Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Back to School

In a matter of days, children and teens will be headed back to school.  Stop by the Parkland Community Library and check out the Back-to-School display to get "in the mood".  The Parkland Community Library has books to help children re-adjust, or simply prepare, for another great school year.

Sesame Street's Elmo has a great video for little ones experiencing Nursery School for the first time.  For parents of all ages, PBS has developed a website of resources.

Here are some new titles all about the joys (and un-joys) of school at all levels.

Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen.  Jim worries about his first day of school and then finds a friend.

The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon.  A girl's vision problems make school so much harder until vision screening shows her how the rest of the world sees.

A Pirate's Guide to First Grade by James Preller.  A young pirate survives his first few days of first grade and earns a treasure.

We, the Children by Andrew Clements.  Ben Pratt has a lot of changes to deal with, not the least of which is the destruction of his historic school to make way for a seaside amusement park.  When the janitor gives Ben a mysterious coin, Ben decides to keep the school from being destroyed.  

Griff Carver, Highway Patrol by Jim Krieg.    The mystery of just what Griff did "in the line of duty" that made him persona non grata at his old school is never revealed in this hard-boiled story of justice and crime in a middle school.  There is a lot of "copspeak" and a law-abiding partner that combine to make this a fun read.

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart.  A boy's best friend ruins the beginning of the school year, so he makes a new friend who leads him to notoriety online.

So gather some books, paper and pencils and off to school you go!

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