Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bookworm List- Books to Celebrate the 4th of July

Hi all, this is a new feature to the blog.

So today at 4 pm for K-5 and families, we are having a four days early 4th of July celebration ( because like most public places, we will be closed on the 4th since is a federal holiday).
Here are some books for celebrating our Nation's birthday ( 235 this year, standing strong):

  • Journey of One and Only Declaration of Independence- Judith St. George: In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. But would you believe this important piece of parchment had more homes than a traveling circus? Find out in this incredible story.
  • On the Day the Tall Ships Sailed-Betty Paraskevas:  Follow a bald eagle as he flies in the sky as ships of all shapes and sizes sail into New York Harbor on Independence Day.
  • Happy Birthday, America- Mary Pope Osborne: Join a young boy and his family at a small town American celebration with a pet parade, fireworks, and more.
  • Revolutionary War on Wednesday- Mary Pope Osborne: Using the Magic Tree House, Jack and Annie travel back in time the American Revolution and help General George Washington cross the Delaware River.
  • Judy Moody Declares Independence-Megan McDonald: After befriending an British girl and learning about the American Revolution during a trip to Boston, Judy Moody decides to write her own Declaration of Independence in hopes of getting more freedoms, like her own bathroom and a higher allowance.
  • Meet Felicity-Valerie Tripp:  Nine-year-old Felicity rescues a horse from a cruel owner in Williamsburg in 1774. 
  • Yankee Doodle America- Wendell Minor: Learn about the American Revolution through the alphabet.  
  • Jake Johnson: Story of a Mule- Tres Seymour: Poor Farmer Puckett! His new mule refuses to move an inch and the fireworks need to be delivered to the town. Is the 4th of July celebration doomed?
Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!! Keep reading!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review- Elephants can Paint Too!-Katya Arnold

Kayta Arnold is an art teacher who teaches art in two different schools: one at a private school in Brooklyn, the other.. in the jungle. Some of these students have hands, others... have trucks. In Elephants can Paint Too!, Arnold shows she teaches elephants to paint amazing works of art ( plus her human students in the city).

I love that the book shows the elephants at work ( and that like human artists, they too can get messy.) I also like that the print is big and simple for a child to read, and that there are elephant facts for the the adult to read to the child ( such as an elephant's truck is both a hand and a nose, and that it has 150,000 muscles.) Arnold also provides information about the elephant art project ( called Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project in the back ( such as the website where one can learn more about the elephants and purchase their artwork.)

Elephants can Paint Too!-Katya Arnold
Age Range: 3 and up
Lexile: 660   
***** ( 5 stars)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

One World, Many Stories-July Programming

Here are some programs that will happening next month in the Children's Dept at the Central Library. Please visit Library Events for information and to register.All branches will be closed July 3 and 4. The last day of the Summer Reading Program is July 30th.

Mother Goose on the Loose - Tuesdays, July 5 and 19 at 10 am or 2pm.
Audience: Infants 6-23 Months and caregiver.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr Olds- Mondays at 10am or 2pm.
July 18-Home in Your Heart
Audience:2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr Olds- Tuesdays at 10 am or 2pm.
July 12- Arctic Blast!
July 26- Whoever You Are
Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

School-Age-Thursdays at 4pm.
July 7-Viva Mexico!
July 14- One World, Our World
July 21- Welcome to Korea
July 28- Polar-tastic
Audience: K to 5th grade and families

Family Movie Day ( Wednesday at noon)
Patrons can bring a lunch or snack. No red or dark colored drinks!
July 6-Sorcerer's Apprentice
July 13-Tron Legacy
July 20-Megamind
July 27-Tangled
Audience: All Ages.  Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

Hope see everyone soon. Happy Summer!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Every Child Ready to Read-Letter Knowledge

Letter knowledge is when children understand that letters of the alphabet are different from each other and  that the same letter can be written different ways.Knowing the names and sounds of letters helps children figure out how to say written words.

Some tips on practicing letter knowledge with your child:

  • Sing the alphabet song together and play with rhymes.
  •  Let your child play with blocks or puzzles with letters on them and/ or have them make letters with clay, crayons, etc.
  • Read alphabet books. (Note: For children ages 0-3, reading the whole book might be a bit much. You might want to just focus on a few letters, such as the letters in their name.)
Here are some recommended books with letter knowledge ( for more, please see )

  • ABC Doctor-Liz Murphy
  • Kipper's A to Z-Mick Inkpen
  • Bad Kitty- Nick Bruel

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review- The Umbrella- Ingrid and Dieter Schubert


In The Umbrella, a little Scottie dog find a red umbrella on a very windy day. But -WHOOSH!- the wind picks up the doggie like he's Mary Poppins, and off he goes. Off into the sky, what awaits him nobody knows.

The pictures are very rich and vivid. And , being a wordless picture book, one can create a story and add special effects ( I did this book for a daycare visit today and the children really loved me going  " Brrrr" when a pelican drops him off at the North Pole and some seals are going " ARF, ARF".) There is a happy ending for our furry traveler, and a cute  twist, too!

The Umbrella- Ingrid and Dieter Schubert.
Age Range- 2 and up.
Lexile: NA
***** ( 5 stars)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Review-Dino-Basketball-Lisa Wheeler


It's March Madness, and all the dinosaurs are heading out the basketball arena to see the Grass Clippers ( the planting-eating dinosaurs) battle the Meat ( the meat-eating dinosaurs) in the championship game. The cheerleaders are getting the crowd ready. The dodo ref throws the ball.... and the game begins.

 Dino-Basketball is a really clever book . I love how each team player is named after a dinosaur ( and that the team's colors are used to identify what team they play for: red for Meat, green for Clippers). The play-by-play is done in rhyme ( and also we get  basketballs terms, so this would a great book for doing two Every Child Ready to Read Skills- phonological awareness and vocab ). We even get a half-time show with a dino-pyramid, mascots jumping on trampolines, and a dino-Elvis impersonator.  I think children who like dinosaurs and sports would like this book. And if they really like it, it's part of a series ( which includes Dino-Hockey, Dino-Baseball, and Dino-Soccer, which the library does have, please check our catalog to see which branch they are at. And based on the last page, we get an early peak of Dino-Football.)

Dino-Basketball-Lisa Wheeler
Age Range- 4 and up
Lexile: 300
***** ( 5 stars)