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August 11, 2011

Get reading to get ready to go back to school

The other day, I was reading an article about getting ready to go back to school. A poll shows that 80 percent of moms are happy when youngsters are off to school. Not surprising.

And do you realize that it's August already and that school time is just around the corner? Where has the summer gone? It doesn't seem that long ago when we were shoveling snow.

The library has received several new books on going to school for you and your children to enjoy, as you'll read below.

Eddie knows how to get ready for school all by himself. He uses a checklist, but not one you could ever imagine. "Eddie Gets Ready for School" by David Milgrim will have children laughing as they watch Eddie get "ready."

Children can help you read Judy Sierra's rebus story. "We Love Our School" is a rhyming story about the first day of school. So many things happen during the course of the day, and the animals learn and cooperate throughout. Children will love looking at the detailed pictures while helping read.

School is just a little different in Corinne Demas' "Pirates Go To School." They bring their parrots, and their pirate treasure for show-and-tell. They also learn reading and math, although how they do it is rather unusual. The illustrations are priceless and you won't want to miss the facial expressions on all the characters during the course of the school day.

Kyle is going to school and he's dreading his first trip on the bus. His big brother, James, gives Kyle 10 rules for riding the bus. Kyle handles each rule, but in his own way. Author John Grandits has a lot of fun in "Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus."

The classic story of the gingerbread man that we all know has a whole new storyline in "The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School" by Laura Murray. When the class that baked him goes out for recess and forgets to take him along, he's determined to run as fast as he can to find them. All the teachers and principal help him and when everyone is reunited, there is a great ending that kids will really enjoy.

Now that summer is over, Tortoise is worried about going back to school. What if he doesn't like lunch? What if he trips and falls? What if he can't make any friends? Will things work our for him? Find out in "Back to School Tortoise" by Lucy George.

Stella doesn't like going to bed. Neither do any of her stuffed animals. They aren't tired, no way are they tired. They play games, they travel to imaginary places around the world. Will they ever get to sleep? Find out in "The World Champion of Staying Awake" by Sean Taylor.

"Farley and the Lost Bone" by Lynn Johnston and Beth Cruikshank features Farley the dog from the comic strip "For Better or For Worse." Farley can't remember where he buried his bone last fall. He digs in the flower bed, and gets chased away. He digs in the sandbox and gets chased away. He continues to dig, but where is that bone? As humorous as the strip, this is a book that everyone int he family can enjoy.

"Mine!" is a word often heard by toddlers as soon as they can speak. Two toddlers play together and when "mine" takes over the conversation, you can be sure lots of interesting things will happen. Author Shutta Crum and illustrator Patrice Barton have lots of fun with the concept of mine.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.

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