Monday, August 29, 2011

Book Review-Llama Llama Mad at Mama-Anna Dewdney


It's Saturday, and Llama Llama wants to play. But Mama Llama has shopping to do, so she and Llama Llama head to the mall. But Llama Llama does not like the " yucky music" and " great big feet", and soon tires of aisles of clothes and food. Eventually he becomes Llama Llama Mad at Mama and throws a tantrum (and other stuff). But Mama Llama stops the "llama drama" and soon she and Llama Llama make the shopping day fun (and fast).

Told in rhyme with bright, colorful illustrations,  children and parents will love Llama Llama and his mama and learn that working together can a boring task fun. They may also want to check out the rest of Llama Llama's adventures ( all by Anna Dewdney):

  • Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • Llama Llama Misses Mama
  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama
  • Llama Llama Home with Mama

Llama Llama Mad at Mama-Anna Dewdney
Age Range- 2 and up
Lexile: 325
***** ( 5 stars)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Upcoming programs in September

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 register.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Sept. 6 and 20  at 10 am-Audience: Infants 6-23 months and caregiver (s).

Lego Club- Thursday, Sept. 8 at 4pm- 2nd to 6th grade

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday Sept 13 and 27  at 10 am and 2 pm- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Gaming Night- Wednesday Sept 14 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, Sept  19  at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Cool Kids read Cool Books- Thursday, Sept 22 at 4 pm- Audience: K to 5th grade and families

See you soon!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review- Kissing Tennesse and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance-Kathi Appelt


It's May 31, and the eighth-graders of Dogwood Junior High have gathered for the Stardust Dance.  Russ Mills is wondering if he'll ever get over his first love, Anne P. Tim Hernandez is hoping for magic to happen when he asks Lucy White to dance with him.  Peggy Lee Dixon is wondering if kissing Tennessee Jones for the third time in her lifetime will lead to more than just being friends. These and five other short stories make up Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance,  a perfect read of experiences and issues many preteen and teens face in today's world.

Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance-Kathi Appelt
Age Range: 12-14
Lexile: 855
***** ( 5 stars)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Review- Little Bea- Daniel Roode


Up, up, up comes Little Sun. It's time for Bea the bee to start to her day. She has friends to help, and friends to play. Such a busy bee! Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!

Young children and parents will love Little Bea and her friends. The illustrations are cute and it's very simple story. Parents will also  want to check out the author's website(, which features more cute artwork and videos, plus previews of  Roode's upcoming books.

Little Bea-Daniel Roode
Age Range- 2 and up
Lexile: 50
***** ( 5 stars)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Review- Are You Awake?-Sophie Blackall


It's Edward's bedtime, but he's not sleepy. So he wakes up Mommy and asks her a lot of questions. Most of her replies to Edward's questions are " Because it's still nighttime." Will she or Edward ever get back to sleep?

Kids ( and parents) will laugh their heads off at this bedtime book. I especially love the part where Edward asks his mother if his father is still awake and she says she hopes so because he is flying a plane. I'm definitely planning to use this book for daycare visits and story times, including next year's summer reading program, Dream Big-Read.

Are You Wake?-Sophie Blackall
Age Range: 2 and up
Lexile: 200***** ( 5 stars)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Underneath by Kathi Applet


This book is a blending of three stories into one. It is a story about the friendship between a bloodhound named Ranger and calico cat who is about to have kittens. It is a story about Gar-Face, Ranger's cruel owner. It is also a story about Grandmother Moccasin who has lain dormant in a glass jar for a thousand years. The Underneath is a leisurely-paced summer read.

Grade Level: 5-7
Lexile Level: 830
****(4 stars)

August 7th is Sister's Day

This coming Sunday is Sister's Day. Celebrated on the first Sunday of the month in August, having or being a sister is truly unique. By definition, a sister is a female sibling who have the same parents as another person. But it can also mean a close female friend (s) or associate(s) (ie, someone who you feel is a very best friend, or VBF,  for all you lovely people that love to text, and perhaps share a bond that's like a sisterhood.) Sure, there might be quarrels and arguments, but in the end, whether you are an older or younger sister or sister of friendship, it's an everlasting bond. So celebrate your sister, this Sunday and every day. (To those wondering if there is a day that celebrates brotherhood, it's May 24th.)

Here are some books that celebrate sisterhood ( for more, suggested key words include "sisters-juvenile fiction", " sisters-fiction", "brothers and sisters-juvenile fiction"):

  • Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
  • The Penderwick series by Jeanne Birdsall
  • A Baby Sister for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • Froggy's Baby Sister by Johnathan London
  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares (Note: Additional titles in Young Adult and Adult)
 Happy's Sister's Day. Keep Reading.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lego Club

The Children's Services Department at the Central Branch of the Lake County Public Library will host a monthly Lego Club program beginning September 2011. The library was awarded a grant from Altrusa International, Inc. of The Indiana Dunes to purchase a basic collection of Legos. In order to build our collection and thereby service more children, the library will gladly accept Lego donations. Our first Lego Club program will be held on Thursday, September 8 at 4 pm for children grades 2-6.

Please register online for this program two weeks in advance of scheduled date at Click on "Library Events" at the top of the library's homepage.

For more information call Children's Services at 769-3541 x360.

Youth volunteers give a thumbs up for the new Lego collection.