Listen Right Now! George Washington Carver

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Listen Right Now! George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was an American botanist and inventor. He is most well known for his research on cotton, peanuts, soybeans, and sweet potatoes. Read about more about African-American scientists & inventors.

 


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Staff Pick: Everybody Loves Bacon

Everybody Loves Bacon

Everyone loves Bacon but letting his fame go to his head may prove more dangerous than he thought

“Everyone loves Bacon. And Bacon knows it. He’s got the fame and fans. What else does he need? The other meats feel left out. He forgets his old friends, leaving them behind for the fame. Bacon has it good until… Everyone loves bacon. This is just a down right fun and silly story. Kids will enjoy the fun story and pictures. Adults will laugh out loud at the subtle humor. (My favorite line is when the Canadian Bacon says “What about me, eh?!”) A great family read-aloud!”

Recommended by Mary Luzader – Eagle Library

 

Read Right Now! Ruby the Brave

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Read Right Now! Ruby the Brave

The year was 1960. In some places, African-American children went to different schools than white children. They could not go to school together. A brave girl named Ruby Bridges helped change that.

 

 


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Read Right Now! To Be a Drum

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Read Right Now! To Be a Drum by Evelyn Coleman

Daddy Wes tells how Africans were brought to America as slaves, but promises his children that as long as they can hear the rhythm of the earth, they will be free. From Storyline Online. Read by James Earl Jones.


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Listen Right Now! Jack Johnson

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Listen Right Now! Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson “the Galveston Giant” was the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908-1915). Library Books about Jack Johnson


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Read Right Now! Black History Cards

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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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Listen Right Now! Garrett Morgan

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Listen Right Now! Garrett Morgan

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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Kids’ App – Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

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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. Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System is the 2015 Winner 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” quiz following each section. Collect pieces to build your own rocket.

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Read Right Now! The Music in Derrick’s Heart

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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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