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I'm a Librarian at the Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne Library. I am also the Liaison for the School of Arts, Sciences, & Education and the School of Information Technology.

New Children’s Books for October

Fiction

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

By Grace Lin
Call Number: PIC LIN
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Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can’t resist a nibble?

How to Be a T. Rex

By Ryan North
Call Number: PIC NOR
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Being a regular old human is kind of a drag. That’s why Sal is not going to be a teacher or doctor or lawyer when she grows up. She is going to grow up to be an awesome Tyrannosaurus Rex. Her brother thinks it’s impossible, but Sal sure shows him! And in the beginning, being a T. Rex is AWESOME. But did you know that it’s kind of hard to make friends when you are a super-giant, super-loud, super-stompy dinosaur? If only there were a way for Sal to be 100% awesome, 100% of the time…

The Day You Begin

By Jaqueline Woodson
Call Number: PIC WOO
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There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

Do You Believe in Unicorns?

By Bethanie Murguia
Call Number: PIC MUR
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Is that a horse wearing a hat? It’s definitely not a unicorn in disguise — that would be ridiculous, right? It’s probably just a horse that’s having a bad hair day. Or trying to keep the sun out of its eyes. Or perhaps this horse just really likes hats! If you follow it long enough, maybe it will take off its hat and you’ll finally know for sure. Or will you? It’s all a matter of perspective in this cheerful, cheeky story about seeing magic in the everyday.

How to Knit a Monster

By Annemarie van Haeringen
Call Number: PIC HAE
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Greta the goat is a wonderfully accomplished knitter. She can even knit little goats and turn them loose to play around her feet. But when she gets distracted from her knitting, threatening creatures spring from her needles, each more menacing than the last. It takes quick thinking, courage, and brilliant knitting for Greta to find her way out of a perilous situation.

The Crocodile and the Dentist

By Taro Gomi
Call Number: PIC BER
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Oh, it’s time to go to the dentist! Crocodile has a toothache, but he’s afraid of the dentist. The dentist wants to help, but he’s afraid of Crocodile. Never fear! Bestselling author-illustrator Taro Gomi cleverly and humorously presents both sides of the story, as the crocodile and the dentist learn to be brave and face their fears—of what might happen in that dentist’s chair and of each other!

Douglas, You’re A Genius!

By Ged Adamson
Call Number: PIC ADA
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Pals Nancy and Douglas think their baseball game is over after their ball rolls through a hole in the fence. But when the ball rolls back, followed by a note in an unfamiliar language, they have to discover who’s on the other side of the fence. And so in a series of truly outrageous–and hilarious–stunts, Nancy tries to launch, vault, and fly Douglas over to the other side to see what’s what. Finally, after all Nancy’s plans fail, Douglas gets his turn to execute a plan–and it works!

I Just Ate My Friend

By Heidi McKinnon
Call Number: PIC MCK
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A little creature is looking for a new friend, but he’s not having any luck. Why is he looking for a new friend, you ask? Because he ate his old one! Heidi McKinnon delivers a hilariously macabre story with colorful illustrations and a satisfying, dry wit.

Henry and the Yeti

By Russell Ayto
Call Number: PIC AYT
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Henry loves yetis. Yes, yetis. The problem is nobody knows if yetis actually exist. Henry, however, is sure they do, and he sets off on an expedition to find one. He has packed everything he needs, including a camera to take photos for evidence. But can he find a yeti? And will anyone believe him when he returns home?

Little Whale

By Jo Weaver
Call Number: PIC WEA
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Together, Little Whale and Gray Whale swim under midnight skies and through coral reefs teeming with life as they migrate to the cool, rich waters of the north to feed. Gray Whale gently guides her baby along the way, keeping Little Whale safe from passing ships and dangerous predators. At long last, the echo of a whale song calls to them through icy water and they know . . . they are home.

Non-Fiction

Saving Fiona: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Baby Hippo

By Thane Maynard
Call Number: QL737 .U57 M39 2018
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The amazing, true story of Fiona, a baby hippo born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo, the team of scientists and caregivers who nursed her to health, and the vast community in Cincinnati and beyond who rallied around her. Includes full-color behind-the-scenes photographs throughout.

Mama Dug a Little Den

By Jennifer Ward and Steve Jenkins
Call Number: QL756 .W37 2018
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There are so many different kinds of dens that mother animals make for their babies, from desert burrows to snow caves to elaborate underground tunnels. Jennifer Ward introduces young readers to all sorts of animals and the cozy burrows they call home in this bouncy, rhyming picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins.

New Children’s Nonfiction for September

Look at Me!: How to Attract Attention in the Animal World

By Robin Page and Steve Jenkins
Call Number: QL751.5 .J465 2018
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Showcasing the most attention-grabbing animals on the planet gathered together, Look at Me! helps readers understand the range of ways animals try to get one another’s attention and why. From luring in prey to warning off predators, protecting themselves to attracting a mate, each animal has a remarkable display. These are animals you won’t want to miss.

Do Not Lick This Book

By Idan Ben-Barak
Call Number: QR57 .B42 2018
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Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact, so small that you’d need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she’s never seen before―like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle of your shirt.

When Sparks Fly: The True Story of Robert Goddard, the Father of US Rocketry

By Kristen Fulton
Call Number: TL781.85 .G6 F85 2018
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Robert Goddard may be known as the father of US rocketry, but back in the 1880s, he was just a kid in Worcester, Massachusetts. Even as a youngster, his eyes glimmered with scientific interest and the thrill of discovery. With BAMS! POPS! BANGS! he experimented time and time again with one mission: make his rockets fly!

Spring After Spring: Rachel Carson’s Courageous Quest to Save the Environment

By Stephanie Roth Sisson
Call Number: GE56.C37 S57 2018
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As a child, Rachel Carson lived by the rhythms of the natural world. Spring after spring, year after year, she observed how all living things are connected. And as an adult, Rachel watched and listened as the natural world she loved so much began to fall silent. Spring After Spring traces Rachel’s journey as scientist and writer, courageously speaking truth to an often hostile world through her book, and ultimately paving the way for the modern environmental movement.

New Children’s Fiction for September

Stop, Go, Yes, No!: A Story of Opposites

By Mike Twohy
Call Number: PIC TWO
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In the vein of Tom and Jerry, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny, and other classic cartoons, Stop, Go, Yes, No! features an adorably enthusiastic dog and a less-enthusiastic cat on a chase full of silly and exciting turns, with a heartwarming twist.

Look

By Fiona Woodcock
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Starring a brother and sister who go to the zoo, see kangaroos and baboons, and get to bring home balloons! Told entirely in words that contain a double o, this playful story is a great choice for emerging readers.

New Shoes

By Chris Raschka
Call Number: PIC RAS
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When a young child discovers a hole in a sneaker, mother and child embark on a big childhood adventure—a trip to the store to pick out new shoes.

Did You Eat the Parakeet?

By Mark Iacolina
Call Number: PIC IAC
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A little girl can’t find her parakeet―her kitty must have eaten it! Right? Where else would it have gone? It was just here! She shouts, she accuses, and she laments her loss. But her cat might be trying to tell her something . . .

Play

By Jez Alborough
Call Number: PIC ALB
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It’s bedtime for Bobo, but the little chimp isn’t ready to stop playing for the day. So he hitches a ride on an obliging giraffe, only to be carried back to his mother when she calls. His mother tells him again to stay, but Bobo can’t help catching a lift on the back of a turtle to see what’s across the pond and on top of a nearby hill. Now it’s getting dark, and he’s all alone, with no idea how to get home. “Mommy!”

Stegothesaurus

By Bridget Heos
Call Number: PIC HEO
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Stegothesaurus’s love of language has always put him at odds with his stegosaurus brothers. So when he makes a friend―an allothesaurus­―who is just as verbose as he, he is happy, thrilled, and ecstatic! But Stegothesaurus soon learns that the allothesaurus has very different ideas about what constitutes a good meal, and he’ll discover there’s one thing that he loves more than words: his family.

Trevor

By Jim Averbeck
Call Number: PIC AVE
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Trevor is a lonely yellow canary looking for a friend. He stretches his wings the width of his boring cage and notices the tree outside stretching its branch. And on the end of that branch? Another canary! But he’s so shy and quiet. Trevor knows just how to make him feel comfortable.

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates!

By Ryan T. Higgins
Call Number: PIC HIG
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It’s the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But it’s hard to make human friends when they’re so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . .

New Children’s Books for August

Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime!

By Cate Berry
Call Number: PIC BER
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Penguin and Tiny Shrimp DO NOT have a bedtime story to share with you. There are no soft beds or cozy covers here. There are fireworks! And shark-infested waters!! This book will never make you sleepy! Not at all. Not even a little…

Friends Stick Together

By Hannah E. Harrison
Call Number: PIC HAR
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When a loud-mouthed tickbird lands on Mortimer the rhino’s nose and starts a symbiotic relationship, the reserved Mortimer is mortified, until he realizes they just might be the perfect pair.

Monster and Mouse Go Camping

By Deborah Underwood and Jared Chapman
Call Number: PIC UND
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When Mouse and Monster team up to go camping, they discover Monster’s insatiable appetite is wreaking havoc on their campsite, but nothing can stop these two friends from having fun in the great outdoors.

Possum and the Summer Storm

By Anne Hunter
Call Number: PIC HUN
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After their home is swept away in a summer flood, Possum and his children build a new home with the help of the other animals.

Hawk Rising

By Maria Gianferrari
Call Number: QL696.F32 G49 2018
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A father red-tailed hawk hunts prey for his family in a suburban neighborhood in this thrilling, fierce, and gorgeous nonfiction picture book illustrated by Caldecott medalist Brian Floca.

Motivation and Success: Two Books from Daniel H. Pink

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money– the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink. In this provocative and persuasive book, Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction–at work, at school, and at home–is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does– and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation– autonomy, mastery, and purpose– and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

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Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Daniel Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married? Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

Learn Philosophy Through Jokes

Philosophy becomes a little more entertaining – and perhaps a bit more approachable – with these books by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein.

Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…

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Call Number: BD31 .C38 2008
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Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism (What do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?) to Logic (Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything). Philosophy 101 for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joy to read—and finally, it all makes sense!

Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates

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Call Number: BD444 .C38 2009
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Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein now turn their attention to the Big “D” and share the timeless wisdom of the great philosophers, theologians, psychotherapists, and wiseguys. From angels to zombies and everything in between, Cathcart and Klein offer a fearless and irreverent history of how we approach death, why we embrace life, and whether there really is a hereafter. As hilarious as it is enlightening, Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates is a must-read for anyone and everyone who ever expects to die.

Phonics and Reading

Words Their Way

Word Study  for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction
51k21yg1ypl-_sx359_bo1204203200_By Donald R. Bear
Call Number: PE1117 .Z5 B41 2004
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A core text or supplement for phonics and reading methods courses. Words Their Way, Third Edition is designed to help teachers address the needs of all readers and spellers, by setting out a clear way to accommodate each student’s developmental level, then providing the best methods for teaching to that level. In support of this philosophy, the authors provide more than 250 ready-to-use activities for teaching word study, spelling, vocabulary, and phonics.

Phonics They Use

Words for Reading and Writing
51ocryogo9l-_sx408_bo1204203200_By Patricia M. Cunningham
Call Number: LB1573.3 .C86 2005
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This bestseller is packed with new activities and strategies for teaching reading. It weaves together the complex and varied strategic approaches needed to help students develop reading and spelling skills.

Creating Strategic Readers

Techniques for Developing Competency in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
51zoe-5w8ul-_sx382_bo1204203200_By Valerie Ellery
Call Number: LB1050 .E42 2005
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To develop lifelong readers, it is vital for teachers to also show students how to apply these reading skills strategically to acquire meaning from text. This book is a comprehensive resource you can use to better equip yourself in the craft of teaching reading. Author Valerie Ellery first lays the groundwork for a comprehensive literacy classroom, detailing appropriate curriculum, assessment, and instruction. She then focuses on the five essential components of reading instruction—phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension—to align instruction with current standards.

Guided Reading: Making It Work

51zyx42b2b4l-_sy450_By Mary Browning Schulman and Carleen daCruz Payne
Call Number: LB1525 .S37 2000
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Guided reading is wonderful in theory, but how do you manage it? In this practical resource, two veteran teachers provide a step-by-step guide to guided reading, sharing their lesson plans, management strategies, and assessment tools. They show you how to manage flexible groups, match books to student needs, incorporate phonics, and use assessment to inform instruction. Transcripts of guiding reading sessions and lots of teacher prompts show exactly how guided reading can work for you. Also included is a list of over 650 book titles leveled by reading stage and by Reading Recovery levels. For use with Grades K-3.

Literacy for the 21st Century

51vxbojxqgl-_sx400_bo1204203200_By Gail E. Tompkins
Call Number: LB1576 .T657 2006
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Literacy for the 21st Century is the number #1 reading text preferred by teacher educators, future teachers, and in-service teachers. It continues to offer the most balanced approach to literacy instruction on the market today, while providing the clearest look into successful literacy teaching. The new 4th Edition has been thoroughly revised to address the realities of today’s classroom and to provide invaluable practical resources instructors will want their students to keep for use in their own classroom.

Children’s Literature in the Elementary School

51g2vawqcyl-_sx366_bo1204203200_By Charlotte S. Huck
Call Number: LB1575.5.U5 H79 2001
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This text shows readers how children’s literature can capture the attention of K-8 students and foster a lifelong love of reading. The text covers learning about children’s literature, understanding children’s responses to literature, the history of children’s literature, all the genres (beginning books, picture storybooks, traditional literature, fantasy, poetry, realistic fiction, historical fiction, biography, and informational books), planning the literature program, and extending and evaluating children’s understandings of literature.