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.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

My Friend Fred

Submitted by special guest blogger Ms. Andrea!
My Friend Fred written by Hiawyn Oram is a precious book about friendship and sharing. Grace believes their family dog, Fred, is hers and hers alone. She believes this because they do everything together. Unfortunately, Grace learns a lesson in sharing and happiness when she locks Fred up to keep him from having fun with her sister and her sister’s friends. She watches Fred becomes very sad. Realizing she is keeping Fred from being happy, she lets him out in the yard with all of the family and family’s friends. At the end of the story Grace admits she made a big decision allowing Fred to play with all his friends, but secretly she still believes he is just her dog.  This book is fun to read aloud with different voices. Adults will find the end entertaining and children will love the illustrations. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Bath Monster

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
The Bath Monster by Colin Boyd. Jackson loved all things that made him dirty and messy: playing in mud, rolling down hills, and climbing trees. Every night, his mother would say, “Look at you! Go and have a bath now or the Bath Monster will come and get you.” Boys and girls everywhere are told about the Bath Monster’s second favorite food, dirty bath water. He waits at bottom of the drain with his special red and white straw to slurp up the dirty water. One night Jackson refuses to take a bath declaring he no longer believes in the bath monster. Everyone knows what the bath monster's second favorite food is but that night Jackson finds out what his favorite food is! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 10, 2016

1 Big Salad

Submitted by Ms. Sam!
1 Big Salad by Juana Medina is a delicious counting book that kids and adults will equally love with it's nutritious fun elements. From 1 through 10, each ingredient for the big salad is depicted as a fun little animal. We begin with 1 Avocado Deer and move to 4 Carrot Horses to 7 Radicchio Lions to 10 Clementine Kitties. Each page will help kiddos practice their counting skills as well as use their imagination to see the fruit/veggie animals. All ten ingredients make up a wonderfully healthy salad that might even grab the attention of the pickiest eaters. There is also a quick and simple recipe for salad dressing in the back! See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

I Don't Want To Be Big

Submitted by Ms. Brenda!
In I Don’t Want to Be Big by Dev Petty we catch up with Frog from I Don’t Want to Be a Frog. This time Frog doesn’t want to eat his dinner and grow big. Being big means you have to give up all the fun things in life, like being small enough to be carried from place to place, and being really good at hiding during Hide-n-Seek. He has plenty of big friends who can reach things in high places for him. And who wants to be big enough to see a bunch of bug-eyed tree frogs anyway? With his father’s, and his big friend Pig’s, help Frog decides that growing up won’t be too bad after all. You can be grown up and still act little, sometimes. Taking a bath, on the other hand, may become the subject if a third book is in the works. This is a great book for lap reading or story time fun. The illustrations, by Mike Boldt, are vibrant and full of humor. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, November 3, 2016

This Is Our Baby Born Today

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
This Is Our Baby Born Today by Varsha Bajaj and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. A new baby elephant is born today. His Mama is loving and proud. There are aunts who are caring, and the earth that is fertile to support this baby born today. The sisters are sweet and eager to cuddle the baby. The herd who trumpet the baby born today is united and strong. The lagoon is calm and waiting to bathe the baby, and the cousins are ready to muddy the baby. A Banyan ancient and pure shades the baby, and neighbors are swinging and calling to the baby born today. The sparkling stars bless the baby and the glowing moon smiles on the baby born today. The baby who is wrinkled and gray warms the hearts of the world today. See this book listed in our catalog 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

In a Cloud of Dust

Submitted by Ms. Karen!
In a Cloud of Dust written by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Brian Deines. In a remote Tanzanian village a school gets a special visitor: the Bicycle Library truck! The children choose bicycles, except Anna, who is inside completing her homework. Anna lives so far from the school that it is too dark for school work when she gets home. By the time Anna gets outside, all the bikes have been checked out by others. Anna is disappointed, but chooses to help and cheer on her friends as they practice. In the end Anna’s kindness is rewarded when one of her friends helps her to get home on his bike! A very accessible tale of a simple idea that is changing the lives of many children around the world. Be sure to read the author’s note at the end for a deeper explanation of the importance of bicycles in third world countries. There is also a list of non-profit groups providing bicycles globally to folks at no cost. Perhaps your family would like to help out too! See this book listed in our catalog
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