If you’re a fan of fantasy fiction like I am, chances are you have read the RED QUEEN series by Victoria Aveyard. Now that you’re done with that, what else is there to read?
If you think curling up on the couch with a good, dark fantasy book during a thunderstorm sounds like the best afternoon ever, check these titles out:
Nym, a seventeen-year-old slave, shouldn’t exist. She is an Elemental, who are always born male, and always killed at birth. When a court emissary recognizes her as Elemental, she is purchased and trained to control her abilities so she can be used as a weapon in the long-standing war that her country is losing.
On the island kingdom of Fennbirn, every generation a set of triplet girls are born to the queen, each equal heirs to the throne and each a possessor of magic. When the sisters turn sixteen, a fight to the death begins and the last heir standing gets the crown.
Tea’s talents for necromancy means she’s a bone witch, something that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. She leaves home to train with an older bone witch, and puts all of her efforts into becoming an asha, one who can use elemental magic. When danger draws near she must overcome obstacles and make a powerful choice.
The blood fever killed most of those infected and left survivors with strange markings and stranger powers. Adelina survived, and her father believes she is an abomination because of it. Cast out by her family, she joins the Young Elite, a secret society for the survivors with those strange powers.
Elloren Gardner is the spitting image of her grandmother, the last Black Witch, who defeated the enemy and saved her people during the Realm War. Now evil is rising again and many think Elloren is her grandmother’s heir however she has no magic. She is given the opportunity to attend Verpax University to become an apothecary but the university admits all manner of people and proves to be a dangerous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
Dis-cov-er-ies: the act or an instance of discovering; something found or learned of for the first time.
Children are curious and have a desire to explore the world around them. Remember how the world was when you were young and discovering everything for the first time? The desire to learn and explore the world is there and it grows as children of all ages have positive learning experiences. Our encouragement can help them discover the world around them.
If you choose to give discovery learning a try we have discovery kits at the library that can help in the learning process. Each kit can be checked out and used as a resource with books, toys, and a binder full of ideas that you can use to make learning a fun interactive experience. The kits range from junior kits, for children ages 0-2, discovery kits, for children ages 3-5, and senior discovery kits, for children ages 6-12. The senior kits are new to our collection and they have much to offer in the field of discovery and education. These kits are focused on science with an emphasis on STEAM and STEM learning activities.
Each kit comes with a book that focuses on the subject as well as a toy and binder with more ideas to help explore the topic. You are then free to experiment and then approach the topic with problem-based learning. Discovery learning happens when a child draws on their own experiences and knowledge through exploration. When they discover facts for themselves, they are more likely to remember what they have learned and the learning experience is more rewarding for them as well.
So, take a look at the discovery kits we have to offer and check one out for your learning and enjoyment. You won’t be disappointed.
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Have you ever wondered how you could make reading aloud at home as fun as it is at the Library? Even if you don’t have puppets or other props, reading can still be fun at home. Looking for a bonus? Since our new Winter Reading Challenge tracks minutes read rather than books, all the time you spend reading to your kids can count as reading time for you as well!
Here are a few ideas for making your read-aloud time as fun at home as it is during story time.
Here are some of my favorite picture books to read aloud.
Everyone has played the game Rock Paper Scissors, but learning how this legendary game started is not for the faint of heart. This is a hilarious book that tells the point of view of each of the warriors – Rock, Paper, Scissors – who have never been defeated in battle. It’s a great book to read aloud because each warrior has its own personality and you can use voice inflections to really make the story come alive. Be prepared to read this book out loud again and again. It’s a real favorite.
This is an older book, but it’s become one of my favorite read-aloud books because you can have everyone who is listening participate in the reading. George has lost his bark and can’t seem to figure out how to get it back. He meows like a cat and moos like a cow, but he just can’t seem to bark like a dog. Younger listeners will love helping you make all the animal sounds as you read this book together.
Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs, but have you ever heard it told from the point of view of the poor wolf? He wasn’t actually a bad guy. He just needed to borrow a cup of sugar to make a cake for his dear old granny, but no one would loan him some sugar. This classic tale can be read with so many different voices and you can have help from your listeners to make all of the sound effects in the story. They can help you knock on the door, blow and sneeze like the wolf, and make the crashing sounds as the house falls down.
This book, as the title states, has no pictures. You would think that a book like that would be very boring for someone to read, but it’s the language in the book that makes everyone laugh. As a child, you don’t get to hear adults say silly ridiculous words like “blurp,” but this book is all about saying the ridiculous. This is also a favorite book for many children and one that will be asked for again and again.
Best friends Sam and Dave decide one afternoon that they are going to dig a hole all the way to China. They are planning to have lunch in China and then come home for dinner. Children are captivated by this story because who doesn’t enjoy digging a nice big hole? The character that gets the most attention in this story, however, is the dog. Pay close attention to what he is doing as you read this fun story. There are a lot of details in the illustrations that make this a fun book to look at together.
Stress is a fact of life, and Americans are reporting higher levels of stress than ever these days. Maybe you’re clawing your way through a tough semester or life event. Maybe you’re in a rut at work, or feel trapped by financial circumstances or relationship worries. While I wish I could offer solutions for all of these situations, I do know of a few books that may be able to offer some relief, reprieve, or respite from life’s troubles… at least for a little while.
There is just something about Anne that heals me. She sees so much beauty around her, every budding flower or sunset seems like a miracle. Anne of Green Gables was my first read after completing my bachelor’s degree, and I felt myself coming alive again as I read her descriptions of springtime and life at Green Gables. Maybe it’s a bit simplistic, but maybe we need some of that simplicity when we’re going through hard times.
This book asks an interesting question: what if instead of thinking certain goals will bring us happiness, what if instead happiness can help us accomplish our goals? Achor points to many studies that show when we are positive, our brains become more engaged, resilient, energetic, and productive. Some parts of this book are targeted at business readers, but I found that reading it led me to think about positivity more often and to often feel more positive as a result. Sometimes orienting your thinking away from all the negatives can really help your overall outlook to be more sunny.
Designer Ingrid Lee explains why balloons make us smile, why orange creamsicles and sunsets make us happy, and why baby animals make us coo. In this book, you’ll find tips for bringing small moments of happiness into your everyday life. I found that reading this book and just thinking about small, joyful things helped to elevate my mood more than a few times.
Ove is the curmudgeon inside all of us! He may be a crank, but he’s relatable for anyone experiencing burnout. When some new neighbors disrupt his plans, he finds that being forced outside of his comfort zone might be the exact thing he needed. If that isn’t a metaphor for all of us burned-out, tired people, I don’t know what is! But like me, you might feel yourself coming back from the brink as you see Ove doing the same.