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National Read a Book Day

Miranda Lopez

September 6th was National Read a Book day! Here are some books our library media specialists recommend reading!

Carson Middle School Media Specialist Korina Brown holds up book: Flawed Dogs

𝗙𝗹𝗮𝘄𝗲𝗱 𝗗𝗼𝗴𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝗕𝗲𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗱
“I recommend this book because it can show that not everyone is perfect and “top breed.” We all have flaws, some more noticeable than others. It’s how we treat others and ourselves (no room for hate or jealousy) that makes us not flawed. Plus the action scenes in this novel are pretty intense, and the crying, and the laughing. Just an all around good book.” -𝑴𝒓𝒔. 𝑲𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒂 𝑩𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒏, 𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒔𝒐𝒏 𝑴𝒊𝒅𝒅𝒍𝒆 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍

Mesa Media Specialist Natalie Frodin holds up book "Library Lion"

𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗟𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗞𝗻𝘂𝗱𝘀𝗲𝗻
Library Lion is a fantastic book! It takes place in my favorite spot- the library. It teaches acceptance and how our first opinions about someone/something may not always be right. I recommend Library Lion because it shows how we can make unlikely friends and how much they can teach us.
𝑵𝒂𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒆 𝑭𝒓𝒐𝒅𝒊𝒏, 𝑴𝒆𝒔𝒂 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍

Jordahl Media Specialist holds up book "the 100th day of school from the black Lagoon"

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝟭𝟬𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗿
One of my favorite book series is The Black Lagoon Adventures series. In these books, author Mike Thaler provides Fantastic Adventures that happen in Hubies life based around the Black Lagoon. He has a way of making common events and holidays become suspenseful and exciting because the reader never knows what comes from the Black Lagoon. The original Black Lagoon book, Teacher from the Black Lagoon was one of my favorite books as a child. Now, there are over 21 books in the From the Black Lagoon Adventures series and I encourage you to check one out and see why these books have captured readers' attention for over 30 years now. - 𝑩𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝑼𝒑𝒕𝒐𝒏, 𝑱𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒂𝒉𝒍 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍

Eagleside Media Specialist holds up books "the 65-story tree house and I need my monster"

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝟲𝟱-𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗔𝗻𝗱𝘆 𝗚𝗿𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗶𝘁𝗵𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗠𝘆 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝘆 𝗔𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗡𝗼𝗹𝗹
I love both books because they have characters that are just living life and having friendships that are real and hard. I think they both show, that in any friendship there are going to be great times and hard times. However, during conflict they both show emotions that lead to acceptance of differences! Friendship is always a fantastic theme!! -𝑺𝒂𝒎𝒎𝒊 𝑾𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒂𝒎𝒔, 𝑬𝒂𝒈𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚

Patriot Media Specialist Christine Smith holds up book "Piggie Pie"

𝗣𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗶𝗲 𝗣𝗶𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗶
“ Reading Piggie Pie is so much fun! The reader can get into character by using fun voices for Gritch and the Wolf! I also love how the author, Margie Palatini, ties in a familiar story, “The Three Little Pigs”, and the song “Old McDonald had a Farm”, in the book to create cross literature connections!” - 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝑺𝒎𝒊𝒕𝒉, 𝑷𝒂𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒕 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍

Patriot Media Specialist Christine Smith holds up book "The Remember Balloons"

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝗕𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗲 𝗢𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗼𝘀
“The Remember Balloons is a story about a little boy whose grandpa has dementia. Although it’s a tear jerker, I enjoy this story because it shows the value of shared memories, spending time with family and helps students understand why older people may not remember some things they once did.” - 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝑺𝒎𝒊𝒕𝒉, 𝑷𝒂𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒕 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍

Abrams Media Specialist Dominique Conner holds up books "Alma and Witchlings"

𝗔𝗹𝗺𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗦𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗼𝘁 𝗛𝗲𝗿 𝗡𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗝𝘂𝗮𝗻𝗮 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘇-𝗡𝗲𝗮𝗹.
Alma is a little girl who feels frustrated by her long name. Throughout the story, her father explains that her name is special because of the relatives she is named after.

𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗲𝗹 𝗢𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗮
All her life Seven Salazar has looked forward to her chance to participate in the Black Moon Ceremony in Ravenskill. When witchlings turn twelve they are placed into their covens during this ceremony. Much to her surprise and dismay she is not placed in a coven, but is a Spare. Refusing to accept a life with less powers and ill-treatment, she decides, with her Spare coven to take on the impossible task.

I chose these books for a few reasons. The first to highlight Hispanic/Latina authors for Hispanic/Latino Heritage month that starts next week. The second is because both books have a great message about accepting who you are and believing in yourself.
-𝑫𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒒𝒖𝒆 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒓, 𝑨𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒎𝒔 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍

Aragon Media Specialist Shelley Vernier holds up book Fish in a Tree

𝗙𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗟𝘆𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗠𝘂𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗹𝘆 𝗛𝘂𝗻𝘁
“My favorite book that I recommend as a "good read" is Fish In a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. “This book is about an elementary school student, Ally, who has difficulty with reading. She feels as if she can't be helped and doesn't fit in with her classmates, so she hides her disability from classmates and teachers. Her biggest supporters are her mother, brother, and father (who happens to be deployed on military duty). She struggles with making friends and learning. And, she finds herself with a new teacher after her present teacher takes a maternity leave for a few weeks. The new teacher sees a creative, artistic side in Ally and supports her in building her confidence and understanding that great minds don't always think alike. Once Ally realizes that everyone has unique talents.” -𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒚 𝑽𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒆𝒓, 𝑨𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒐𝒏 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍

FFCHS Media Specialist Deanna Grande holds up book Before Take Off

𝗕𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗢𝗳𝗳 𝗯𝘆 𝗔𝗱𝗶 𝗔𝗹𝘀𝗮𝗶𝗱
“This is the seventh book by Author Adi Alsaid. Alsaid finds yet another way to introduce characters that have different cultural backgrounds, but find they have so much in common. During different family trips, James and Michelle meet during a layover in Atlanta. When Michelle pushes a button, their world changes. There is chaos, excitement, romance, and danger in this book that many young adults could find interesting. This book has been described as Jumanji meets The Sun is also a Star. A wonderful book by a wonderful Young Adult author.” -𝑫𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒂 𝑮𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒆, 𝑭𝑭𝑪𝑯𝑺


Weikel Media Specialist holds up books "Out of My Mind, Merlin Series, and Ungifted"

𝗨𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗚𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗼𝗻 𝗞𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻
This is a funny story about Donovan who pulls a prank, and instead of getting into trouble, he is sent to a school for the gifted. Will Donovan be able to pull off? Gordan Korman started publishing stories when he was 11 years old. His stories are funny, and once you have read one, you will be back to read another.

𝗢𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝘆 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗿
Have you ever been judged because of the way you look? What if you were brilliant, but your body made it impossible for you to express yourself. Then a life changing device will change your entire world and for the first time you can speak what is on your mind. Sharon Draper is an incredible storyteller and this story will make you think, it will make you smile and it will make you cry. This is truly a story about learning to be accepting.

𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗹𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝘆 𝗧.𝗔. 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗼𝗻
The story of King Arthur is well known and we know the huge role that Merlin played in the story, but we don’t know much about Merlin as a child or how he became a wizard. T.A. Barron will take you on a fantastic journey into the magical world of Merlin. T.A. Barron is a local author who grew up in Colorado Springs and now lives in Boulder, CO.
-𝑨𝒏𝒈𝒆𝒍𝒂 𝑽𝒊𝒂𝒍𝒑𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒐, 𝑾𝒆𝒊𝒌𝒆𝒍 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍 

Mountainside Media Specialist holds up book "Outside In"

𝗢𝘂𝘁𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗜𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝗗𝗲𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗵 𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱
“ This beautiful book with watercolor paintings reminds us of our deep human connection to nature. This is a playful book showing us how nature invites us to come out! Children love telling us all the things they enjoy about being outside!” -𝑺𝒖𝒔𝒂𝒏 𝑹𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒂, 𝑴𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒚 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍