Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday (March 2, 1904) with a book!

Here is a selection of books by Dr. Seuss:

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins - Every time Bartholomew takes a hat off his head another one appears in its place! How many hats do you think he has all together?

The Big Brag - Rabbit thinks he's better than bear, but bear thinks he's better than rabbit. Find out who worm thinks is the best.

The Cat in the Hat - A classic Dr. Seuss book! The cat in the hat visits two children who are home on a rainy day with nothing to do.

Great Day for Up! - A rhyming story about the many different meanings of the word "up."

Horton Hears a Who! - Horton's friends don't believe in Whos so it is up to the smallest Who to convince them that they do exist, otherwise their city might be destroyed.

If you'd like to learn more about Dr. Seuss' life, try these biographies:

Thursday, February 21, 2008

King-Smith, Dick. The Nine Lives of Aristotle. 77 pages. (Gr. 1-3)
This is a great story for an independent reader or a read aloud about an adventurous kitten named Aristotle. His owner, Bella Donna, is a very kind witch and always rescues him when he gets into trouble. It is said that cats have nine lives and poor Aristotle goes through eight of them in this one book! Subtle illustrations accompany the text and make it easier for a younger child to read and enjoy. Do you have a more advanced reader? Try King-Smith's other chapter books about animals, such as Ace, the Very Important Pig or Harriet's Hare.

Landry, Leo. Fat Bat and Swoop. 64 pages. (Gr. 1-3)
In this early chapter book, two friends Fat Bat and Swoop, like to fly around and get into trouble. Sometimes they fly through the clothesline and scare their friend Emily because they look like ghosts! Find out if Emily thinks its funny or not.

Ludwig, Trudy. Just Kidding. 1 v. (Gr. 1-4)
This is a useful picture book for older kids and parents who want to know how to stop bullying or teasing. D.J. has a friend named Vince, who likes to tease him and then says "Just kidding." How can D.J. let him know that what he's doing is not funny and is hurting his feelings? There is a list of recommended readings for adults and children about bullying, as well as some websites and organization names.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Ellery, Tom and Amanda (2006). If I Had a Dragon. (Ages 3-7)
Morton doesn't want to play with his little brother. He wishes that his little brother could turn into a dragon. Find out if Morton enjoys having a dragon for a brother or if he might just change his mind.

MacLennan, Cathy (2007). Chicky Chicky Chook Chook. (Ages 3-7)
Your little ones will enjoy reading and singing the playful rhyming text of this story. Yellow chicks, stiped kittens, and golden bees have fun playing until it begins to rain and thunder. How will they get dry again?

Rockwell, Anne (2006). Backyard Bear. (Gr.K-3)
A young black bear is ready to be on his own, but as he ventures out into the woods he finds bulldozers and chainsaws cutting down his home. He runs away from the noise and explores people's backyards where he searches for food and finds garbage. What will happen when the people see the bear?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Curtis, Christopher Paul (2007). Mr. Chickee’s Messy Mission. 230 p. (Gr. 3-6)
Join the Flint Future Detectives on another mystery and fantasy adventure. When Russell’s dog, Rodney Rodent, chases a gnome and disappears into a mural, Steve Carter and his friends follow him and meet Mr. Chickee. If they want to return to their own universe, the detectives have to find Rodney Rodent and save the alternate universe of Ourside at the same time.

Fontes, Justine & Ron (2007). The Trojan Horse: The Fall of Troy. 48 p. (Gr. 4-6)
If your kids like to hear myths and legends, but can’t read Virgil on their own, then have them try this refreshing new take on Greek myths in the form of a graphic novel (comic book). Kids will enjoy learning about the battle of Troy and the story behind the wooden horse through scenes full of action and color.

Gifford, Peggy (2007). Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little. 92 p. (Gr. 3-5)
Meet nine year old Moxy who realizes that summer is ending and she has not yet read her summer reading assignment! Does this sound familiar? The book that she has put off reading is “Stuart Little,” but not because she doesn’t like it. Moxy brings the book with her everywhere, including the pool. It’s just that she hasn’t managed to spare any time to read it. Will Moxy finish the book the day before she starts fourth grade or will she have to face the consequences?

McAllister, Angela (2006). Digory the Dragon Slayer. 124 p. (Gr. 3-5)
Digory was an average boy until he found a dragon’s tooth while walking through the forest. Suddenly, the people of his village think that he has slayed a dragon! Now he is considered a knight, but can Digory face a real dragon?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

New Programs offered at the Children's Library

Music, Movement, and Me for ages 0-4.

Join Sara Epstein in the Children's Library for a fun, exciting, interactive early childhood music and movement class. We sing, dance and play to/with a variety of music all genres. Shaker eggs, bells, sticks, puppets, scarves and other fun, colorful props are used to delight the children and stimulate their senses. We learn basic rhythm and pitch in a fun, non-competitive and safe environment.

Location: In the Storytime Room
From: 10:30-11:30 am
Dates: Friday February 29
Monday March 24
Monday April 28

Registration will be available approximately one week before each session.
Maximum of 20 children, plus adult.

Sing-Along with Ed Morgan, "The Music Man" for ages 2.9 - 5.

Join Ed in singing, clapping, and movement songs on Friday March 14 and April 11 from 3-3:45 pm in the Storytime Room. These are drop-in sessions, no registration required. Adults are required to attend with their child.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Picture Books for Chinese New Year

Your child will enjoy reading about how a little girl prepares for her first Chinese New Year. This book is full of colorful illustrations, which vividly portray the celebration.

Low, William. Chinatown.
Experience the sights and smells of Chinatown as you read about a boy and his grandmother who take a walk on Chinese New Year's Day.

Thong, Roseanne. Round is a Mooncake.
Simple shapes in her home and neighborhood remind a girl of her Chinese-American heritage.

Wong, Janet. This Next New Year.
Read about the many ways that a Chinese-Korean boy and his friends celebrate the "lunar new year."

More books about Chinese New Year and Chinese-Americans: