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!
The Geisel Award is given each year to the “author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.” This award is named after Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.
In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2, here are some Geisel Award winners for you to try, including the 2015 winner!
“Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!” I recently read a variation of the classic Gingerbread Man tale, but this Gingerbread Man was loose in the library! I thought it might be fun to read some other variations, so here are some you might want to try.
Now that the countdown to Christmas has begun here are some new Christmas picture books that you might enjoy! Whether it's a new take on an old classic, a tale of Santa Claus, or the story of Christmas you're looking for, at least one of these should make it on your to-read list for the holiday season.
It’s time to have fun with food! There are a lot of great picture books out there that celebrate food – from using food to make art, as in The World of Food by Carl Warner, to the life of vegetables as seen in Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal, to the fun of discovering all that our utensils can do, as seen in The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton – there is plenty to get imaginations running and full! And if reading all about food gets your appetite going there are also some great easy recipe books for kids too.
For a sneak peek at one of my favorite books about food, The World of Food by Carl Warner, check out the video below. Warner creates stunning, fantastical worlds using food as art. Each page is themed with a different color and an imaginative description. This book not only teaches kids about colors and offers an interactive experience trying to guess what foods make up the different landscapes, but it provides a backdrop to making up stories that go with each world. For more information on how he creates these fantastical worlds see his website Carl Warner.
There are also some great books that celebrate all things utensils. A few of my favorites are:
The Table Sets Itself by Ben Clanton tells the story of when a young girl’s task of setting the table turns into a fantastic adventure as the utensils come to life, spoon and dish run off on their own, and they must be convince to come back! This book turns a routine task into an imaginative adventure.
In Chopsticks by Amy Rosenthal, explore the wondrous life of chopsticks! This story celebrates both friendship and independence as, after a slight food mishap with a very tough stalk of asparagus, the chopsticks, who have been together forever, must spend some time apart. One is on “bed” rest and the other ventures out on his own. What will the pair do without one another? And how many amazing stories will chopstick bring back to tell his best friend?
Spork by Kyo Maclear celebrates individuality and uniqueness as Spork, a little bit fork and a little bit spoon–but not quite one or the other–must find his way in the world of utensils.