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ABOUT CHECKERS THE INVENTOR

Checkers TV is a weekly educational entertainment program featuring Checkers the Inventor, his robot sidekick, Snoozer, and a variety of special visitors including medical professionals, community leaders, police and fire men and women, and other special guests in highly-produced 30 minute episodes. Each weekly episode also includes segments featuring storytelling, author interviews, art projects, science experiments, interactive games, contests, comedy, magic, and exciting short films that will have children on the edge of their seats.

2021 EPISODES

SEOLS is sharing with you  episodes of CheckersTV. Episodes are released weekly right here, on our Facebook Pages, and on our YouTube page. Each week will focus on a different STEAM projects or an animal theme and offer recommended reading for continued learning after the episode. Enjoy the episode and then be sure to visit your library to checkout what else is available! 

 

 

 

December 6, 2021

Winter Wonderland!

Book Recommendations

Bear Snores On - by Jane Chapman

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice - by Wendy Pfeffer

The Snowy Day - by Ezra Jack Keats

It's Snowing! - by Gail Gibbons

Exercise - Ready, Set, Go!

Book Recommendations:

The Busy Body Book - by Lizzy Rockwell

Henry Gets in Shape - by Robert Quackenbush

Yoga For Kids: Simple Animal Poses For Any Age - by Lorena V. Pajalunga

You Are A Lion:  And Other Fun Yoga Poses - by Taeeun Yoo

November 29, 2021

November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving

Picture Books

The Very First Thanksgiving Day - by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Sharing the Bread An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Story - by Pat Zietlow Miller

We Give Thanks - by Cynthia Rylant

Non Fiction

Squanto's Journey - by Joseph Bruchac

1621 A New Look at Thanksgiving - by Catherine O'Neill Grace

 

Going to Doctor

Picture and Reader Book Recommendations:

Pete the Kitty Goes to the Doctor - by Kimberly & James Dean

Here Comes Doctor Hippo - by Jonathan London

Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor - by Stan Berenstain

Non-Fiction

Community Helpers Nurses - by Christina Leaf

The Human Body - by Carron Brown and Rachel Saunders

November 15, 2021

November 8, 2021

Superheroes

Picture and Reader Books

I am a Super Girl!  by Kelly Greenawalt (Reader)

I Will Be Fierce by Bea Birdsong (picture book)

There's a Superhero in Your Book - by Tom Fletcher  (picture book)

DC SuperHero Girls - by Shea Fontana

The Mighty Thor -  by Jason Aaron

To The Top!

November 1, 2021

October 25, 2021

Halloween Special!

Picture Books:

Brooms are for Flying - by Michael Rex

We're off to find the witches house - by Richard Krieb

The Little Old Lady who was not afraid of anything - by Linda Williams

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - by Charles Schulz

Non-Fic:

Skeleton Bones & Goblin Groans -  by Amy E. Sklansky

A Happy Haunter Halloween Trick or Treat - by Debbie Leppanen

Music

Fiction

Jazz baby - by Lisa Wheeler

Miguel's Music - by Liz Rivera

Non Fic

Ah, Music!-  by Aliki

Children's Book of Music - by DK Publishing

Trombone Shorty –  by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

Hey Charleston! – by Anne Rockwell

October 18, 2021

October 11, 2021

Where No Snoozer Has Gone Before - Outer Space

Sound the alarm (fire safety week)

Checkers and Snoozer are visiting a real fire department! Along the way, they will be learning all about fire safety and reading fire safety books.

Recommended Books:

Picture Books
• Stop drop and Roll – by Margery Cuyler
• No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for kids (and Dragons) – by Jean Pendziwol

Non-Fiction
• Fire Safety – by Nancy Loewen

Featured Books:

• Fire! Fire! – by Gail Gibbons

• Firefighter's Handbook – by Meghan McCarthy

 

October 4, 2021

September 27, 2021

Science Experiments

Reader Books

• Libby Loves Science Mix and Measure – by Kimberly Derting

• Cece Loves Science Push and Pull – by Kimberly Derting

• Max & Mo’s Science Fair Surprise – by Patricia Lakin

Non-Fiction

• Mason Jar Science: 40 Slimy, Squishy, Super- Cool Experiments – by Jonathan Adolf

• DIY Science Outdoors – by Suzanne Fossey

• Kitchen Science for Kids: 26 Family Friendly Experiments for Fun Around the House – by Liz Lee Hienecke

Fruits and Vegetables

Picture Books

• Eating the Alphabet Fruits & Vegetables for A to Z – by Lois Ehlert

• Little Apple Goat – by Caroline Jayne Church

• Avocado Asks – by Momoko Abe

Non-Fiction

• Edible Colors – by Jennifer Vogel Bass

• Rah, Rah, Radishes! A Vegetable Chant – by April Pulley Sayre

• Let’s Get Gardening 30 Easy Gardening Projects for Children – by Radhika Haswani

September 20, 2021

SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

3-D Printing

Non-Fiction

• 3D Printing and Maker Lab for Kids : Create Amazing Projects with CAD Design and STEAM Ideas – by Eldred Sequeira

• 3D Printing Projects – by Karyn Gerhard

• Coding Picture Book – How to Code a Sandcastle – by Josh Funk

Dinosaurs

Picture Books

• Harry and the Dinosaurs at the Museum - by Ian Whybrow

• How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Any of the How Do Dinosaur….. by Jane Yole

• How to Take Care of Your Dinosaur - by Jackson Cockcroft

• The Field Mouse and the Dinosaur Named Sue –  by Jan Wahl

Non-Fiction

• Little Leonardo’s Fascinating World of Paleontology - by Jeff Bond

• A Dinosaur Named Sue The Story of the Colossal Fossil – Pat Relf

• Dinosaur – by Charlie Gardner

SEPTEMBER 6, 2021

August 23, 2021

Mythical Animals

Checkers and Snoozer must retrieve their blue book from the dastardly inventor, David Davita. Along the way, they discuss mythical animals and spectacular books about unicorns and dragons!

Featured Books:

How to Catch a Unicorn - by Adam Wallace

•Dragon Rider - by Cornelia Funke

Recommended Books:

The Tale of Custard the Dragon- by Ogden Nash

•David and the Phoenix - by Edward Ormondroyd 

•The Griffin - by Sheila McCullagh 

•Legend of Loch Ness Monster for Kids: A Mystery in the United Kingdom - by Amber Richards

•A Unicorn Named Sparkle - by Amy Young 

•The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight - by Elli Woollard

Australian Animals

Checkers and Snoozer are heading back to Hidden Valley Animal Adventure to meet a Kangaroo. Along the way, they will learn about Australian animals as well as car safety from Dr. Dan!

 Featured Books:

•Katie No Pocket - by Emmy Payne ]

•Bindi Irwin's Wild Life - by Emily Klein

Recommended Books:

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? -by Eric Carle 

•Explore My World: Kangaroos - by Jill Essbaum 

•The Koala Who Could - by Rachel Bright 

•The Enormous Crocodile - by Ronald Dahl 

•Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile - by Bernard Waber 

•Our Animal World: Spiny Animals - by Karen Latchana Kenney

 

August 16, 2021

August 9, 2021

Fresh Water Animals

Checkers and Snoozer are off to the Florida Everglades to find a real alligator out in the wild! Along the way, their learning all about freshwater animals.

Featured Books:

Yertle the Turtle - by Dr. Seuss 

•Jack: The Story of a Beaver - by Shirley E. Woods

Recommended Books:

The Busy Beaver - by Nicholas Oldland

Frog and Beaver - by Simon James 

•I’ll Follow the Moon - by Stephanie Lisa Tara 

•Franklin the Turtle - by Paulette Bourgeois 

•The Ugly Duckling - by Hans Christian Anderson 

•Salmon Stream - by Carol Reed-Jones

Ocean Animals

 In this new episode, Checkers and Snoozer travel to Florida's Clearwater Marine Aquarium to meet world famous dolphins, Winter and Hope, the stars of two major motion pictures. Along the way, they will be learning all about ocean animals and books featuring the animals that inhabit the sea!

Featured Books:

Oscar the Octopus: A Book About the Months of the Year -  by Matthew Van Fleet 

A Tale of True Friendship (Dolphin Tale) - by Emma Ryan

Recommended Books:

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugine Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist - by Jess Keating 

Ocean Animals - Who’s Who in the Deep Blue - by Johnna Rizo 

Gentle Giant Octopus - by Karen Wallace 

Free Willy - Nancy E. Krulik Amazieng Whales - by Sarah L. Thomson 

Amazieng Whales - by Sarah L. Thomson

Sharks - by Seymour Simon

 

August 2, 2021

July 26, 2021

Savanna Animals

Featured Books:

  • Giraffes Can't Dance - by Giles Andreae
  • Over in the Grasslands: On an African Savanna - by Marianne Berkes

Recommended Books: 

  • The Tawny Scrawny Lion - by Kathryn Jackson
  • The Lion King - by Disney
  • The Lion & the Mouse - by Aesop
  • But Not the Hippopotamus - by Sandra Boyton
  • My Rhinoceros - by Jon Agee
  • Dumbo, The Flying Elephant - by Walt Disney Productions

Tropical Animals

Featured Books:

The One and Only Ivan - by Katherine Applegate

Memoirs of a Parrot - by Devin Scillian

Recommended Books:

• Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird - by Stephanie Spinner

• Little Beauty - by Anthony Browne

• The Mixed-up Chameleon - by Eric Carle

• My Colorful Chameleon - by Leonie Roberts

• Slow, Slow Sloths - by Bonnie Bader

• A Little Book of Sloths - by Lucy Cooke

• Curious George Series - by Margaret and H. A. Rey

July 19, 2021

July 12, 2021

Arctic Animals

Featured Books:

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr.

• Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater

Recommended Books:

Paw Prints in the Snow  by Sally Grindley

Narwhal on a Sunny Night, Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

Stanley the Walrus by Sherri Funk

Polar Bear Past Bedtime, Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

The Lonesome Polar Bear by Jane Cabrera

Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon

Australian Animals

Featured Books:

Katie No Pocket  by Emmy Payne

Bindi Irwin's Wild Life by Emily Klein

Recommended Books:

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?  by Eric Carle

Explore My World: Kangaroos  by Jill Essbaum

The Koala Who Could  by Rachel Bright

The Enormous Crocodile by Ronald Dahl

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile  by Bernard Waber

Our Animal World: Spiny Animals  by Karen Latchana Kenney

July 5, 2021

June 28, 2021

Forest Animals

Featured Books:

The Kissing Hand  by Audrey Penn

Batman Comic Books by Bob Kane and Bill Finger

 

Recommended Books:

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel

Forest Magic: A Guidebook for Little Woodland Explorers by Sarah Grinder

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Exploring the World of Owls by Tracy C. Read

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat by Lucille Colandro

A Week of Racoons by Gloria Whelan

Ocean Animals

Featured Books:

Oscar the Octopus: A Book About the Months of the Year by Matthew Van Fleet
A Tale of True Friendship (Dolphin Tale) by Emma Ryan

Recommended Books:

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugine Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless
Scientist
by Jess Keating
Ocean Animals - Who’s Who in the Deep Blue by Johnna Rizo
Gentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace
Free Willy by Nancy E. Krulik
Amazing Whales by Sarah L. Thomson
Sharks by Seymour Simon

June 21, 2021

June 14, 2021

Desert Animals

Featured Books: 

  • How the Camel Got His Hump by Rudyard Kipling
  • North American Animals - Coyotes by Chris Bowman

Recommended Books:

  • Dear Komodo Dragon by Nancy Kelly Allen
  • The Tortoise and the Hare by Aesop
  • The Foolish Tortoise by Eric Carlehy
  • Coyote’s Soundbite: A Poem for Our Planet  by John Agard
  • Who Lives Here? Desert Animals 
  • Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry? by Trish Rabe

Animals that Aren’t Here Anymore

Featured Books:

  • Dinosaurs Before Dark, Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Don't Let Them Disappear by Chelsea Clinton

Recommended Books:

  • Danny the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
  • How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
  • The Big Book of Dinosaurs by Darren Naish
  • Endangered Animals by Ben Hoare
  • Theo TheSaurus by Shelliu R. Johannes
  • Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

June 7, 2021

Related Activities

Don't forget to stop in to your local SEOLS library to pick up related take-home activities to accompany this week's video!