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STEM Storytime: Love, Z

STEM Storytime

To support literacy of all kinds in Katy's youth, we're hosting the STEM Storytime program to encourage young readers to also explore science, technology, engineering, and math. Because these Storytimes require specific supplies, we require registration for attendance so we know how many we're expecting, and sadly will have to cap the attendees to ensure everyone can get any assistance they need.

Love, Z Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481496773
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 18th, 2018

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.”

 

When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice,” they decide to find out what “love” means. Unable to get an answer from the other robots, they leave to embark on an adventure that will lead them to Beatrice—and back home again, where love was hiding all along.


Chitra Soundar at Free Family Night at Children’s Museum of Houston

On Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., the Children’s Museum of Houston hosts Free Family Nights.

 

Pattan's Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story Cover Image
By Chitra Soundar, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763692742
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Published: Candlewick - August 1st, 2017

A vibrant variation on the traditional flood myth from the Irular tribe in Southern India.

When Pattan finds a yellow-flower vine wilting in his valley, he replants and cares for it, watching as a pumpkin appears and grows taller than the goats, taller than the elephants, as tall as the very mountains. When a terrible storm rages across the valley, Pattan wonders if perhaps his pumpkin can save the seeds and grains and saplings, the goats and birds and bison, and protect them all as the storm clouds burst and the waters rise. Frané Lessac’s brilliantly hued artwork is a feast for the eyes, while Chitra Soundar’s thoughtful retelling is a fascinating example of the kinds of stories told the world over — and the differences that make each version unique.


Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India Cover Image
By Chitra Soundar, Uma Krishnaswamy (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536200676
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Published: Candlewick - December 31st, 2018

Can Prince Veera and his best friend outsmart the king’s trickiest subjects? Inspired by traditional Indian folktales, these stories are sure to delight.

Being a wise and just ruler is no easy task. That’s what Prince Veera discovers when he and his best friend, Suku, are given the opportunity to preside over the court of his father, King Bheema. Some of the subjects’ complaints are easily addressed, but others are much more challenging. How should they handle the case of the greedy merchant who wishes to charge people for enjoying the smells of his sweets? And can they prove that an innocent man cannot possibly spread bad luck? Will Prince Veera and Suku be able to settle the dispute between a man and his neighbor to whom he sells a well — but not the water in it? Or solve the mystery of the jewels that have turned into pickles? Illustrated throughout by Uma Krishnaswamy, these eight original tales by Chitra Soundar task Veera and Suku with outwitting the kingdom’s greediest, wiliest subjects. Are the two clever boys up to the challenge?


STEM Storytime: How to Catch an Elf <<FULL>>

STEM Storytime

How to Catch an Elf Cover Image
By Adam Wallace, Andy Elkerton (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781492646310
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - October 4th, 2016

It's Christmas Eve! Hip hip, hooray!
Yes, Santa's coming 'round.
He'll bring the toys to girls and boys
in every house in town.

 

Some kids have tried to catch him,
but Santa's fast, you see!
So they've set their eyes on a smaller prize,
and now they're after me!

 

You've been waiting all year long, and now it's finally
Christmas Eve! Is this the year you'll finally catch an
elf? Start a new Christmas tradition with this hilarious
children's book from the creators of the New York Times
bestseller How to Catch a Leprechaun!


How to Build an Elf Trap Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781492663904
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - October 1st, 2018

Learn how to build an elf trap in this companion to the New York Times bestseller How to Catch an Elf

 

Catching elves is no easy task—you need more than candy canes and ribbons! Learn how to catch an elf for yourself in this exciting companion to the New York Times bestseller How to Catch an Elf. With colorful, engaging instructions for 12 different traps and 12 bonus activities, discussions on the STEAM behind each activity, and fun stickers in the back, How to Build an Elf Trap is perfect for structured lesson plans, bookstore activities, or for family fun on snowy days at home


STEM Storytime: Hello Autumn

STEM Storytime

We will be reading Hello Autumn and doing crafts with fallen leaves and acorns.

Hello Autumn! (Hello Seasons!) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823438693
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Published: Holiday House - September 5th, 2017

“Green leaves are turning colors…. Maple seeds twirl to the ground…. Animals get ready for the cold days ahead.” A simple text and vivid photographs show children the changes in animals, plants, and landscapes that occur during fall, and introduce them to hibernation, migration, leaf changing, and seasonal food and holidays. Energetic photographs of diverse children add vitality and warmth to this celebration of the season.


Nocturnals Storytime

Nocturnals

We’ll be doing a read-aloud of the newest Nocturnals step reader, The Peculiar Possum, along with activities including sight word games and a brigade mask craft. Feel free to bring a stuffed animal to snuggle while listening to the story!

For ages 5 to 7

The Nocturnals: The Peculiar Possum (Nocturnals Early Reader #3) Cover Image
By Tracey Hecht, Josie Yee (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781944020200
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Published: Fabled Films Press - September 4th, 2018

In The Peculiar Possum, the Nocturnal Brigade encounters a strange animal hanging by its tail from a tree. At first they think this animal is weird and to be avoided, but soon they realize just how similar they all are. The animal is a brushtail possum which among other things: is often called 'The little fox" (like Dawn), uses scent markings to keep others away (like Tobin) and is a marsupial (like Bismark).

 

Told with lots of humor, the story emphasizes how sometimes we're more alike than we appear.

 

Bonus Content includes Fun Facts about The Nocturnals and a glossary of Peculiar Words from different languages.


The Nocturnals: The Slithery Shakedown (Nocturnals Early Reader #2) Cover Image
By Tracey Hecht, Josie Yee (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781944020163
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Published: Fabled Films Press - April 3rd, 2018

The Nocturnals Brigade--Tobin, a sweet pangolin; Bismark a loudmouthed sugar glider; and Dawn, a serious fox--stand up to a big bully snake. In the process, they find themselves some spec-tac-u-lar snakeskin capes! Includes bonus animal Glossary.


The Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781944020149
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Published: Fabled Films Press - September 26th, 2017

In The Moonlight Meeting, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, Bismark, a loud-mouthed sugar glider, and Dawn, a serious fox, introduce their nighttime world to early readers. The story emphasizes friendship, sharing, and humor. Includes bonus animal glossary.


STEM Storytime: Candy Science

STEM Storytime

To support literacy of all kinds in Katy's youth, we're hosting the STEM Storytime program to encourage young readers to also explore science, technology, engineering, and math. Because these Storytimes require specific supplies, we require registration for attendance so we know how many we're expecting, and sadly will have to cap the attendees to ensure everyone can get any assistance they need.

The Not-So Secret Society: Tale of the Gummy Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781608869978
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Published: KaBOOM! - August 1st, 2017

ONE COPY INCLUDED WITH TICKET PRICE. ADDITIONAL COPIES MAY BE PURCHASED IN-STORE OR ONLINE.

 

Five young friends invent a candy-making machine for their school’s annual science fair, but when their candy creation comes to life and escapes, they’ll have to work together to find a solution before it destroys the entire city!

Madison, Ava, Emma, Aidan, and Dylan have pretty normal lives for a group of twelve-year olds: they go to school, participate in extracurricular activities, and oh, yeah, they also have AWESOME SCIENCE ADVENTURES. Together they form The Not-So Secret Society.

When the team invents a candy-making machine for their school’s annual science fair, things don’t go according to plan . . . when their candy creation comes to life and escapes! Halloween just got a whole lot scarier, and a whole lot more fun.


Candy Experiments Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449418366
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - January 1st, 2013

NOT INCLUDED.  MAY BE PURCHASED IN-STORE OR ONLINE.

 

Brilliant use of Valentine's, Easter, Halloween, and other holiday candy! Fun, colorful, and full of surprises, Candy Experiments will have kids happily pouring their candy down the drain and learning some basic science along the way.

 
Candy is more than a sugary snack.  With candy, you can become a scientific detective. You can test candy for secret ingredients, peel the skin off candy corn, or float an “m” from M&M’s. You can spread candy dyes into rainbows, or pour rainbow layers of colored water. You'll learn how to turn candy into crystals, sink marshmallows, float taffy, or send soda spouting skyward. You can even make your own lightning.

Candy Experiments teaches kids a new use for their candy.  As children try eye-popping experiments, such as growing enormous gummy worms and turning cotton candy into slime, they’ll also be learning science.  Best of all, they’ll willingly pour their candy down the drain.

Candy Experiments contains 70 science experiments, 29 of which have never been previously published.  Chapter themes include secret ingredients, blow it up, sink and float, squash it, and other fun experiments about color, density, and heat.  The book is written for children between the ages of 7 and 10, though older and younger ages will enjoy it as well.  Each experiment includes basic explanations of the relevant science, such as how cotton candy sucks up water because of capillary action, how Pixy Stix cool water because of an endothermic reaction, and how gummy worms grow enormous because of the water-entangling properties.


STEM Storytime: Bedtime Math

STEM Storytime

Join us for our first ever STEM Storytime!

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late (Bedtime Math Series) Cover Image
By Laura Overdeck, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250035851
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 25th, 2013

Laura Overdeck wants to start a revolution—in the way we introduce math to children.

 

Our mission: to make math a fun part of kids' everyday lives.

 

We all know it's wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but what about doing math? Many generations of Americans are uncomfortable with math and numbers, and too often we hear the phrase, "I'm just not good at math!" For decades, this attitude has trickled down from parents to their kids, and we now have a culture that finds math dry, intimidating, and just not cool.

 

Bedtime Math wants to change all that. Inside this book, families will find fun, mischief-making math problems to tackle--math that isn't just kid-friendly, but actually kid-appealing. With over 100 math riddles on topics from jalapeños and submarines to roller coasters and flamingos, this book bursts with math that looks nothing like school. And with three different levels of challenge (wee ones, little kids, and big kids), there's something for everyone. We can make numbers fun, and change the world, one Bedtime Math puzzle at a time.


Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781466848368
Availability: Available Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 24th, 2013

Bedtime Math: This Time It's Personal: This Time It's Personal (Bedtime Math Series) Cover Image
By Laura Overdeck, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250040961
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 11th, 2014

Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out (Bedtime Math Series) Cover Image
By Laura Overdeck, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250047755
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 3rd, 2015

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Party

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Calling all Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans! Quirk Books is releasing a picture book for the little ones, and we're having a party to celebrate!

Join us for a monster/Buffy costume contest, a game of pin the stake on the vampire, coloring pages, pretzel stakes and pink lemonade for snack, and a bedtime reading of the book.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Picture Book (Pop Classics #5) Cover Image
By Kim Smith (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781683690696
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Published: Quirk Books - September 4th, 2018

The cult classic TV show is now a charming picture book for the youngest fans in the Buffyverse!



In this new picture-book story brought to life with cute and colorful illustrations, young readers see what the world’s strongest vampire slayer was like back when she was a kid! Join not-so-brave little Buffy, Willow, and Xander as they investigate strange sounds coming from the closet, seek advice from their school librarian Giles, and encounter everyone’s favorite Buffyverse monsters. Charmingly illustrated by Pop Classics artist Kim Smith, this sweet, silly, and not-so-scary book borrows Joss Whedon’s beloved characters to tell an endearing bedtime story.


Princess in Black Party II

Princess in Black

YOU ARE INVITED
to a
PRINCESS PARTY

Monday, July 9 & Thursday, July 12 at 10 AM

 

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763687588
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Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2016

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TICKET

 

Inconvenient monster alarms, a sparkly array of princess guests, and spot-on slapstick pacing make for a party readers will celebrate.
 

Today is Princess Magnolia’s birthday party, and she wants everything to be perfect. But just as her guests are arriving . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! Princess Magnolia runs to the broom closet, ditches her frilly clothes, and becomes the Princess in Black! She rushes to the goat pasture, defeats the monster, and returns to the castle before her guests discover her secret. But every time Princess Magnolia is about to open her presents, the monster alarm rings again. And every time she rushes back—an inside-out dress here, a missing shoe there—it gets harder to keep the other princesses from being suspicious. Don’t those monsters understand that now is not a good time for an attack?


The Princess in Black Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763678883
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2015

FIRST IN THE SERIES: Purchase online or in-store to get started with Princess Magnolia's adventures.

 

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when…Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.


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