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Bilingual Read-Along Books

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Have you checked out any of our Juvenile Read-Along books?

Find general information about our Juvenile Read-Along collection HERE on our website. 

The library’s collection of bilingual (English/Spanish) picturebook Read-Alongs continues to grow. A quick search of “bilingual read-alongs”  in the catalog reveals more than 50 titles. Some favorites are featured below.

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YA Audiobooks On Hoopla

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Did you know that you can stream or download lots of great Young Adult audiobooks for free on Hoopla with your library card?

 

Hoopla is a web and mobile library media streaming platform that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone, or TV.  

 

Check out these titles and find many more on Hoopla!

(Summaries provided by Hoopla)

 

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Favorite Picture Books To Read Aloud

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Are you looking for some great ideas for picture book read-alouds? Here are some of my favorites! These are engaging, fun reads with appealing illustrations. Descriptions are from our catalog.

 

Oh No, Astro! by Matt Roeser, illustrated by Brad Woodard 

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An Ode to Sandra Boynton

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A notable perk of parenting or grandparenting toddlers is the introduction to the existence of Sandra Boynton board books. To find board books such as hers that are both engaging for young children and entertaining for adults is no trivial thing. In fact, it is worthy of an ode, an ode to Sandra Boynton. Merriam- Webster includes this definition for ode: “something that shows respect for or celebrates the worth or influence of another.”  

 

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Browsing Picture Books in Juvenile Biography

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The Juvenile Biography section is one of my favorite places to browse in the library. I learn something new every time I leaf through a picture book biography. The vivid illustrations put me right into the time and the place where the action is happening. We have a wonderful selection of engaging and informative picture book biographies available to check out with your library card. 

 

Here are a few recommendations. Click on a title to find it in the catalog.

 

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Book Review: Ain't Burned All The Bright

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Powerhouse author/illustrator duo and best friends, Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin worked together during the pandemic to create  Ain’t Burned All The Bright.  This Young Adult book is weighty both in a physical sense and in subject matter. With over 350 pages of glossy, mesmerizing illustrations and spare text that becomes part of the artwork on each page, Ain’t Burned All The Bright  makes quite an impact. The story is centered around one black family during the Covid 19 pandemic and at a time of racial violence.

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"Baloney and Friends" Series Review

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Kids’ graphic novels are fun to read, with bright, eye-catching illustrations and entertaining stories. The Baloney and Friends series by Greg Pizzoli is no exception. Even though the series is recommended for ages 6 to 9, like all good books for kids, they can be enjoyed by any age. 

 

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Try a Paperback Classic!

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If you are looking for something to read for the Adult Summer Reading Program, why not try a paperback classic? What makes a work of literature a classic? We may think of a classic book as one written by an author who has died, but there are contemporary classics by living authors, too. Classics are books that are well-written and hold up over time. They could be a first in a genre or have cultural importance.

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Biographies For Kids

“Picture book biographies are engaging and informative. They educate children about famous people in history, as well as lesser known heroes from around the world. Biographies are inspiring, because readers learn about how real people who faced real challenges in the real world managed to overcome their difficulties. Biographies teach children to dream big, think deeply, and navigate challenges.” --Harper Collins/ Harper Stacks

 

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Teen Book Spotlight: New YA Titles!

Our teen book spotlight this week is on new YA books, because let’s be honest--who doesn’t love a new book?  The titles featured in this week’s book talk (and listed below) are titles that are new to us at the Handley Regional Library System over the past couple of month

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Outer Space Books in Young Adult

Outer Space Books in Young Adult

As we celebrate the upcoming Star Wars holiday of May the Fourth, we are sharing some books that take place in outer space and explore how teens live there for young adult readers!  Some of these books take place in the galaxy we know while others are in a galaxy far, far away.  The titles featured below can be found on Hoopla or Libby either as an audiobook, eBook, or both.  To find more titles, please search the Handley Regional Library System catalog using the search term #yaspacelife--many of these titles can be found on Libby and

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