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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: June Recommendations for Kids

Friday, June 6, 2008

June Recommendations for Kids

Catch the Reading Bug - Kids Summer Reading Program 2008, June 2 to July 26!


Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! by Barbara Park - A humorous look at a bored baby waiting to be born.

A Dog Needs a Bone! by Audrey Wood - The dog promises to sweep the floor and answer the phone if only his mistress would give him a bone!

Monarch and Milkweed
by Helen Frost - A growing milkweed, and glorious monarch butterflies riding the wind begin the gentle story of a monarch's life cycle accompanied by eye-catching pastel and acrylic illustrations. The cycle is completed when the chrysalis splits open and the butterfly flies away on a light breeze.

Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis - Lulu's brother says she is too little to play with him, but then Lulu, Ladybug Girl rescues ants, leaps through shark-infested puddles, finds the perfect fort, skips over huge and snake-like tree trunks, with the companionship of her amiable dog Bingo.

Mouse Noses on Toast by Daren King - Rowley Barker Hobbs was a shaggy sheepdog with a hairy head at one end and a busy tail at the other. Paul, a mouse, was allergic to cheese; if he stood too close to cheese, his bottom would turn blue, the fur would fall out, and his tail would curl up like a question mark. When Paul learns of the popular "Mouse Noses on Toast" served at a local posh restaurant, he launches a campaign to aid and prevent such a horrific practice. Are there noseless mouses somewhere? Can Paul and friends discover where the atrocities take place and prevent them?

The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio by Lloyd Alexander - "When the world starts falling about your ears and intensely disagreeable things are happening to you, it's always a comfort to blame somebody else." So begins the tale of naïve and bumbling Carlo, his shady camel-puller Baksheesh, and Shira, a spirited girl determined to return home despite the tragedy which may await her. In Alexander's last tale, their caravan follows a treasure map through the deserts and cities of the infamous Golden Road. Mysterious strangers try in vain to point them towards real treasure, as they wend their way past villainous, murderous bandits and nomads on a grand adventure which is as amusing as it is insightful.

100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson - When twelve-year-old Henry's parents are kidnapped, he moves to the quiet town of Henry, Kansas, to live with his uncle and aunt. One night the plaster on his bedroom wall begins to crack and he uncovers ninety-nine unique cupboard doors, and one more in his deceased grandfather's bedroom which he uncovers with assistance from his cousin Henrietta. Each cupboard opens into a different location, none being the Kansas sky. The cousins learn that the cupboards are portals to separate worlds, all of which can be accessed through the one door in their dead grandfather's bedroom, which also allows the entry of menacing intruders from the other worlds into their own. A quickly paced, well crafted fantasy peopled with fun characters; a sequel is sure to follow.


Kids’ Crazy Art Concoctions: 50 Mysterious Mixtures for Art & Craft Fun by Jill Frankel Hauser - Looking for some summer fun? Loads of fun crafts using paper, paints, dough, clay, gift wrap paper, napkin parachutes, and bubble print paper.

Soccer: The Ultimate Guide by Martin Cloake, Glenn Dakin, Adam Powley, and Catherine Saunders - This book covers everything about soccer, from its history to highlights, strategy to celebration, big matches to big egos, clubs and players. Discover amazing facts and figures to increase your appreciation for this fast moving sport.

The Art Book for Children, Book Two by Amanda Renshaw - Wanting to foster art appreciation for the children in your life? This volume contains work by thirty artists from all people to encourage children to ask why artist do what they do. Each famous work of art asks questions, offers comments and insights about each fascinating work of art.

Heavy Equipment Up Close by Andra Serlin Abramson - Stunning actual size photos of dump trucks, tractors, dozers, and more.


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