Magic @ The Library

Abracadabra, Hocus Pocus, Presto Chango, Shazam...VOILA!

I am excited to announce that the Atascocita Branch Library, summer reading kick off celebration, will highlight the talents of magician Steve Burton! Audience participation will be encourage, and the program will include live animals, comedy, music and special treats for all his helpers.

  •  Children may visit the Atascocita Branch Library on June 7th @ 3:30 pm  for this exciting and fun program. 
  •  Free tickets are available a half hour before the program.  
  •  Children must be able to sit through the event  without an adult.
  •  Space is limited for all programs. 
I have also created a booklist of magic books that you might enjoy. These items are a perfect start for our Summer Reading Program. Starting Friday, June 4th, families may register online at our website, or at any Harris County Public Library.  If you have any questions or need help please feel free to ask a staff member. 

Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole  Wong Herbert Yee

Mole is mad about magic until he takes his friend Mouse to a show that turns out to be all tricks, but then Mouse conjures up a special night program to show him the enchantment found in nature.

 Babar the Magician Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar takes magic lessons and puts on a show for his family and friends.
The Great Montefiasco's magic tricks are so bad that his audiences find them hilarious, and when he hires the Fabulous--but clumsy--Betty as his assistant, the duo's fame is assured.

 Hee-Haw-Dini and the Great Zambini  Kim Kennedy

Hee Haw the donkey and his friend Chester the field mouse long to be great magicians, and in spite of the other farm animals' mockery, they persist in pursuing their dream.
A feisty heroine who’d rather joust than sew seeks out her own adventures in these magical fairy tales for today’s young readers. The king is giving a party to cheer up the prince, so he sends Jane and her friend the dragon to find his missing magician. But what they find is a problem — a very wet and watery problem. Will the prince’s party be a washout? Or can Jane find a magical solution?
Eva receives a very special box for her birthday. When she climbs inside, she becomes a master magician! After pulling quite a few rabbits out of quite a few hats, Eva throws a fantastic party with lots of cake, the very best musicians, and plenty of dancing. But for her best trick, Eva wishes for a pet named Monty and she gets even more than she imagined.

 

 The Magic Rabbit  Annette LeBlanc Cate

When Bunny becomes separated from Ray, a magician who is his business partner and friend, he follows a crowd to a park where he has a lovely afternoon, and after the people leave and darkness falls, the lonely and frightened Bunny finds a glittering trail of hope.

Milo's Hat Trick  Jon Agee

In the busy city, there are lots of people with hats. But there is only one guy with a bear in his hat, and that's Milo the Magician.
The Pied Piper's Magic  Steven Kellogg
In a story loosely based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin, an elf acquires from a miserable witch a magic pipe that allows him to transform things, including the mean-spirited Grand Duke who rules over a rat-infested town.

Books for Older Kids

Lulu's Hat  Susan Meddaugh

Although he sometimes fails to pull a rabbit out of his hat, Lulu"s the magician delights audiences with his unpredictable magic.
 
A boy who works for a magician meets familiar fairy tale characters when he is transported to the Land of Story in search of a missing puppet.
 
The Houdini Box  Brian Selznick
A chance encounter with Harry Houdini leaves a small boy in possession of a mysterious box--one that might hold the secrets to the greatest magic tricks ever performed.
  

Books for Tweens

Hocus Pocus: A Tale of Magnificent Magicians Paul Kieve

Kieve, the magic consultant on the "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban" movie, takes would-be wizards through a parade of the world's top magicians--including Harry Houdini and the Great Lafayette--and unveils their most spellbinding magic tricks.

Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass  Erica Kirov

Living in Las Vegas with his unsuccessful father, Nick Rostov learns on his thirteenth birthday that he is descended from a powerful line of Russian Magickeepers on his dead mother's side, and that the equally powerful but evil Shadowkeepers will stop at nothing to get an ancient relic that his grandfather gave him.

The Amulet of Samarkand  Jonathan Stroud

Book 1 of the Bartimaeus Trilogy

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
   

Magic Trick Books

Amazing Magic Tricks Norm Barnhart

Amaze your friends with these fun, easy magic tricks. Step-by-step instructions teach astounding tricks at the beginner to master level. Clear photos of each trick will have your audience stumped faster than you can say abracadabra!

Glossary of Common Words Used In Magic