Monday, February 07, 2011

Thumbprint, Funprint

I'm a big fan of Ed Emberley books. These are drawing books for those looking for directions (if you are not the most imaginative person) and ideas. My favorite of his books are the ones that show you what you can draw when you start with your thumbprint.

Start with a washable ink pad, a couple of fine point sharpies and paper. If you have a couple of colors of ink pads, that's even more fun. The books are Ed Emberley's Great Thumbprint Drawing Book, and Ed Emberley's Fingerprint Drawing Book. Both of those books are combined into a third book.

After you have made some drawings, think about bookmarks, or funny cards. After all, Valentine's Day is next week. This would make a fun craft idea, or special cards for classmates. The books are on the shelf this week at J741.2 EMB - check them out today!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Downloadable books for Teens

How many people have purchased a Kindle, Nook, Sony e-reader, or an itouch? These and other devices are hot, hot, hot! If you purchased a Kindle, then you must use Amazon to download books to your device. If you have other devices, and I am a Nook owner, then you can purchase titles from Barnes and Noble, or you can download free books from the library's website with Overdrive.

The system is a little clunky, but once it is running, it is very easy to use. The hard part may be finding something to read, though. When I first went online, I could barely find a title to download immediately. If it was available, it was an older title that I'd already read. I solved that quick enough by immediately ordering more titles. Here are my recent purchases for Overdrive. I hope you will find some to suit your fancy.

For those who enjoy realistic fiction I chose A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, The Cardturner by Louis Sachar, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green or Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers. If you enjoy the paranormal, vampires, etc. you might try ghostgirl or The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Historical fiction fans will enjoy The Luxe, Moon Over Manifest (this year's Newbery winner), One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (one of this year's Newbery Honor awards), and Gary Paulsen's Woods Runner. Also, I am a huge fan of Sally Gardner's The Red Necklace (about the French Revolution) and I'm going to read the sequel The Silver Blade. Both are now on Overdrive.

When you download your titles to the compatible free software you are able to read the books, or listen to them, on your computer. If you want to move them to your mobile device, they stay there until you decide to delete them. So, on my Nook, I've got quite a few titles that I might not get to for weeks. They stay there for as long as I like. That is not the case of those same files on my computer. They stay for only 21 days or less. I can choose which loan date I want. At the end of 21 days, they disappear! And there are no fines.

Check out your books online and start reading or listening through Overdrive. You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, February 03, 2011


A 2010 graphic novel for upper elemenatry kids into middle school is called Smile by Raina Telgemeier. There isn't a kid wearing braces that can't relate to the story, which is autobiographical. There is an added complication for our main character, Raina, in that she has an accident right before the braces go on and has to have teeth replaced. Even if you aren't a big reader of comics, this is very accessible. The reader is able to follow the cartoon in a linear manner, the story is the trials and tribulations of adolescence, but Raina is able to grow and learn from her experiences with friends, bullies, family and her Smile. I think you will enjoy this book.