A very hungry bear smells something good and ends up in the back of a truck that is taking berries to the city. Watch the bear trying to fit in the busy city with all of the wonderful food smells. There is your sandwich on the bench. Is it really the bear who ate your sandwich? A colorful tall tale for ages 4 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:
Adele and her brother Simon are coming to America from France to visit their Aunt Cecile, who takes them on a train trip to see the United States! Simon is more interested in seeing all of the sights than in keeping track of his belongings, which become lost from New York City to San Francisco. See if you can find what Simon lost in each picture. The detailed drawings and sweet story will delight readers of all ages, but particularly those ages 4-8.
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
Duck is very excited about his jack-o-lantern and cannot wait to show his friends. Duck, unfortunately, has a little pumpkin trouble and ends up scaring his friends. In a colorful and simple style, Jan Thomas has made a funny book for pumpkin lovers of all ages.
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.
- 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!
Sophie has a best friend in Bernice who just happens to be a butternut squash. They go everywhere together, even story time at the library! What happens when Bernice starts to get a little spotty and squishy?
FInd the sleepyheads snuggled in their beds in trees, caves, weeds, and on waves. There is one sleepyhead still not in a cuddle spot. Where can that sleepyhead be? A drowsy, sweet story for ages 3 and up.
Stories at bedtime are such a wonderful part of many childhoods. I miss those days now that I have a teenager! 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.
January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day! Celebrate by reading about the rollicking adventures of a boy and his bathtub in “The Green Bath” written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Bath time will never be the same! Recommended for ages 4 and up.