I like to play a lot of music in my storytimes, and some of my favorite songs include “Dance, Freeze, Melt” and “Jumping and Counting”. Those songs and more can be found on the CDs listed below. Request one today to extend storytime learning and fun in your car or at your house!
Rhyme along to all of the wonderful things about the Fourth of July in Red, White and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw. From the parades in the morning to fireworks at night, all ages will enjoy the colorful scenes of the season.
Print awareness is noticing print everywhere! Print awareness is knowing that the squiggly lines on a page symbolize something meaningful. Print awareness is the knowledge that writing in English is read from left to right and that the text flows from the top of the page to the bottom. Another aspect of print awareness is being familiar with how a book works; that books have covers, and pages to be turned, left to right.
Helping your child develop this skill is easier than you think. Watch this video for some at-home tips:
Why not make your own book at home? You and your child can make up and write your own story, practice writing their name, or may be even paste photos of friends and family. Make a point to design the cover, come up with a title, and don't forget to add the author's name!!
Over the last several months we have been seeing many new Christmas picture books coming into the library. We all have our favorite holiday books that we like to read year after year, but it's also nice to add a new story or two! Check out these twelve titles published in 2015 that just might make your holiday book list again next year.
- When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey
- Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin
- The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
- Christmas in America by Callista Gingrich
- Snow Bunny’s Christmas Gift by Rebecca Harry
- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Daniel Kirk
- The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray
- Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas by Rubin Pingk
- How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan
- The Smallest Gifts of Christmas by Peter Reynolds
- Merry Christmas, Squirrels! by Nancy Rose
- Tractor Mac Saves Christmas by Billy Steers
This is a special poem about the wonders seen on a winter night. A perfect mix of words and imagery for bedtime reading ages 4 and up.
Do you think it's easy being the Tooth Fairy? All those teeth and so little time! If your child is entering the stage of losing teeth we have plenty of books to help them through the transition. Stop in the Youth Department and ask a Librarian to get you started on some great books, and while you are here be sure to show us your wiggly teeth!
- Arthur's Loose Tooth by Lillian Hoban
- Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson
- Dear Tooth Fairy by Karen Gray Ruelle
- The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy by Martha Brockenbrough
- Loose Tooth by Mari Schuh
- The Lost-and-Found Tooth by Louise Borden
- A Tooth is Loose by Lisa Trambauer
- You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
In “When It Snows” by Richard Collingridge, readers join a boy and his teddy bear on a magical adventure that only happens when it snows. A sweet story with beautiful illustrations, this is a must read for snow lovers of all ages–but especially those ages 3-6.
Mix together simple poetry, and beautiful close-up photographs of birds and you have one wonderful picture book that will make you want to soar in the sky like the birds.
Many folks are surprised when they learn that here at UAPL we have a Summer Reading Club for infants and toddlers! But we know that building vocabulary and literacy skills starts from day one. Snuggling while reading to baby, incorporating play and singing into storytime, establishing a reading routine with baby, and allowing baby to explore books with his/her mouth are all excellent ways to begin baby's love of reading.
By offering a Summer Reading Club for babies and toddlers we hope to encourage early learning and literacy. By reading to your baby and participating in early literacy activities (and storytime at the library!) you can earn prizes for your baby at 5 and 10 hours. After 10 hours baby's name is automatically entered into a Grand Prize drawing for a basket of board books and a snuggly toy.
Here are some more tips to get you started!
Summer Reading Club begins Tuesday, June 4th and ends Saturday August 3rd.
The snow has melted, the sun is shining through and warming our days, and the world is in full summer bloom… but the icy wonderfulness of Disney's Frozen is still in the hearts and minds of us all! So, what do you read when you have read every Frozen book there is? From endearing snowpeople, to the bonds of siblings, to princesses with spunk here are a few books that capture some of the essence of Frozen.
For When You’re Missing Olaf…
Here are some great books that really bring snow to life and capture the magic of snowpeople:
Siblings have so much fun together. They explore the world, go on adventures, and take care of each other in only the way a sibling can. Here are some books that really capture these sibling bonds.
What could be more fun then princess adventures! We have some great books that capture all things princess, spunk, adventure, and more! Check these out to continue Elsa and Anna's spirit of adventure and independance.
- Don’t Kiss the Frog: Princess Stories with Attitude edited by Fiona Waters
- Part-time Princess: Girl by Day, Princess by Night by Deborah Underwood
- Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke
- Princess on the Run by Smiliana Coh
- Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joosse
- Not All Princesses Dress In Pink by Jane Yolen
If after all this wonderful reading you are still in need of more Frozen fun don't miss our Frozen Party! It is being held Thursday June 18th at 2:30pm in the Youth Department. We will read Frozen stories, sing songs with the sing-a-long DVD, and make crafts. No registration is required. But, don't forget to come dressed up as your favorite charcacter. Are you Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, or Sven???
Happy “Frozen” Reading!