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Read Your Way Through Africa

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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

Tip, Dig, and Build Your Way Through Summer!

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The Lane Road Library recently held a Construction Party for preschoolers to celebrate the “Dig into Reading” Summer Reading theme. If you missed the party, below are some books and activities you might enjoy.

Hammering Activity: Not only is this fun, but it is great for hand-eye coordination.

hammeringdigging in rice

Supplies needed:

  • Blocks of styrofoam
  • Golf tees
  • Toy hammer

Just put the golf tees in the styrofoam and hammer away!

Also, what preschooler doesn't love digging with trucks? All you need is a plastic tub, rice, beans, or seeds, and shovels and construction vehicles. Instant fun!

Finally, check out the books below to share with your construction-loving preschooler. Happy Building!

Spring Books For Very Young Readers

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The weather is changing and families are getting outside again to enjoy the new season.  Young children are just as happy and excited about getting outdoors as adults, maybe even more so because it means time at the park or a ride in the stroller.  The start of a new season is a great time to introduce the signs and symbols of that season.  Here is a list of books that celebrate spring and that are available in board book format so that even the littlest readers can enjoy them!

  • It's Spring! by Samantha Berger
  • Springtime Baby by Elise Broach
  • Wake Up! Wake Up! by Kathryn Lynn Davis
  • Welcome Spring by Nancy Davis
  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • Baby Loves Spring! by Karen Katz
  • Spring Joy by Liesbet Slegers
  • Mouse's First Spring by Lauren Thompson
  • Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson

Bedtime Math Book Give-Away!

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Stories at bedtime are such a wonderful part of many childhoods. I miss those days now that I have a teenager! Bedtime Math cover Bedtime Math problems is a new organization hoping to make math at bedtime a similar cherished ritual for families.  Bedtime Math has a book and we have a copy to give away!  Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to enter a random drawing to take place on Dec. 2, 2013; we'll contact the winner that same day. 

It's simple to sign-up online for Bedtime Math and receive a daily math problem presented for three different math levels: Wee Ones (preschool), Little Kids (K-2), and/or Big Kids (grade 2+).  Users are encouraged to explore and use all levels as fit their family situation.  The site has lots to explore including an app for phones and a blog for parents.  

No worries if you can't wait or don't win, you can request a copy of Bedtime Math from our catalog.    

Winner must be able to pick up the book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio  43221; we will not deliver or mail the item.

Not-So-Scary Monsters

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Cover for Monsters Love Colors bookHave you heard about the monsters who love colors? Or the monsters who love to play on the playground? Do you like silly monster stories that aren't too scary? Try these titles for some silly adventures full of furry monsters. Most of the monsters in these stories aren't scary, but reading about them can still make you feel a bit braver. 

 

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