Books & DVDs

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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Words and paintings by Kadir Nelson
ages 8 - 12

We Are The Ship is a wonderful history of Negro League Baseball in the United States from its start in the 1920s to its end in the late 1940s (after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball). There are so many wonderful stories about Negro League Baseball: did you know they used to play 4-5 games in a day? did you know some teams had their own bus, but most traveled by car and often slept in those overnight? Did you know that many played winter ball in Latin America, where they received better overall treatment? The pictures are realistic and iconic and the story is a great read-aloud (check out mentions of former Detroit Stars player Norman "Turkey" Stearns, a MLB Hall of Fame inductee).

Jan 1, 2015
Calvin, Look Out!
Jennifer Berne
Ages 3-8

Calvin is a black bird, a really adorable one at that. He loves to read, but one day he realizes his vision is no longer clear.  Calvin needs glasses!  His family teases him, but Calvin proves he is a leader by not fretting too much about what others say.  All children get teased about something, and Calvin shows them they are not alone.  After a series of mishaps, Calvin gets lost and trapped in the forest.  It's his glasses (and smarts) that save the day!

Jan 1, 2015
Mrs Fry
I Survived: Five Epic Disasters
Lauren Tarshis
Ages 7-10

Have you ever heard of The Children's Blizzard of 1888?  Or The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919?  These actual events are just two of the horrific disasters featured in I Survived:  Five Epic Disasters.  Author Lauren Tarshis presents true stories of children who lived through these terrible tragedies.  Fans of Tarshis' popular I Survived historical fiction series will not want to miss this engaging non-fiction companion book.

Jan 1, 2015
The Boxcar Children
Rated G
Ages 6 & up - A Great Family Film!

Gertrude Chandler Warner’s classic chapter book “The Boxcar Children” comes to life in this new animated feature film!          When four orphaned siblings fear the prospect of living with a cruel grandfather they have never met, they set up house in an abandoned boxcar.  The children’s new secret life is going well until their sister, Violet, comes down with a terrible illness, forcing the siblings to reveal all.   

Jan 1, 2015
Bernida: A Michigan Sailing Legend
Al Declercq and Tom Ervin
6 yrs. and up

Through the eyes of a fictional character, Luke, we hear the true account of a sailboat, Bernida, who first competed in the classic Port Huron to Mackinac race in 1925.  We also read how the Bernida holds special meaning to Luke as a connection to his late grandfather, who captivated Luke with stories of the sailboat's racing ventures.  Through the years, the boat had its good times and bad, but eventually new life is given back to the sailboat and Luke is there to witness the Bernida as she races to the finish once again!

Dec 12, 2014
The Magic School Bus Presents: SEA CREATURES
Text by: Tom Jackson
Grades 1-3

Do you enjoy reading non-fiction books?  Do you love to read about animals?  The Magic School Bus Presents:  Sea Creatures is a non-fiction companion book to the original Magic School Bus fiction series.  Join Ms. Frizzle and her class as they explore the ocean and discover the facts about sea creatures of all types and sizes.  Children will also be introduced to environmental issues, such as how pollution can hurt our oceans. 


Dec 12, 2014
Mrs Fry
How to Cheer Up Dad
Fred Koehler
Ages 3-5

Little Jumbo's dad is in a bad mood. Could it be because of the cereal Little Jumbo dumped on the floor?  The raisins Little Jumbo spit on the ceiling?  Little Jumbo's refusal to wear his brown overalls?  Little Jumbo decides to come up with a plan to improve his dad's day.  A cute story for both parent and child.

Dec 12, 2014
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Chris Grabenstein
Ages 9-12

Kyle Keeley is ecstatic when he is selected to be one of 12 students to stay overnight in his town's new, high-tech library.  Luigi Lemoncello, the legendary board and video game creator, designed the library and expects the students to participate in an elaborate contest: they must find the secret exit out of the library within 24 hours.  Will Kyle be able to outsmart the competition to become the Grand Prize winner?  Read to find out!

Dec 12, 2014
Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World
Nancy F. Castaldo
9-12 year olds

“Did you know that a dog’s nose is so sensitive that if a human could see as well as a dog could smell, we would be able to see the small letters on an eye chart from four miles away?” Pretty amazing, isn’t it?!  This book explores the various ways dogs use their exemplary sense of smell to aid firefighters, soldiers and scientists in some remarkable jobs including locating missing people, tracking animals, and detecting drugs and explosives.  Follow the lives of these dogs and discover just how much work and intense training go into being a superb sniffer dog. 

Dec 12, 2014
How A Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
The Nazi Hunters
Neal Bascomb
Middle School and up

If you like spy stories or history, this book will captivate your attention!  Readers will be drawn in by the suspense of this true accounting of the discovery and capture of Adolf Eichmann.  He was one of the key orchestrators of the Holocaust during World War II, but managed to escape to South America and stay hidden for more than a decade before his capture.  Professional spies, as well as ordinary citizens and Holocaust survivors each played a part in tracking down the notorious criminal.

Nov 11, 2014

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