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August 2018 Book Recommendations

Aug 21, 2018 01:16PM ● By Emily Stevenson

Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten:

 Dancing Dinos Go to School

Sally Lucas (author) and Margeaux Lucas (illustrator)
(Random House Books for Young Readers, 32 pages, $4.99)

Dancing Dinos Go To School is a Step 1, Step into Reading book that is perfect for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners as they prepare to get back to school. It will even work as a read aloud for older children because it is hilarious. The story begins in the library with dinos dancing in a book. Soon, these six animated dinosaurs leap from the page, dance and explore the school. Readers get an introduction to school and get to see what happens in school through the eyes of these playful dinosaurs. The type is big with easy vocabulary that rhymes. There are many picture clues to assist struggling readers.
~ Lisa Gieskes, Richland Library Film and Sound

School Age:

Can I Touch Your Hair?

Irene Latham and Charles Waters (authors) and Sean Qualls and Selena Alko (illustrators),
(Lerner Publishing Group, 40 pages, $17.99)

As important as learning multiplication, the art of friendship is one we spend our whole lives mastering. This short collection of poems is written in the voices of Irene and Charles, two classmates who feel like they have nothing in common except this writing project. Poem after poem, it becomes clear that while they are different in obvious ways — race and gender, what connects them is much greater. Charles loves to read aloud, but he’s not very good at basketball. Irene is quiet and loves horseback riding. They both love books and stories. The news worries them. Being in a family can be hard sometimes. Mistakes are made. They both struggle to find a place to belong. As a new school year begins, nurture your child’s heart as well as his mind. This thoughtful book of verse is a great place to start.
--Heather McCue, Richland Library Children’s Room


Ignite Your Spark

Patricia Wooster,
(Simon Pulse, 224 pages, $12.99)

Patricia Wooster wants to help teens find the purpose and motivation that will keep them energized toward accomplishing great things. Through tip lists, introspective quizzes and interviews with a variety of industry luminaries, she lights a path that cuts through issues, such as peer pressure, bullying, comparison traps and fear of failure. Symbols in the margins highlight thought patterns that ignite one's spark or extinguish one's potential. This title will appeal to young readers looking to build positive connections and find inspiration.
--Thomas Maluck, Richland Library Teen Center

August 2018 App Recommendations: App (Free)

If you’re dreading that day when your child will ask for homework help, and you will have absolutely no clue, fear no more. is an on-the-go version of Richland Library’s Live Homework Help powered by With your library card, a device and Wifi access, you can connect with a highly-skilled tutor who can assist with math, science and more from 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. These top-notch tutors can even review and make editing suggestions to English papers and college admissions essays. The sessions are secure, and you (or your child) can create an account, which will allow you to save tutoring sessions. New math is no match for you and
~ Heather McCue, Richland Library Children’s Room

For more information or questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email Book and app photos courtesy of Richland Library.

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