Finding Winnie the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS Awards, 2016! More Finalists
Finding Winnie is the story of a veterinarian named Harry Colebourn who was a soldier in 1914 during World War I. Harry’s job was to take care of the calvary’s horses. A cavalry is a group of soldiers who fight on horseback. Harry was from Winnepeg, Canada, which is located north of the border between North Dakota and Minnesota.
To get to the east coast to catch a boat to Europe, Harry rode on a troop train. Trains were a very common way to transport troops during the war. During one of the train’s stops on its way East, Harry took a walk on a train platform. While walking, he ran into a trapper with a baby bear. Harry could not walk away from that bear! He bought the bear for $20, and took it with him on the boat to Europe! He named the bear Winnie, after his home town of Winnepeg, and she became his unit’s mascot.
If you think for just a few seconds, you can think of another bear you know named “Winnie.” Could there be two? An odd coincidence. But what if there was only one? Read Finding Winnie to find out what this Winnie, the London Zoo, the bear you know, and a little boy named Christopher Robin (the real one!) have to do with each other! Finding Winnie in Printand on DVD. By Lindsay Mattick. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall.
Pink is for Blobfish is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS Awards, 2016! More Finalists
“The World of Weird Animals” says it all. I have never even heard of a blobfish, but there one is, right on the cover. The animals in this book are all unusual, and oddly, they are all pink! If you like the Animal Kingdom and learning about the diversity there, this is a really fun book. Each animal has a full page picture so you can see every detail of their interesting and unusual bodies. Each animal also gets a page of interesting facts, kind of like a baseball card. The facts cover species name, size, diet, habitat & predator threats. as well as some surprising stories about how the animal lives. This isn’t a book that overwhelms you with information. It isn’t the kind that includes everything you need for a report, although it would help with one. Instead, it shows you amazing members of the Animal Kingdom and makes you smile and say, “Oh!….wow!” By Jess Keating. Illustrated by David DeGrand.
Watch Right Now! A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr. Read by LeVar Burton, Reading Rainbow Story Time – A biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped American blacks win many battles for equal rights.
Explore the books & links below to find out more about Martin Luther King Jr. and why the March on Washington was so important.
The words in I Have a Dream are the words from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech which he delivered on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington. Marchers came from all over to gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial. A lot more people watched the march and heard this speech on television.
The paintings in the book were done by Kadir Nelson. The book was named a 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor Book.
Giant Squid is a finalist in the non-fiction category for the CYBILS Awards, 2016! More Finalists
The eyes of a giant squid can be as big as a soccer ball. Seriously. I don’t want to think about giant squid when I am at the beach! In a book though, they are so interesting. Even though giant squid start out bite-sized, just two inches long, they grow to be HUGE. Their tentacles can be up to 40 FEET long. And giant squid are stealthy. They move quietly, like a submarine.
Giant squid live so far down in the ocean scientists didn’t really know very much about them until recently. In the video below with the title “Rare Giant Squid Encounter,” you can watch scientists see a giant squid for the first time interacting with one of their deep sea cameras. It is fun to watch how excited the scientists are.
Scientists and engineers have figured out how to send drones to Mars to study it and have just as much of a challenge figuring out how to successfully study the deepest parts of the ocean right here on earth. The ocean is so deep, lack of oxygen, the darkness, and the pressure per square inch make it as inhospitable to humans as a different planet!
When you watch the giant squid in the video, it looks so beautiful and graceful, like its arms are dancing. And then you read this book and find out even their TONGUES have teeth. Yikes! (A drawing of the tongue.) The giant squid, ferocious and beautiful all wrapped up in one mysterious, enormous creature. Find out what makes this creature so elegant..and deadly…in Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrations by Eric Rohmann.
When you’re talking survival you’re talking many different things. Can you read a map? Can you use a compass? Could you find food in the woods? How about bears…do you know how to keep one from attacking you? You live in Indiana, do you know how to keep yourself safe during tornadoes? These books will show you all the skills you need to survive all kinds of anxious situations. You can even learn how to protect yourself from piranhas…not a likely attack…but good to know!
And while you’re getting your own skills up to par try some of these survival stories that put characters to the test. Put yourself in their place. Could YOU do it? For me…dangling from rock outcroppings, dodging poisonous lizards, eating spiders…no! Living in the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse…yes!