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 “Dear Polar Bear...” by Barry Ablett is one of my favorite books. It is great for learning about different types of bears from around the world, their habitat and their environment. Polar Bear writes letters to his friends in other parts of the globe, and Postman Penguin delivers them. I love it because I also like to write letters to my friends!

The book starts with a big colorful map. It shows where the bears live and the mode of transportation used by Postman Penguin to deliver mail. There is a short description of each bear, its favorite food and fun facts.

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Over the summer you can participate in the 2022 Pima County Public Library reading challenge. To participate in the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Learning Program, all you have to do is read 20 minutes a day. The program started June 1 and goes all the way until July 30, 2022.

You can read anything from chapter books to comic books or even listen to an audio book. The reading challenge is for kids ages 6–13. You can pick up the reading challenge information any time your local library is open.

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 Have you ever seen a library on wheels? The Tolleson City Library now has a library on wheels. Book Mobile clerk, Chip, told me about the Library on Wheels.

Chip is an ASU graduate and loves to read. His dream was to work in a library. Chip got the job with a one day application. Chip has been with the Tolleson City Library almost a year.

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 The book “Front Desk” is a very memorable story written by Kelly Yang. It tells about 10-year-old Mia Tang and her struggles as she moves from China to California. Mia wants to enter an essay contest to win a motel for her family. She thinks that this will change her family’s luck in California. She uses all of her pennies and her dad’s lucky pennies to get $300 to enter.

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 I recently read the book “One Moment in Time” by Ben Lerwill and Alette Straathof. It is fun! It is like going around the globe, from USA to Australia and from Scotland to India.

Did you know that morning, afternoon, and evening happen at different times in every part of the world? This book explains that children at one moment in time are doing different activities because each of them lives in a different time zone. For example, while it is morning in Brazil, and a child is in math class, in Turkey, a child is borrowing a book from the library in the afternoon.

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 “I Wish I Had a Wookiee: And Other Poems for Our Galaxy” is a great book for children who loved the Star Wars series. This book of poetry features poems about things that actually happened in the movies. For example, it shows Jango’s and Boba Fett’s relationship in a way that’s similar to the films. It also features new concepts entirely, such as a poem called “Looking for Gungan City.” That poem is about a girl swimming to try and find the underwater city of Gungan, which did not happen in the Star Wars movies.

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 Recently I attended a fun Bear Essential News Reporter Zoom with author/illustrator LeUyen Pham and author Shannon Hale. They shared how they met, how they became best friends and talked about the books they have worked on together.

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 Have you ever been bored? I know how to karate chop your dreariness right out of your day! I am reviewing a book called “The Kids’ Book of Sticker Love” by Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst. It is a book of paper crafts with almost everything included. The only other things you need are just scissors and a glue stick.

The book is created not to be read, but to take the pages apart and create fun projects. I am going to share with you some cool crafts that I did from the book, and rate them.

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 Has your dog ever ran away or have you ever felt that a grown up doesn’t understand you? Well, teenage Addie feels your pain!

“Addie’s Sketchbook: Summer in Wellfleet” by Ruut DeMeo is recommended for tweens and above, but people could bend the rules and read at a younger age. It has some inappropriate language, but it’s not nearly as bad as language some grown ups use.

The book is written from the perspective of 13-year-old Addie, who is obsessed with books, reading and drawing. It’s silly, realistic, mysterious and adventurous; a general crowd pleaser.

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“Minecraft: Mob Squad,” written by Delilah S. Dawson, is a Minecraft novel about a group of friends who try to save their town from monsters. What I like about this book is that it describes some of the troubles that I have while playing Minecraft. Also, it talks about friendships and how friends help each other out, even in the direst of situations. It can teach the reader that no matter how dangerous the situation is, friends should always help each other out.

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