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

Monday, June 7, 2010

June Recommendations for Kids


Boys are Dogs by Leslie Margolis - While Annabelle is at summer camp, her mother moves in with her boyfriend. Annabelle, accustomed to her uniform wearing all-girl school, is confronted with annoying sixth grade boys. Her life improves with the addition of a new puppy and the dog training manual, which she hilariously also uses to train the boys she encounters.

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood - A gentle picture book filled with quiet events from morn till night, some seriously, some amusing. Children will identify with first one awake quiet, lollipop quiet, and top of the roller coaster quiet, with parents recognizing the mother moose thinking of a good reason you were drawing on the wall quiet! A treasured book to share at the end of a busy day.

Princesses are Not Perfect by Kate Lum - Princess Allie is a baking expert, Princess Libby can build anything and Princess Ellie could make just about anything grow in her garden. When they become bored, they switch places because they insist, "princesses are good at everything!" Hopefully, they will be ready for the Summer Party!

The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen - The idea for this book is based on an actual event from 1836 when a circus ship foundered off the coast of Maine. When circus animals swim to shore, the locals learn to love them and when the greedy circus owner returns to gather the animals the townspeople have invented clever ways to hide the animals. A fun read for any child who has ever wanted to picnic with a tiger!

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by W.R. Philbrick - Homer’s older brother is illegally sold into the Union Army by the ornery, ruthless guardian, the meanest man in Maine. Homer relates his mostly true odyssey as he searches for this beloved older brother, from their home in Pine Swamp Maine to the Battle of Gettysburg. His amusing adventures as a wild pig boy with a traveling medicine show led by Professor Fleabottom; his encounter with fugitive slave catchers, Stink and Smelt; his travails with a lovesick clergyman duped by a beautiful young woman, and a daring escape in a reconnaissance balloon comprise this action filled tale. Filled with humor and charm, but laced with somber details of slavery and the civil Ward, this historical fiction makes a highly entertaining read.


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