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

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September Recommendations for Kids


Yes Day! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - What do you call a day when every answer is yes? Follow a boy’s dream day; you will want to have a Yes day of your own!

The Frogs and Toads All Sang by Arnold Lobel - A delightful collection of rhyming stories about frogs and toads discovered in Arnold Lobel’s papers by his daughter.

All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant - What can a day hold? Each day is beautiful and holds a new world of possibilities. Days are what we each have, and each one needs to count.

Fairy School Dropout by Meredith Badger - Elly is from a famous fairy family, but is convinced she has not inherited any of their talents; her talent seems to be creating disasters. She has been kicked out of two fairy academies and wants to attend human school!


Swords: An Artist’s Devotion by Ben Boos - A gloriously handsome illustrated history of swords from the earliest days which includes the Iron and Bronze Ages, Vikings, War Maidens, Knights, Kings, Samurai, Ninja, Silla Knights of Korea, Eastern Masters of China, and War Chiefs of Africa among others. A stunning variety of styles, with each sword depicted in intricate detail, from the tip of its hilt to its blade. It is a mostly pictorial work, with sufficient text to help the reader understand the incredible variety of styles and owners. One of the years most outstanding books.

Barbarians! by Steven Kroll - Beginning with a definition of barbarian, the book continues with an overview of four distinct groups often referred to as barbarians: the Goths, the Huns, the Vikings, and the Mongols. Well illustrated, with a time line and bibliography. A fascinating history of each group, their religion, leaders, and their rise and fall.

Ralph Masiello’s Dinosaur Drawing Book by Ralph Masiello - A step by step guide on how to draw all things dinosaur: fossils, claws, habitat, triceratops, pterodactyls, and more! With these instructions, anyone can be an artist.

Mission Control, This Is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon by Andrew Chaikin - A well-illustrated tale of one of mankind’s greatest adventures, from the Mercury space voyages through Apollo 17.

How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail: My Adventures Among Cows, Crooks and Heroes on the Road to Fame & Fortune by Tod Olson - A fictionalized account by 15 year old Will Reed of his journey along the Oregon Trail by covered wagon in 1852. Filled with clever drawings and amusing detail, the fictional Will faithfully reports their adventures, hardships, and family finances. This humorous history packs a large dose of fun!

Show Me the Money by Alvin Hall - Where does money come from and how does it work? This book explains the basics of the stock market, supply and demand, the cost of living, taxes, inflation, the global economy, and the relationship of happiness to money. An attractive overview, bursting with fascinating information.


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