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Great Picture Books Reads for Winter

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There are so many books that capture the essence of winter and all it brings with it. Here are a few fun picks that celebrate the magic of winter, the warmth of sharing, the wonders of the world, and the gift of giving. (Click on the book cover for more information. Links open in a new window)

Enjoy! And Happy Winter Reading!

Book Cover for Diamond in the Snow by Emmett  Book Cover for Winter Waits by Plourde  Book Cover for Stella Queen of the Snow by Gay  Book Cover for Little Cub by Dunrea  Book Cover for Visitor for Bear by Becker Book cover for Hush Little Polar Bear by Mack   Book Cover for Moon Dreams by Martin    Book Cover for The Boy and the Moon by Carroll    Book Cover for The Gift of Nothing by McDonnell    Book Cover for Extra Yarn by Barnett   Book Cover for A World of Food by Warner    Book Cover for Just Right for Christmas by Black   Book Cover forIs It Christmas Yet? by Chapman   

Families and Food

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When November rolls around, I start thinking about family gatherings, food and good memories. Below are three picture books that explore the themes of family,food and fun. Do you have a favorite picture book about families and food?

Baking Day at Grandma's by Anika Denise

Three little bears set off to Grandma's to help her bake treats for gifts.  This rhyming story has sweet pictures and a recipe for Chocolate Cake.

 

 

All for Pie Pie for All by David Martin

A cat family bakes and eats a delicious pie.  The crumbs they leave feed, in turn, a family of mice and a family of ants.  A nice look at how even a little can go a long way.

 

 

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

The setting for this story is the summer season, but the loving gathering will ring true all year. 

Do-It-Yourself Sensory Bottles

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Create some fun, engaging sensory bottles for your baby or toddler. These are easy to make and let your child explore how different objects move and sound inside the bottles. Your baby or toddler can roll them, bang them, and watch the objects move around. Adding water or corn syrup to some of the bottles will create a different effect.

Below are pictures of the ones that I made. You can use a variety of different materials – just look around your home to see what you have! Just be sure to hot glue the caps on so the materials stay safely inside.

Materials:

  • Empty Water Bottles
  • A variety of materials for the bottles: brightly colored puff balls, rice, beans, popcorn, glitter and water, aluminum foil pieces, buttons
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Water or corn syrup

           

        

Super Powered Picture Books - Super Powered Parents!

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These are our last few weeks of Summer Library Club and it’s time to wrap up our Super Powered Picture Book adventure. My last two blog posts have focused on picture books that feature Super Powered Kids and Super Powered Animals and Friends. For my last post I could think of no better way to wrap things up than by highlighting our picture books that feature Super Powered Parents! Because parents have super powers too! Some fun picture books are:

And for a fun live-action version of super powered parents check out this video inspired by Mitchell’s License.

 

For a list of these and other great superhero books see our Super Powered Picture Books list in our catalog.

And if you missed any of the other Super Powered Picture Books Blog posts check out Super Powered Kids and Super Powered Animals and Friends.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

Picture Book Selection: Playing from the Heart

When a young boy begins to play on his family’s piano, reveling in the fun of plunking the keys, his father signs him up for lessons so that he can learn to play properly. With his father’s encouragement, Raj learns notes, then scales, then songs, and finally classical pieces that his father can recognize and be proud of. But the more Raj practices and the more skilled he becomes, the less he enjoys playing, until he grows up and stops playing altogether. But when his father becomes ill and asks Raj to play for him, will Raj remember how to play from the heart? Age 0-8

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