by Bethany R. Gratitude can be a difficult topic, as this past year has been difficult for a lot of us. Many of us realize that there is less around the Thanksgiving table, fewer gifts under the Christmas tree, and maybe even fewer loved ones gathered to celebrate. Some of us may even struggle to … Continue reading Attitude of Gratitude
Terri Lynn was popular--she was a cheerleader and a Mauna Loa, a popular girls' group. She sat by the tiger--her school had a statue of a tiger where the popular kids gathered. Stoners and nerds weren't allowed anywhere near it. Despite this, Terri Lynn is deeply unhappy. She contents almost every day with something she … Continue reading Book Review: The Dark Side of Innocence
Brina, Elizabeth Miki. Speak, Okinawa: a Memoir. Brina struggles to understand her parents and her unique heritage. Brina is a Japanese-American writer who currently lives and teaches in New Orleans. Chang, David. Eat a Peach. Chang writes about his fame as chef at Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious. David Chang is of Korean … Continue reading May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
Celebrate Earth Day with these reads! Bratskeir, Kate. A Pocket Guide to Sustainable Food Shopping (2020). Brockovich, Erin. Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis (2020). The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2019). DK Publishing. The Ecology Book (2019). Gates, Bill. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions and Breakthroughs (2021). Hyman, Mark. … Continue reading Earth Day Reads
Sy Montgomery a naturalist who writes for children and adults alike explores the minds of invertebrates in The Soul of an Octopus. Montgomery writes that Octopuses are highly intelligent and curious creatures, even if their minds are wired differently. Montgomery discovers that octopuses, like dogs and other mammals, often have the desire to play. Octopus display emotion … Continue reading Book Review: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery.
On April 9, 1940, the Nazis invaded Denmark. Unlike surrounding occupied countries, Denmark rescued ninety percent of its Jewish population. In October 1943, fishermen ferried seven thousands Danish Jews to safety in Sweden. Deborah Hopkinson tells this story and many others in this thrilling work of non-fiction. Most of the people that figure prominently in … Continue reading Courage and Defiance by Deborah Hopkinson
Experience life with the Ingalls on the prairie through stories, skits, and hands-on activities. Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 7412 and the Rockwall County Library, this is a come-and-go event you won’t want to miss. The fun begins at 10AM and ends at 3PM, so mark your calendars now!
If you're new to Texas, you may wonder what your kids are talking about when they come home with news of "Bluebonnet" books they've been encouraged to read. "'Bluebonnet' books? Man, these Texans sure are crazy about bluebonnets! First, they take pictures on the side of the road with these flowers, in the middle of … Continue reading Texas Bluebonnet Books