As the cold weather approaches keeping kids active and eating healthy can be challenging. Here are a few ideas to motivate your kids (and maybe the adults) to keep moving, eat healthy and feel great! Here are some great ideas for indoor activities to share with your kids and a few cures for cabin fever. Also, check out the following resources for more great ideas on healthy cooking and exercise for kids.
Did you know that not every kind of animal has the same type of eyes? Tigers can see six times better at night than humans. Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue. Most hamsters only blink one eye at a time. And, worms have no eyes at all! Learn about all the unique and interesting types of eyes in Animal Eyes by Mary Holland and Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins. If your interested in your own eyes, check out Eye: How It Works by David Macaulay.
Just for fun, try tricking your eyes with some books about optical illusions – What in the World: Fun-Tastic Photo Puzzles for Curious Minds by Julie Vosburgh Agnone and X-Treme Illusions by National Geographic Kids. You can even learn how to make your own optical illusion!
Yesterday, the American Library Association announced the winners of the best children’s and teen books published in 2013. Copies of all these wonderful books can be reserved in our catalog.
If you like well-illustrated books, check out the Caldecott winner, “ Locomotive” by Brian Floca.
The Newbery award for outstanding writing went to “ Flora & Ulysseys: the illuminated adventures” by Kate DiCamillo.
“ Parrots Over Puerto Rico” by Susan L. Roth was recognized with the Robert F. Sibert Informational Award.
Beginning readers should check out “ Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli, the winner of the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award.
For the complete listing of awards, their winners, and honor books, visit ALA’s website. ( http:// www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/american-library-association-announces-2014-youth-media-award-winners )
Anna Hibiscus is a little girl who lives in amazing Africa. In this Anna Hibiscus story, Anna and her family all go to the beach and are all too busy to splash with her in the water. The waves want to play with Anna, which make her laugh and laugh. Soon all of the family are together in the water. A fun and wet story about families at the beach for ages 4 and up.
School is almost out for the summer! HOORAY! Many families decide to start the summer break somewhere far away, perhaps at the beach, or in the mountains. There are still others who decide to have a “stay-cation”. Try these favorites for your summer reading!
I love discovering new series in our juvenile fiction collection, and here are two that I thoroughly enjoyed this year:
- Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
- And its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate! (which I am currently reading)
You are also welcome to stop by any UAPL location to find these and other first-in-the-series books in our juvenile fiction collection. At Miller Park, look for them on top of the shelves in the youth area!
This funny tale is based on the true story behind the famous paintings of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Young Charlotte Stuart writes a series of letters to Mr. Washington about her and her siblings' attempts to follow Washington's book of good rules. For ages 5 and up.
On the evening of November 10, 1975 the cargo ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald got caught in an early winter storm. Facing near hurricane-force winds and waves up to 35 feet high, the ship suddenly sank to the bottom of Lake Superior. All those aboard lost their lives.
While there have been many shipping disasters on the Great Lakes, the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald remains the best known. Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot wrote a hit song about the tragedy in 1976.
Check out these books to learn more.
Recently the Teen Advisory Board of the Upper Arlington Public Library held a poetry contest with three divisions. The K-4 grade winner was Katie H. with her poem “Garden” which appears below and the grade 5-8 winner was Ainsley D. whose poem” I Am Sunshine” also appears below right after Katie's. Congratulations to both winners!
The richest garden high up on the hill
had the smell of roses
a slightly pointed breeze
the hum of the bees
the richest soil
the biggest trees.
A warm but not cold wind
the ripple of the pond
as I skip the stones
the rock is smooth, the rock is flat.
The richest garden high up on the hill
in which I visit every day.
-by Katie H.
I Am Sunshine
I am sunshine
Dancing all around
I am beauty
Clothed in swirling clouds
I am happiness
Laughing at the sun
I am fearlessness
With my hair undone
I am wind
Knowing all things
I am fire
Love songs I sing
I am water
Quick and carefree
I am earth
Wrapped in mystery
I am a Girl. I am free
-By Ainsley D.
The third Monday in February we celebrate our Presidents.
Let's also celebrate the President's wives, daughters and sisters that were America's First Ladies!
From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, there have been 44 first ladies.
Here are some fun facts about the women who really ran the White House.
Dolley Madison (#4) was well known for saving important documents and the portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart during the War of 1812. The portrait is 62 inches by 97 inches! You can view this famous painting at the Smithsonian . She was also hostess for the previous President Thomas Jefferson, whose wife had died many years before.
Lucy Hayes (#19) was from Ohio and started the first Easter Egg Roll in 1877.
Frances Folsom (#22 and #24) married Grover Cleveland in the first wedding ever held in the White House in 1886.
Caroline Harrison (#23) was an artist who helped decorate the first Christmas tree in the White House in 1889. Mrs. Harrison was also responsible for bringing electricity to the White House.
Pat Nixon (#37) was the first First Lady to wear pants in public.
Hillary Clinton (#42) was the only First Lady to be elected to public office. She served two terms as United States Senator from New York. Hillary was also the first to host a webcast from the White House.
Eight Presidents were Ohioans! Canton, OH is home to the National First Ladies Library in America, the only one in the United States. It is the former home of William and Ida McKinley (President #25) and features rotating exhibits in their home and the education center next door.
Happy Mr. and Mrs. Presidents Day!