Even if you're not an animal lover, you may enjoy seeing people from a different, imagined perspective. One of the best books I have read recently is the story of a 12 year old boy, Peter, and his fox. Pax, by Sarah Pennypacker, starts off with a rush. The first chapter is Peter leaving his fox in the woods on the way to live with his grandfather. Peter and Pax take turns telling the story of their efforts to reunite. Pax's chapters are full of sensory details, and Peter's chapters give a slow reveal of the larger problems he faces.
What animal stories have you read and loved?
Some books are so beautifully illustrated that they need no words to tell the story. A childhood favorite, The Chicken's Child by Margaret A. Hartelius, is a great example. The expressions on the faces of the farmer and the chicken and her surprise baby are clear enough that a high school friend found himself halfway through it before realizing there were no words.
Some, like The Red Book by Barbara Lehman, require careful observation. Her illustrations are deceptively simple--what happens in the story is surprisingly complicated but satisfying. David Wiesner's books are all beautiful to look at: Sector 7 is funny; Flotsam has a mysterious camera wash up on shore, Tuesday has a very few words, and follows flying frogs through an evening of mischief.
Do you have a favorite wordless book? What is great about it?
Did you know September is National Love Your Library Month? Fresno County Public Library has some very fun ways to celebrate - stop in and sign up for a library card, or if you already have one, tell your librarian what you love about your library. One of the prizes may or may not be ice cream...
You can also love your Kepler Library. We aren't open yet, but we are taking donations. If we are able to use your book in the library, you can look forward to seeing it on the shelf after we open our new facility doors. If we are not able to use your book in the school library, it may support reading in a class library, or go onto our book sale table to raise funds for new books (and kids will get new-to-them books at a very reasonable price--win-win!).
"The reading which has pleased, will please when repeated ten times." --Horace
Some books are worth reading again because you want to visit that place again, or meet that character again. Others are worth re-reading because you find something new.
When I was a little girl, I loved the Little House on the Prairie series because I wanted to imagine having to live (and play!) with no more than my family, our skills, our dog, and the good land we lived on. When I was a parent, I admired Ma's strength and ability to amuse her children while doing chores, and her focus on getting an education for her girls. When I started learning to be a teacher, Laura's school experience and teaching experience were riveting.
What do you love to read again? What do you like about it?
Do you want to learn how to do something? Do you already have a favorite non-fiction book that tells how to do something? This summer at our house we read a how-to crochet book, a how-to jewelry book, and lots of Minecraft how-to. We even read the hilarious How to Be Perfect In Just Three Days, which starts with wearing broccoli on a string around the neck for 24 hours. Yes, that one is fiction. I don't want to give away the ending - decide for yourself if Milo is satisfied with the results.
What how-to book would you recommend? What how-to book would you love to find?
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