New books for ‘Peters­burg - A City of Read­ers’ pro­gram

The Progress-Index Weekend - - MAGIC MOMENTS -

The fol­low­ing books are avail­able at The Peters­burg Pub­lic Li­brary, lo­cated at 201 W. Wash­ing­ton St., for stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ‘Peters­burg - A City of Read­ers’ pro­gram: Read­ing List Books:

“BIG HAIR, DON’T CARE”

by Crys­tal Swain-Bates. Lola has re­ally, re­ally, RE­ALLY big hair, much big­ger than the other kids at her school. De­spite her hair block­ing the view of any­one that dares sit be­hind her and caus­ing her to lose at hide and seek, she sings the praises of her big hair through­out this rhyming pic­ture book. De­signed to boost self-es­teem and build con­fi­dence, this beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated book is per­fect for any girl or boy who has ever felt a bit self-con­scious about their hair and may need a re­minder from time to time that it’s okay to look dif­fer­ent from the other kids at their school. (Pri­mary Grades)

“THE FRIEND­SHIP GAR­DEN”

by Jenny Mey­er­hoff. When Anna moved to Chicago, Kaya be­came her first real friend, so for her birth­day Anna is de­ter­mined to give Kaya the best present ever! The prob­lem is, the thing Kaya wants more than any­thing is a pet, but her par­ents have a strict no-pets rule. Then Anna re­mem­bers that Mr. Hoff­man’s third-grade class just hatched baby chicks! Anna de­cides that rather than send­ing the chicks back to the farm, she’ll con­vince her teacher to let the Friend­ship Gar­den raise them, so Kaya can have a pet of her own. But rais­ing chicks is no easy task. It re­quires sup­plies (that cost money) and build­ing things like a coop and a run. How is Anna sup­posed to get ev­ery­thing ready and keep it a surprise … es­pe­cially when Anna and Kaya usu­ally hang out every day? (El­e­men­tary Grades)

“UN­LOCK­ING THE SPELL”

by E.D. Baker. Now that Annie has helped her sis­ter Gwen­dolyn (aka Sleep­ing Beauty) wake up from the 100year curse by find­ing her beloved prince, you would think that things would get back to nor­mal. Think again! That beloved prince, Belde­gard, is stuck in the body of a bear and the only way that Annie can be free of the two ir­ri­tat­ing love­birds is to help — by find­ing the evil dwarf who cast the spell. Luck­ily, Annie has as­sis­tance from hand­some prince Liam, and she has many tricks up her non-mag­i­cal sleeve. (Mid­dle School)

by Aaron Philip. In this heart­break­ing and ul­ti­mately up­lift­ing

“THIS KID CAN FLY”

mem­oir, Aaron Philip, a four­teen-year-old boy with cere­bral palsy, shows how he isn’t de­fined so much by his dis­abil­ity as he is by his abil­i­ties. Writ­ten with award-win­ning au­thor Tonya Bolden, “This Kid Can Fly” chron­i­cles Aaron’s ex­tra­or­di­nary jour­ney from happy baby in An­tigua to con­fi­dent teen artist in New York City. His hon­est, often funny sto­ries of tri­umph — de­spite phys­i­cal dif­fi­cul­ties, poverty, and other chal­lenges — are as in­spir­ing as they are eye-open­ing. In­cludes pho­tos and orig­i­nal il­lus­tra­tions from Aaron’s per­sonal col­lec­tion. (High School)

CAROLYN EUBANKS

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