Armadillos (Amazing Animals)
by Kate Riggs (Author)
Booktalk: A basic exploration of the appearance, behavior, and habitat of armadillos, the distinctively armored American mammals. Also included is a story from folklore explaining how armadillos became musical.
Booktalk: Mary Lemist Titcomb (1852-1932) was always looking for ways to improve her library. As librarian at the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, Titcomb was concerned that the library was not reaching all the people it could. She was determined that everyone should have access to the library–not just adults and those who lived in town. Realizing its limitations and inability to reach the county’s 25,000 rural residents, including farmers and their families, Titcomb set about to change the library system forever with the introduction of book-deposit stations throughout the country, a children’s room in the library, and her most revolutionary idea of all–a horse-drawn Book Wagon. Soon book wagons were appearing in other parts of the country, and by 1922, the book wagon idea had received widespread support. The bookmobile was born!
Booktalk: Look at 12 of the world’s most incredible creatures. Discover what makes each animal astonishing, from dramatic opossums and hooded seals to hungry dung beetles and helpful honeyguides.
Snippet: Cuckoos Get Others to Raise Their Young
The cuckoo is a small bird. But it is one of the biggest bullies in the bird world. Cuckoos are brood parasites. They do not raise thier own chicks. Instead, a female cuckoo lays her eggs in the nest of another bird.
Booktalk: After a debilitating illness as a child, Gwen sought solace in art and nature. She learned to be persistent and independent–never taking no for an answer or letting her disabilities define her.
Booktalk: Structured as a court case in which the reader is presented with evidence of the injustice that Ginsburg faced, this picture book biography is the true story of how one of America’s most “notorious” women bravely persevered to become the remarkable symbol of justice she is today.
Snippet: And yet, without Ruth’s help, her husband–who was also a student at Harvard Law School–would not have graduated. He became gravely ill and was unable to attend classes. Ruth went to his classes for him and took notes, so that he could pass his courses. She also took care of him, took care of their newborn baby, Jane, went to her own classes, and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.