Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Book Titles for the 2010 Make a Splash -- READ! Theme

The following titles were suggested by Julie Westby, Heberg Public Library in Janesville. With additional suggestions from Barb Huntington, DLTCL. Share other titles you think would be great for the 2010 theme (new or old) by post a comment with all the relevant information and we'll add it to the list

Chapter 3 WOW (Wonders of Water)
  • Crum, Shutta. Thunder-Boomer! Clarion Books, 2009.

  • Morgan, Sally. The Water Cycle. PowerKids Press, 2009.

  • Richards, Jon. Water & Boats. PowerKids Press, 2008.

  • Rustad, Martha E.H. Today is Rainy. Capstone Press, 2006.

  • Stewart, Melissa. When Rain Falls. Peachtree Publishers, 2008.

  • Tafuri, Nancy. The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2009.
Chapter 4 – An Ocean of Fun
  • Andreae, Giles. Commotion in the Ocean. Tiger Tales, 1998.

  • Jenkins, Steve. Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.

  • Kalman, Bobbie. The ABC’s of Oceans. Crabtree Publishing Company, 2008.

  • McMillan, Beverly and Musick, John A. Oceans. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007.

  • Milbourne, Anna. Under the Sea. Usborne Publishing, Ltd., 2007.

  • Morgan, Sally. Orcas and other Cold-Ocean Life. QEB Publishing, 2008.
Chapter 7 – Squish, Squash: Freshwater and Wetlands
  • Arnosky, Jim. The Brook Book: Exploring the Smallest Streams. Dutton Children’s Books, 2008.

  • Bauer, Marion Dane. The Mighty Mississippi. Aladdin, 2007.

  • Bloxam, Frances. Beau Beaver Goes to Town. Down East Books/National Book Network, 2009.

  • Falwell, Cathryn. Scoot! Greenwillow Books, 2008.

  • Ylvisaker, Anne. Lake Michigan. Capstone Press, 2004.

  • Ylvisaker, Anne. Lake Superior. Capstone Press, 2004.

Some Additional Suggestions of Some Not-So- New Items
Barb Huntington, DLTCL
  • DeMuth, Roger. Please Don’t Eat Me! Blue Apple Books, 2008.
    This is a “lift the flap” book about a fish that doesn’t want to be eaten. He escapes by going down the bathtub drain. Children can follow his progress through the plumbing system by opening a series of flaps on the pipes.

  • Kleiner, Lynn. Songs of the Sea. Alfred Publishing Co., 2008.
    This is a book/cd combination. Lynn Kleiner is the founder of “Music Rhapsody,” a music school focused on infants and toddlers. She has several other books in this series. “Songs of the Sea” includes the music and instructional tips for familiar songs like “Down by the Bay’ and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and several familiar finger plays. But Kleiner has also included original songs. The book includes tips on making instruments, art ideas, decorating suggestions, snack ideas, and patterns for stick puppets and flannel board use.

  • Form Wild software
    This software is not completely new, but many librarians may not be familiar with it. It was developed by two brothers who live in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. They are graphic artists and particularly good nature artists. There are 64 species of fish on the dvd. They can be printed out in various sizes, although it does take some patience to learn to adjust size. It is a great resource for the 2010 “Make A Splash” theme, but there are also numerous birds, insects, and wild mammals on the disc. It also includes dogs and cats, farm animals, and dinosaurs. This makes it a valuable resource that can be used for numerous animal programs.

  • Pledger, Maurice. Sounds of the Wild: Ocean. 2007.
    Although this is not a new book, it is worth a look as a specialty item for story times about ocean life. There are stunning popup seascapes that feature colorful ocean creatures. The sounds of various animal groups play as the pages are turned—gulls calling, whale songs, fish splashing, and dolphins whistling and chattering. It probably is too fragile to circulate, but might make a great book to share with children. There is quite a bit of background information on the animals featured in the illustrations.

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