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

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September Recommendations for Kids


Josephine Wants to Dance by Jackie French - Josephine dreams of wearing a pink tutu and tights, but unfortunately, she is a kangaroo, and kangaroos usually aren't ballerinas. When a prima ballerina gets injured, exuberant Josephine gets her chance to shine.

BooBoo by Olivier Dunrea - BooBoo is a small, blue gosling who loves eating. BooBoo eats everything, even a bubble which makes her burp backwards and forwards!

Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks by Dan Elish - When extra-terrestrial giant woodchucks attack, 10 year-old Jimmie enlists the help of his younger sister, best friend, and his eccentric classmate who has built a flying saucer in her home. A fun romp through outer space as Jimmie attempts to save the universe.

My Dad’s a Birdman by David Almond - Lizzie, a responsible child, attends school, does her sums, and attempts to look after her dad who wants to enter the Great Human Bird Competition. Dad's infectious enthusiasm soon recruits others, to the dismay of Aunt Doreen who is unnaturally intent on feeding dumplings to friends and relatives. Dad builds a pair of wings and eats bugs as the competition looms ever nearer, and Liz is encouraged, by her Dad, to skip school to participate. This off-beat adventure is punctuated with amusing illustrations.


Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count Dracula by Enid Goldberg - Find out if the real Dracula's life is more shocking than any horror story. Vlad Dracula, an evil prince, lived deep in the mountains of Transylvania. His bloodthirsty reign was so dreadfully appalling, that the most famous vampire in literature was named after him. He betrayed nearly everyone and sacrificed anything to remain in power. Additional titles in the wicked history series: Genghis Khan, Gregory Rasputin (complete with blood splatters on the book cover) and Tomas de Torquemada.

Out Came the Sun: A Day in Nursery Rhymes by Heather Collins - Forty five beloved nursery rhymes come alive through Collins imaginative illustrations with a rhyme suitable for any time in a toddler's day.

Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills by Fourteen daredevils are profiled in this book. From 1880 to 1929, these women, ranging in age from fifteen to sixty-three, demonstrated amazing courage in diving, speeding, in the air, and at the circus. Fascinating facts about Sonora, who dove sixty feet on horseback into a tank of water, and Annie who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel, and Mabel the tiger trainer who even slept with one of her tigers, are some of the amazing tales.

See How they Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan Goodman - The presidential election is being talked about almost everywhere. This book provides a laugh and learn approach to a serious topic: democracy. This timely book explains the election process in the United States.


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