From the recent acquisitions shelf...
This is where I hang out because it's in a open space with room for Cupcake to crawl around and I have a pretty good vantage point of the kids as they frequent their favorite sections. Plus, is there anything more fabulous than being the first one to crack open a crisp new book?
Grandpa's Gardenby Stella Fry
I love gardening picture books but that's as close to tilling up the backyard as I get. I know my grandpa is shaking his head at me where ever he is. My grandpa was no gardener, he was a farmer, but those genes just didn't trickle down to me. The pictures in this books are lovely and the colors so inviting. It was a feast for the eyes and chocked full of wonderful information about gardening. There is an entire 10 page section in the back that shows you how the garden was plotted out and what Grandpa does in the winter, autumn, spring and summer to tend the garden. There is even advice for those brave enough to try their own garden. The story itself covers composting, planting, beneficial bugs, harvesting and more. Very informative this cute little picture book!
In the Garden with Dr. Carverby Susan Grigsby
Are you sensing a theme? I swear, these were all on the new acquisitions shelf so the fault lies plainly with the library! This was a really interesting book and a lovely way to introduce your children to Dr. George Washington Carver. There was a very pro-nature-journalling message that I think homeschoolers will like.
"When I was a boy," said Dr. Carver, "drawing and plants were my two passions. I mixed my own paints and covered stones and discarded boards with pictures of the flowers. And always asking questions. I wanted to know the names of every strange stone and flowers, every insect, bird, and beast that visited the garden."Grandpa Greenby Lane Smith
Delightful! Love the illustrations! Topiaries shaped like the Cowardly Lion, Tinman and Scarecrow!
In fourth grade he got the chicken pox. Not from the chickens. He had to stay home from school. So he read stories about secret gardens and wizards and a little engine that could.
The Professor: I guess he had a theme going too
Gladiatorby Richard Watkins
Life of a Roman Soldierby Don Nardo
Life as a Gladiator: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose Books: An Interactive History Adventure)by Michael Burgan
Technology of Ancient Greeceby Melanie Anne Apel
Making Musicby Susan Bonners (Looks like a nice multi-generational story.)
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847 (Dear America Series)by Kristiana Gregory
Lucy's Wish (Orphan Train Children)by Joan Lowery Nixon
The Cats in the Doll Shopby Yona Zeldis McDonough
I've Lost My Hippopotamusby Jack Prelutsky (She loves My Dog May Be a Genius.)
Roverandomby JRR Tolkien (A re-read for her!)
The Third Giftby Linda Sue Park (This is a Christmas story but was on the new shelf and she thought it looked interesting.)
Young Henry and the Dragonby Jeanne Kaufman (really awesome pictures and a cute story too)
A Boy Called Dickensby Deborah Hopkinson (haven't looked at it but it looks intriguing)
Colorful Puzzles for Wise Eyesby Keith Kay (visual puzzles, not for the colorblind)
P.S. The links take you to Amazon because I like using Amazon reviews to check out a book I'm not familiar with but please don't feel pressured to buy one. We borrowed all of these from our library free of charge. Maybe your library has them too!