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2014 Picture Book Picks!

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We love picture books!  Picture book stories are for everyone and perfect for sharing.  To celebrate another great year at UAPL we are sharing some of our favorites from 2014.  

Dena's Pick: The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee.  In this wordless picture book a baby clown has fallen off a circus train and is helped by a lonely farmer to find his family again.  Wordless picture books are a great opportunity for young readers to tell the story.  

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Miss Laura chose:  Milo is not a Dog Today! by Kerstin Schoene

Milo is a dog who loves to pretend to be other animals.  He wants to find a friend who likes to play pretend games too. Can he find a friend to play?

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Miss Jennifer had two favorites!  

  • Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever! by Jeff Cohen is a very realistic story about what happens when little people give haircuts.
  • Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka: a super cute story about a little puppy who wants to play and finds a friend in a grumpy green monster in the park.

Dana's pick: Naughty Kitty

Miss Dana picked: Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower

Lily is a little girl who has just gotten a kitten and discovers how much trouble kittens can be.  This is the sequel to Silly Doggy!

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Miss Tracie's favorite is Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam

A wandering fox is trying to find shelter in the cold winter.  A little boy sees this and brings food and puts the fox in the greenhouse.  To repay the boy's kindness the fox makes a magical garden appear in the night.  

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Katie's pick is Nancy Knows by Cybele Young

Nancy is an elephant who has a good memory most of the time.  There is something important that she cannot remember!  When she takes a quiet moment is when she remembers. The reader can see all of what Nancy knows as the story moves along. 

stephanie viva fridaStephanie has two picks both about famous artists.

  • Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales celebrates the imagination of Frida Kahlo for the youngest of readers.  
  • The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan and Hadley Hooper
    If you lived in a cold, dreary northern French town, where would you find color?  Award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan gives us the childhood of Henri Matisse.  

Sue holding Sparky picture bookSue: Sparky by Jenny Offill

A child gets a pet sloth.

Sarah: Telephone by Mac Barnett

A string of birds play telephone on a telephone wire. Funny!

Have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!

Elves! App, Books, Fun!

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Winter is in full swing and there is magic in the air! And elves are in the mix! Here are some fun books that explore the world of elves! Also, for some online fun check out the Website (and APPElfYourself.com where you can upload your picture and turn yourself into an elf! (Links open in a new window)

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Explore the World of Elves!

Book Cover for Little Fur by Carmody   Book Cover for The Little Secret by Saunders   Book Cover for Keeper of Lost Cities by Messenger   Cover for Elves Don't Wear Hard Hats by Dadey   Book Cover for The Elf in Union Square by Carr   Book Cover for Flower Fairies: Buttercup and the Fairy Gold \

Happy Reading!!!

It's time to go Camping!

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The sunny skies and warmer weather means camping season has started!  Whether you pitch a tent, sleep in a camper, or just lay in a sleeping bag under the stars, get out and enjoy the outdoors.

mohican state parkWhat do you need for camping?  There are lots of things you can bring, but the basics are a tent, sleeping bag, mess kit (eating equipment), simple foods, and enthusiasm for new experiences!  Be sure to check out the books below for more information to make your own checklist before your trip.

Ohio has many wonderful places to explore and and also for you to put up your feet after a long day of exploration.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has an app for your mobile device that can give you more up to date information about events happening in all of the state parks around Ohio.  

 

Juvenile Fiction Selection: The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher is a sweet, year-in-the life tale of the four fletcher boys and their two dads, Dad and Papa.  Sam, Jax, Eli, and Frog are looking forward to a new school year with sports, plays, a new school, and friends but not everything goes as planned.  Then they meet their new neighbor who turns out to be cranky and not thrilled to live next door to a bunch of boys, but can the Fletchers win him over?  This family is smart, funny, and loving and you will love getting to know them.  

Feathery Friends

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Earlier today the library had an interesting visitor.  A Red-tailed hawk rested for a while in the trees outside the front entrance.  According to a wonderful new book, National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds:  A Beginner's Guide, the Red-tailed hawk is the most common hawk in the United States. 

Learn all about the birds in your backyard with the help of these wonderful resources. 

Ready for More?

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What's better than a really good book?  A new book in a wonderful series, of course.  There are some great sequels on the way.  Visit our catalog to reserve your copy today. 

Lemony Snicket keeps his readers guessing with When Did You Last See Her? the next book in his All the Wrong Questions series.  Fans of funny books will enjoy Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8 by Jeff Kinney.  and Guinea Dog 2 by Patrick Jennings.  For non-stop adventure, you can't beat Dan Gutman's Genius Files books.  The fourth book in this wild ride, From Texas with Love promises to be action packed.  And let's not forget about adding a little magic to our lives.  Wendy Mass revisits Willow Falls in The Last Present.

Winter Reading Club at UAPL

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Brrrrrrrr!!! Winter is definitely here, which means more time to read! And, it also means that our Winter Reading Club has begun. Here is the scoop:

Who: Kids of all ages! (infant through 12th graders)

When: Jan. 5th through Feb. 15th

Where: You can pick up a Winter Reading Club coloring sheet at any UAPL location. 

What: This works similar to a color-by-number painting. Each coloring sheet has a winter animal; the picture of the animal is divided up into 8 sections. On the back of the coloring sheet you will find a list of reading and literacy activities. Every time you complete one of the activities (you get to decide which activities to do), go ahead and color in a section of the animal on the front. Once you have completed your 8 activities and colored in your winter animal, just fill out the bottom slip with your name and contact info, remove that slip from your coloring sheet, and return the slip to any UAPL location. Upon your slip submission you will recieve a bookmark and be entered into the grand prize drawing for your age category. 

Grand prizes will be drawn at each location on Monday, Feb. 16th; winners will be notified by phone, so please write legibly!

Categories for prizes are divided by age/grade:

  • Infant-PK: Grand prize winner will recieve a board book and plush Curious George.
  • K-2nd: Grand prize winner will recieve a blacklight book kit.
  • 3rd-5th: Grand prize winner will recieve a Deluxe Art Set.
  • 6th-12th: Grand prize winner will recieve a gift card to Michael's arts and crafts store.

Once participants have colored in a sheet and submitted their slip they are free to grab another sheet and color again! 

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