Very young children will enjoy two Spot board books. Ever-popular author Eric Hill will help children learn about opposites such as up and down, dirty and clean, up and down in “Spot’s Opposites.” “Spot Counts to Ten” allows children to count the dots and pictures on each page. Printed numbers reinforce the counting.
“Night Light” by Nicholas Blechman is great fun for kids who love all types of vehicles. While counting, you are also looking at die cut pages and trying to figure out the clue about which vehicle is featured on the following page. Very clever concept that will find children flipping back and forth to look at again and again.
Bandito, the ferret, is the class pet in “My Homework Ate My Homework” by Patrick Jennings. Everyone loves Bandito except Zaritza who thinks he’s creepy and smells like cabbage. But she needs to improve her grades and agrees to take care of Bandito during winter break to get extra credit. The only problem is Bandito escapes and eats her school assignments. Now what is she going to do?
Ruthie and Jack must travel back in time to help one of their classmates clear their family name in “The Pirate’s Coin” by Marianne Malone. A mysterious coin leads them to Massachusetts in 1753 where they meet one of Jack’s ancestors, Pirate Jack Norfleet. They quickly learn they have to be very careful when messing with history because it could change all of their futures, and maybe not for the good.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 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.