• Prince Not So Charming: The Dork Knight by Roy L. Hinuss

    Posted by Amy Hayes on 8/19/2019

    If you enjoy Captain Underpants you'll really like this new series.  It's cleverly written and includes just a bit of silliness.  In this story (the third one), Prince Charles must learn a more acceptable way of entertaining people. Instead of telling jokes and doing card tricks he must joust.  Definitely a fun read!  

    Prince Not So Charming

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  • The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau

    Posted by Amy Hayes on 8/18/2019

    This book is perfect for readers new to chapter books.  It stars a pair of rats who set out to be mean and tough and yet end up doing good.  There are two more books in this series and one due out next May.  

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  • The Fantastic Frame: Danger! Tiger Crossing by Lin Oliver

    Posted by Amy Hayes on 8/17/2019

    This series reminds me a bit like The Magic Tree House one.  Instead of a tree house taking the main characters through time and place, it's a picture frame.  Luna and Tiger discover that their neighbor's son disappeared 50 years ago through this magical frame and soon find themselves in the painting as well.  While trying to avoid getting eaten by a tiger, they find him.  Read to find out if they rescue him! 

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  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

    Posted by Amy Hayes on 8/14/2019

    Get ready for a quick and enjoyable picture book told from the perspective of a young worm.  The worm's short and funny diary entries are as entertaining as the lively illustrations. Perhaps it will inspire you to pick up a pen and start your own diary.  


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  • Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret by Wanda Coven

    Posted by Amy Hayes on 8/3/2019

    I bought this book years ago for a reluctant reader as I predicted the attractive cover, short chapters, and fun illiustrations would appeal to her.  She loved it and now that I've finally read it to myself I can see why.  I was totally surprised by the secret Heidi keeps!  I plan to read the next one - and there are over 20 more waiting for me when I'm done!  Be sure to check this series out. 


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  • Jake Maddox: Cowboy Up by Scott Welvaert

    Posted by Amy Hayes on 8/2/2019

    I learned about this sports series from a former student.  I picked Cowboy Up because I know nothing about bull riding.  I really liked the story's important message (face your fears) and the additional information in the back of the book - there's a glossary, discussion questions, and more facts about bull riding.  Will definitely have some books from this series in the classroom! 

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  • Roscoe Riley Rules: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs by Katherine Applegate

    Posted by Amy Hayes on 8/1/2019

    This is a super funny and super fast read.  Roscoe is hard not to like.  He does things most kids just think about doing.  Get ready to laugh and head back to the library to get the rest of the books in this series by Katherine Applegate (who also wrote The One and Only Ivan).


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  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

    Posted by Amy Hayes on 7/31/2019

    This book was last year's Global Read Aloud pick.  It stars Bat,  a 3rd grade boy who has difficulty making friends.  He is thrilled when his mom, a veterinarian, brings home an orphaned baby skunk.  It's supposed to be temporary, but Bat wants to keep him forever. Find out if Bat's wish comes true!

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  • Isle of Misfits: First Class by Jamie Mae

    Posted by Amy Hayes on 7/18/2019

    This first book in a new series follows a familiar and very popular story line.  Gibbon is a lonely, bored gargoyle who gets whisked away to an island filled with other creatures all learning to be proper monsters.  At school Gibbon realizes the importance of working together with new friends.  If his team wins the obstacle course challenge they'll get to go on a special mission.  Just under a hundred pages, this book is a perfect read for those newer to chapter books.

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  • Catwad: It's Me by Jim Benton

    Posted by Amy Hayes on 7/16/2019

    The author of one of my favorite series, Franny K. Stein, has created a graphic novel that features two cats, Catwad and Blurmp.  Catwad and Blurmp do a lot of silly stuff and don't always get along.  Each chapter is its own little story and can be read in under 5 minutes - perfect for car rides!  My favorite chapter is titled Surprise.  By the way, if you like this book - Catwad #2 will be available this September!


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