Harry’s textbooks is called “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” written by Newt Scamander.  

Author J.K. Rowling decided to write about how Newt’s magical creatures got loose in New York in the 1920’s, and how he was inspired to write the textbook that Harry will use 75 years later. Rowling wrote the screenplay for the movie “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them,” and you can also get the story in book form.

I’m sure you’ll find it just as magically fascinating as the Harry Potter Series, and if you love animals and magic you will LOVE this book!

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Pam Hulin and Nancy Schwartz, the lead librarians in the Roosevelt School District were making the rounds to all 18 of their schools spreading holiday cheer before the winter break. 

Last spring the lead librarians held a Scholastic Book Fair at their district STEAM event. The profits from that book fair were used to purchase all 18 schools new books for their library. Books were purchased that would appeal to all K–8 students.

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The Harry Potter series has been magically upgraded with this new book. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is about Harry when he is grown up. He works in the Ministry of Magic and is trying to be the best father he possibly can.

“The Cursed Child” brings back the best characters ever, such as Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy and, of course, the awesome Harry Potter. It is a fun story written in a script form for the play, but once you start reading, you barely even notice. 

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“Ada Twist, Scientist,” written by Andrea Beatty, is a very clever story. Ada lives with her parents, and everyone is very concerned about Ada because she doesn’t talk. But one day, when she turned 3, she started talking. Mostly she started to ask questions like: Why? Where? Why not? When? How?

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My Favorite Pets by Jeanne Birdsall

I loved the book “My Favorite Pets by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class” by Jeanne Birdsall. It’s all about Gus, who lives on a farm with 17 sheep. The sheep are like his best friends, but they don’t talk and even though he has tried, Gus can’t get them to climb a tree, or ride a skateboard. Gus does fun things with the sheep like using one as an umbrella and he tries to get his little brother involved, but he doesn’t like it and cries a lot.

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