Oh no! Watch out! It's a tiger! Where is that big cat? This is a very lively read-aloud for all ages, but especially ages 3 and up.
This week we have kicked off our summer storytimes with Dinosaurs! The activity room has been full of stomping dino feet and loud dino roars. If you know some children who love dinosaurs, and let's face it most of them do, then this is a great summer to live in Columbus! The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Dinosaur Island is happening all summer long and I was fortunate to get to visit last week and check it out. Wow! My family had a great time and we have since been checking out a lot of dinosaur books. If you plan to visit the dinosaurs at the zoo this summer you may want to check out some of these great non-fiction titles for younger dinosaur readers.
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
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?