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April 2017

I Got ThisI Got This: To Gold and Beyond
by Laurie Hernandez

2016 was a magical year for Laurie Hernandez. At sixteen years old, she accomplished many of her childhood dreams, including being a member of the 2016 gold winning U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, competing and winning the TV reality show Dancing with the Stars, and becoming youngest ever trophy winner. By sharing her story, she wants to encourage others to dream and dare to go after their goals. Starting gymnastics at age 6, she relied on her family’s love and support to help survive the rigorous training and many sacrifices. According to Laurie, “You win whenever you commit to something, because you can’t experience growth without even trying”. A glossary of gymnastic terms and several never- seen-before photos of her and her family are included in this autobiography. She also encourages readers to write down their goals and dreams in a journal so that they can believe they will accomplish them. She is such a positive person that as a reader, you can’t help but be inspired by her story!

Recommended for children in grades 4-6.

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POSTED: April 20, 2017

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What Do You Do With An IdeaWhat Do You Do With an Idea

by Kobi Yamada; illustrated by Mae Besom


What can YOU do with an idea? Winner of the Gold Independent Publisher Book Award in the children’s picture book category, this book’s message is a great one to share with readers of all ages. A young boy has an idea. It starts out as a small golden egg in the young boy’s black and white world. He doesn’t know what to do with this idea but he can’t get rid of it since it follows him everywhere! He’s afraid that no one will like his idea so he tries to hide it but the idea continues to grow. The young boy gradually starts to feel better and more confident about his idea. As the idea grows, the young boy’s world grows more colorful too. He feels happy as the idea becomes a part of everything in his life. Finally, the idea breaks open. The last line of the story is, "So what do you do with an idea? You change the world." How true!  This book will soon become a timeless classic!

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POSTED: April 11, 2017

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Word of Mouse
bWord of Mousey James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein;
illustrated by Joe Sutphin

Isaiah is a special mouse. He has blue fur and he can read and write. He can even talk to humans if they want to listen to him! Isaiah and his family have lived their entire life in a mysterious scientific laboratory and now they want to escape and see the real world. When the mouse family attempts to leave, Isaiah is the only one who makes it to the outside world. Now, Isaiah is all alone and afraid.  Will he be able to live in a world of mean cats, hungry owls and people who are terrified of mice? How will he get back to his family?  He befriends a human girl named Hailey and with her help and the help of another mouse family, he plans a rescue to retrieve the family he left behind. Will he succeed? Fans of The Tale of Despereaux, Stuart Little, and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh will surely enjoy this new, delightful animal fantasy. Short chapters with plenty of illustrations make this an easy, quick read for readers in grades 4-6.

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POSTED: April 3, 2017

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