Fireworks For All!

Fourth of July is almost here – but the magic of fireworks is something everyone can enjoy all year round! There are so many books that incorporate the magic and science of fireworks. Here are a few that you can share with kids of all ages:

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Fireworks at the FBI by Ron Roy
In the sixth book of the Capital Mysteries—an early chapter book mystery series featuring fun facts and famous sites from Washington, D.C.— KC gets a front row seat to the Fourth of July festivities at the White House. What better place to be on the fourth than Washington, D.C.? But KC spots fireworks coming from a very peculiar place – the FBI building! Although the president thinks it was an accident, KC and her friend Marshall know better. They are sure those fireworks were covering up a clever crime!

How it Happens at the Fireworks Factory by Megan Rocker
What’s more exciting than a loud and colorful display of fireworks? The booms, crashes, and brilliant colors of a pyrotechnics show can fill anyone with a sense of childlike wonder. Come along and watch how skilled technicians craft fireworks, choreograph a show, and then ignite a fabulous display.

Liberty by Ellen Miles
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home.  Lizzie and her family go to the beach for a July 4th weekend trip. Liberty, a golden retriever puppy, gets spooked by the fireworks display and loses her owners. Can the Petersons find her home, even while they are on vacation?

Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw
It’s the Fourth of July! Travel across the country for a city parade, a beach picnic, and fireworks in the park in this poetic celebration of the many cultures and traditions that make America’s birthday BOOM!

Skyler, the Fireworks Fairy by Daisy Meadows
Rachel and Kirsty are spending a week with their parents at a beautiful lakeside village. The village is celebrating its bicentennial and there are a ton of fun activities planned.
The girls are most looking forward to the fireworks show at the village’s big birthday bash. Skyler the Fireworks Fairy is on hand to make sure everything goes smoothly. Unfortunately, Jack Frost is determined to take all the fireworks back to the Ice Castle so only he can enjoy them!

Crafting Fireworks!  To bring the magic of fireworks to life in an artistic way, try this neat, textured salt painting craft – It’s colorful, its creative, and it’s easy!  Instructions courtesy of Busy Mommy Media.

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Funny Fourth!

Celebrate America’s funny side this Independence Day with one of these books:

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Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger
What does the song “Yankee Doodle” mean and why does Mr. Doodle dislike it so? Read along as the pony explains it all.

Stupid American History: Tales of Stupidity, Strangeness, and Misconceptions by Leland Gregory
Find out who it was who learned he had become President while on his knees playing a rousing game of marbles, and other silly things you may not have heard about before.

Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
Enjoy “wonderfully gossipy tidbits” as you read about the framers of the Constitution doing their work.

We the Kids: the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow
The opening words of the Constitution are made fun and easier to understand for kids of all ages.

United Tweets of America, 50 State Birds by Hudson Talbott
Fun trivia about each of the states’ birds, and other symbols will help readers find a laugh while learning.

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Get ready for the holiday! Make decorative Fourth of July Rockets at Central Children’s Library on Wednesday, June 29, at 2pm.

Book Weekend – City Shapes

CityshapesCity Shapes is a new picture book by debut author Diane Murray.  This easy rhyming story is told by a pigeon, exploring all the shapes that fill his city home.   Several lines give clues about the shape, before revealing the name to young listeners.

Brian Collier’s collage artwork takes this basic kindergarten concept book to another level.  In his pictures, a young girl dances through the pigeon’s world, interacting with all the shapes as they are named.  Her joy for her city mirrors the birds own love.  On the last spread, as the bird gratefully returns to it’s nest, the true connection between the girl and the bird are revealed.

While introducing basic shapes is a foundation of math awareness, this book makes the lesson feel like a game!

 

Sweet Reads

Did you know that June is National Candy Month? Celebrate and escape the heat with these “sweet” reads!

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Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt
This book is perfect for those summer days when it is just too hot to step outside! Find out how much “pop” is in Pop Rocks. Watch gummy worms grow. Learn to bend candy canes. Each experiment is accompanied with instructions, skill level, and how long the project will take, as well as a photo of the final product. With chapters on everything from exploring secret ingredients to watching candy blow up, this book is brimming with experiments the whole family can enjoy.

Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
Henry is a choc-aholic! The boy has never met a chocolatey treat that he couldn’t conquer; chocolate candy, chocolate milk, chocolate cake – Henry loves it all. But when Henry erupts in chocolatey brown spots on his skin and is diagnosed with chocolate fever, it seems like his love affair with chocolate might just have to come to an end. Not about to become the posterboy for this newfound illness, Henry runs away with a trucker named Mac. Filled with humor and adventure, this short chapter book is a perfect summer book for earlier readers and chocolate lovers alike. Run away with Henry and see if you can discover the cure for chocolate fever!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
There’s a reason why this book is a classic. Dahl’s beloved children’s book remains just as captivating and fun as it did the day it was published. When Charlie Bucket discovers a golden ticket, earning him the opportunity to tour Mr. Wonka’s chocolate factory with his Grandpa Joe, he knows he is in for a treat, but nothing can prepare Charlie (or any reader) for the wonders and mishaps set to unfold before him. From Whizdoodles to Gobstoppers, there’s something sweet for each reader in this chapter book perfect for parents and kids alike.

The Great Lollipop Caper by Dan Krall
Dear, sweet Lollipop is loved by everyone – everyone except Caper, of course. Tired of being a snack no child loves (or, let’s face it, even knows about), Caper comes up with a plan to become the beloved treat he’s always dreamed of being by sneaking into the lollipop factory and pouring caper juice into next batch of suckers. He gets away with it, too! But, the results aren’t exactly what Caper had hoped for and things end up much, much worse, before they ever get better! As funny as it is sweet, this book is a fresh twist on the relatable theme of the lengths we will go to when we’re trying to belong.

Sweet: The Delicious Story of Candy by Ann Love & Jane Drake
Almost everyone loves candy, but hardly anyone knows its story! Follow its path from 6000 B.C. to present day in this fun, nonfiction read. Learn about everything from the early hunt for sweet ingredients to the chemistry involved in candy creation. With short explorations of each piece of candy’s history and an easy-to-follow timeline running across the bottom of the book’s pages, Sweet makes following along with candy’s delicious story interesting and interactive.

Milton Hershey: Chocolate King, Town Builder by Charnan Simon
Across the world, the name Hershey means one thing: chocolate! Learn about Milton Hershey’s early attempts and failures at creating his chocolate empire. Discover why Philadelphia was the birthplace of Hershey’s very first candy shop. Read along as the business booms and grows. Learn everything you need to know to make your next candy bar taste that much sweeter in this biography of the “Chocolate King.”

Done with scrumptious stories and creative candy experiments? Try this candy craft at home – a jellybean bracelet that is as fun as it is tasty. Find out how over at Artzy Creations!jellybeanbracelets

Breath-taking Adventures

School-age patrons at Central used lung power to propel pom-poms along a winding trail through bumpy bubbles, a tunnel, a sand trap, and ending with a catapult ride over a “mountain” to the finish line.

For more entertaining crafts or activities, visit Central Library each Wednesday in June and July at 2pm!

For further adventures check out these early elementary picture books.

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The Typewriter by Bill Thomson
In this almost wordless picture book, 3 young bicyclist’s find a carousel with a mysterious bee and typewriter. When they discover the power of the typewriter, events turn almost catastrophic.

Fu Finds the Way by John Rocco
Fu’s temper tantrum lands him in deep trouble with a powerful warlord. Can the advice of the Master save him?

Try these dragon tales by M. P. Robertson for a fun fantasy series: The Egg, The Great Dragon Rescue, and The Dragon Snatcher

Book Weekend – Girl Vs. Bear

bearHorrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman

A red-haired girl ventures into a cave to rescue her missing kite.  Then CRUNCH!  The bear rolls over and breaks the kite in his sleep.  HORRIBLE BEAR! the girl yells, and stomps all the way home.

I’m not horrible; she’s the one who woke me up! thinks the bear.  Anger, revenge, retribution all roll down the hill with the running bear, knocking aside the other forest animals.  But when he arrives at her house, he’s left speechless by the girl – who opens the door with an unexpected apology.

The point of view shift between the bear and the girl give young readers a way to empathize with both sides.  Kids and adults  are left to ponder the nature of right and wrong.