Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Camp Out

Camp Out

Camp Out!Camp Out! really is the ultimate kids’ guide to camping. It includes all the information you would expect, like what to pack and how to make a s’more…plus many unique ideas.  Who knew you could make a solar oven out of a pizza box or tell the temperature by counting cricket chirps?  Do you know the best time to spot shooting stars? - mid-August.  (Mark your calendar!)  There is a whole chapter devoted to shelter; how to pick a campsite, the labelled parts of a tent, how to make a tent between two trees, how to make a tent if there is only one tree…even how to make your own tepee.  Clear drawings for fire building, knot-tying, identifying animal tracks & the telltale signs in the sky for bad weather are also great.  I especially liked the section on freshwater creatures & what you find Camp Granadain a rotten log – these are the things you would actually see camping out in Indiana.  The book includes camp cooking ideas, games & crafts that are explained well, doable & unique.   As my mom used to say, “Go Outside!” Author: Lynn Brunelle Illustrator: Brian Biggs

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Super Simple Paper Airplanes

Super Simple Paper Airplanes

Super Simple Paper AirplanesFrom the very easiest to plane folding for the expert, this book will show you 40 different kinds of paper airplanes to fold; from the classic darts and gliders to fighters and stunt planes.  The model on the cover that looks like a circle…that one you throw like a frisbee.   You will also find directions for a flying saucer, a boomerang and a tiny airplane that fits in the palm of your hand.  No need for scissors, glue, or tape - just paper…and patience!  Follow the directions, decorate and fly!  The book includes diagrams, pictures and tips for making planes fly far. Author: Nick Robinson

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Night of the Howling Dogs

Night of the Howling Dogs

It is with a lot of sad feelings that we read about the flooding in Indiana and the tornado in Iowa that killed four boy scouts. As the story of those events continues to unfold, a single message is very clear: knowing what to do saves lives. The story of the boy scouts in particular points out the fact that kids like you can, and do, make a difference in an emergency. It’s good to know about the different kinds of disasters so you can be prepared to take care of yourself, and maybe some of the people around you:Safety Book

Thinking about these disasters can be scary. Sometimes, it helps to read about events that are scary in a fiction book. Reading about the event helps us live the experience…without actually having to live it. We can envision ourselvs in the situation and ask good questions while we have time to get good answers. Where should I go at home if a tornado is coming?

Night of the Howling DogsThere is a fiction book some of you might be interested in called Night of the Howling Dogs. It is the story of a boy scout troup that is camping in Hawaii on Kilauea (a volcano) when an earthquake strikes and their campsite is overrun by a tsunami. It sounds like an, “oh, that would never happen” kind of story…but it is based on the true experience of a boy scout troup in 1975. One of the boy scouts that was actually there, is the cousin of the author. Like the boy scouts in Iowa, the scouts in this story use their knowledge of first aid & search & rescue, as well as courage and strength, to help each other survive. Author: Graham Salisbury

Two thumbs up to all boy scouts and the skills they learn, and our sympathies for the losses they have suffered this week.

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My Dog May Be a Genius

My Dog May Be a Genius

My Dog May be a GeniusAnother book of poems from Jack Prelutsky, the guy who brought you the lines “Homework! Oh Homework! I hate you! You stink! I wish I could wash you away in the sink.” (from The New Kid on the Block) Laugh outloud poems to last all day. Author: Jack Prelutsky

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  • More Books by Jack Prelutsky

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Nic Bishop’s Spiders

Nic Bishop’s Spiders


Nic Bishop - SpidersTry the book, Nic Bishop’s Spiders. In it, Nic shares full-color pictures of the creepiest spiders I’ve ever seen.  The pictures are so big you can see each of the hairs on the spider’s legs and each beady eyeball and fang. Nic says that in New Guinea, he once saw spiders that spun webs big enought to trap birds! The local people told him that they wrap those webs around the spiders and roast the spiders for snacks. Mmmmmm. Huh. Take that tip on your next jungle adventure. Author: Nic Bishop

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