Free Books

Welcome To This Month’s Free Book Bin!

When reviewing books or visiting libraries, I often get wonderful copies of great books that I’d love to share with you!  Most are new, but some are library discards (in good shape)
If you’d be willing to spread the word about this website – share a Tweet or Facebook entry or e-mail – then I’d love to send you one of the books listed below.
If you want a book, e-mail me at daria@makemusicwithme.com and I’ll write back to request your address to send it. I even pick up the postage.
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FUN AND FREE………THIS MONTH!

The Not-So-Wicked Stepmother  Written by Lizi Boyd

All over the world there are stories about stepmoms – and most of them are not too pleasant.  They are generally, wicked, mean and do all kinds of terrible things to their stepchildren. So Molly is a bit worried and upset when she’s going to visit her dad and his new wife for a summer vacation.  She’s sure the new mom will be mean and very ugly and perhaps she’ll even try to poison her!

Told in a funny and very real manner, this book is great for addressing the stereotypes of stepparents and speaks to the merits of giving someone new in the family a chance before judging them.  A light-hearted and heart-warming “kids-eye-view” to a tough but important subject.

Josefina’s Surprise (A Christmas Story)

Written By Valerie Tripp, Illustrated by Jean-Paul Tibbles

It’s going to be a difficult Christmas for Josefina and her three sisters who live on a rancho (ranch) in rural New Mexico.  Her mother passed away before the last Christmas and although her lovely Tia (Aunt) Dolores is there for them, all the girls wonder if the celebration will ever be happy again.   Will Josefina be able to play Mary in Las Posadas?  Will her lost doll; Niña, ever come back?  Will the holidays ever be happy again?  Check out this beautiful book to see how so many little Christmas miracles can help bring the happiness and wonder back to the season for Josefina.

Asi Es Josefina

A wonderful American Girls tale, written in Spanish about Josefina and her family on their rancho in New Mexico.  Beautiful stories with great historic detail.

The Book Report From The Black Lagoon

A short story about learning to love books, from Mike Thaler’s hysterical series about school personnel that are really monsters in disguise.

The Biggest Snowman Ever! By Steven Kroll

A lovely little winter tale perfect for growing readers.  A tale about mice, snowballs and cooperation – great for snowy days.

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile! By Bernard Waber

The classic kids tale about a crocodile loose in NYC with whimsical results!

Winnie The Pooh, Anyone?

I have a copy of two slightly used but still great fun Winnie the book soft cover books.  Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and Winner The Pooh and A Day For Eeyore! I’ll send them out as a a set for you!

GREAT BOOKS FOR ESL STUDENTS

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

The Dr. Seuss Classic!  Great fun for any child (or adult) learning to read or learning English.

Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books)

Another great book by Dr. Suess!

Puppy Scooby Doo – Time to Play

Sweet, silly and simple.  Perfect for first readers or ESL folks!  There is a nice set of  cut out cards that help to learn and identify new words used in the book.

Missing May
by Cynthia Rylant
After Summer’s mother dies, she didn’t fit in anywhere – until she came to live with her older Aunt May and Uncle Ob in their mountain community. Six years later, Summer is twelve and her Aunt May passes away leaving everyone feeling an incredible sense of loss.  How do they discover that May will always be a part of their lives and transform their world?  This moving story is beautifully written and a gem for anyone who has experienced loss and found a way to overcome it while never forgetting the person that they treasured.
Suggested Reading Level: Ages 9 – 12

 

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