Booktalk: Dr. B. and Dick, two osprey scientists in Massachusetts, observe ospreys and their offspring, tagging one special fledgling with a transmitter to better study migration habits. Follow Belle as she attempts her first flight, conquers her first fishing endeavour, and heads south for her first migration all while her tracking device transmits information about where’s she been.
Booktalk: All new weird-but-true facts, updated reference material, and cool stuff on topics today’s curious kids care about, including a “19 Facts for 2019” feature in every chapter and a “Fun and Games” chapter filled with all-new games, jokes, and comics.
Snippet: Bet you didn’t know
(3) A “zombie star” is a surviving fragment of a star that exploded.
(4) Scientists have created pieces of white dwarf stars in a lab.
(5) Harry Potter characters Sirius Black and Bellatrix Lestrange were named after stars.
Booktalk: Where’s your creativity? It’s the tingle in your toes, or the hop in your step when you have a brand-new idea. It makes you want to do something that hasn’t been done before. It all starts when you begin to m-o-v-e!
Booktalk: When she was seven years old, Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock took her first airplane ride. She decided then and there to be a pilot. Growing up, she was inspired by radio broadcasts detailing the travels of aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Joan Merriam was 15 when she took her first plane ride in 1952. She got her pilot’s license before she could even drive a car. And like Jerrie, Joan too was inspired by Earhart and wanted to circle the globe, following Earhart’s exact route. Years later, when both women begin to plan their dream flights, they are completely unaware of each other, and coincidentally pick the same time to depart. But when the media gets word of their plans, the stage is set for the race of a lifetime. The extraordinary story of the 1964 air race between Americans Geraldine Mock and Joan Merriam Smith, the first two women to fly around the world.
Booktalk: Escaping persecution for being Jewish, the Baline family fled Russia and arrived by ship in New York City harbor in September 1893. After arriving at Ellis Island, the first stop for all immigrants, Israel and his family are ready to begin a new life in America. His family settles in the Lower East Side and soon Israel (now nicknamed Izzy) starts school. And while he learns English, he is not a very good student. According to his teachers he daydreams and sings in class. But while these may not be traits that are helpful in the classroom, these are wonderful tools for a budding singer and composer. And by the time that Izzy (now known as Irving) is a young man, he is well on his way to becoming one of the most well-known composers in America.
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!