The movie My Neighbor Totoro is over 25 years old! This enduring classic from the imagination of Hayao Miyazaki takes place in the Japanese countryside. Two sisters move to the country in the summer with their father and discover the Totoros, furry caretakers of the forests, who can only be seen by children. The many wonderful characters and creatures make this a film for all ages to enjoy!
Brrrrrrrr!!! Winter is definitely here, which means more time to read! And, it also means that our Winter Reading Club has begun. Here is the scoop:
Who: Kids of all ages! (infant through 12th graders)
When: Jan. 5th through Feb. 15th
Where: You can pick up a Winter Reading Club coloring sheet at any UAPL location.
What: This works similar to a color-by-number painting. Each coloring sheet has a winter animal; the picture of the animal is divided up into 8 sections. On the back of the coloring sheet you will find a list of reading and literacy activities. Every time you complete one of the activities (you get to decide which activities to do), go ahead and color in a section of the animal on the front. Once you have completed your 8 activities and colored in your winter animal, just fill out the bottom slip with your name and contact info, remove that slip from your coloring sheet, and return the slip to any UAPL location. Upon your slip submission you will recieve a bookmark and be entered into the grand prize drawing for your age category.
Grand prizes will be drawn at each location on Monday, Feb. 16th; winners will be notified by phone, so please write legibly!
Categories for prizes are divided by age/grade:
- Infant-PK: Grand prize winner will recieve a board book and plush Curious George.
- K-2nd: Grand prize winner will recieve a blacklight book kit.
- 3rd-5th: Grand prize winner will recieve a Deluxe Art Set.
- 6th-12th: Grand prize winner will recieve a gift card to Michael's arts and crafts store.
Once participants have colored in a sheet and submitted their slip they are free to grab another sheet and color again!
We love picture books! Picture book stories are for everyone and perfect for sharing. To celebrate another great year at UAPL we are sharing some of our favorites from 2014.
Dena's Pick: The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee. In this wordless picture book a baby clown has fallen off a circus train and is helped by a lonely farmer to find his family again. Wordless picture books are a great opportunity for young readers to tell the story.
Miss Laura chose: Milo is not a Dog Today! by Kerstin Schoene
Milo is a dog who loves to pretend to be other animals. He wants to find a friend who likes to play pretend games too. Can he find a friend to play?
Miss Jennifer had two favorites!
- Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever! by Jeff Cohen is a very realistic story about what happens when little people give haircuts.
- Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka: a super cute story about a little puppy who wants to play and finds a friend in a grumpy green monster in the park.
Miss Dana picked: Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower
Lily is a little girl who has just gotten a kitten and discovers how much trouble kittens can be. This is the sequel to Silly Doggy!
Miss Tracie's favorite is Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam
A wandering fox is trying to find shelter in the cold winter. A little boy sees this and brings food and puts the fox in the greenhouse. To repay the boy's kindness the fox makes a magical garden appear in the night.
Katie's pick is Nancy Knows by Cybele Young
Nancy is an elephant who has a good memory most of the time. There is something important that she cannot remember! When she takes a quiet moment is when she remembers. The reader can see all of what Nancy knows as the story moves along.
Stephanie has two picks both about famous artists.
- Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales celebrates the imagination of Frida Kahlo for the youngest of readers.
- The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan and Hadley Hooper
If you lived in a cold, dreary northern French town, where would you find color? Award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan gives us the childhood of Henri Matisse.
Sue: Sparky by Jenny Offill
A child gets a pet sloth.
Sarah: Telephone by Mac Barnett
A string of birds play telephone on a telephone wire. Funny!
Have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!
The falling leaves remind me of Thanksgiving and also of stories of long ago when people lived and worked within the natural world. There are a great number of Native American stories that are still being told today.
Louise Erdrich of Ojibwe descent is a poet and writer of books for both kids and adults. Her books feature stories on Native Americans from the past and the present.
Paul Goble is an English born artist and storyteller that moved to South Dakota and became friends with Chief Edgar Red Cloud of the Lakota Indian tribe. He won the Caldecott Medal, the award for the most distinguished American picture books, in 1979 with his book The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
Please check our folktale section 398.27 Native American for more stories about Native American peoples and also our Native American history section starting with call number 970.
Living on the east side, my commute gives me plenty of time in the car to listen to music, the news, and, most enjoyably, audiobooks! I have found that I particularly like audiobooks that are read by the author. Below are some youth and young adult titles that are on my read or to-read lists:
Picture Books & Easy Readers:
- Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
- The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson
- Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner
Juvenile Chapter Books:
- Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
- The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
- Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne