Reading can inspire a lifelong passion

Does a child think about how to find a way to end world hunger? A child wonders how would she survive if she was a pioneer, crossing the country? Does your child wonder what lies beneath the ocean surface and what might be found there? Maybe, maybe not. But reading these can spark an interest that could turn into a lifelong passion.

That’s the beauty of reading. You never know when a book will sow the seeds of interest, now and in the future. Check out the books reviewed today and ask your local librarian to direct you to others. The time was well spent.

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Many public libraries have the following books.

“To Stay Alive” by Skila Brown, Candlewick, p. 304

Read aloud: Ages 10-14.

Read Yourself: Ages 11 and Up.

The year was 1846, and 19-year-old Mary Ann Graves, her parents, and eight siblings took the train from Illinois to California. They knew the trip was going to be long and difficult, but everyone was enthusiastic at first. Months passed, and difficulties followed.

Approaching their last and most dangerous crossing of the Sierra Nevada, a vicious early winter snowstorm raged for four days, trapping the caravan. Exhausted and starving, they had no choice but to let some of their men try to climb the mountain for help. Mary Ann is a small group of people who embark on a hopeful final trek through freezing temperatures and relentless snowfall.

“I thought I was tired and too weak to continue.

I don’t know tired.

I have not met the weak. “

A brilliant novel of poetry, “Alive” paints a vivid, moving picture of the tragic Donner Party of 1846. This work of historical fiction is engaging, sensitive, and conveys tremendous courage, perseverance, and will to survive, and is brilliant in every way.

Librarian’s Choice

Library: Burnville Regional Community Library, 6721 Burnville Road, Jefferson Township

Youth Services: Debe Donley

Picks of the Week: “The Lost Amelia: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart” by Candace Fleming; “Titanic” by Deborah Hopkinson No.: Voices of Disaster; “Waiting for Normal” by Leslie Connor

book to buy

The following books are available at your favorite bookstore.

“Deep Diving: Using Machines to Explore the Ocean,” by Michelle Cusolito, illustrated by Nicole Wong, Charles Bridge, 2022, 32 pages, $17.99 Hardcover

Read aloud: 5-8 years old.

Read yourself: 7-8 years old.

Why do humans dive into the deep sea? This is because humans are curious creatures who want to see what lies beneath the surface of the ocean and unlock the secrets that lie beneath. Some of these methods are snorkeling, which is basically a safe way to observe fish, sea fans, corals, etc. Other explorations require deeper dives and can be dangerous, some of which require very specialized equipment.

From scuba diving to underwater labs, specialized wetsuits that allow humans to go deeper, to submersibles that can take several people into the ocean at different depths at a time, and to the deepest known places on Earth, new discoveries are being made It keeps popping up all the time talking about our oceans and our planet.

In this engrossing and engrossing book, Deep Dive: Using Machines to Explore the Ocean, explore together how and why humans are willing to go deep into the ocean.

Peggy Thomas’ Hungry Heroes: The Life and Work of Norman Borlaug, illustrated by Sam Kalda, is rich on multiple levels. (Courtesy of Feeding Minds Press)

“Hungry Heroes: The Life and Work of Norman Borlaug,” Peggy Thomas, illustrated by Sam Kalda, Feeding Minds Press, 2022, 157 pages, $15.99 paperback

Read aloud: Ages 10 and up.

Read yourself: 10-15 years old.

Norman Borlaug was born on a farm in Iowa in 1914, where the work was tough. When it came time for school, Norm wanted to stay home, but his grandfather Nels told him, “If you want to fill your stomach later, you better fill your stomach now.”

So, at the age of 6, Norm started attending a one-room schoolhouse and working hard, helping his family with the farm when he was not in school.

Noam graduated high school with honors and continued his studies despite adversity and the Great Depression, eventually becoming a plant scientist and dedicated his life to ending world hunger.

Noem worked tirelessly to develop disease-resistant wheat plants, first in Mexico and then around the world, working with farmers while also facing bureaucracies that stuck to old ideas. Noam has never let up in feeding the hungry and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970, a true hero who helped feed the world.

Fascinating, informative and inspiring, The Hungry Hero shows how Norman Borlaug never strayed from his life mission and saved countless lives around the world. On sale Thursday, the book is rich on multiple levels.

Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children’s literature nationwide. She can be reached at

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