In February 1956, snow and car trouble caused Harry de Leyer to arrive late to the New Holland, PA, horse auction. The only horses left when he arrived were the unwanted ones, already loaded on a van bound for the slaughterhouse. Harry looked in the ...read more
Recently I borrowed the coolest book from the library: Dr. Who 50, The Essential Guide. It is written by Justin Richards, but it is really a BBC reflection of this unique show, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last November.
The book is a pic...read more
Do you know what famous woman lived in Homer, New York? Could you name the parts of the human eye in the order that light reaches them? These are just two of the questions asked of Julian, Ethan, Noah and Nadia, the four members of Mrs. O...read more
Do you know the exact moment the sun rose this morning? How about the exact moment it will set tonight? Imagine a life where knowing exactly when the sun will be out is a matter of life or death for your child.
That is the life David and Eve have ...read more
The icy coldness of a Canadian winter permeates off the pages of Stef Penney's novel The Tenderness of Wolves, while snow falls and drifts and glistens with a blinding reflection of light. This frigid setting is a constant presence in this historica...read more
When my husband and I were ready to get another dog, our search took us to the Paws for Life Rescue Shelter in Chesapeake City. This clean and welcoming shelter, caringly maintained by volunteers, provides temporary (it is hoped!) shelter to dogs in...read more
My husband and I love to travel. A few times we have flown to our destination, but most of the time we drive. We have at least "touched wheel" in about 45 of the 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. We pick a destination point, and then study m...read more
What if you pretend to be a ghost, and end up waking up some real ghosts? What do you do? When Travis and his sister Corey pretend to haunt their grandmother's old Vermont inn, they wake up some mischievous ghosts and one real scary one!&...read more
Did you know that the most important thing to do when you go on a hike is to tell someone where you are going and when you should be back? If you do get lost, you should STOP - Stop, Think, Observe, Plan. Learn how to find food, make shel...read more
What is under the ground you're walking on? No, not the grass; what's below that? Lots of critters live underground, some in simple holes and others in elaborate tunnels! Come meet them in this cleverly illustrated book!
Did you know the refrigerator was invented in Maryland? What is the Maryland State Cat? Did you know the dome on the Maryland statehouse is the largest wooden dome built without nails in the United States? You can find these facts, ...read more
Meet EGR3, or Eager, a young robot programmed to learn from experience like a human child. While Eager quickly bonds with the son of his new owners, he embarrasses their daughter, who would rather have one of the sleek new BDC4 robots. But when...read more
I love my dog who is an "SPCA Special", so I was drawn to this book about adorable dogs that are known as mixed breeds or mutts. The book explains that mutts, who are different than specially bred hybrids like labradoodles, come in all kinds of...read more
After her grandfather dies, 16 year old Kit must choose between marrying a kind but old man, or journeying alone to her Aunt's home in colonial Connecticut. Kit makes the journey, and a Newbery Award winning book begins. This much-read cl...read more
TV shows have familiarized us with crime scene investigations, but ever wonder what really happens in a true crime scene investigation? In this interactive book, you get to solve the crime while learning about DNA evidence, suspect interviews, ...read more
Knut (pronounced K' -noot) is born in a zoo to a mother who does not know how to take care of him, so zoo workers take over feeding Knut every two hours around the clock. Miraculously, Knut survives, and snuggles into the hearts of people all o...read more
On a warm Hawaiian beach, Tutu (grandmother in Hawaiian) tells her granddaughter Beautiful the story of her birth. In gentle verse, Tutu tells Beautiful a talk-story, as Beautiful's fingers twitch along and the sea dances in rhythm to the story...read more