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April National Poetry Month – Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley

April National Poetry Month – Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley

rileyIn 1912, Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley finished his last recording session for the Victor Talking Machine Company. Out of around twenty recordings made during five days of readings, only four of the discs were ever issued by Victor.

The James Whitcomb Riley Recordings at the Indianapolis Public Library consist of 17 unpublished recordings of Mr. Riley reading his work. There are sad poems, happy poems, stories, tales, and a funny little speech, The Soldier’s Story, that Riley must have told many times.

These may well be the only copies in existence of these titles – the only copy, for instance, of Riley himself reading When the Frost is on the Punkin. There is a lot of static…there were no high fidelity recordings in 1912, but you can follow along with the words and hear the poet himself read the poem the way he meant it to be read.

Websites:

James Whitcomb Riley Books:

The Best of James Whitcomb Riley Child Rhymes When the Frost is on the Punkin The Gobble-uns’ll get you ef you don’t watch out!
Little Orphant Annie

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Ice Age Giants Indiana State Museum thru August 17

Ice Age Giants Indiana State Museum thru August 17

Here are some great opportunities to learn about mammoths and mastodons right here in Indiana:

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Exhibit at The Indiana State Museum: Nov. 16, 2013 – Aug. 17, 2014 Underneath Indiana’s soil lies a hidden graveyard of Ice Age giants. Entombed for thousands of years, the remains of these ancient elephants continue to be uncovered by Hoosiers across the state. The Indiana State Museum has been hard at work for decades – discovering, digging, studying and preserving the remains of mammoths, mastodons and other Ice Age animals.

 

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Mastodon Skeleton at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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Picture Books:It’s not often that you find the remains of a prehistoric animal right in your own backyard. That’s what happened on the Christensen farm, near Greenfield, Indiana, in 1976. As workers used machinery to create a pond, they accidentally scooped up the skull, teeth, and some rib bones of a mastodon. The mastodon is an extinct relative of the modern elephant that roamed the earth more than 10, 000 years ago. The bones were excavated by a cooperative effort of the IUPUI Department of Geology, the Indiana Amateur Archaeological Society and The Children’s Museum.

Picture Books:

Larry Gets Lost in Prehistoric Times A Mammoth in the Fridge Mammoth and Me Can I Bring Wooly to the Library Ms. Reeder? Me Want Pet!

Chapter Books:

The Chilly Mammoth Tusk the Mighty Mammoth Meet Mammoth Life With Mammoth The Mammoth Academy
Ice Age: Continental Drift Geronimo Stilton: The Great Ice Age Mites to Mastodons a Book of Animal Poems

Non-Fiction:

Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time Wooly Mammoth Meet Mammoth Ice Age Giants Mastodon
Mammoths and Mastodons Woolly Mammoth Mammoth Bones and Broken Stones
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April National Poetry Month – Try These: Books in Verse

April National Poetry Month – Try These: Books in Verse

National Poetry Month is a national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The books on this page are chapter book stories…written in verse. You might not think of these kinds of books right away when you think of poetry. The word “poetry” probably makes you think of “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and Shel Silverstein. But these books are poetry too, and how amazing, an author writing a whole chapter book in verse.

 

 

Brains for Lunch All the Broken Pieces Love That Dog Out of the Dust
Gone Fishing Inside Out and Back Again Little Dog Lost May B
Planet Middle School The Secret of Me Running With Trains The Wild Book

Books recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards – Vote!

2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards – Vote!

ChildrensChoiceLogo2014The Children’s Choice Book Awards is the only national book award where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages. Voting for the 7th annual Children’s Choice Book Awards started March 25, 2014. You can vote right now!

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Winners will be announced on a live video broadcast during Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014).

Author of the Year: Vote Right Here!

Vote in the other categories:

Illustrator of the Year Vote
Oliver Jeffers, The Day The Crayons Quit (Philomel)
Victoria Kann, Emeraldalicious (HarperCollins)
James Dean, Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus (HarperCollins)
Anna Dewdney, Llama Llama and the Bully Goat (Viking)
Grace Lee, Sofia the First: The Floating Palace (Disney Press)

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year Vote
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel)
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke (Charlesbridge)
Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier (Disney/Hyperion)
Chamelia and the New Kid in Class by Ethan Long (Little, Brown)

Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year Vote
Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball by Charise Mericle Harper (Knopf)
Cougar by Stephen Person (Bearport Publishing)
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Candlewick)
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams)
Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon (Blue Sky/Scholastic)

Fifth to Sixth Grade Book of the Year Vote
Prince Puggly of Spud by Robert Paul Weston (Razorbill)
Lawless: Book 1 by Jeffrey Salane (Scholastic)
National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos (National Geographic Children’s Books)
Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli (Knopf)
Battling Boy by Paul Pope (First Second)

 

 

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Animal Superstars

Animal Superstars

Animal Superstars

Presents the stories of three incredibly talented animals, including a motorcross daredevil dog, a groundhog weather wonder, and a rock star cat.

Here is a book from National Geographic that spotlights three “amazing” animals: a motorcycle dog, a groundhog weather wonder and a kitty rock star.  These are real-life stories about these talented animals and the humans that share the adventures that these animals experience.  There are color photographs, additional informational facts about each animal plus web resources.  If you like reading about animals, you might also like other National Geographic KIDS Chapters like Tiger in Trouble! by Kelly Milner Hall.  This is about animal rescues and the caring humans that helped these animals start a new life.  One more, is Dog Finds Lost Dolphins by Elizabeth Carney about animal heroes.  Animal lovers will enjoy all of these nonfiction chapter books.

Recommended by: Georgia Ellars –Eagle Branch

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