The Library Recommends - August 2017


Early Childhood Years Elementary Middle School High School Teacher & Staff

Elementary

The paperback edition of the legendary, record-breaking, best-selling fourth Harry Potter novel.

Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly. (www.amazon.com)

Balancing your child's screen time can be difficult, especially when it comes to wildly popular, open-ended video games like Minecraft. Minecraft offers players an environment focused on exploration, imagination, and creation, but its nonlinear game structure can mean spending a lot of time in the game.

Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids includes a variety of creative exercises that explore the game's aspects and uses them to teach fun, educational lessons.

You will start the book by brushing up on some common Minecraft language and examining each of the four game modes: survival, creative, adventure, and spectator. Then, you’ll use this knowledge to venture off onto the six different quests that encourage child and adult participation.

These "gamified" labs will allow your child to earn stickers and badges as rewards as they complete quests. You'll even learn how to screencast and narrate your own videos to share with family and friends!

Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids provides a fun, educational gaming goals that you and your child can reach together! (www.amazon.com)

Ellie, Summer and Jasmine are so excited to visit Sugarsweet Bakery to watch the annual baking contest. But soon evil Queen Malice and her horrible Storm Sprites arrive to spoil the fun. Can the girls find a way to save the competition and get the silverspun sugar they need to help cure King Merry? (www.amazon.com)

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