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If You Like Harry Potter

If You Like Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter. We’ll probably never see the likes of his phenomenon again, but it sure was fun while it lasted! Did you know that it all started 20 years ago? The 20th Anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was June 26, 2017. The first story alone sold over 450 million copies and was printed in 79 languages!

The Wizarding World Book Club will launch in June in celebration of the first book’s 20th anniversary! More details on Twitter.

Here are some fun things the publisher has put together to help you celebrate as well as a list of some favorite Harry Potter sites:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

If you saw the original movies, don’t miss the books, if you read the books, don’t miss the CD or Audiobook!

1: Sorcerer’s Stone on CD, eBook, eAudio
2: Chamber of Secrets on CD, eBook, eAudio
3: Prisoner of Azkaban on CD, eBook, eAudio
4: Goblet of Fire on CD, eBook, eAudio
5: Order of the Phoenix, CD, eBook, eAudio
6: Half Blood Prince on CD, eBook, eAudio
7: Deathly Hallows on CD, eBook, eAudio


Books:

Fantastic Beasts Character GuideAlbus Dumbledore Character GuideCharacter Guide Harry PotterCharacter Guide Hermione GrangerCharacter Guide Ron WeasleyFantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemFantastic Beasts Movie HandbookHarry Potter CookbookHarry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter Party BookIllustrated Chamber of SecretsIllustrated Sorcerer's StoneJ.K. RowlingKids Letter to Harry PotterQuidditch Through the AgesThe Tales of Beadle the BardWizarding World Movie MagicWizarding World Movie Magic 2Crafting Harry PotterNewt Scamander

If You Liked Harry Potter Try These:

Listed below are several other adventure series about friends like Harry, Ron and Hermione. Some of them are just as good. Really!

DungeoneersThe Dungeoneers by John David Anderson
When his gift for pickpocketing is noticed by the mysterious Finn Argos, Colm begins training to become a member of Thwodin’s Legions, a strange group of warriors, mages, and hunters who search for treasure.
The Dungeoneers

ArtemisFowl100Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
#1 Artemis Fowl on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Arctic Incident on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Eternity Code on CD, eBook, eAudio
#4 The Opal Deception on CD, eBook, eAudio
#5 The Lost Colony on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 The Time Paradox on CD, eBook, eAudio
#7 The Atlantis Complex on CD, eBook, eAudio
#8 The Last Guardian on CD, eAudio

RecklessReckless by Cornelia Funke
Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences.
#1 Reckless on CD
#2 Fearless on CD
#2 The Golden Yarn

AmuletSamarkandBartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathon Stroud
Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
#1 The Amulet of Samarkand on CD, eAudio
#2 The Golem’s Eye on CD, eAudio
#3 Ptolemy’s Gate on CD, eAudio

FarfieldCurseBran Hambric by Kaleb Nation
Very strange occurrences have long surrounded fourteen-year-old Bran, who learns of his link to a curse created by his murdered mother and strives to make things right, hindered by the ban on magic in the city of Dunce and pursued by his mother’s former masters.
#1 The Farfield Curse on CD
#2 The Spector Key on CD

CharmedLifeChrestomanci Series by Diana Wynne Jones
Adventures of the Chrestomanci, an enchanter with nine lives, whose job is to control the practice of magic in the infinite parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds.
#1 Charmed Life
#2 The Magicians of Caprona
#3 Witch Week
#4 The Lives of Christopher Chant
#5 Mixed Magics
#6 Conrad’s Fate
#7 The Pinhoe Egg on CD

BookThreeChronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
#1 The Book of Three on CD, eAudio
#2 The Black Cauldron on CD
#3 The Castle of Llyr
#4 Taran the Wanderer
#5 The High King

OverSeaDark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper
Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur and that entraps them in the eternal battle between the forces of the Light and the forces of the Dark.
#1 Oversea, Under Stone
#2 The Dark is Rising
#3 Greenwitch on CD, eAudio
#4 The Grey King on CD
#5 The Silver on the Tree on CD

DormiaDormia by Jake Halpern
After learning of his ancestral ties to Dormia, a hidden kingdom in the Ural Mountains whose inhabitants possess the ancient power of “wakeful sleeping,” twelve-year-old Alfonso sets out on a mission to save the kingdom from destruction, discovering secrets that lurk in his own sleep.

WizardEarthseaEarthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.
#1 A Wizard of Earthsea
#2 The Tombs of Atuan on CD
#3 The Farthest Shore
#4 Tehanu: the Last Book of Earthsea

DealingDragonsEnchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons’ kingdom.
#1 Dealing with Dragons on CD
#2 Searching for Dragons on CD
#3 Calling on Dragons on CD
#4 Talking to Dragons on CD

FamiliarsThe Familiars by Jay Epstein
When a scrappy alley cat named Aldwyn passes himself off as a magical animal companion to Jack, a young wizard in training, Aldwyn and his fellow “familiars,” a know-it-all blue jay and bumbling tree frog, must save the kingdom after the evil queen of Vastia kidnaps Jack and two other wizards.
#1 The Familiars
#2 Secrets of the Crown
#3 Circle of Heroes
#4 Palace of Dreams

GregorOverlanderThe Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
#1 Gregor The Overlander on CD
#2 Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane on CD
#3 Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods on CD
#4 Gregor and the Marks of Secret on CD
#5 Gregor and the Code of Claw on CD

HeroCrownThe Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

LostConspiracyThe Lost Conspiracy by Jake Halpern
When a lie is exposed and their tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou–once considered the tribe’s oracle–and herself.

LostMerlinThe Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.
#1 The Lost Years of Merlin on CD
#2 The Seven Songs of Merlin on CD
#3 The Fires of Merlin on CD
#4 The Mirror of Merlin on CD
#5 The Wings of Merlin on CD

MagicThiefThe Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City.
#1 The Magic Thief on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Magic Thief: Lost on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Magic Thief: Found on eBook, eAudio
#4 The Magic Thief: Home on eBook, eAudiodigital short story eBook A Proper Wizard

LightningThiefPercy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
#1: Lightning Thief on CD, eBook or eAudio
#2: Sea of Monsters on CD, eBook or eAudio
#3: Titan’s Curse on CD, eBook or eAudio
#4: Battle of the Labyrinth on CD, eBook or eAudio
#5: Last Olympian on CD, eBook or eAudio

RuinsGorlanRanger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
#1 The Ruins of Gorlan on CD, eBook
#2 The Burning Bridge on CD, eBook
#3 The Icebound Land on CD, eBook
#4 The Battle for Skandia on CD, eBook
#5 The Sorcerer of the North on CD, eBook
#6 The Siege of Macindaw on CD, eBook
#7 Erak’s Ransom on CD, eBook
#8 The Kings of Clonmel on CD
#9 Halt’s Peril on CD
#10 The Emperor of Nihon-Jin on CD
#11The Lost Stories
#12The Royal Ranger

alchemystThe Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
#1 The Alchemyst on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Magician on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Sorceress on CD, eBook, eAudio
#4 The Necromancer on CD, eBook, eAudio
#5 The Warlock on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 The Enchantress on CD, eBook, eAudio

MagykSeptimus Heap by Angie Sage
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412–pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
#1 Magyk on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 Flyte on CD
#3 Physik on CD
#4 Queste on CD
#5 Syren on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 Darke on CD
#7 Fyre

SkulduggerySkulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces withSkulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
#1 Skulduggery Pleasant
#2 Playing with Fire on eAudio
#3 The Faceless Ones
#4 Dark Days
#5 Mortal Coil
#6 Death Bringer
#7 Kingdom of the Wicked
#8 Last Stand of Dead Men (2013) (unreleased)
#9 Skulduggery Pleasant: Book 9 (2014) (unreleased)

AlannaSong of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412–pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
#1 Alanna: The First Adventure on CD, eAudio
#2 In the Hand of the Goddess on CD, eAudio
#3 The Woman Who Rides Like a Man on CD, eAudio
#4 Lioness Rampant on eAudio

SoWizardYoung Wizards by Diane Duane
Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won’t fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.1058357
#1 So You Want to be a Wizard on CD, eBook
#2 Deep Wizardry on CD, eBook
#3 High Wizardry on CD, eBook
#4 A Wizard Abroad on CD, eBook
#5 The Wizard’s Dilemma on CD, eBook
#6 A Wizard Alone on CD, eBook
#7 Wizard’s Holiday on CD, eBook
#8 Wizards at War on eBook
#9 A Wizard of Mars
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Wait…what did they eat? The History of Food

Wait…what did they eat? The History of Food

What You Never Knew About Fingers Forks and Chopsticks What You Never Knew About Fingers, Forks and Chopsticks takes you on a tour of food and table manners through the ages. Dinner time used to be a whole different experience, and it wasn’t just WHAT they ate, it was HOW they ate it. It was also how they ACTED while eating. The rules about eating with fingers and burping have changed a lot! In the There's a Rat in My Souppast you could wipe your dirty fingers on the tablecloth and nobody thought anything of it and burping was a compliment to the chef! Your mom might not want you to use a time machine to bring some of these customs back, but some of the food people used to eat looks pretty good. Of course some of it doesn’t sound very good at all! How brave are you? There could be a rat in your soup! Try one of these books to take a foodie adventure back in time.


Food History Books:

It's Disgusting and We Ate ItThe World in Your LunchboxGeorge Crum and the Saratoga ChipEat Your US History HomeworkChocolate a Sweet HistoryHasty PuddingDouble CheeseburgersPasta Fried Rice and Matzah Balls Immigrant CookingHot Diggity DogA Fine DessertFood for ThoughtPass the Pandowdy Please

The History of Famous Food Brands:

Ben and JerryCaleb Davis BradhamClarence BirdseyeCoca ColaColonel Harlan SandersDairy QueenDave ThomasEtorrie BojardiFannie in the KitchenHersheysJohn PembertonKraftMilton HersheyRay CrocRobert CadeThe Chocolate Chip Cookie QueenThe Kellogg FamilyThe Mars FamilyTom MonaghanWilliam WrigleyMilton Hershey More Than Chocolate
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No Way! Surprising Things People Eat

No Way! Surprising Things People Eat

Gruesome Grub and Disgusting Dishes

Even if you aren’t a picky eater, most kids don’t want to eat crickets or cactus or stinkbugs…but some people do! These books give you a look at some of the unusual things people eat all over the world. Get suggestions for new foods to try that, like green eggs and ham, might turn out to be delicious! Come on, give fried crickets a try!

No Way Are You My Dinner?

You can also find recipes for delicious food that is just gross LOOKING but tastes GREAT. You can make and decorate food to look like spiders or zombie brains. There are some great ideas for April Fool’s Day or Halloween!

You can find more cookbooks for kids at:


Books:

Creepy CuisineDisgusting FoodGross GoodiesHow to Cook ChildrenEven More Revolting RecipesSpidertizersWeird But True Food 2Andrew's Guide to Weird FoodIt's Disgusting and We Ate ItThe Most Disgusting Foods on the PlanetThey Ate What?Mystery MeatSugary SnacksCarbonated BeveragesFake FoodsThe Fear Factor CookbookWeird But True FoodFreaky Foods from Around the World
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Tales Around the World: Stone Soup

Tales Around the World: Stone Soup

Stone Soup

There are lots of stories you can probably rattle off without even thinking much – The Three Little Pigs, The Three Bears, Cinderella, etc. Some of these stories are so commonly told that kids all over the world know them. When the stories are told in different places though, they take on interesting differences that reflect the land and culture where the story is being told.

This page is a list of several versions of the traditional story, Stone Soup. The stories are either set in a different region or country, are told from a new point of view or have some kind of fun twist to make the story unique. The message stays the same. If you are willing to share, you can make delicious soup out of a stone…or a nail, or a cactus thorn or a even a bone!


FREE Video Read Aloud:


eBooks:

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Stone Soup an Old TaleThe Real Story of Stone Soup

Print Books:

Cactus SoupCommunity SoupFandango StewNail SoupSome Friends to Feed The Story of Stone SoupStone SoupStone SoupStone Soup with Matzo BallsTumbleweed Stew
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Refugees: Their Stories

Refugees: Their Stories

An immigrant is a person who leaves his or her home country to work, study or live in a new country. Sometimes people are immigrants to get an education that is not available in their home country. Sometimes people immigrate to do a particular job or to live in a country whose customs and laws are different than their home country.

A special kind of immigrant is a refugee. Their reasons for leaving their home country are different. A refugee is a person who is fleeing his or her home country to escape danger, like a war, or to escape persecution. Persecution is being hurt based on your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular group or having a particular political opinion. The United States welcomes many immigrants each year to live and work and study, as well as giving refuge to people who have fled their home country for their own safety. 

The Journey is a story that will help you understand what it is like to have to leave everything you know behind to start over somewhere new.  Below are more books written by, or about, refugees. By reading these books you can live for just a little while, in their experience. I did not grow up afraid. I did not have to worry about living in a war zone, being hurt or being persecuted. I also didn’t want to think about having to move and change schools, let alone thinking about starting a whole new life somewhere and having to learn a new language and new customs and meet all new people. I don’t know what that’s like because I never had to do it. These stories help me see the challenges that refugees face starting a new life – kids facing anxiety and fear and danger with courage. Sometimes you meet new friends in person. Sometimes you meet them in books. Here are some kids I think you will be proud to know.


Non-Fiction:

adrift-at-seaAdrift at Sea: a Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival – Tuan and his family survive bullets, a broken motor, and a leaking boat in the long days they spend at sea after fleeing Vietnam. A true story as told to the author by Tuan Ho. Includes family photographs and a historical note about the Vietnamese crisis.


immigrants-and-refugeesImmigrants and Refugees – Describes current patterns of migration around the world, including the causes and effects of immigration and emigration.


the-journey-that-saved-curious-georgeThe Journey That Saved Curious George: the True Wartime Ecape of Margret and H.A. Rey – In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children’s book manuscripts, including what would become the international sensation “Curious George,” among their few possessions. This is their dramatic story.


out-of-iraqOut of Iraq Refugees’ Stories in Words, Paintings & Music – Out of Iraq tells the stories of a number of Iraqi refugee families that have made Syria their home over the 5 years since the war in Iraq began. This book tells the stories of their flight from Iraq, the memories of home in the ‘good old days’ and their continued courage living as refugees.


a-song-for-cambodiaA Song for Cambodia – A biography of Arn Chorn-Pond who, as a young boy in 1970s Cambodia, survived the Khmer Rouge killing fields because of his skill on the khim, a traditional instrument, and later went on to help heal others and revive Cambodian music and culture.


Stories:

josephs-big-rideJoseph’s Big Ride – A refugee boy’s determination to ride a bicycle leads to an unexpected friendship.


teacupTeacup – A boy travels across the sea in a rowboat in search of a new home, making a journey that is long and difficult–but also filled with beauty and hope.


calling-the-water-drumCalling the Water Drum – A young boy loses both parents as they attempt to flee Haiti for a better life, and afterward is only able to process his grief and communicate with the outside world through playing the drums.



brothers-in-hope

Brothers in Hope: the Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan
– Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia, then Kenya, and finally in the United States.


four-feet-two-sandalsFour Feet Two Sandals – Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers.


the-color-of-homeThe Color of Home – Hassan, newly-arrived in the United States and feeling homesick, paints a picture at school that shows his old home in Somalia as well as the reason his family had to leave.


how-i-learned-geographyHow I Learned Geography – As he spends hours studying his father’s world map, a young boy escapes the hunger and misery of refugee life. Based on the author’s childhood in Kazakhstan, where he lived as a Polish refugee during World War II. Newbery Honor Book


when-i-get-olderWhen I Get Older – A Somali-Canadian poet, rapper, singer and songwriter tells his own story about leaving war-torn Somalia as a child, growing up in Canada and creating a hit song that touched millions of people around the world with its powerful message of hope.


how-many-days-to-america-a-thanksgiving-storyHow Many Days to America: a Thanksgiving Story – Refugees from a Caribbean island embark on a dangerous boat trip to America where they have a special reason to celebrate Thanksgiving.


oskar-and-the-eight-blessings

Oskar and the Eight Blessings – A young Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany arrives in New York City on the seventh night of Hanukkah and receives small acts of kindness while exploring the city.


the-journeyThe Journey – What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and is two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it’s not always clear how best to protect themselves.


refugeRefuge – A retelling of the nativity story from a perspective emphasizing the struggle of Mary and Joseph as refugee.


stepping-stonesStepping Stones – In this picture book, a young girl and her family are forced to flee their village to escape the civil war that has engulfed Syria and make their way toward freedom in Europe.


bamboo-peopleBamboo People – Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, 6-8 Nominee.


home-of-the-braveHome of the Brave – Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2009-2010, 6-8 Nominee.


inside-out-and-back-againInside Out and Back Again – Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. National Book Award Winner; Young Hoosier Book Award, 2013-2014, 4-6 Nominee; Newbery Honor Book


a-long-walk-to-waterA Long Walk to Water – When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2012-2013, 6-8 Nominee.


the-only-roadThe Only Road – Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel.


the-red-pencilThe Red Pencil – After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder.


serafinas-promiseSerafina’s Promise – In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Serafina works hard to help her family, but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor–then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promisedYoung Hoosier Book Award, 2016-2017, 4-6 Nominee.


shooting-kabulShooting Kabul – Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind. Cybil Award for Middle Grade Nomination 2010.

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