Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 10, 2013

Summer Reading Game 2013

Have Book, Will Travel!

Today is the first day to sign up for the Summer Reading Game, then READ READ READ!!  – and you can read ANYTHING!!! Library materials, things you have at home or borrow from a friend, books, magazines, newspapers, cereal boxes, blogs, or you can listen to books on CD or iPod — they all count!

Keep track of the time you spend reading and color in one plane on the game board for each 30 minutes. Don’t forget to do the activities on the back of the board! Then, starting June 17, bring your game board to the Library, spin once for each plane colored in or activity checked, and stamp your bingo board.

When you fill in your first bingo line, you win! And if you continue to read and spin, and fill in the entire board, you win MORE prizes! AND all winners can enter into a raffle to win EVEN MORE PRIZES! But take your time, there’s no hurry – you have all Summer to play!


Plus all branches of the Alameda County Library will have special programs and performances all summer long! Check the Library website for our schedule. And it’s all FREE! All the programs, and the games, and the prizes, and the reading, and the books, are ALL FREE! And they’re FOR YOU!! AND they’re for ALL AGES! Babies, pre-readers, kids, tweens, teens, parents, aunts and uncles, grandpas and grandmas, greatgrandpas and greatgrandmas can ALL PLAY AND WIN! So come to the Library and have the BEST SUMMER EVER!!!

Here are some suggestions for great summer reads:

Not That Tutu! by Michelle Sinclair Colman

“Loving her tutu so much that she wears it day and night, even at school and in the pool, Taylor rouses amusement and annoyance in her long-suffering family members, in a relatable story that is told with lively rhyming text and designed with a fabric tutu accent on the front cover” of this new board book.                  [JPB COLMAN]

Olivia Trains Her Cat by Sarah Albee

“When Olivia brags that her cat, Edwin, can do more tricks than her classmate Francine’s cat, her teacher plans a pet talent contest, and Olivia tries to train Edwin to do tricks.  But teaching a cat to perform isn’t as easy as it looks, as Olivia soon finds out, in a book where pictures replace specific words.” Ready-To Read. Level 1              [JE ALBEE]

Zigzag Zoom by Patricia Reilly Giff

“The Zigzag Zebras have been challenged by the Timpanzi School Tigers to a race. They’ll have to practice hard. Too bad Gina is a better opera singer than a runner. Ramon has them running all over—in the schoolyard, down Stone Street, back into the gym, down the stairs. They have to win! By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Lily’s Crossing.”  Moving Up.        [J GIFF]

Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz

“Flora the pig was born for adventure: “If it’s unexplored and needs to get dug up, call me. I’m your pig,” she says. The day Flora spots a team of sled dogs is the day she sets her heart on becoming a sled pig. Before she knows it, she’s on board a ship to Antarctica for the most exhilarating—and dangerous—adventure of her life.” This one is a keeper!          [J KURTZ]

Cougars by Melissa Gish

“A look at cougars, including their habitats, physical characteristics such as their tawny coats, behaviors, relationships with humans, and protected status as a game animal in the world today.” Lots of great pictures and information!               [J599.7524 GISH]

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