When two pigs have their house destroyed on accident by their much larger friends, a moose and a bear, they decide to make a house that will fit all four of them comfortably. They hire the best builders in the woods, the beavers, to build their new home. This is a sweet story of friends and finding happiness in the woods. This is for picture book lovers of all ages, but especially those in Preschool to Second grade.
Doug is a robot who is supposed to be plugged in to download all of the information he needs about the city in which he lives. However, his window looks out into the city and the urge to explore and learn on his own is too great! All young explorers ages 4 and up join Doug on his adventure through town.
Mary had a little glam that grew into a lot. And everywhere that Mary went, she wasn't hard to spot. When Mary discovered how glam-less her classmates were, she felt it her duty to help glam them up. With great vocabulary and rhyming text, this is a great read for ages 4 and up.
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
Can you spy the pets? Look through the hole in each page and see if you can guess the pets. If you like this, check out the other I Spy books by Edward Gibbs. Great fun for ages 2-5.
What happens when toys experience snow for the first time? Find out when you join Stingray, Buffalo and Rubber Ball on their journey outside for some winter fun. For ages 3 and up.
Children's author and illustrator Mo Willems has a new picture book! In this very funny story, Nanette is sent to the store to buy a baguette. Baguettes are warm and they smell wonderful, so you can probably guess what happens. By the time Nanette arrives home, she has eaten the entire baguette! Visual jokes fill every page and the entire text contains words that rhyme with Nanette. This is a great story that everyone will love! Recommended for grades Prek-2.
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