BOB Book Winner 2018 – Differing Abilities

 This Kid Can Fly by Aaron Phillip

DIFFERING ABLILITIES

Because humans are social animals and live in groups, we are taught conformity from an early age.  Nobody wants to stick out and we all strive to blend in. In fact, we often are so concerned about what others think of us that we change our behavior to match those around us even though our opinions may be very different. Here’s the funny thing though – we are all individuals.  So, be yourself!

No one else is YOU, and THAT is your power!

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Picture Books By Kevin Sherry

When I started working for Chesapeake Public Libraries, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean was one of best picture books introduced to me. Reading a bunch of Sherry’s other books was a no-brainer.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
This tale includes the bragging of a squid who thinks he is the biggest creature in the ocean. He swims around the ocean, looking at the various creatures that cannot compare to his size. Each creature is cute in its own way, but even more interesting in that is that all these cute, animated characters also have a bit of realism to them. The book makes good use of fold out pages and spacing. It is the main character/squid, however, that brings readers in. If you know anything about the ocean, you know that squids are not the biggest creatures that live in it. Even so, that is not enough to damper the squid’s spirit… Continue reading “Picture Books By Kevin Sherry”

BOB Book Winner 2018 – School Pick

Making Bombs For Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

This story details an obscure piece of real history and shows us just how powerful hope and courage are in helping people to survive under difficult circumstances.

During World War II Lida and her sister watch in horror as their Jewish neighbors, forced to wear a yellow star for identification, are all taken away.  Where did they go and why?

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BOB Book Winner 2018 – Virginia Reader’s Choice

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

Jimmy McClean is three parts Lakota Indian on his Mother’s side  and one part white on his Father’s side.  The problem, for Jimmy, is that the white is all that shows. With his light hair and blue eyes, he doesn’t seem to fit in.   His grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, takes him on a trip where he learns about his Lakota heritage and about the great Lakota hero, Tasunke Witko – known to us as “Crazy Horse”. Continue reading “BOB Book Winner 2018 – Virginia Reader’s Choice”

Educational Picture Books

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
This book intends to make more children interested in science. It focuses on Ada, a curious but silent child. Upon her third birthday, after not speaking one word ever in her life, Ada suddenly begins asking many advanced, science-focused questions. Her silence these past three years was simply the mark of a curious child soaking in her surroundings. The rest of the story, which includes a lot of rhyming, talks about her first big experiment. She notices a horrible smell that inspires a scientific search for the source. (I had a solid guess about the smell’s source, but it was sadly never confirmed.) What ensues is a crazy search, but it definitely serves a purpose. After reading Ada Twist, Scientist any child will have a new or renewed interest in the scientific process. Continue reading “Educational Picture Books”