The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly World of Germs

One thing I was not prepared for in this new thing called mom life, was that once you put your kiddo in daycare they will be sick FOREVER! To be fair, I was warned, but I had no idea the endless days of snot, coughing, and laundry would be this intense. As we all battle with sick days for a myriad of reasons, here are some books to help your own kiddos understand how germs, bugs, and viruses get to work.

Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes by Lesa Cline-Ransome – An introduction to the good and bad bacteria in our bodies. (K-Grade 2)

A Germ’s Journey by Thom Rooke M.D. and Anthony Phillip Trimmer, Read by Jared Kaelber – Perfect book for a sick kiddo at home! A read along through Hoopla to explain what’s going in their tiny body. (K-Grade 2)

The Good Germ Hotel: Meet Your Body’s Marvelous Microbes by Sŏng-hwa Kim – A reminder to all of us that it’s not all bad. Get ready to meet your happy gut flora! (Grade 2-5) Continue reading “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly World of Germs”

National Park Service Founders Day on August 25

This Wednesday, August 25, is National Park Service Founders Day, and while Washington doesn’t have the most (that belongs to California) we do have three amazing National Parks right at our doorstep: North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, and Mount Rainier National Park. The Library has a bountiful collection for all your National Park needs: art, travel guides, stories, and more! Here are a few that caught my eye!

Art & History

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Let’s Swim! Kids Edition

Whether your little ones love the water or are a bit more hesitant to jump in, these pictures books celebrate the joy of getting in the water and splashing around. (Find our swimming-related reading for adults here.)

1, 2, 3, Jump! by Lisl H. Detlefsen
illustrated by Madeline Valentine
Recommended for ages 2+
A young girl gets ready for her first time in a swimming pool, learning about what to wear, putting worries to rest, and getting excited about what’s to come.

Bubbles… Up! by Jacqueline Davies
illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
Recommended for ages 3+
Oh, the things you can do underwater! Hanging out at the community pool, a girl does handstands on the bottom, surfaces like a porpoise, and looks for treasure as families play around her. A thunderstorm interrupts the fun, and then it’s back in the water!

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Watch and Read: Stranger Things

While I can honestly watch Stranger Things over and over and over again we have so much material that adds on to the Stranger Things universe to quench your nerdy hearts. As well as a few reads to give you the same feeling the show did – for all ages!

The Stranger Things Field Guild by Nadia Bailey
An ultimate fan read, get to know your favorite characters even more!

Stranger Things by Jody Houser
Want to know more about Will Beyer’s time in the Upside Down? What about the other children who escaped from Hawkins Lab? And how was the door opened to the Upside Down? Continue the series by reading these graphic novels available though Hoopla Comics. 

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
For Andy, Kerri, Nate, and Peter it all started and ended with the Blyton Summer Detective Club in 1977. But turns out their last case wasn’t finished and there is something worse than a man in a mask waiting for them this time. A mash-up of Scooby-Doo meets Stranger Things. Continue reading “Watch and Read: Stranger Things”

Witchy Reads for a Witchy Autumn

We are approaching one of the most magical times of the year: when the leaves begin to turn, the days get windier, and the spiders come out to leave their shimmery artwork in the gardens for us to admire. Every autumn, it can feel amazing to lean into the spookier side of things and appreciate the coziness and beauty that comes along with the Earth turning towards darkness. For some of us, that means embracing our inner witch! Here are some books from different genres for different age groups about different kinds of witches, all appropriate for you to enjoy this witchy autumn.

Akata Witch by Nnedi OkoraforAkata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

This a young adult novel about a teenage girl, Sunny Nwazue, who discovers she has special magical powers after moving back to Nigeria from the U.S. with her Nigerian parents. Sunny is both Black and albino, which has led her to feel like a social outcast everywhere she goes, but she finds empowerment as she learns about her powers and uses them to track down a dangerous threat to her community alongside some new friends. Drawing from Nigerian mythology, this is an Afrofuturist witch story that opens a totally exciting world of magical lore to a genre in which non-Eurocentric witch stories are sorely unrepresented. Continue reading “Witchy Reads for a Witchy Autumn”