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.
A child's simple note about cancelling bedtime ends up on the desk of a newspaper reporter, which then lands on the front page of the newspaper. Everyone reads this and bedtimes are stopped. What will happen to everyone with no bedtimes? A good sleepy-time read-aloud for ages 4-8.
Voyage, from former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, is a journey into imagination and what can magically be transformed with the simple act of reading.
It’s time to have fun with food! There are a lot of great picture books out there that celebrate food – from using food to make art, as in The World of Food by Carl Warner, to the life of vegetables as seen in Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal, to the fun of discovering all that our utensils can do, as seen in The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton – there is plenty to get imaginations running and full! And if reading all about food gets your appetite going there are also some great easy recipe books for kids too.
For a sneak peek at one of my favorite books about food, The World of Food by Carl Warner, check out the video below. Warner creates stunning, fantastical worlds using food as art. Each page is themed with a different color and an imaginative description. This book not only teaches kids about colors and offers an interactive experience trying to guess what foods make up the different landscapes, but it provides a backdrop to making up stories that go with each world. For more information on how he creates these fantastical worlds see his website Carl Warner.
There are also some great books that celebrate all things utensils. A few of my favorites are:
The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton tells the story of when a young girl’s task of setting the table turns into a fantastic adventure as the utensils come to life, spoon and dish run off on their own, and they must be convince to come back! This book turns a routine task into an imaginative adventure.
In Chopsticks by Amy Rosenthal, explore the wondrous life of chopsticks! This story celebrates both friendship and independence as, after a slight food mishap with a very tough stalk of asparagus, the chopsticks, who have been together forever, must spend some time apart. One is on “bed” rest and the other ventures out on his own. What will the pair do without one another? And how many amazing stories will chopstick bring back to tell his best friend?
Spork by Kyo Maclear celebrates individuality and uniqueness as Spork, a little bit fork and a little bit spoon–but not quite one or the other–must find his way in the world of utensils.
ACHOOO! Poor Bear has a terrible cold and is tired and grumpy. Bright-eyed, cheerful mouse has come to help his friend get better. Bear and Mouse will make even someone with a bad cold want to laugh. A fantastic read aloud for all ages.
Phonological awareness is a child’s awareness that sentences can be broken down into words, syllables and sounds. Music naturally encourages development of this pre-reading skill by allowing kids to play with language using rhythm, rhyming and repetition. Take a peek at this short video for more information:
Did you know that it is very easy to make your musical instruments at home? Check out some great ideas from Nancy Stewart!
At the UAPL youth department, we have an extensive collection of children’s music. Check out some CDs and have your very own sing-a-long at home.
Summer Library Club is in full swing and it's time to get reading! One of our new and exciting “activities” that you can do this summer is attending a mini-storytime at the UA Pools. These 15-minute storytimes take place during rest period and you can see the full schedule by clicking the link below.
In the meantime we have some fun picture books about the pool and swimming to check out and read with your family.
- Duck Dunks by Lynne Berry
- Maisy's Pool by Lucy Cousins
- Chubbo's Pool by Betsy Lewin
- Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathon London
- Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton
- Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodriguez
- Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip by Cynthia Rylant
- Splish, Splash, Splat! by Rob Scotton
- The Whale in my Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan
Three very excited cows are ready for fun in chicken's home. It's time to jump, dance, and wiggle all on an unhappy chicken's tiny couch. The fun ends with a quiet and cozy nap. F-U-N for ages 3 and up.
The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Monday, January 27th. In celebration, the staff of the Miller Park Branch has picked some of their favorite past winners:
- Alina's pick: The Little House (1943 winner)
- Bree's pick: The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006 winner)
- Brian's pick: Where the Wild Things Are (1964 winner)
- Julie's pick: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970 winner)
- Kate's pick: Kitten's First Full Moon (2005 winner)
- Kris's pick: Owl Moon (1988 winner)
- Sarah's pick: A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011 winner)
On Saturday, January 25th, the Miller Park Branch will be hosting a Caldecott Crafts program at 11:00 a.m. for ages 3 and up. Registration is required. If you would like to attend, please go to UAPL's Events & Programs calendar to check for openings and to sign up. To learn more about the Caldecott Medal, please visit the Association for Library Service to Children's informational page.
Feel free to share your favorite Caldecott Medal winner in the comments section below!
Oscar, a cute and friendly dachshund, is constantly being made fun of by all the other dogs at dog school because of his size. On Halloween night Oscar, dressed as a hot dog, ends up bravely rescuing his schoolmates from a mysterious phantom.