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8Feb/160

Read Right Now! Black History Cards

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A Story Every Day: February 1-29, 2016

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7Feb/160

Read Right Now! What Should We Wear?

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Read Right Now! What Should We Wear? by Rachael Martinez

A picture book about clothes to wear when it is cold, windy, rainy or sunny. From Uniteforliteracy. Español


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6Feb/160

Listen Right Now! Garrett Morgan

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Garrett Morgan was an African-American inventor. His inventions include a hair straightening cream, a "safety hood" used by firefighters and soldiers during World War I, and first 3 color traffic single that added the yellow light, which gave drivers a heads up that the light was about to turn red. Library Books about Garett MorganRead about more about African-American scientists & inventors.


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6Feb/160

Kids’ App – Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

Cybils 2015

 

The Cybils Awards aim to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. Metamorphabet is a 2015 Finalist in the category "Book Apps". 2015 Finalists


Professor Astro Cat's Fontiers of Space
Professor Astro Cat's Solar System is an app based on the book, Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space. The two are not exactly alike - the app focuses on the solar system: Sun, Mercury, Venus, Moon, Earth, Mars,  Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune & a couple extras. (Pluto is not included.) Solar system facts are presented in a clean, easily navigated interface. The app includes a quiz style game "Jetpack Challenge" for each topic covered designed to reinforce what was read. By answering the questions correctly, users earn fuel for Astro Cat's jetpack and medals to collect the pieces to build a rocket. This is a read alone experience - there is no voice reading the text aloud. The hip 007 type music and a retro looking orange and yellow space suit make astro cat a pretty cool teacher of space facts.

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Tap each planet, moon, or space vehicle to explore facts about it and access a cutaway view. Look at a fascinating size comparison of the planets - a helpful visualization of planets as fruits and veggies. (Did you know Jupiter is a watermelon to Earth’s cherry tomato?) IMG_0063 IMG_0049

 

Tap on Mars, for instance, and the Mars home page will open. Down the left side are interesting facts about Mars. If you tap the plus sign more information appears. If you run your finger down the planet it "unzips" revealing what is on the inside.

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When you are done exploring Mars you can choose to take the Jetpack Challenge, a true or false quiz. Complete the quiz to receive your graduation certificate.. Earn medals by completing a true or false “Jetpack Challenge” quizzes following each section.collect pieces to build your own rocket  Once you’ve finished all of the challenges — getting promoted through the ranks as you do so

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The element of surprise is fun, as is the wordplay. Some of the representations are really creative, requiring some thought to understand what word is being illustrated. For example, the "Log" that appears with the letter L makes immediate sense, but I did not guess what was happening when the L melted onto the "Log" until the word "Lazy" appeared. I wasn't sure at all what was going on with the letter N. I tapped it more than nine times to reveal all of the people.  I could not think of an N word...my mind was sort of stuck on "windows"...and then the word "neighbors" appeared. "Oh!, right!" Y for "yesterday" I never did quite get. That one was a stretch. Even with a few tough ones though, the guessing is fun. There is a lot of movement and opportunity to tap and drag objects. When the "Egg" appears for the letter E, you can drag it over for the letter E to "Eat."

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— and put the finishing touches on your rocket, you blast off to a shower of ticker tape and the sound of cheers. Upbeat music and sound effects add to the app’s friendly feel, but can be easily turned on/off.

Presented in a book-game hybrid app

The app does include a lot of reading and does not have any voice-over, so it's ideal for ages 8 and up. It includes information about the following topics: . - See more at: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=1087#sthash.iPnSBfNF.dpuf

 

retro cat - look and music is really cute space travel time period

easy navigation I don't get lost. I understood early how to move through the logic. I didn't have to wonder if I missed anything. The pattern of information for each planet was the same.

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Here are some books that use the letters of the alphabet to tell a story...or a joke. These books make naming the letters and practicing with the sounds the letters make fun.

A is for Salad Alphaoops
The Alphabet Book Alpha City The Alphabet from A to Y
Alphabet Mystery Animalia Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Eating the Alphabet E-mergency Gone Wild
The Graphic Alphabet The Handmade Alphabet Hooper Humperdink Not Him!
I Stink! If Rocks Could Sing LMNO Peas
Miss Spider's ABC Museum ABC Old Black Fly
Peanut Butty and Jellyfishes Shiver Me Letters So Many Bunnies
Superhero ABC A Apple Pie Z is for Moose>
The Z was Zapped FraidyZoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5Feb/160

Read Right Now! The Music in Derrick’s Heart

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Music in Derricks HeartStory of the Day:

Watch The Music in Derrick's Heart  by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert illustrated by Colin Bootman

Uncle Booker T., who makes magic by playing his harmonica music from his heart, spends the summer teaching Derrick how to play. Read by LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow.


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4Feb/160

Staff Pick: I’m a Little Black Girl

I'm a Little Black Girl

 

I'm a Little Black Girl! introduces adorable Mia, who wakes with her hair "just-a-going every which-a-ways!" With her abundant energy and joy leading the way, readers follow Mia as she plays with her friends who are all shades, shapes and sizes. There's tall Kia, Keisha the reader, Charlotte her best friend, Dina Rose-Marie the artist, Imani the dancer, Anna who loves sports, Ruby the singer, and honey-haired Tracy. Mia finds that "Pretty" is within herself and her friends, and being pretty is way beyond what the mirror shows.

"Mia loves everything about herself, from the way her hair stands all over her head first thing in the morning, to the crazy dances she does on the way to breakfast. She’s a pretty little black girl and she loves it. She enjoys her friends who come in all shapes, sizes and shades of brown. Together they are a group of girls who like having fun but they’re also kind to each other by always using good manners and spreading love all around. They have big dreams and will one day show the world what they’re made of."

Recommended by Claudine Polley - Fountain Square Library

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4Feb/160

Listen Right Now! Bessie Coleman

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Listen Right Now! Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman earned her pilot's license two years before Amelia Earhart! Denied admission to American aviation schools because of her race and gender, she learned French and went to France to for aviation school, earning her license on June 15, 1921. Library Books about Bessie Coleman


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3Feb/160

Read Right Now! Parts of Me

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Read Right Now! Parts of Me by Holly HartmanParts of Me

A picture book naming the body parts. From Uniteforliteracy. Español

 

 


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2Feb/160

Read Right Now! Catching the Moon

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Read Right Now! Catching the Moon:
the Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream by Crystal Hubbard  

A picture book biography highlighting a pivotal event in the childhood of African American baseball player Marcenia "Toni Stone" Lyle Alberga, the woman who broke baseball's gender barrier by becoming the first female roster member of a professional Negro League team. From Storyline Online. Read by Kevin Costner & Jillian Estell.


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1Feb/160

Read Right Now! The Snowy Day

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Read Right Now! The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. 1963 Caldecott Medal Winner. Captioned with American Sign Language. Español.


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