Marshall's class has been reading about runaway gingerbread cookies for days, but he does not believe that they can really escape. The class bakes and decorates their own gingerbread people and then when they disappear, everyone follows the clues left by the escaped cookies. What happened to those gingerbread people? A fun romp for ages 4 and up.
While planning your family's summer activities remember to include the Metro Parks summer programs into your calender. Free family programs include hiking, canoeing, fishing and storytime activities for preschoolers. You can access the Metro Parks program and events calender at http:// www.metroparks.net/
Before you begin your adventure at the park, stop by the Upper Arlington Public Library for some great books on nature. Here are some suggestions to get you started…
Dragons are everywhere! There have been many great picture books published in the last couple of years that explore all aspects of dragon lives. If you love dragons, check these out!
- Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
- Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzcki
- How to Be Friends With a Dragon by Valerie Gorbachev
- Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
- King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bentley
- Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
- Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse
- The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water by Gemma Marino
- Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen
Are you a fan of the cover art for Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus series?
Then discover the illustrator, John Rocco, who has also written several books of his own, including Blackout, a 2012 Caldecott Honor book.
This past Saturday I had the opportunity to hear John Rocco give a presentation at the Mazza Weekend Conference. He was such an entertaining speaker, and some of his more memorable stories involved a shellfishing boat, Whoopi Goldberg, the movie Shrek, and his childhood with a lot of curly hair.
To learn more about this talented author/illustrator, visit his website or check out some of his books below:
In “When It Snows” by Richard Collingridge, readers join a boy and his teddy bear on a magical adventure that only happens when it snows. A sweet story with beautiful illustrations, this is a must read for snow lovers of all ages–but especially those ages 3-6.
March 3, 2014 marks the 17th year of celebrating the National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day” and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. To help support this occasion, the Lane Road Library is hosting a Dr. Seuss Craft day on Wednesday, March 5 at 4:00 for children ages 2 and up. Stop by to make your own “Cat in the Hat” hat and a Lorax finger puppet. Check out the following links for more ideas on how you can celebrate at home!
What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet? You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment. The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone. For ages 4 and up.
Does your family argue over who gets to pick the music on long car trips? Do you need a cure for the “Are we there yet?” blues? Pack a good supply of family-friendly audiobooks for your next road trip. Audiobooks are entertaining as well as educational. Children will be exposed to a wide variety of literature and improve their listening skills. And, you can add to the experience by trying some of the following fun activities.
- In-Car Casting Calls: Try making up new voices for your favorite character. Act out a few scenes.
- Geography: If the book's setting is real, discuss how far away the location is, how you could travel to get there, what the weather would be like, etc. If the location is imaginary, have fun making up these details.
- Listen for Clues: Periodically stop the audiobook and have everyone guess what's going to happen next.
- Create the Sequel: When the book is finished, have everyone make up a different ending. Or, imagine what would happen in a sequel.
- Interview the Author: What would you ask the author about the book? What questions are left unanswered?
Listening to audiobooks and playing these games will make the car trip seem shorter and offer a terrific way to involve the whole family in a lively discussion.
Here are some favorite audiobooks for family listening.
Charlotte's Web by
read by the author
(3 hours 16 minutes)
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
performed by a full cast
(4 hours 57 minutes)
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
read by Lynn Redgrave
(13 hours 31 minutes)
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
read by the author
(4 hours 30 minutes)
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
read by Jim Dale
(approx. 9 hours)
Scholastic has a new early chapter book series called Branches. These books are great for newly independent readers with high-interest content and illustrations on every page. Some books are formatted as early chapter books while some have more of a graphic-novel feel. There are thought bubbles, graphic panels, and funny pictures to keep your young reader engaged. The levels vary but are generally intended for readers in kindergarten through third grade. I love to recommend these to parents who are looking for a a begining chapter book for a child just ready to take a step away from early readers. To find specific levels and a list of all the series you can visit the Scholastic website at http:// www.scholastic.com/branches/ or click on the links below to reserve a copy today!
Do you like the 39 Clues books? If so, you might want to try a new series called Spirit Animals. Just like the 39 Clues, each book will have a different author and you can join in the adventure online.
In Spirit Animals: Book 1 Wild Born, four young heroes discover the special connection they each have with a wild animal and set out on a dangerous quest to save the world of Erdas.
Want to know more about it? Watch this video of Brandon Mull, the author of Book 1, or visit the Scholastic website and create your hero and summon a spirit animal of your own!