1. Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
2. Backyard Fairies by Phoebe Wahl
3. There's a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
4. The Mermaid by Jan Brett
5. Fairies are Real! by Holly Hatam
1. Fairy Magic Series by Daisy Meadows
2. Zoey and Sassafras Series by Asia Citro
3. Dragon Masters Series by Tracey West
4. Emily Windsnap Series by Liz Kessler
5. Phoebe and her Unicorn Series by Dana Simpson
1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
2. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
3. Trollhunters: The Tales of Arcadia--The Felled by Various Artists (Including Guillermo del Toro)
4. Song of the Summer King by Jess E. Owen
5. The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
6. Ingo by Helen Dunmore
7. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
8. Silvertongue by Charlie Fletcher
9. Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
10. Vampires Never Get Old: Takes with Fresh Bite by various Artists (Including Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker)
1. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. Martin
2. The Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
3. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare
4. Crescent City Series by Sarah J. Mass
5. Dragon Age Series by David Gaider
6. Cursed by Frank Miller
7. The City We Become by N.K. Jemisin
8. The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
9. The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
10. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Please note that the Library might not carry all the titles listed.
Maybe your town has an old tale about ghosts that you want to put down in writing or maybe you’ve heard about ghost sightings. Ghost stories are fun to write but they have distinctive features. Use the attached guide to establish some common features of ghost stories. You can use the graphic organizer to brainstorm ideas. Be creative!
Tips for writing a ghost story:
Setting: The setting of your tale can be traditionally spooky, creepy, or mysterious—an abandoned house or cemetery or subway at night. It can also be an ordinary place at first glance—a classroom, a church, a bowling alley, but with the suggestion that something is not quite right. This can add to the sense of creepiness, suggestion that ghosts can appear anywhere.
Characters: Create many likable characters so that your ghost has some context. Focusing too much on the ghost as the main character may not interest your readers. You want readers to be intrigued by the ghost but not overexposed to it. Show your characters through what they do, what they say, how they feel, what they look like, and how other characters react to them.
Mystery: The problem in the story must have a mysterious element to it. The problem could be that the characters are trying to figure out what the ghost wants, or they are figuring out how to get rid of the ghost. Readers will want to travel with the characters on the journey to solve the mystery. The mystery can also be something missing, a murder, or an unsolved problem from the past.
Emotion: in a ghost story you want your readers to have the emotion of fear. The characters in your story should be experiencing it so your reader can too. Show, don’t tell about, the emotions of your characters mainly from your actions.
Plot: Your ghost story needs an engaging plot. It needs a beginning, middle, and an end that will make your reader not want to put your story down.
Heading to the beach this summer? Don't forget to look for mermaids and pick up some seashells! We found the perfect mermaid necklace craft by Mama.Papa.Bubba as a fun post-beach activity. Click here to check it out today!
Did you know you can use many things from around your house to make monster makeup? You don’t need to have all of the ingredients, and you can even come up with your own concoctions!
What you need:
Red poster pain
Food coloring, various colors
For Fake Blood
To make fake blood, there are three options. Each has its own pros and cons:
Red poster paint: Will dry, won’t run, looks fairly realistic and should wash off with soap and water Ketchup: Will not dry, will run, looks very realistic and should wash off with soap and water
Flour, corn syrup and red food coloring: Mix one teaspoon of flour with one teaspoon of corn syrup and add two or three drops of red food coloring. Will not dry, won’t run and should wash off with soap and water.
For fur, tear a cotton ball into strips about 3—4” long. Dip a craft stick into corn syrup and dab it onto your skin where you want the fur to be. Carefully place the strip of cotton over the corn syrup. Start at the top of your face and work your way downward and outward. Pat the cotton down. Avoid getting the corn syrup on your fingers, as it will mat the hair. You can also lightly paint the “fur” with brown and black poster paint before or after you put it on.
For Temporary Hair Color
For a temporary hair color, dip cotton balls or sponges into food coloring. Brush onto hair. This works best with fair hair, and can last several days.
Celebrity Reading: Watch Jaime Camil read Zombies Don't Eat Veggies by Megan and Jorge Lacera. Zombies are not supposed to eat vegetables, but, can a little zombie show his parents that it is okay to be different? Click here to find out!
Europe's Strangest Creatures: Take a virtual trip through Europe this summer by learning about all of the fascinating mythological creature stories told there. Click here and keep a sharp eye out for the famed Loch Ness Monster!