The parts of speech come magically alive as they participate in a colorful New York City Parade! Each presents and defines itself as it marches down the street and through a child’s imagination.
Parts of Speech Parade, New York City is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at your local library. If it’s not available at your library, request it be added.
Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!
Written by Christa Blaney and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
Nicholas Wallaby was always doing ridiculous things! And his mom was always letting him know. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! she’d say—at least thirty times a day. Finally, Nicholas’s mom realizes that Nicholas, isn’t being ridiculous—he’s just being a boy! With this lighthearted story, children can relate to Nicholas and the ridiculous things he does. Parents can learn to appreciate and enjoy the humor behind these happenings. INSIDE! A BOOK TALK to engage children in discussion, imagination and perception.
Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! is part of our Summer Reading List for Students!
Looking for interesting books to spark summer reading? Check out these fun reads at the local library, bookstore, or online. If titles aren’t available in the library system, kindly request they be added.
This list includes a variety of books for all reading levels. From AR* (Accelerated Readers) to chapter books—ignite reading interest for students this summer!
- Kilpatrick McMurray McFrown—Sarah Sproles
- G’DAY: Aints*—M. W. Adams
- DOWN UNDER: Kussins*—M. W. Adams
- OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters*—M. W. Adams
- Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series*—Linda Smigaj
- Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series—Linda Smigaj
- Eli’s Balloon—Candace Ruffin
- Frozen Floppies—John Hope
- Parts of Speech Parade: New York City—Irina Dolinskiy
- Polly and Her Pigtails—Debra Latiolais
- Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy*—Christa Carpenter
- Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl*—Christa Carpenter
- Eddie, That’s Spaghetti! A Story About Being a Dog*—Christa Carpenter
- Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!*—Eddie Price
- Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!*—Eddie Price
- Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their Parents—Karen Spruill
- Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends*—Karen Spruill
- King for a Day, the Story of Stories*—Mark Wayne Adams
- Good NightMare—Mark Wayne Adams
- Miss Mary’s Missing Book Bag—Mark Wayne Adams
- Field of Dreams—Mark Hoog
- Treasure Island—Mark Hoog
- Dream Machine—Mark Hoog
- Your Song—Mark Hoog
- Magic Mountain—Mark Hoog
- Johari’s Joy—Carol Hensel
- Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes—Derek Sabori
- Guinea in My Cap?—Wanda Hughes
- Lost in Boston*—Jane R. Wood
- Ghosts on the Coast: a Visit to Savannah and the Low Country*—Jane R. Wood
- Trouble on the St. John’s River*—Jane R. Wood
- Adventures on Amelia Island: a Pirate, a Princess, and a Buried Treasure*—Jane R. Wood
- Voices in St. Augustine*—Jane R. Wood
- Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest—Diane Harper
- Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon—Diane Harper
- A Dolly, A Dog, and A Camper—Kay Whitehouse
- Dolly Becomes a Scout—Kay Whitehouse
- A Hand Truck Named Dolly—Kay Whitehouse
- Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR?—Jayne Rose-Vallee
- The Rocket Ship Bed Trip—N. Jane Quackenbush
How my friends saw me was much differently than how I saw myself. A great example was our Dawson Springs High School Senioritis book. I was considered “Most Talented.”
“Mark Adams, the artist of the class, will always be remembered for his devotion to his artwork and his great personality. Mark is always willing to lend a helping hand and an understanding shoulder to lean on in times of need. Even if he doesn’t completely understand or agree, he will listen and offer words of advice. As you can see, Mark has many friends, but the majority of his time is spent with his girlfriend.
On Saturday nights, they are often found in Madisonville watching a movie or cruising the mall in Mark’s “Silver Bullet.” Mark not only excels at his artwork, but he also does well in school. He has been a member of the Beta Club throughout high school. He is currently ranked eighth in the senior class and is also on the honor roll.
During his spare time, besides painting and drawing, Mark enjoys lifting weights, horseback riding, swimming, and watching late night TV. Among Mark’s many achievements, his most challenging was the three weeks during the summer of 1988 when he attended the Governor’s School for the Arts. This year Mark put his skills to use by winning first place in a national postcard contest. His paintings are often displayed at the Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center.
Mark plans to attend Murray State University and major in Commercial Art. Maybe someday his dream will come true, and he will work at Walt Disney in Florida. The Class of ’89 has faith in his dreams to become a famous artist; therefore, we elected him as “Most Talented” in the Seniors’ Who’s Who. We hope that Mark will never forget us when he’s at the top, because we know that we’ll never forget him!”
—Anonymous Author, Written for Dawson Springs High School Senioritis 1989
Candace Ruffin is a native of East Cleveland, Ohio where, as a young girl, she first discovered her love of writing. After teaching in public schools for several years, she eventually decided to leave the classroom and pursue her passion for writing. Drawing on her personal and professional experiences with children, she was inspired to write stories for children of all ages to enjoy.
Candace Ruffin currently lives in Central Florida with her husband, two sons, and their pet rabbit, Smokey. Eli’s Balloon is her first picture book.