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Get to know John Rocco!

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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? 

Image of The Lightning Thief book cover  Image of The Red Pyramid book cover Image of The Lost Hero book cover

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:

Playing with Your Food

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Berries, cucumbers, grapes, and tomatoes - yum! Summer fruits and vegetables are delicious to eat, but you can also do some crafty things with them.Take a look at the activities below - this is one time that it's okay to play with your food!

Have you ever tried stamping with fruits and vegetables? Cut them in half (or use whole ones if they're small) and use paint or stamp pads to create some fun designs.

Make edible art - use toothpicks, grapes, cherry tomatoes, and raisins to make a caterpillar! This activity will also count as a “Healthy Snack Idea” for the Summer Library Club.
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For more inspiration and to learn about lots of fruits and vegetables, check out one of the books listed here.  Also, don't forget that reading one of these books counts as a “Foodie Fiction” activitiy for the Summer Library Club!

1 Big Salad by Juana Medina

Fast Food by Saxton Freymann

How are You Peeling? Foods with Moods by Saxton Freymann

Rah Rah Radishes! A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert

Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass 

 

Picture Book Selection: Hiccups!

One morning, Ruby and her dog Oscar are playing when Oscar gets the hiccups!  Ruby tries everything she can think of to help him get rid of them. They dance, they jump, they slurp, and they munch, but nothing seems to work. You'll never guess how she finally makes them disappear! This is a lively picture book that begs to be read aloud. Recommended for PreS-Gr. 1

Not-So-Scary Monsters

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Cover for Monsters Love Colors bookHave you heard about the monsters who love colors? Or the monsters who love to play on the playground? Do you like silly monster stories that aren't too scary? Try these titles for some silly adventures full of furry monsters. Most of the monsters in these stories aren't scary, but reading about them can still make you feel a bit braver. 

 

Tip, Dig, and Build Your Way Through Summer!

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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.

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Supplies needed:

  • 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!

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