Books are one of the best values to keep children of all ages entertaining. In the three decades or more that children’s books have been reviewed, the price has not risen at all; maybe $ 2, give or take. That’s amazing when you consider that the price has gone up a lot more for almost everything else.
Also, consider how books enrich a child’s mind while providing tremendous entertainment. Even after a book has been read, re-reading can add hours of fun now and later. Keeping favorite books to read later or to borrow to a friend for pleasure is a wonderful experience for both the giver and the recipient. And don’t forget that your local public library has mountains of books that you can borrow for free.
Whichever way you look at it, a good book is a real treasure. Plus, it’s the only gift that can be opened over and over again. This is a bang for your buck.
Books to borrow
The following book is available in many public libraries.
“I Survived: The Children’s Blizzard, 1888” by Lauren Tarshis, Scholastic, 128 pages
Reading aloud: 7-10 years.
Read for yourself: 8-10 years.
Of the 21 books in the “I Survived” series, this is the 16th by author Lauren Tarshis. As for all of her books in the series, this is another compelling historical novel. It is about the deadly snowstorm of January 1888 in the Dakota Territory.
Eleven year old John Hale thought he had the worst snow storm last year. Suddenly John and his schoolmates looked up to the sky to the north during recess and knew something was wrong. The bright sunlight was quickly extinguished by a huge black mass that moved toward them with ferocity. The sound it made was deafening – the sound of a monster storm approaching rapidly.
When the children stormed into the schoolhouse just in time, John quickly realized that his little sister Franny was not there. He ran outside into the frozen darkness, massive wind, snow and ice to find Franny, but quickly realized that he had made a terrible mistake. Would he be able to find Franny, but even if he did, how would they survive?
This groundbreaking historical novel is sure to have kids read through every page, from start to finish. And don’t forget there are 20 more books kids will read all summer long!
Choice of librarian
Library: Pottstown Regional Library, 500 E. High St., Pottstown
Managing Director: Michelle Kehoe
Youth Welfare Director: Leslie Stillings
This week’s selection: Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust by April Pulley Sayre; “The Twits” by Roald Dahl; “Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery” by James Howe
Books to buy
The following books are available from popular bookstores.
“Hello Bear!” written and illustrated by Sam Boughton, Templar Books, 2020, 22 pages, $ 12.99 hardcover
Reading: 2 – 6 years.
Read for yourself: 6 – 7 years.
Welcome to the forest, where you will discover many different animals that make their home there.
From deer to rabbits, bears and beavers, wolves and many other forest-dwelling animals, you will learn what these animals eat, where they live in the forest, special features of each one and much more.
With numerous fingertips to lift up and double pages to open, this entertaining book offers tons of facts in a highly entertaining way that children will love to read again and again.
“Luck of the Titanic” by Stacey Lee, Putnam, 368 pages, $ 18.99 hardcover
Reading: 11-14 years.
Read for yourself: 11-14 years old.
Valora Luck has a ticket for the luxury liner Titanic and is extremely excited. Her twin brother, Jamie, has been at sea and on board the Titanic for two years. There is also an important circus owner on board. Valora has been an acrobat since childhood and is sure that if she and Jamie can audition for the circus owner, it will be her ticket to employment once they reach America.
On the gangway, Valora is shocked to learn that she cannot enter the ship. The Chinese are not allowed to enter America due to the Chinese Exclusion Law.But Valora is not easily turned away, and she develops a secret plan that secures her a place without the crew knowing. Valora has seven days to find her brother and persuade him to rehearse and audition. She also needs to find the circus owner and convince him to see her performance while maintaining the gig that she belongs on Titanic.
Step by step, Valora succeeds in her project. Then suddenly the passengers are asked to put on their life jackets and shortly afterwards the unsinkable ship sinks and survival is most important.
Captivating from start to finish, “Luck of the Titanic” is bursting with tension, clearly defined characters and a deep reflection on what society considers worthy and unworthy people. Written flawlessly, this is a must-have choice.
Kendal Rautzhan is nationally syndicated and writes and lectures on children’s literature. She can be reached at email@example.com.