made a puddle by stepping in the mud. The story is about how a tadpole develops into a frog while living in a puddle and the dangers that were around. He thinks he is a T-Rex inside.
Julie Bowe My New Best Friend 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Parah Age 9
This book was one of the best books I ever read. I love when Stacey told the truth. If Ida was real I would love to meet her. This was one of my favorite books.
Jessie Haas Horse Crazy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Megan Age 7
I picked this book because it made me think about when I rode a horse. I read it so I can take horseback riding lessons this fall. I learned a lot about horses and riding. I liked this book so much.
Anne Mazer Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Claire Age 9
I would recommend this book to my friends because they can relate to the characters. I would like to meet Abby because we both have SuperSibs who we think are better than us. I like this book because it encourages me to do things, like Abby becoming a soccer star. My favorite characters are Abby and Eva (Abby’s older sister). I like Abby because she is a lot like me. I like Eva because she is very athletic. I loved this book!
Lemony Snicket The End 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Brady Age 12
The book has a lot of unfortunate events. Once you think Violet, Klaus and Sunny are going good they almost die. Unlike the other books in the series this one ends well. It is the last and best book in the series.
Mary Amato The Naked Mole-Rat Letters 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Cailyn Age 9
The funniest part was when the girl was being called Rat Lady. I like the part when she sneaks out of school when she was not supposed to. I think my friends should read this book because it is very funny and awesome so they should read it. I would love to meet all of the characters because it would be interesting to meet them and I like what they really like doing. I also think my friends should read it because it is not too scary or anything else so you won’t get scared of anything.
Dori H. Butler Sliding Into Home 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Abby Age 10
I thought “Sliding Into Home” was an amazing book! I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It had excitement, softball/baseball (which I love) and was just an amazing overall book.
Donald Sobol Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Jack Age 9
“Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective” is about a boy who likes to solve mysteries. Encyclopedia has many adventures. He meets interesting characters along the way. The stories are funny and make the reader laugh.
Mercer Mayer The Bravest Knight 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Rachel & parent Age 5
Rachel and I enjoyed this book. She especially liked the engaging pictures. Sometimes they even added a little humor. There were only a few words for every picture, so that kept her from getting bored. We would recommend this book!
Priscilla Belz Jenkins A Safe Home for Manatees 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kevin & parent Age 4
Kevin likes this book because his Grandma lives near where the Manatees live. Kevin recommends this book because it is a story about nice mama and baby manatees. Kevin learned a lot about Manatees and the pictures make the Manatees look friendly.
Posted in Uncategorized June 28, 2013
It’s that time again…..SUMMER READING! Our summer reading program is always exciting and tons of fun but this year it is going to be so awesome with lots of fun prizes, exciting programs and lots and lots and lots to read, listen to and watch at our library branches.
2013 Summer Reading Program for all ages
June 3 – August 3
Summer reading program is sponsored by Friends of the Library
Babies & Toddlers – Young children who cannot consistently sit for a story.
- Complete 30 early literacy activities over the summer
- Choose any of the activities on the log
- Record activities on the log by coloring in the dinos
- Earn prizes!
- Completion prize: Read, Sing, Talk, Play, Write snack container
- Babies and toddlers who complete the program a second time will also receive a board book
- Sign up by July 3 for a chance to win Cardinals tickets
Read Togethers - Children who cannot read to themselves but will sit for a story.
- Read 30 books over the summer
- Any kind of books (Picture books, audiobooks, ebooks…)
- Record books on the log by coloring in the dinos
- Earn prizes
- Halfway prize: flashlight
- Completion prize: book
- Grand prize drawing for an ereader; keep reading for more chances to win
- Earn more grand prize drawing chances by completing challenges
- Sign up by July 3 for a chance to win Cardinals tickets
Readers - Children through grade 5 in the fall who can read to themselves
- Read 10 hours over the summer
- Any kind of books! (Chapter books, graphic novels, audiobooks, ebooks, reading to younger siblings…)
- Records hours on the log by coloring in the dinos for every 20 minutes of reading
- Earn prizes!
- Halfway prize: flashlight
- Completion prize: book
- Grand prize drawing for an iPad, Nook or Kindle; keep reading for more chances to win
- Earn more grand prize drawing chances by completing challenges
- Keep reading throughout the summer for more chance to win and to earn a Star Reader yard sign when you reach 100 hours
- Sign up by July 3 for a chance to win Cardinals tickets
Hope to see you in the library soon to sign up, be sure to check our website for special programs for all ages throughout the summer. I’ll be talking about them in upcoming posts.
Here are some reviews to get you started on your summer reading….all 5 star!
Mo Willems Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Samantha Age 5
The book was funny. The pigeon screamed, “Let me drive the bus!”. The pigeon was mad because you won’t let him drive the bus. I would recommend this book because of the cute illustrations. There are also not many words per page.
Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Jack Age 7
The funniest part was when Greg was in the restroom and his brother Rodrick came in. Greg came out of the stall with his pants down then Rodrick scared him and Greg wet himself. Everyone should read this book.
Reviewed by Navy Age 10
I really really like this book and I really want Jeff Kinney to write more books. Anyone who is looking for a good read, this book is perfect to just sit back and read. I really want to meet Greg Heffley. He seems really funny and nice. I like this book because it’s not too hard and it’s not too easy.
Reviewed by David Age 7 1/2
I really like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. It was nice. My favorite part was when Greg stood up for Rowlly. Rowlly was forced to eat a piece of cheese that was on the blacktop. He was forced to do it by the teenagers.
Jeff Brown Stanley, Flat Again 5 Star Review
Reviewed by David Age 7
This book told about how Stanley got to be flat again. My favorite part was when he helped his friend win a boat race. It was very exciting. I thought it was funny that he got pumped up with a pump.
Eric Carle Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Michelle & parent Age 2
Michelle likes this book very much. After we read it several times, she can remember most of the words in the book. Then, she can read to herself. She also enjoys the audio of this book. She can listen to it many times.
Rick Riordan The Battle of the Labyrinth 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Dylan Age 9
When Percy got shot out of the volcano, it was funny. My friends should read this book because a lot of cool things happen. I would not want to meet any of the characters because it might be scary. I am looking forward to reading the fifth and final book in the series.
Elizabeth Kimmel Suddenly Supernatural – Scaredy Kat 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ieva Age 11
The scariest part was when Kat went in the house and the cabinets started banging. My friends should read this book because it teaches you even if something is scary, don’t give up. I would like to meet Kat because she is cool. This book was a really cool book.
H.A. Rey Curious George Rides a Bike 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ashlyn Age 8
The funniest part of the book was when Curious George rode his bike backwards. My friends should read this book because it is very, very, very funny. I would like to meet George because I really like him in the books and he is really funny.
Barbara Parks Junie B., First Grader : Aloha-ha-ha! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Abi Age 9
She went to Hawaii. Junie got a floaty. She took pictures. She met a friend named Donald. She has a baby brother. She rode on a airplane. Her birthday is in June.
J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alvin Age 9
The scariest part was when Harry was in the graveyard with Voldemort. My friends would like this book because it has adventures, sorrow and mystery. I would like to meet the characters in this book because I would like to know how they did the magic spells.
Mary Engelbreit Queen of Hearts 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Sydney Age 5
I liked the feathers on the box for decoration. I would recommend this book. I liked how she shared. I liked the pictures and the hearts.
June Sobel Shiver Me Letters 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Caiden Age 7
I liked all the pirates. I would recommend this book, I liked saying all of my letters. I liked the pirate boat.
David Lewman Spongebob Detective Pants in: The Case of the Vanished Squirrel 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Gus Age 6
This book is funny. Spongebob thinks somebody stole Sandy. Spongebob and Patrick look everywhere for Sandy and they finally found her! She wasn’t even missing, she was on a trip.
Lisa Ernst Duke, the Dairy Delight Dog 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ethan Age 6
I liked it because Duke got to be an Ice Cream dog. It was funny because the lady kept hitting the dog with the broom. I hope all of my friends read about Duke and the ice cream.
Posted in Uncategorized May 28, 2013
We will be having our Tale Waggers program in April and hope all of you will join us to read to the dogs! Bring a favorite book or pick one of ours to share with some furry, loving friends from Love on a Leash. Parents, this is a perfect way for your reluctant readers to practice their reading. Registration for the program begins Monday, April 1 and if you want to sign up please click HERE. Here are some reviews on dog and cat books that I think you will enjoy. I can’t wait to go home and read to my tail wagger Ruby, she loves to be read to.
Bill Peet The Whingdingdilly 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Rachel Age 5
The book was sad. The dog wanted to be a show horse that everyone could love. So he ran away and the witch turned him into a Whingdingdilly. He ended up in a circus and very sad….. But the witch changed him back into a dog, and then he ran back home and was very happy. I liked this story alot even though the dog was sad, he was glad at the end.
Touch and Feel Puppy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Keegan & parent Age 1
We love this book because it has spots you can touch. The puppies and kittens are so cute. They make me laugh. I love the puppies and kittens because they are just pictures and they cannot lick me!
Peg Kehret Runaway Twin 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ben Age 10
The scariest part of the book was when Sunny and her dog Snickers got caught in a tornado. I think my friends should read this book because it proves that if you put your mind to something, you can always get it done. I would like to meet Charley because he seemed to be so nice and treats animals well. I recommend this book for people who like happy endings and adventure.
Erin Hunter Dark River 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Claire Age 11
This book is about 3 young apprentices in training to become Thunderclan warriors. Step into the paws of Jaypaw, Hollypaw and Lionpaw and experience the thrill of hunting, fighting and mysteries.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Shiloh 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Chance Age 9
The book was about a kid named Marty. One day when Marty was on a walk he found a dog when he passed Shiloh school. He named the dog Shiloh. When his dad found out, he knew he would have to return him to Judd but after Shiloh was attacked he saved up enough money to buy Shiloh. The end.
Cynthia Rylant The Old Woman Who Named Things 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Isabella Age 7
The old woman named a stray dog Lucky. She named everything! I really liked this book and wonder what she would have named many things? I would like to meet Lucky!
Sandra Boynton Snuggle Puppy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Allison Age 6
I love this book because my mom reads it to me because she loves me. It takes a lot of people loving each other. The animals in the book are sooo cute, I love this book and my mom.
Nick Bruel Bad Kitty Gets a Bath 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Quinn Age 9
Bad Kitty hates taking baths! The owner hates how Bad Kitty cleans herself. So the owner gives Bad Kitty a real bath. Bad Kitty was trying to hide. I liked Bad Kitty and really liked this story!
Jane O’Connor Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Jackie Age 9
I like this book because there is a happy part where Nancy gets a dog and I think that part was happy. My friends should read this book because it’s happy and I think that they would like it. I would like to meet Nancy because she sounds like FUN!!!
Eric Litwin Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Jenna Age 6
I like the book “Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes”. I like all the colors in the book. It is an easy book to read. I like when Pete the Cat sings, it is funny.
Frances E. Ruffin Police Dogs 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Justyn Age 10
I think this book is great. It ‘s great for kids who are interested in the K9 unit. It gave me a whole new view of K9 units. I think my favorite part was a night time chase.
Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope to see you at the Tale Waggers program. Be sure to check out our new Library Catalog with the new YOUR ACCOUNT. LOVE IT!
Posted in Uncategorized March 29, 2013
A missing father. A lost home. A dangerous and moving mystery from the New York Times bestselling and acclaimed author of “Chasing Vermeer.”
Tuesday, March 19 7:00 pm
At the Spencer Road Branch Library
Register for this program HERE
Books will be available for purchase from Main Street Books.
I am so excited to get to meet Blue Balliett at the Spencer Road Library. I read ”Chasing Vermeer” when it first came out and totally loved the story and the characters and have read all 3 of Blue Balliett’s wonderfully artful mysteries. I am waiting for “Hold Fast” and listening to “Danger Box” right now. I hope all of you can join us to meet an award winning author at the Spencer Road Branch Library.
Here are more great reviews from our summer readers.
Jake Maddox Board Rebel 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Caleb Age 9
The scariest part was when Tanner went on the rails with his skateboard. They should read it if they like skateboarding. I would want to meet one of the characters, Tanner. He was an awesome skateboarder.
Ryder Windham Star Wars Galactic Crisis! 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Matthew Age 8
The funniest part of this book is how crazy the creatures look! The saddest part was when Qui-gon Jinn died battling with Darth Maul. I’d recommend this book because it’s an exciting adventure story. If I wanted to meet a character it would be Yoda. I would ask him how he got so much energy and was also very old.
Caroline Arnold Baby Whale Rescue: The True Story of J.J. 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kyle Age 8
A gray whale named J.J. is found in California on the coastline migrating to Alaska. J.J. was about 1 week old. He was 1,670 pounds on the first day at Seaworld. He was released when she was 18,000 pounds and was 30 feet and 1 year old. He was released on March 31, 1998. It was hard but they did it!
Mary Pope Osborne Afternoon on the Amazon 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Kaitlyn Age 10
The book “Afternoon on the Amazon” was a good book. The book got frightening when Jack & Annie were in the boat on the Amazon and they were trying to go to the side to get out of the boat, but Jack grabbed on to a vine and it wasn’t really a vine, it was a SNAKE! I think my friends should read this book because it gives information about the Amazon in a fun way of learning. If I could meet a character it would be Annie, she’s funny and one of the main characters.
Jim Davis Garfield Beefs Up 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Anna Age 9 1/2
My favorite part in this book is …..ALL OF IT! Because the whole entire thing was funny and I like funny books. I really suggest people to read this book.
Barbara Park Junie B., First Grader (at last!) 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Skylar Age 9
Junie B. starts first grade and doesn’t like it that much. She has a tattle-tale sitting next to her, and gets purple glasses!! She makes new friends and likes first grade after all!!! She also makes a new Best friend, Herb!
Louis Sachar There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Maggie Age 8
I really like this book. the saddest part is when the counselor left. Because she helped him make friends and his life easier. I think you should read it. It teaches you a lesson. It is also a very good book. I would like to meet the counselor because she is so nice. I hope you like it too!
Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Hayden Age 7
The funniest part of the book was when a man could be four types of people at once. He could be a midget, a giant, a fat man and a thin man. My friends should read this book because it is weird. This book is also fun.
K.A. Nuzum The Leanin’ Dog 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alyssa Age 10
I think the saddest part was when the bear came in the cabin and ruined everything on Christmas. I would like to meet Dessa Dean. I think you should read this book if you like interesting books.
Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Mikey Age 7
Amelia Bedelia is a great book because she is crazy. She makes me laugh because she misunderstands everything. The funniest part is when she dresses the chicken she actually dressed up the chicken. I think all kids would laugh at this book.
Margie Palatini Piggie Pie 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Megan Age 6
I think it’s funny how the pigs dressed up like other animals to keep the witch from knowing that they are pigs. The dress up like the farmer too. At the end the witch and the wolf want to eat each other for lunch.
Pam Calvert Princess Peepers 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Cole & parent Age 4
We liked when the character tried not to wear her glasses. We would recommend this book! The art and colors were amazing. Cole’s favorite part was when she danced out of the window. Great Book!
Reviewed by Kate & parent Age 2 1/2
Kate enjoyed this book because of the many glasses Princess Peepers had. She loved the art work and it helped her understand the story. We would recommend this book. Great Story! The illustrations were amazing and fun!
Posted in Uncategorized February 26, 2013
Here’s some great news to help celebrate our lovely month.
We will be having Lisa McMann, author of “The Trap Door“ at the Kathryn Linnemann Library on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 pm in an after hours celebration of the release of Book number 3 in the bestselling Infinity Ring series.
Dak, Sera, and Riq return to the United States, but there’s big trouble waiting for them!
The year is 1850 and the nation is divided over the issue of slavery. In these dark days, the Underground Railroad provides a light of hope, helping runaway slaves escape to freedom. But the SQ has taken control of the Underground Railroad from within. Now Dak and Sera are left wondering who to trust . . . while Riq risks everything to save the life of a young boy.
Each book comes packaged with a full-color, two-sided, collectible Hystorian’s Guide, a player’s strategy guide to the online adventure.
Follow the map, study the Guide, and save history!
IMPORTANT: In order to get in the book signing line, customers must purchase a copy of any Infinity Ring book.
Sign up for this program HERE!
Join us now for books that our summer readers LOVED! and that I’m sure you will love also!
Johan Olander A Field Guide to Monsters 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Collin Age 4
SCARY! Grandma wouldn’t read this after dark. I liked the corner cat. It looks funny. Grandma liked the Patootie. I loved all the drawing especially the toilet snake, Grandma says it’s pretend.
Greg Trine Revenge of the McNasty Brothers 5 Star Review
Reviewed by George Age 8
I love the book “The Revenge of the McNasty Brothers”. I think my brother should read the book. I think the funniest part in the story was Melvin can’t fly in one try. I would like to meet Melvin because he has his own TV. I think my friend should read the book because his weakness is bologna. That is why I love the book about Melvin Beederman!
L. Rifkin The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Merek Age 9
The 5 stars would go to “The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb” because it is scary. I would read this to my brother because he loves cats. I would like to meet Romeo.
Patricia Polacco For the Love of Autumn 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Abigail
Autumn was a cat who ran away on a stormy night. A mountain lion attacked her but she was rescued by Mr. Notion. She had to have stitches on her tail and then she got better.
Mo Willems Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Alaric Age 5
My son loved to shout back at the book where it called for a response. Mo Willem’s books read like a Sesame Street sketch – fun characters, lots of expression. The pigeon in the series turns up in many of Mo Willem’s other books. They are loved by adults and kids.
Anna Dewdney Llama Llama Mad at Mama 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ezra & parent Age 2
Ezra likes all the rhyming words and colorful pictures. He loves figuring out what the Mama Llama is doing in all the pictures. Ezra has the story memorized and enjoys filling in words for Mommy when she stops reading. We love Llama Llama!
Ron Roy The Absent Author 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Lelia Age 6
This is a book about kidnapping! This is a great mystery! There are lots of suspects! The saddest part was when the kids found out Wallace was kidnapped. My friends should read this book because it is very fun and very mysterious. I love this book and this series. I would like to meet Ruth Rose!
Mary Pope Osborne Dinosaurs Before Dark 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Emily Age 10
The funniest part was when a Pterandon peered through the window of the tree house. I think my friends should read this book because it’s a great book. I would like to meet Annie. I enjoyed this book and I love the whole series!
Victoria Kann Purplicious 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Avery Age 5
I liked this book because I like the color pink and purple too. Everyone teased her because she liked those colors and that wasn’t very nice. I liked it when she met a new friend that liked pink too. This book reminds me of me and my friend Ashley. We both love pink and purple!
Kevin Henkes Owen 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Cale Age 6
Owen the mouse had a yellow blanket called “Fuzzy”. He carried it everyday and he loved it. His Mom and Dad tried to stop Owen from carrying his blanket. They thought he was too old for it. His Mom made his blanket into handkerchiefs that he could carry anywhere.
Johanna Hurwitz Fourth Grade Fuss 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Grace Age 10
The saddest part of this book was when Julio was not feeling good during the test. He had to go to the hospital. I think my friends should read it because it is an interesting book. I would like to meet Julio, he is the main character. I loved this book!
Mem Fox Time for Bed 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Shelby & parent Age 1
This is one of my mom’s favorite books, she reads it to me every night before bed. I get to turn all of the pages as the animals and their parents get ready for bed. My mom and me love this book. It’s a Classic!
Andrew Gutelle Baseball’s Best : Five True Stories 5 Star Review
Reviewed by Ryan Age 10
The funniest part is the one handed catch. My friends should read this because it is about baseball! I would love to meet Babe Ruth so he could sign a baseball! I love Baseball!
Have a fabulously Lovely February and enjoy Lisa McCann and all of the recommended titles.
Posted in Uncategorized January 30, 2013