You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan, celebrates all of the stages of the firstborn baby in a family. There may be other children in the family later, but there is always a first one to teach the parents how to be parents. This will make parents and children of all family sizes smile and remember all of the good first times they each experienced. A beautiful mixture of words and illustrations for all ages.
Tiny, Moonpie and Andre are three cats who want to know if there is a yappy, snappy dog in their house! Lift the flaps to discover what is going on in their world! A fun, interactive story for ages 3 and up.
Everyone knows the old fable, The Tortoise and the Hare; slow and steady wins the race. In Hare and Tortoise you get to meet Hare and Tortoise in a completely new and exciting way! The moral stays the same, but the creative new illustrations bring new life to the story.
Today’s children are expected to have strong pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten. How can parents ensure that they are providing the right experiences for their children to develop these skills? Many parents don’t realize that literacy education actually begins in infancy.
The good news is that helping your child attain such skills is much easier than you may think. Almost ANY activity that you do with your child is helping them develop literacy skills. It can be as simple as talking and singing to your child, reading to them, or even describing to them what they are feeling, hearing, tasting, touching, seeing and doing.
One simple activity to start with is looking at pictures. Look at family photos, or pictures from books and magazines and talk about what you see. Better yet, check out some of the UAPL’s wordless picture books. Snuggle up in your favorite comfy chair, look at the pictures and make up your own stories! This activity helps your child develop narrative skills. We have many wordless books, but some of our favorites are:
Summer Library Club is in full swing and it's time to get reading! One of our new and exciting “activities” that you can do this summer is attending a mini-storytime at the UA Pools. These 15-minute storytimes take place during rest period and you can see the full schedule by clicking the link below.
In the meantime we have some fun picture books about the pool and swimming to check out and read with your family.
- Duck Dunks by Lynne Berry
- Maisy's Pool by Lucy Cousins
- Chubbo's Pool by Betsy Lewin
- Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathon London
- Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton
- Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodriguez
- Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip by Cynthia Rylant
- Splish, Splash, Splat! by Rob Scotton
- The Whale in my Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan
Mama, Is It Summer Yet by Nikki McClure is for those kids who love to ask questions, sometimes the same question again and again! The Mama gently answers her child's questions by pointing out the beautiful things that the seasons bring. A seasonal favorite for ages 3-6.
A young boy has a nighttime adventure dancing under the moon with his animal friends. They play, they dance, they howl. But, when the moon gets stuck in a tree the boy must find a way to help the moon return to the sky. A beautiful, dreamy, magical story reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. (Recommended ages 4 to 6 years)
Squirrel lovers will enjoy this humorous story about Squirrel and a dog named Cuddles. One winter night, Squirrel gets cold and decides to visit Cuddles's house. The two get into mischief and end up leaving the holiday decorations in shambles. A young human is blamed and as a result, he runs outside where he hurts himself. There's a blizzard coming and it is up to Squirrel and Cuddles to save the boy and make amends. This funny story is told in short chapters and will be enjoyed by young readers. Recommended for grades 2-4.
The 2014 Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Monday, January 27th. In celebration, the staff of the Miller Park Branch has picked some of their favorite past winners:
- Alina's pick: The Little House (1943 winner)
- Bree's pick: The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006 winner)
- Brian's pick: Where the Wild Things Are (1964 winner)
- Julie's pick: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1970 winner)
- Kate's pick: Kitten's First Full Moon (2005 winner)
- Kris's pick: Owl Moon (1988 winner)
- Sarah's pick: A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011 winner)
On Saturday, January 25th, the Miller Park Branch will be hosting a Caldecott Crafts program at 11:00 a.m. for ages 3 and up. Registration is required. If you would like to attend, please go to UAPL's Events & Programs calendar to check for openings and to sign up. To learn more about the Caldecott Medal, please visit the Association for Library Service to Children's informational page.
Feel free to share your favorite Caldecott Medal winner in the comments section below!
I was reading an Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems and it reminded me that there are other children’s books that feature two characters who have a great friendship. When I started looking, I found lots! The characters in these books have fun adventures but they also learn about kindness, fairness, and empathy. To get started, try some of the books below or click here for even more books about these characters - happy reading!
- Chick 'n' Pug by Jennifer Sattler
- Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
- Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
- Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant
- Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog by Alex Scheffler
- George and Martha by James Marshall