Let a book from the public library open your imagination

“TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six. Open your child’s imagination. Open a book.”

-Author unknown

“How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?”

Mamas and Papas don’t like temper tantrums, but they always love their children. And dinosaurs are no different. When little dinosaurs get angry, they sometimes misbehave. They yell and stomp and storm through the house. Then, a dinosaur counts up to ten, then after a time out, breathes calmly and then he cleans up his mess and says, “I’m sorry.” And everyone gives big hugs.

This book was recognized by The American Library Association as Best Book of the Year in 2009.

“That Book Woman”

Cal, like many other kids, is just not the readin’ kind – chicken scratch on the page means nothing to him. He lives high up in the Appalachian Mountains and would much rather help his father with the plowing or go wandering through the mountains than go to school.

To Cal’s dismay, that Book Woman keeps coming right up the side of the mountain in any kind of weather just to bring books for Cal’s sister to read. It’s not until the Book Woman risks her life coming up the mountain in snow that Cal realizes there is really something to this readin’ stuff and sets about to learn.

“That Book Woman” honors the Pack Horse Librarians who took books to families in eastern Kentucky during the Great Depression and is a Junior Literary Guild selection.

“Santiago Stays”

“Look, I’ve got your favorite toy.” A little boy uses every trick to get his stubborn pooch to move. Even a game of “fetch” doesn’t work. Santiago turns up his nose at wearing his favorite sweater to go for a walk. He’s not even persuaded with a hamburger! Then, a wail from the baby’s crib and Santiago is on his way to check on the baby.

The shaded pencil drawings are superb. This one is a great read-aloud.

“The Man He Became”

One of the greatest come-back stories of American political history is that of Franklin Roosevelt. A rising star in the Democratic Party in the 1920s, Roosevelt was stricken with polio at age 39.

Tobin, in his reexamination of original documents, uncovered the twisted chain of accidents that left FDR paralyzed and reveals how his true victory was not over paralysis but over the stigma attached to the crippled. Roosevelt and his chief aide, Louis Howe, understood that only by displaying himself as a man who had come back from a knockout punch could FDR erase the perception that he was a pampered, too smooth, pretty boy without strength to lead the nation.

Tobin effectively argues that FDR became president, not in spite of polio, but because of the crippling disease.

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