Top 5 Beach Reads For Spring Break

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With spring break comes much-needed time away from school and (hopefully) some beautiful weather! If you find yourself with some free time this spring break, you may want to pick back up the tried-and-true habit of “reading for fun.” We’ve compiled a list of the best “beach read” books in the library so that you can read by the water this break (or travel to fun places through the world of literacy, even if you’re still in your dorm)!

 

Out Of Africa by Isak Dineson

Author Isak Dinesen, whose real name is Karen Blixen, tells her story of the 17 years she ran a coffee farm in Kenya, Africa. This book is a well-written classic that will take you to new places.

 

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

From the author of the bestseller The Girl On The Train, Into The Water is a tale of suspense and mystery. When two people turn up dead in the local river, who will discover their stories?

 

The Paris Wife by Paul McLain

What would it be like to be married to a struggling author in a new city? Historical fiction fans may enjoy this novel’s fictionalized look at the life of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson, with a focus on their time in Paris.

 

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig

On a remote island estate, Annaleigh Thaumas, the sixth-born of twelve sisters, enlists the aid of an alluring stranger to unravel the family curse before it claims her life. This retelling of a Grimm Brothers tale is hauntingly interesting.

 

Collected Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Dive into the world of magical realism with Marquez’s unique storytelling. These short stories will keep you interested without taking up all of your vacation time.

Congratulations To Our 2018 Graduates!

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Congratulations to Teri Jelks, Ben Pinkley, and Marqueisha Walker! They will be missed at the library, but we know these graduates have great futures ahead.

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Celebrate Spring with Picture Books!

Today is officially the start of spring! Sunny days have returned at last (at least, some of the time), and new life is blossoming from the trees. If you have little ones who are feeling the urge to get outside, bring reading time outdoors too! We have a great selection of spring-themed children’s literature in the Family Reading Room. Take a look at these fun titles:

The World is Awake by Linsey Davis

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This lively book takes readers on a romp through God’s creation, showing how everything he’s made, from zoo animals to fresh produce, praises Him. The vibrant illustrations recall the brightness of spring, which is the perfect time of year to teach kids thankfulness for the blessings of nature.

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

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Bold collage illustrations and simple text make this a great first book about gardening. It follows the process from seeds planted to soup cooked, a joyful celebration of home-grown food.

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

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Does a parade of quacking ducklings make you think of spring? Try this classic Caldecott Medal winner about a family of ducks seeking a home in busy, traffic-filled Boston. Author-illustrator Robert McCloskey’s sepia charcoal drawings may not be in spring colors, but they are alive with action and character.

We Are Growing by Laurie Keller

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Beginning readers will enjoy this exciting story about…grass growing. No, really. As several blades of grass get taller, they discuss the things that make them unique–until one discovers there’s nothing unique about him. Or is there? Written in Mo Willems’ cartoon style, this book even features beloved characters Elephant & Piggie!

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

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Glowing full-page canvas paintings of leaping rabbits and staring birds fill this simple, low-text story about sowing and reaping. Starting with the growth of a literal seed, Nelson then visually displays how seeds of selfishness and seeds of kindness grow. The veggies on the last page look so juicy, this book might inspire a trip to the farmer’s market!

 

 

Come to the Meadow by Anna Grossnickle Hines

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A little girl invites each of her family members to follow her to the meadow, which she knows is brimming with signs of spring. Each one is busy with some spring-related task and can’t come with her, until she asks Grandma, who suggests a spontaneous picnic to celebrate the season. Beautiful two-tone illustrations in yellow and green complement the text.

If you want to encourage your children to delight in God’s creation, pay attention to nature, or even be inspired with a love of gardening, check out these fun read-alouds available in the Logos Family Reading Room!