Reading Lists

Professionally curated reading lists developed by topic and/or age level. Some Reading Lists include titles from multiple age groups and will appear under more than one category

Science of Spring

   Plants, birds, bugs, wind, motion, bikes-all point to spring. It’s a season filled with opportunities for science learning through science in action. The titles below provide a great jumping off point. On your mark…get set…go! Web links to additional information and activities about springtime science follow these reviews. Contributor: Peg Glisson Reviews Crunch Leslie Connor […]

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April-Daze

April Daze

April Daze! There are a plethora of things to celebrate in April, from libraries to pets, humor, baseball, religious holidays, diversity-and yes, even frogs!. Take your pick with these books.Web links to additional information and activities about April follow these reviews. Contributor: Peg Glisson         Reviews Ah Ha! Jeff Mack It’s not […]

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Poetry & Science

   Science and Poetry? Of course! Many excellent poetry collections or novels in verse can have scientific implications-whether in nature, sports, or space. Poetry begs to be read aloud, so get set to entice those science lovers who think poems aren’t their thing, and poetry fans who turn their noses up at science. Web links to […]

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Food and Cooking

   Why do we eat? What do we eat? Why do we eat what we eat? How is food grown and prepared? Encourage the youngsters in your life to be knowledgeable about what they eat and to cook for themselves (and others)-these books will help with that goal. Web links to additional information and activities about […]

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Visual Arts

   “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” (H. D. Thoreau) Drawing, painting, sculpture, photography allow that imagination to soar, for the artist and the observer. Let your imagination soar with these books on various visual arts! Web links to additional information and activities about the Visual Arts follow these reviews. Contributor: Peg Glisson […]

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Irish

   Who are the Irish? Historian Carl Wittke described them as having a “temperament [that] is a mixture of flaming ego, hot temper, stubbornness, great personal charm and warmth, and a wit that shines through adversity. An irrepressible buoyancy, a vivacious spirit, a kindliness and tolerance for the common frailties… ” Watch for some of these […]

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Winter

Silently, softly falls the snow-and with it comes all sorts of wintery times. Chill out with these books featuring winter! Web links to additional information and activities about Winter follow these reviews. Contributor: Peg Glisson Reviews After the Snow S.D. Crockett In this powerful first novel, global warming has killed the North Atlantic Current, sending […]

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American Revolutionary Times

ALA Midwinter is in Philadelphia January 24-28, but over 200 years ago it was the meeting place for America’s Founding Fathers and where both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. Explore the people, places and time in fact and fiction. Web links to additional information and activities about American Revolutionary people and times […]

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Russia

“To many, Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. (Winston Churchill)” The Winter Olympics will be in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014. The world’s largest country, Russia spans two continents and eleven time zones. Part of the Soviet Union for nearly 70 years, it has had its own political, legal, and […]

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Immigration

   America is often called “A Nation of Immigrants.” Opportunity and freedom call people to our shores, making the United States a diverse mix of people. Literature can help us understand their hopes and their plight.Web links to additional information and activities about Immigrants and Immigration follow these reviews. Contributor: Peg Glisson Reviews Angel Island: Gateway […]

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Christmas

   Funny, charming, poignant-these Christmas-themed books run the gamut! You’re sure to find one to suit your taste.Web links to additional information and activities about Christmas follow these reviews. Contributor: Peg Glisson Reviews Big Snow Jonathan Bean A “big snow” can’t arrive soon enough for a boy named David. Mom tries to keep him occupied with […]

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Playtime

   Fun and Games! December brings gifts and time off from school. While it’s said, “Play is child’s work,” even grown-ups enjoy letting loose with games or play activities. The titles in this list explore several aspects of play, from pure fun to slightly sinister. Web links to additional information and activities about toys and play […]

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Military Families

Veteran’s Day and Military Family Appreciation Month both fall in November. Whether deployed in the United States or abroad, military families face unique challenges. Families are often separated when the military spouse or sibling serves overseas, while the rest of the family is stateside. Their contributions to our country’s well being and safety are immeasurable. […]

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Hanukkah

   An eight-day celebration that begins on the 25th day of the Jewish calendar month of Kislev, Hanukkah often occurs during December, but occasionally begins during November, as it does this year. Hanukkah 2013 is celebrated from sundown on November 27 (Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.A.) and ends on the evening of December 5th. Hanukkah (also […]

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Thanksgiving

   While America celebrates Thanksgiving Day in November, it is celebrated on different days around the world. Our book selections reflect a sense of gratitude as well as more “traditional” Thanksgiving fare. View Thanksgiving book recommendations from previous years at http://clcd.com/index.php/nlindex. Web links to additional information and activities about Thanksgiving and gratitude follow these reviews. Contributor: […]

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Fall Holidays

   Crisp apples, colored leaves, seasonal celebrations–Autumn is filled with fun. Explore the many aspects of fall, enjoyable, educational, or eerie, with these titles. Web links to additional information and activities about fall celebrations follow these reviews. Contributor: Peg Glisson Reviews The Apple Orchard Riddle Margaret McNamara Pictures by G. Brian Karas When Mr. Tiffin takes […]

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Bullying

   Bullying has become a national issue. More than 30% of teens in the U.S. are either a bully, a target of bullying, or both. Explore the social dynamics and impact of bullying in fact and fiction. Web links to additional information and activities about bullies and bullying follow these reviews. Contributor: Peg Glisson Reviews 90 […]

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Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition

   More and more we recognize the importance of being fit and healthy. Diet, exercise, and sleep can help us feel and look better, have more energy, and enhance performance. Whether through organized sports or personal discipline, good habits need to be formed. Take a look at these books to kick-start your reading on this vital […]

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School Days, School Days…

   There’s more to school than readin’, writin’, and ‘rithmetic. “What is the most important thing one learns in school? Self-esteem, support, and friendship.” (Terry Tempest Williams) These titles will ease the way toward learning about those non-tangible, but so important, aspects of life. Web links to additional information and activities about school follow these reviews. […]

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Mind your Ps and Qs

   Manners Count everywhere! Whether at home, school, grocery store, online, riding bikes, on the phone, or on the field … good manners show respect, courtesy, kindness, and responsibility. Web links to additional information and activities about manners follow these reviews. Contributor: Peg Glisson Reviews Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids Emily Post and Cindy Post […]

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