The Pirate Pig
Written by Cornelia Funke
Illustrated by Kerstin Meyer
Age Level: 7 - 10
Grade Level: 2 – 5
This is a great read! It’s an easy chapter book that’s also a pirate story! Poor Julie is thrown overboard by pirates, but she’s rescued by Stout Sam and Pip. They quickly discover Julie’s talent . . . she can sniff out treasure. Really! Of course the pirates discover they threw away a treasure-finding pig, and they are off to capture Julie, by hook or by crook. Pirates and pigs, kids will love this book!
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children
Written by Jan Pinborough
Illustrated by Debby Atwell
Age Level: 6 - 9
Grade Level: 1 – 4
Meet Anne Carroll Moore. You probably don’t recognize her name, but if you like the children’s room at your local library, it’s because of Anne. Miss Moore came into the New York Public Library and thought otherwise. She wanted a kid-friendly place with art to see and comfy seats to curl up in. She established the first children’s room. Read her story to find out how she did it and how she changed libraries everywhere. Thanks, Miss Moore!
Now meet the real Anne Carroll Moore. She was born in 1871 and died in 1961. She worked as a children’s librarian for almost 50 years. She also wrote a book that was runner-up for the 1925 Newberry Award. She was incredible, and so are her Four Respects. I think they still apply to children and children’s literature. Here they are:
Cummins, J. (1999, July). “Moore than Meets the Eye”. School Library Journal, pp. 26-30 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Carroll_Moore
Rulers of the Playground
Written and Illustrated by Joseph Kuefler
Age Level: 4 - 8
Grade Level: P – 3
If you’re a kid, you know where your happy place is . . . the playground. Kids will love this book! It has a happy playground, happy till Jonah decided to become king. Everyone bowed to their King, everyone except Lennox who decided to become Queen. The kids bowed to Lennox, except for Jonah. Their argument turned into a Battle Royale for control of the playground. Who will rule, or will their friendship drool? Read to find out if this playground will ever be happy again!
The New LiBEARian
Written by Alison Donald
Illustrated by Alex Willmore
Age Level: 4 - 7
Grade Level: P – 3
A librarian is an author’s best friend, but when the librarian goes missing before story hour, BEAR saves the day. The kids search the floor and find some paw prints that lead to a puddle of honey. That’s when they find the BEAR sitting at the librarian’s desk. BEAR opens a book and reads with real expression . . . with roars, growls and even stomps. The kids ask to hear it again. You’ll have to read the book yourself to find out what happens to the the BEAR and the librarian. Hint . . . it’s so clever!
Whenever I read or write, I find a comfy chair with a great view. I get my favorite drink, stretch out, and let the words take me away.