Can you tell what sports people play by the socks, shirts and hats on the clothesline? Get in the game by using the clues to figure out the sports people play. Recommended for the young sports lover ages 3 and up.
This week we have kicked off our summer storytimes with Dinosaurs! The activity room has been full of stomping dino feet and loud dino roars. If you know some children who love dinosaurs, and let's face it most of them do, then this is a great summer to live in Columbus! The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Dinosaur Island is happening all summer long and I was fortunate to get to visit last week and check it out. Wow! My family had a great time and we have since been checking out a lot of dinosaur books. If you plan to visit the dinosaurs at the zoo this summer you may want to check out some of these great non-fiction titles for younger dinosaur readers.
March 22nd was National Puppy Day! What a great way to bring in Springtime with a loveable, joyous, bouncing, full-of-life puppy! We have a lot of great books that celebrate all the wonderful things that puppies and dogs bring into our lives. A recent book called Naptime with Theo and Beau celebrates the bond between a young child and his puppy. Check out the video for the book for a sneak peek at all the interesting and endearing ways these too share sleeptime, playtime, and each other.
A few other great books that really depict all things dog and puppy are Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka, Ball by Mary Sullivan, Dog Blue by Polly Dunbar, What Puppies Do Best by Laura Numeroff, Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs by Patricia Hubbell, Ping Wants to Play by Adam Gudeon, Bogart and Vinnie by Audrey Vernick, The Way I Love You by David Bedford, and Kate and Pippin by Martin Springett.
From the author of Secret Pizza Party and Dragons Love Tacos is the story of a grumpy old man and some hungry squirrels. Mr. Fookwire just wants to feed the birds and paint them, the squirrels just want to eat the bird food. In this contest, who is the winner? Seasonal fun for ages 5 and up.
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:
Senor Sasquatch is just trying to get somewhere on the bus and not get squished in the process. What happens when the bus driver keeps picking up more passengers? Will Senor Sasquatch be squashed and squished? This is a fun read aloud for all ages, but especially ages 1-5.
A little mouse wants to find a pet that is right for her. This book introduces all of the joys and responsibilities the right pet brings into anyone's life. Great fun for ages 4 and up.
With the new Heart of Africa exhibit opening this week at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium it might be time to do a little research into the animals and country from that exotic land. Whether it's some fun fiction or interesting facts, reading up on the subject could enhance your next trip to the zoo or at least get your little ones excited for the amazing animals they are about to see. Below you will find some selections that are sure to please even the youngest patrons!
For more information about the new Heart of Africa exhibit visit http://heartofafrica.columbuszoo.org
Introducing Africa by Chris Oxlade
African Animals ABC by Beverley Joubert
We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs
Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O'Neill
African Critters by Robert Haas
Adventures of Riley: Safari in South Africa by Amanda Lumry
Cookies! Bear cub smells cookies while playing in the woods and finds a tea party set up with cookies to share. The hostess of the party arrives and has very strict rules about the tea party playing before any cookies can be eaten. Will bear ever get to eat cookies? A funny and sweet story for hosts and hostesses of all ages, but especially those aged 4-8.
One autumn day a very patient father and his very curious daughter talk and ask questions as they explore their neighborhood. For all those information seekers ages 4 and up.