Halloween

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Pop up this spooky treat and enjoy these Halloween titles from some of your favorite series! They are also available in audio format at your neighborhood library.  Thanks to popsugar.com for the yummy idea!

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It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green by Dan Gutman
In this Weird School Special, It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green!, A.J. and the gang from the My Weird School series are ready for one of their favorite holidays! It’s Halloween, and you know what that means! Candy! Costumes! More candy! What would happen if a kid ate a million hundred pounds of chocolate in one night? One thing’s for sure–when A.J. and his friends from Ella Mentry School go trick-or-treating, it will be a Halloween to remember.

A to Z Mysteries: Sleepy Hollow Sleepover by Ron Roy
Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are spending Halloween in Sleepy Hollow, home of the legendary Headless Horseman. They are going to sleep in an old cabin, take a haunted hayride, and check out the Old Dutch Church. That’s where some people say they’ve spotted the ghostly horseman. But strange things start happening that don’t seem to be part of the planned spooky fun. Is there a real Headless Horseman haunting Sleepy Hollow?

Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
These chapter books introduce beginning readers to the detective mystery genre. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries. It is Halloween night and all the kids are dressed in scary and funny costumes. Their Trick or Treat bags are getting heavier. Nate’s good friend Rosamond needs his help. Her cat, Little Hex, is missing. Little Hex hates Halloween, so maybe he’s hiding; or is he lost? Nate and his trusty dog Sludge take the case and hunt in the night for Little Hex. They pass robots, pirates, and witches, but where will they find Little Hex?

Junie B., First Grader: Boo… and I Mean It by Barbara Park
In the 24th Junie B. Jones book, Junie B. is afraid to go trick-or-treating. ‘Cause what if witches and monsters are really real? And what if pumpkins with sharp teeth can eat your feet? And don’t even get her started on the candy corn problem. So how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy this scary holiday?

It’s Halloween, You ‘Fraidy Mouse by Geronimo Stilton
It’s Halloween on Mouse Island, and it seemed like everyone was out to get me, Geronimo Stilton! My cousin Trap kept pulling scary pranks on me. And then my sister Thea told me I had to write a book about Halloween in less than one day! Before you could say boo, my nephew Benjamin had dragged me to a graveyard to do research. There I met a very spooky mouse who– yikes! — tried to lock me up in her coffin! Oh, how would a ‘fraidy mouse like me ever survive the year’s scariest holiday?

Rattle Those Bones

Tis’ the season for ghosts and ghoulies and creepy crawlies, but these books about bones and skeletons can be read and shared all year round.

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Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle’s door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.

Skelly, the Skeleton Girl by Jimmy Pickering
Skelly the skeleton girl finds a bone lying on the floor of her house and wonders where it came from, and when she finally finds the answer she is pleasantly surprised.

Billy Bones: A Tale From the Secrets Closet by Christopher Lincoln
The secrets of High Manners Manor, carefully guarded in a closet by Billy and his skeleton parents, begin to unravel when the orphan Millicent arrives and the two children start uncovering ghosts, apparitions, and scurrilous lies that have been festering in the house for far too long.

Dem Bones by Bob Barner
Paper collages revive a classic African-American song, as frolicking skeletons sing along to the well-known spiritual, accompanied by interesting, informative “bone facts”.

Bones: Skeletons and How They Work by Steve Jenkins
Featuring intricate, collage-style cut-paper images by a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator, a guide to human and animal skeletons provides informative comparisons while sharing such facts as the number of bones in the human body and the ways that skeletal structures work.

Try your hand at assembling animal skeletons with this fun build a skeleton game:
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The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut

The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill will be observed on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:16am. Check out these books on earthquakes other natural disasters, and disaster preparedness. Visit The Great Central U. S. ShakeOut at www.shakeout.org/centralus

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Earthquakes by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods
With maps and pictures, readers are treated to an overview of earthquakes and the way they impact people around the world. Part of the series Disaster Up Close, this title includes an timeline and glossary. Do you know the difference between the Modified Mercalli scale and the Richter scale?

Earthquakes by Seymour Simon
This overview will give you and your young readers much to discuss: Ring of Fire, San Andreas, and geologic process. You will have a new expert in the family after devouring this selection.

Earthquakes by Dennis Fradin and Judy Fradin
Part of the Witness to Disaster series, readers will appreciate the impact of earthquakes through the experiences of those who have survived. A new thirst for understanding this powerful geologic occurrence will emerge.

Natural Disasters by Claire Watts
DK Eyewitness books provides an overview of natural disasters including tsunamis, tornadoes, and Earth shakes. Includes “Did you know?” and a timeline.

PlayDate Theater: Fire Dog

St. Louis Public Library welcomes Fire Dog to the PlayDate Theater stage (in Central’s Auditorium) Saturday, October 18 from 2-3 p.m.

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For years, parents and kids have been asking members of St. Louis’ pop-rock band Fire Dog, “When are you going to make a children’s album?” Mark Pagano, Celia Shacklett and Mike Schurk – who all work musically with young people – finally got in the studio this summer to record their latest album, “For the Kids.” Their October 18 concert will feature songs from the soon-to-be released album.

Fire Dog plays music that kids can get up and dance to, and their parents can appreciate too. Their mission is to spread positive vibrations through songs of truth and intrigue. They have been sharing their unique brand of pop, rock harmonies since 2006, playing over 250 shows throughout the country.

Fire Dog makes friends and fans wherever they play. So come dance!