Friday, December 9, 2016

Otters Love to Play

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
Otters Love to Play by Jonathan London, illustrated by Meilo So, takes you through the life cycle of the playful otter. A book that is filled to the brim with knowledge and facts is also filled with beautiful illustrations and fun text. Otters make use of left behind beaver lodges to make homes for themselves. There, otter pups are born and begin their journey through life. Otters are just like kids and love to play tag and wrestle. Once otter pups have their furry coats, swim lessons begin. Swimming is essential for otters and that’s why they start quite young. Soon the pups become underwater acrobats! As the otter pups progress, so do the seasons. This book not only illustrates otters beautifully but also the changing of seasons. As winter approaches, otter pups have fun in the snow just like you! Otters don’t hibernate and get to enjoy all four seasons. An otter’s day is full of play and so should yours! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Young Charlotte, Filmmaker

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
Young Charlotte, Filmmaker by Museum of Modern Art, New York. “Color gives me a headache,” says young Charlotte, filmmaker. She wishes other people could see what she sees, that black and white are the best colors, but the colorful people just don’t seem to get her. She takes her camera everywhere, filming black and white things, especially her cat Smudge, and making her movies in black-and-white. She loves outings with her parents to the Golden Theater (black-and-white movie night!) and most of all to the Museum of Modern Art where one day she makes a new friend, Scarlet. She gives Charlotte just the encouragement she needs, and helps Charlotte share her talent, and her black-and-white perspective, with the world. A great story about the journey of a young artist. Oh, and by they way, this book is actually written by the Publications Department of the Museum of Modern Art! How cool is that?!? See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, December 5, 2016

Henry & Leo

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski. Leo the lion was Henry's best friend. Leo had movable parts and glass button eyes which made him look like he knew important things. To Henry Leo is real. One day Henry’s Papa took the whole family on a walk in the woods. “Hurray!” said Henry. “Leo loves walks in the woods.” “Leo is a stuffed toy not real.” Said his sister. But Henry knew he was. The family walked a long time and then Papa carried Henry back because he was tired. At bedtime Henry realized something was wrong. “Papa where is Leo?” He asked. The whole family searched but Leo was lost. They would have to wait till the morning to search for him. That night something magical happened. The woodland animals came to help Leo and bring him home to Henry's house. The next morning Henry shouted “Leo! You found home!” He was back. His family said they had looked in that very spot and he wasn’t there last night. Henry and Leo are special friends. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, December 1, 2016

One Day, The End

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
All good stories have a beginning and an end, of course, but oh, the middle! The middle is where the story really happens, and the young storyteller in One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Fred Koehler, shares her stories with us to that effect. Each page has a large text beginning and end, but the pictures actually carry the middle where her story is found. In “I Went to School. I Came Home. The End” we are offered small glimpses of the triumphs and failures she experiences during one day at school. In “One Day I Made Something. I Gave It to My Mom. The End” we watch as the storyteller’s creativity splashes (literally) across the kitchen in pursuit of the perfect gift for her mother, with the last story summing up all of her tales! A beautiful cross between word-book and wordless-book, this story is great for lap time reading with pre and early readers, and for helping teach your young writers learn about story structure. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Peace Book

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
If there's anything I think we can all agree on, it's that the world needs more peace. The Peace Book by Todd Parr defines peace by offering easy ways we can all promote peace in our every day lives. For instance, peace is making new friends. Peace is helping your neighbor. And peace is being free. But peace is also listening to different kinds of music, reading different kinds of books, and wearing different kinds of clothes. Peace is keeping water and streets clean. Peace is planting a tree, and giving shoes to someone who needs them. Peace can be as simple as watching snow fall, or taking a nap. And peace is as epic as having enough pizza in the world for everyone. If you and your little one want to meditate upon peace, check out this book today. Peace! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Books and Blocks

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Melissa!
Children love building with blocks. You can expand their imaginative play skills by encouraging them to use blocks as objects or props in their play. Books can also be read while building to model these behaviors. Check out the books below for ideas on how you can incorporate books in your block play activities.  
The House that Zack Built is written and illustrated by Alison Murray. After reading this book, encourage your child to build their own house. Re-enact the story as The House That [insert your child's name here] Built. In addition to their house, have them use blocks to represent the fly, cat, milk, etc. Allow them to thumb through the pages for reference and make a story of their own using new characters and actions. See this book listed in our catalog.
In Blocks by Irene Dickson, children will learn about primary colors and the value of sharing. You can also use the book to discuss structures. If you have colored blocks, you can sort them as they are in the story, and each build with one color. When you combine multiple colors you can discuss how much can be built when you share the blocks. See this book listed in our catalog.
In Apples and Robins by Lucie Felix, children will explore shapes and can build the objects mentioned using combinations of various shaped blocks. This is a great way to make the images on a page come to life. For example, by using rectangular shaped blocks children can build a ladder just as it’s illustrated in the book. After reading this book take a walk around your house or yard to see what can be built. See this book listed in our catalog.

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