Monday, August 27, 2012

Library Lily

Library Lily by Gillian Shields was sitting on the library shelf last week when I went and I figured any book with the word library is worth at least looking at.  The story is about young Lily who just loves the library and reading.  She reads every chance she gets.  After a bit, she meets a girl who doesn't like reading at all.  The girls become friends and have a positive influence on one another.  This story reminds me a bit of myself when I was a girl, and now one of my nephews.  It is a book I plan to share with my students.   

Monday, August 20, 2012

Just a Minute

Just a Minute by Wess Stafford is a good book for anyone that has children, works with children, or comes into contact with children.  (In other words, everyone.)  Stafford's premise is that an adult can affect a child's life in just a short period of time by what he/she says or does.  As school will be starting soon, the book is a good reminder for me to be intentional in my interactions with the children I see each day.  It has also made me think about (and be thankful for) those adults that made a positive impact on my life.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara is a fun book I picked up at the library last week.  As you may have guessed by the title, it is a retelling of the three little pigs story set in outer space.  Bork, Gork, and Nklxwczyk are sent off to find their way in the world, but need to watch out for the Big Bad Robot.  I like the use of science vocabulary-space rover, telescope, satellite are a few of the words used in the book.  If you have a reluctant reader, it may appeal to them because of the fresh setting for a well known story.    My nephews ranked this as a 4 star book and a 5 star book (out of 5).

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Gifted Hands

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson is the book I just finished reading.  The story tells about how Ben Carson became a neurosurgeon who has helped countless people.  Read it to know more about this man who encountered many obstacles but is making a big difference in people's lives through the medical field.  It would be a good read for anyone.