Children's Reading Suggestions

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Parkour

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Free Running by Paul Mason

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Try a baseball experiment

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The Physics of Sports Science Projects by Robert Gardner

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Word of the Day: SOCCER

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In between World Cup games, give these books a read…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squish: Captain Disaster by Jennifer HolmSquish : captain disaster

Squish, comic book fan and grade school amoeba, is made captain of his soccer team and following the example of his favorite superhero, must, figure out how to turn a losing streak around without losing his friends.

 

 

 

A Winning Goal by Laurie CalkhovenA winning goal

Readers can imagine themselves as the main character of this interactive story, a girl who loves to play soccer. When her team hits a losing streak, she’s torn between giving her friend Shelby a chance to shine and trying her hardest to score. Will she let down her team if she hangs back and lets Shelby practice? Or will she let down her friend if she takes the ball down the field herself? With more than 20 different endings, girls will enjoy this addition to the Innerstar University series again and again to see how their decisions change the story. Plus, this book comes with a secret access code to unlock additional endings online!

 

 

Soccer Chick Rules by Dawn FitzGeraldSoccer chick rules

While trying to focus on a winning soccer season, thirteen-year-old Tess becomes involved in local politics when she learns that all sports programs at her school will be stopped unless a tax levy is passed.

 

 

 

 

The Million Dollar Kick by Dan GutmanThe Million Dollar Kick

Thirteen-year-old Whisper, who hates sports, is torn when she gets a chance to win a million dollars by kicking a goal against a local soccer hero.

 

 

 

 

 

Shoot-Out by Mike LupicaShoot-out

Twelve-year-old Jake must leave his championship soccer team to play on a team with a losing record when his family moves to a neighboring town.

 

 

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1000+ Lexile Books in Tween Fiction: Sports & Adventure

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Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (1000)

Island of the blue dolphins

The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket (1000)

The miserable mill

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (1010)

The bad beginning

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (1020)

The wolves of Willoughby Chase

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (1020)

Captains courageous

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (1020)

Hatchet

Stormy by Jim Kjelgaard (1030)

Stormy

Brian’s Return by Gary Paulsen (1030)

Brian's return

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (1040)

The reptile room

Terrible Times by Philip Ardagh (1070)

Terrible times

The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket (1080)

The vile village

The Foxman by Gary Paulsen (1090)

The foxman

Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen (1100 NC)

Masters of disaster

The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket (1110)

The hostile hospital

The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket (1110)

The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket (1120)

The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket (1120)

The grim grotto

The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket (1120)

The austere academy

Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen (1140)

Brian's winter

The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket (1150)

The wide window

The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (1150)

The slippery slope

Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen (1180)

Brian's hunt

Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography by Lemony Snicket (1270 NC)

Lemony Snicket : the unauthorized autobiography

The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (1280)

The penultimate peril

The End by Lemony Snicket (1370 NC)

The end

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1000+ Lexile titles in Kids Fiction: Fantasy, Mystery, Sports & Adventure, Tales

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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1000)

The phantom tollbooth

The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies (1000)

The great hamster massacre

Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein (1010 NC)

Uncle Shelby's story of Lafcadio, the lion who shot back

Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis  (1010)

Mr. Chickee's funny money

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum (1020)

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins and Other Nasties: a Practical Guide by Miss Edythe McFate by Lesley Blume (1020)

Modern fairies, dwarves, goblins, & other nasties : a practical guide by Miss Edythe McFate

Goblins by Philip Reeve (1020)

Goblins

The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson (1030)

The flint heart

How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm: the Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup the Viking by Cressida Cowell (1040)

How to ride a dragon's storm : the heroic misadventures of Hiccup the Viking

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (1060)

Just so stories

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene Dubois  (1070)

The twenty-one balloons

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen (1080 NC)

Mudshark

Enchanted Island of Yew by L. Frank Baum (1100)

The Magic of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1110)

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green (1110)

The adventures of Robin Hood

Glinda of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1130)

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1140)

The wind in the willows

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1140)

The jungle book

Paddington at Large by Michael Bond (1160)

Paddington at large

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Play some soccer

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Sports Illustrated Kids (March 2014)

 

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New Call Numbers, New Books: Sports & Play

Our children’s collection reorganization continues apace!

To give you an idea of what is in each new collection category, the next several posts here will feature new books from each new category.

This is a collection of books for independent readers whose primary subject matter is nonfiction treatment of sports, games, toys, parties, and other forms of play.  Games includes, but is not limited to, board games, card games, fingerplays and baby games, group games, campfire games, video games, etc.

Today, here are a few new books from our Sports & Play area.

You Wouldn’t Want to be a Greek Athlete! by Michael FordYou Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek Athlete! : Races You'd Rather Not Run

This lively, interactive series will enthrall young and reluctant readers by making them part of the story, inviting them to become the main character and revel in the gory, dark, horrific side of life throughout important eras in history.

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A Kid’s Guide to Magic Tricks by Steve CharneyThe kids' guide to magic tricks

Have you ever seen a magician do a cool trick and wonder how it was done? Here’s your chance to find out! Just follow the instructions inside and soon you’ll be amazing people with incredible magic. 

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Amazing Auto Racing Records by Brian HowellAmazing auto racing records

Presents records of amazing drivers and races in auto racing, including a short history of the sport.

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On this day in history…December 19

The National Hockey League opened its first season on December 19, 1917. At the time of its inception, the NHL was made up of five franchises: the Canadiens and the Wanderers (both of Montreal), the Ottawa Senators, the Quebec Bulldogs and the Toronto Arenas. The Montreal teams won two victories that first day, as the Canadiens beat Ottawa 7-4 and the Wanderers triumphed over Toronto 10-9.

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Cool hockey facts

Cool Hockey Facts by Kathryn Clay

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Stuff to do instead of watching TV: Worm Charming

Lori Polydoros. Strange But True Sports.

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