Do you have a few favorite things? I just love chickens, the Muppets, and silly books. So, for my last blog of 2013, I’ve combined them all into one! Read some wonderful stories about mischievous poultry while you listen to classical music presented in a whole new way.
What a winter we have had in central Ohio! Spring is finally here according to the calendar! Celebrate by checking out “And Then It's Spring” by Julie Fogliano and award-winning artist Erin Stead. A boy and his dog are tired of brown winter and they dig and plant seeds. They wait and then wait and then finally it's spring and everything is green and colorful! Great for ages 4 and up.
It’s time to have fun with food! There are a lot of great picture books out there that celebrate food – from using food to make art, as in The World of Food by Carl Warner, to the life of vegetables as seen in Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal, to the fun of discovering all that our utensils can do, as seen in The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton – there is plenty to get imaginations running and full! And if reading all about food gets your appetite going there are also some great easy recipe books for kids too.
For a sneak peek at one of my favorite books about food, The World of Food by Carl Warner, check out the video below. Warner creates stunning, fantastical worlds using food as art. Each page is themed with a different color and an imaginative description. This book not only teaches kids about colors and offers an interactive experience trying to guess what foods make up the different landscapes, but it provides a backdrop to making up stories that go with each world. For more information on how he creates these fantastical worlds see his website Carl Warner.
There are also some great books that celebrate all things utensils. A few of my favorites are:
The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton tells the story of when a young girl’s task of setting the table turns into a fantastic adventure as the utensils come to life, spoon and dish run off on their own, and they must be convince to come back! This book turns a routine task into an imaginative adventure.
In Chopsticks by Amy Rosenthal, explore the wondrous life of chopsticks! This story celebrates both friendship and independence as, after a slight food mishap with a very tough stalk of asparagus, the chopsticks, who have been together forever, must spend some time apart. One is on “bed” rest and the other ventures out on his own. What will the pair do without one another? And how many amazing stories will chopstick bring back to tell his best friend?
Spork by Kyo Maclear celebrates individuality and uniqueness as Spork, a little bit fork and a little bit spoon–but not quite one or the other–must find his way in the world of utensils.
Caterina, a very organized owl, is planning her first party. She has lists of things to do, lists of friends to invite, and lists of things to love. Caterina does not want any surprises for her party day. Can there still be a perfect party when a spot of rain threatens? Pure whimsical fun for ages 3 and up.
Phonological awareness is a child’s awareness that sentences can be broken down into words, syllables and sounds. Music naturally encourages development of this pre-reading skill by allowing kids to play with language using rhythm, rhyming and repetition. Take a peek at this short video for more information:
Did you know that it is very easy to make your musical instruments at home? Check out some great ideas from Nancy Stewart!
At the UAPL youth department, we have an extensive collection of children’s music. Check out some CDs and have your very own sing-a-long at home.
You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan, celebrates all of the stages of the firstborn baby in a family. There may be other children in the family later, but there is always a first one to teach the parents how to be parents. This will make parents and children of all family sizes smile and remember all of the good first times they each experienced. A beautiful mixture of words and illustrations for all ages.
The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Monday, January 27th. In celebration, the staff of the Miller Park Branch has picked some of their favorite past winners:
- Alina's pick: The Little House (1943 winner)
- Bree's pick: The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006 winner)
- Brian's pick: Where the Wild Things Are (1964 winner)
- Julie's pick: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970 winner)
- Kate's pick: Kitten's First Full Moon (2005 winner)
- Kris's pick: Owl Moon (1988 winner)
- Sarah's pick: A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011 winner)
On Saturday, January 25th , the Miller Park Branch will be hosting a Caldecott Crafts program at 11:00 a.m. for ages 3 and up. Registration is required. If you would like to attend, please go to UAPL's Events & Programs calendar to check for openings and to sign up. To learn more about the Caldecott Medal, please visit the Association for Library Service to Children 's informational page.
Feel free to share your favorite Caldecott Medal winner in the comments section below!
Mama, Is It Summer Yet by Nikki McClure is for those kids who love to ask questions, sometimes the same question again and again! The Mama gently answers her child's questions by pointing out the beautiful things that the seasons bring. A seasonal favorite for ages 3-6.
Now that the countdown to Christmas has begun here are some new Christmas picture books that you might enjoy! Whether it's a new take on an old classic, a tale of Santa Claus, or the story of Christmas you're looking for, at least one of these should make it on your to-read list for the holiday season.
What will you find when opening this book? You will find a little book and then another, each one going through all the colors of the rainbow. There is even a rainbow book! For all book lovers and friends of book lovers ages 3 and up.