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Book Buzz: Springtime Reads

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Spring break is almost here, and your youngsters are probably excited to get a reprieve from school. To help you and your family avoid a mental slump, the Orange County Library System (OCLS) suggests these books for kids of all ages. There are a couple of selections for adults, too. Visit ocls.info/locations to find an OCLS branch near you.

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> Ages 4-6
Spring Hare by Eugene Yelchin
This wordless tale about a little girl and her bunny gives parents and little ones a chance to see imagination to its fullest extent. The little girl and her bunny are jumping high enough to touch the sky, and when they do, magical things happen. Balloons, rainbows and other delights populate this bright and colorful story. This book gives parents a great opportunity to be interactive and work on vocabulary skills with their little ones. 

> Ages 7-11
Stink Hamlet and Cheese by Megan McDonald 
Join Stink as he decides to attend a Shakespeare camp during his spring break. What could be more fun than swordplay the Shakespearean way! Stink is excited to practice and learn to speak like Shakespeare, but he did not count on seeing his archnemesis, Riley Rottenberger, at camp. This story is perfect for students interested in theater. The Stink series is a great selection for children starting to read chapter books. 

> Ages  8-12
Max Einstein by James Patterson 
Max Einstein knows nothing about her past or why she has a suitcase filled with Albert Einstein memorabilia. Max is a 12-year-old genius who is recruited into a secret spy organization interested in ending war, famine and disease. Will Max ever learn about her past? This spy tale helps introduce kids to a few of Einstein’s scientific theories and their applications in everyday life in a light-hearted way that’s easy for kids to understand.  

> Parents
Your Dad Stole My Rake and Other Family Dilemmas by Tom Papa 
Tom Papa talks about his views on family life, including events that happened with his family members. This comedic take on families and the bizarre characters that sometimes make them up will show you that you don’t get along with everyone all the time, and that’s OK. 

How to Be Well: The Six Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life by Frank Limpan, MD 
Leading health expert Dr. Frank Lipman explains his recipe for a healthy life – the Good Medicine Mandala. This quick how-to for improving your mental and physical health, complete with more than 100 easy-to-do steps, gives examples of small things you can do each day that will help you be healthier for the new year. This book is a unique take on creating better habits and practices to help you be the best and healthiest you can be.

Enjoying that spring vacation time and not able to get to a branch? Use your library card to have these and other items delivered to your door with OCLS’s Books by MAYL service. Call 407-835-7323 to find out more! 

Viviana Valencia-Serrano
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Viviana Valencia-Serrano

Viviana is the Assistant Manager for Community Relations of the Orange County Library System. She holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida and has 10 years experience as a Children’s Librarian. Viviana is a voracious reader, obsessed with all things Harry Potter and is happy to pass that on to her 5-year-old son.

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