Hello with Back-to-School Tales!

Hello! My name is Liz and I'm the new children's librarian in the Children's Room here at the Menasha Public Library!  I'll tell you a little bit about myself before jumping into some back-to-school book suggestions:  In May I recieved my master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the end of July I moved to Appleton to begin work here in Menasha in August.  I feel very lucky to be working at such a beautiful library with so many friendly people!  I lived in Appleton for four years while I was an undergraduate at Lawrence University, so the Appleton area isn't completely new to me, but I am still learning my way around the Neenah-Menasha area!

In the spirit of new beginnings, students across the country started school again last week!  I can just see the freshly sharpened pencils, smell the chalk dust, and feel the smooth, unmarked covers of new notebooks and folders!  In case you (or your kids) aren't feeling all this back-to-school excitement, I have a couple new book suggestions from the Children's Room that might help get you in the mood!

Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) by Barbara Bottner

This first-grader is not interested by the books the enthusiastic librarian shares with her class, that is until she finds a book about something gross enough to impress her!  (Grades 1-3)

Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds

Even superheroes-in-training have to know about fractions!  You never know when they might come in handy, especially when a pack of terrible ice zombies attacks the city! 


The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman

This group of quirky yet loveable misfits must band together to teach Miss Breakbone, their rather unforgiving teacher, a lesson and rescue a prized possession of one of their classmates.  (Grades 3-6)

Falling In by Frances O'Roark Dowell

You would find it destracting if all you heard was an annoying buzzing in your head instaead of your teacher's voice, right?  It's this mysterious buzzing noise that gets Isabella sent to the principle's office and sets off a chain of events that lands Isabella in a parallel, fairy tale-ish universe full of unexpected adventure!  (Grades 4-7)

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School: We the Children by Andrew Clements

Benjamin's school is about to be demolished to make room for an amusement park - great, right??  Maybe not so great...something about this plan doesn't seem quite right to Benjamin and his friends.  When they start digging around for clues, they find themselves knee-deep in a mystery bigger than they ever imagined!  (Grades 4-6)

Come to the library and check out these and lots more back-to-school tales at the Children's Room and stay tuned for updates about fall storytimes starting next week, September 13!

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