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November 2018

Fangsgiving by Ethan Long
Fangsgiving

The Fright Club monsters are back in this new book and planning their annual Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone is helping to cook a delicious dinner of sweet-potato casserole, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and of course, roasted turkey. When Vladimir’s family stops by unexpectedly, they are invited to join in on the festive fun. Unfortunately, the food they concoct is quite different. Will mashed potatoes with eyeballs and earwax and Lumpkin pie with maggot meatballs be edible? Vladimir the Vampire loves his family, but they seem to be doing everything to ruin his special holiday dinner. The final straw for Vladimir is when Spike the dog eats everything! Thanksgiving is ruined…or is it? If his family can work together maybe they can make this a special day after all. Long’s fun illustrations add spunk to this story and the monsters are very cute, so this is a great choice for young readers looking for some friendly monsters.

Recommended for children ages 3-6.

Posted: November 26, 2018

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 Memphis, Martin, and the mountaintopMemphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968
by Alice Faye Duncan; Illustrated by R. Gregory Christi

This new historical fiction picture book relates the events of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike through the eyes of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson as she gives her own first-person account in verse and prose.  The Sanitation Workers’ Union walked off the job in February 1968 for better pay, better treatment, and better safety standards after two workers were killed using unsafe equipment. Her father, a sanitation worker, is part of the protest and is on strike. As the strike continues, the family must make many sacrifices. It is also here in Memphis in April where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated as well as the location of his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” The book will make a powerful impact on readers as Lorraine states at the end, “So much was won. So much was lost. Freedom is never free.” The end of the book includes a timeline of the strike in 1968 and its final resolution. There is also a list of sources for readers to find out more information about this important event. This book would be an excellent read aloud for elementary and middle school students and a great choice for learning about Civil Rights in America. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Posted: November 5, 2018

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The Fall Ball For All
Fall Ball for Allby Jamie A. Swenson; Illustrated by Chiara Fedele

Autumn Wind is a character in this beautiful picture book for the fall season, inviting all the forest animals to the annual “Windfall Ball”.  This special event is a time to celebrate, but also a time for the animals to gather the food they will need for the long winter ahead. As explained in the author’s note at the end, a “windfall” can be “fruit or other crops blown down by the wind” or “an unexpected gift or good fortune.” The note helps shed an interesting light on animal’s ability to survive harsh winters and offers some fun factual information to share with your child. There are many different animals to spot in the soft and beautifully colored mixed media illustrations, such as rabbits, bears, raccoons, elk, and more. Kids will love seeing the variety of forest creatures depicted! This lovely book is a great choice for a group read aloud or even sharing for quiet bedtime reading. Recommended for children ages 3-7.

Posted: November 5, 2018

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