Storytime- Pet Edition

I’m now a library paraprofessional! I now have more responsibilities so this will be a somewhat regular feature where I talk about what I’m trying and how it’s working/not working.

A new job means new and different responsibilities. I was called in to fill in for a storytime with about a week to prep for it. I’ve never done a storytime in a professional setting but I’ve read stories to children in my personal life. I also went to a training workshop a few years ago with our system.

I opted to go for something simple that is always a hit with kids… pets! I did a slight twist on pets and read stories about unusual pets.

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Quick Thoughts: “The Arctic Incident”

“The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl #2)” by Eoin Colfer

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other books in the Artemis Fowl series

Summary from Goodreads:


At the start of his second adventure, Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he receives an urgent video e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya—a man Artemis thought he would never see again—his beloved father. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by a familiar nemesis, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police. But this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves

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Quick Thoughts: “The Dream Thieves”

“The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)” by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

GoodreadsOther Raven Cycle books

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

 

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Quick Thoughts: “The Riverman”

“The Riverman (The Riverman Trilogy #1)” by Aaron Starmer

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other books in the Riverman Trilogy

Summary from Goodreads:

“To sell a book, you need a description on the back. So here’s mine: My name is Fiona Loomis. I was born on August 11, 1977. I am recording this message on the morning of October 13, 1989. Today I am thirteen years old. Not a day older. Not a day younger.”

Fiona Loomis is Alice, back from Wonderland. She is Lucy, returned from Narnia. She is Coraline, home from the Other World. She is the girl we read about in storybooks, but here’s the difference: She is real.

Twelve-year-old Alistair Cleary is her neighbor in a town where everyone knows each other. One afternoon, Fiona shows up at Alistair’s doorstep with a strange proposition. She wants him to write her biography. What begins as an odd vanity project gradually turns into a frightening glimpse into a clearly troubled mind. For Fiona tells Alistair a secret. In her basement there’s a gateway and it leads to the magical world of Aquavania, the place where stories are born. In Aquavania, there’s a creature called the Riverman and he’s stealing the souls of children. Fiona’s soul could be next.

Alistair has a choice. He can believe her, or he can believe something else…something even more terrifying.

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Quick Thoughts: “The Raven Boys”

“The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle#1)” by Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

GoodreadsOther Raven Cycle books

Source: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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Quick Thoughts: “Artemis Fowl”

“Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1)” by Eoin Colfer

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other books in the Artemis Fowl series

Summary from Goodreads:

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

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Quick Thoughts: “Jane Eyre”

“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë

Genre: Adult Fiction, Classic

GoodreadsSource: Borrowed from a friend

Summary from Goodreads:

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed. With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

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