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Children are curious about everything, and nonfiction books provide an important avenue to learning, answering questions and generating new ones.
Interested minds need to be nourished, and when they are, interesting people emerge. Young and old alike are enriched by knowledge we didn't have before. A steady diet of nonfiction provides an ever-expanding base of information.
The following book is available at public libraries.
"Around the Pond: Who's Been Here?" by Lindsay Barrett George, Greenwillow, 40 pages
Read aloud: age 4 to 7
Read yourself: age 7 and 8
Cammy and William are in search of wild blueberries for their mother to make a pie. Eagerly the two set off and follow an old deer path that circles the pond. Along the way they encounter far more than blueberries.
Clues as to what animal had been there before Cammy and William arrived are everywhere. With each clue the children wonder, "Who's been here?" Each question is followed by a double-page spread with the answer.
Library: Slater Library, 26 Main St., Jewett City
Library Director: Meg Vantine
Children's Librarian: Ann Grzelak
Choices this week: "Ten Dirty Pigs, Ten Clean Pigs: An Upside-Down, Turn-Around Bathtime Counting Book" by Carol Roth; "Good Thing You're Not an Octopus!" by Julie Markes; "Rhyolite: The True Story of a Ghost Town" by Diane Siebert
"animal 123" and "animal spots and stripes" by Britta Teckentrup, Chronicle, 2012, 18 pages each, $12.99 hardcover each
Read aloud: age 2 to 4
Read yourself: age 6 and 7
These two books take basic concepts such as learning numbers or exploring patterns on animals and make the experience (and learning) lots of fun. Bold colors and striking graphics combine with sturdy flaps to lift, heightening the learning experience.
"Profiles: Tech Titans" by Carla Killough McClafferty, Scholastic, 2012, 144 pages, $6.99 paperback
Read aloud: age 9, 10 and older.
Read yourself: age 10, 11 and older.
The technical titans that have changed our world: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Jeff Bezos. You might know some or all of these names, but it's doubtful you know each of their stories. "Profiles: Tech Titans" will be hard for any reader interested in computers and technology to put down.