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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   

Picture Book Selection: Each Kindness

In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind. 

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. 

Get Ready To Read! Building Narrative Skills

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Mother and baby readingToday’s children are expected to have strong pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten. How can parents ensure that they are providing the right experiences for their children to develop these skills? Many parents don’t realize that literacy education actually begins in infancy. 

The good news is that helping your child attain such skills is much easier than you may think. Almost ANY activity that you do with your child is helping them develop literacy skills. It can be as simple as talking and singing to your child, reading to them, or even describing to them what they are feeling, hearing, tasting, touching, seeing and doing.

One simple activity to start with is looking at pictures.  Look at family photos, or pictures from books and magazines and talk about what you see. Better yet, check out some of the UAPL’s wordless picture books. Snuggle up in your favorite comfy chair, look at the pictures and make up your own stories! This activity helps your child develop narrative skills.  We have many wordless books, but some of our favorites are:

 

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!

Have a silly New Year!

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Do you have a few favorite things?  I just love chickens, the Muppets, and silly books.  So, for my last blog of 2013, I’ve combined them all into one!  Read some wonderful stories about mischievous poultry while you listen to classical music presented in a whole new way.

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