Books are probably the greatest values in entertaining youngsters | Leisure

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

Range catalog lets shoppers ‘put their cash the place their values are’

The catalog is intended to help the participating municipalities to identify different companies when placing orders. It will also serve as a marketing tool for the publicly traded companies and a resource for consumers looking to promote social justice through their purchases, according to Kate Newhall-Smith, Salem’s chief planner.

Jonil Casado, owner of Flavors of your Palate, an in-home catering company in Salem, said he “jumped up and down” when he learned his company had been approved for catalog listing.

“A small business like mine that doesn’t have a brick and mortar store is difficult to promote and market,” said Casado, who is Latino. “I saw this as an opportunity for residents to learn more about my business. There is so much competition, especially on the north coast with so many restaurants. Now that people are in the catalog they have a place to find me. “

Newhall-Smith said the initiative was inspired by a similar diversity catalog compiled by Someville in 2019, and follows Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll’s belief that “it is important to strategize our local minority and women’s businesses To support the elimination of systemic inequalities ”.

She said Driscoll came up with the idea of ​​inviting neighboring communities to join the project in order to attract a wider range of businesses and expand the impact of the catalog. The leaders of the five other wards – Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Peabody, and Swampscott – contacted last month agreed to attend.

“I am excited to join this partnership … to create a diversity catalog,” said Lynn Mayor Thomas M. McGee in a statement. “This will be a useful resource for our local minority and women’s businesses to promote their services [and] to our constituents who want to support these companies and also promote the city’s efforts to promote racial justice. “

The catalog, which is updated annually, is open to all brick-and-mortar or exclusively online businesses in the Greater North Shore region. At least 51 percent of the company’s holdings must come from the identified demographic groups.

Jonil Casado is the chef and owner of Flavors of your Palate, a catering company. He is among those listed in a new North Shore Diversity Catalog. Rossy Fernandez

Companies can apply for inclusion in the catalog until March 31st. Newhall-Smith and Salem’s planning assistant, Kate Kennedy, are working with local organizations to recruit applicants and monitor registrations. When the catalog is ready later in the spring, it will be displayed on the websites of the six communities.

One of the groups involved in the project is the one based in Salem North Shore Community Development Coalition, which runs a program that provides free advice and technical support to small businesses, especially those who are immigrants, women, and minorities.

“Many of the companies we work with are excited about the opportunity to be on the North Shore Diversity Catalog, and we know it will open a door for them to opportunity, access and notoriety,” said Felicia Pierce, chief Coalition Program Officer, via email.

Flora Tonthat, founder and owner of Northey Street House B&B in Salem, is excited to have her company listed and notes that it will be especially helpful during the pandemic.

“As an Asian woman, COVID has made things a little more difficult lately,” said Hong Kong-born Tonthat, “because Asians are portrayed in a targeted and negative way.”

“I also value equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Tonthat, noting that she is promoting her own B&B as a “welcoming place for everyone”.

“As a consumer,” she said, “I would like to have a catalog yesterday in which I knew what my purchase options were, in which consumers can put their money where their values ​​are.”

John Laidler can be reached at