Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 2, 2014

School is almost out! Soon it will be time to sign up for the Summer Reading Game! The 2014 Alameda County Library theme is Paws to Read! Come in to any branch to sign up beginning Monday, June 9. Start keeping track on your game board of how much time you spend reading, then starting Monday, June 16, bring your game into the Library to start spinning and stamping. Win prizes at your first BINGO, and when you black out the entire board.

You can also be a KidPower volunteer to help others play the game while earning community service hours and having fun!

Here are some new books you might enjoy reading:

Water Can Be…
by Laura Purdie Salas

“Water can be a… 
• Thirst quencher 
• Kid drencher 
• Cloud fluffer 
• Fire snuffer 

Find out about the many roles water plays in this poetic exploration of water throughout the year.”                                     [JPB SALAS]

The Summer I Saved the World… in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

“It’s summertime, and thirteen-year-old Nina Ross is feeling kind of lost. Her beloved grandma died last year; her parents work all the time; her brother’s busy; and her best friend is into clothes, makeup, and boys. While Nina doesn’t know what ‘her thing’ is yet, it’s definitely not shopping and makeup. And it’s not boys, either. Though . . . has Eli, the boy next door, always been so cute?

“This summer, Nina decides to change things. She hatches a plan. There are sixty-five days of summer. Every day, she’ll anonymously do one small but remarkable good thing for someone in her neighborhood, and find out: does doing good actually make a difference? Along the way, she discovers that her neighborhood, and her family, are full of surprises and secrets.

“In this bighearted, sweetly romantic novel, things may not turn out exactly as Nina expects. They might be better.”                            [J HURWITZ]

Do you play MINECRAFT? Are you thinking of playing? Perhaps your Library can help!

Minecraft. Redstone Handbook by Nick Farwell

“It’s time to wire up and get connected to one of the most complex areas of Minecraft–Redstone. Redstone experts guide you through all aspects of working with Redstone including mining, smelting, using repeaters, circuit components and circuit designs. This handbook also includes exclusive tips from game creator Notch himself and some of the most extraordinary Redstone creations ever made. So power up and get switched on to Redstone–it’s electrifying!”       [J793.932 FARWELL]

Minecraft: Essential Handbook by Stephanie Milton

“The long-awaited, first OFFICIAL guide to the online gaming sensation, Minecraft!

“You’re alone in a mysterious new world, full of hidden dangers. You have only minutes to find food and shelter before darkness falls and the monsters come looking for you. What do you do?

“This official handbook might just save your life. Learn how to find resources; make a shelter; craft tools, armor, and weapons, and protect yourself from monsters. With tips from Minecraft experts, including developer Jeb and creator Notch himself, this is the definitive guide to surviving your first few days in Minecraft.”                    [J794.8 MILTON]



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