Monthly Archives: May 2014

15 Feminist Books

I feel like all the rage right now is talking about feminist things. Who’s a feminist? Are you a feminist? Can men be feminists? Why would you want to be a feminist? Blah blah. (I am a feminist in case you were wondering.)

So here’s a list of 15 feminist books for teens just to join the bandwagon. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t read any. I’ve only read 3.

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Reading Rainbow Returns?

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Interested? Back Reading Rainbow in the Kickstarter campaign here.

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Storytime for Scooters: Ducks

DUCKS

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

BOOK

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I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy

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I had a duck puppet. I never really had a story time crowd like puppets as much as this one does.

Six little ducks

That I once knew

Short ones, fat ones,

Skinny ones, too.

But the one little duck

With the feather on his back

He ruled the others

With his quack, quack, quack

Down to the river

They would go

A wibble wobble wibble wobble

To and fro

But the one little duck

With the feather on his back

He ruled the others

With his quack, quack, quack.

Into the water they would dive

The little one first and then the other five

But the one little duck

With the feather on his back

He ruled the others

With his quack, quack, quack.

Out of the river they would go

A wibble wobble wibble wobble

To and fro

But the one little duck

With the feather on his back

He ruled the others

With his quack, quack, quack.

BOOK

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Five Little Ducks

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The aforementioned book is also a song. It was actually hard to read the book without singing. I had a mama duck and 5 baby ducks in a magnet board to go along with the song.

Five little ducks went out one day

Over the hills and far away

Mother duck said quack quack quack quack

But only four little ducks came back…

BOOK

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Little Quack Loves Colors by Lauren Thompson

RHYME

I stole this from Jbrary who it from Miss Meg’s Storytime.

The rhyme that went with the magnet board didn’t have a tune or anything so I changed it and made it go with Baa Baa Black Sheep.

Little duck, little duck

Where are you?

What colored egg can we find you?

Is he under the purple duck?

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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What are Kids Reading?

I’m always fascinated to see studies that show me what kids are reading. I base my book choices on what’s coming in and going out on my library carts. If its being checked then some kid somewhere thought it looked good. Renaissance Learning in conjunction with US News  released its sixth annual report on which books students are reading in each grade nationwide. Drawing on data from nearly 10 million students who read more than 318 million books, the report details the top 20 books read overall and by gender in first through 12th grades, as well as the top nonfiction books in each grade for the first time. Aka, a list I love. Some of the books on the list that I loved the most include

Grade 1

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Grades 5-6

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Women in STEM

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Horn Book just released a great book list of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) books. Coinciding with all this talk of banning the word bossy and women leaning in to leadership roles, I think this is a good list to consider when choosing books for growing girls (and boys!).

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Beach Books for Kids

Now that I live by a beach (yay!) this is a great list to keep handy for my patrons. See all 10 books here.

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Cupcake Diaries

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I think these books are SO cute! I’m still trying to keep up on my Children’s books by reading some of the more popular series. I don’t remember these books being a thing in the Midwest but they definitely are here. I’ve read books one and two and they are adorable. I think so far there’s 19 of them so its a good series to get hooked on for awhile. Keep them occupied during the summer.

Four girls in the beginning years of middle school form a new club and new friendships based around their love of cupcakes. What’s not to love!?

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