This week we have kicked off our summer storytimes with Dinosaurs! The activity room has been full of stomping dino feet and loud dino roars. If you know some children who love dinosaurs, and let's face it most of them do, then this is a great summer to live in Columbus! The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Dinosaur Island is happening all summer long and I was fortunate to get to visit last week and check it out. Wow! My family had a great time and we have since been checking out a lot of dinosaur books. If you plan to visit the dinosaurs at the zoo this summer you may want to check out some of these great non-fiction titles for younger dinosaur readers.
The weather is changing and families are getting outside again to enjoy the new season. Young children are just as happy and excited about getting outdoors as adults, maybe even more so because it means time at the park or a ride in the stroller. The start of a new season is a great time to introduce the signs and symbols of that season. Here is a list of books that celebrate spring and that are available in board book format so that even the littlest readers can enjoy them!
- It's Spring! by Samantha Berger
- Springtime Baby by Elise Broach
- Wake Up! Wake Up! by Kathryn Lynn Davis
- Welcome Spring by Nancy Davis
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
- Baby Loves Spring! by Karen Katz
- Spring Joy by Liesbet Slegers
- Mouse's First Spring by Lauren Thompson
- Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
What could be more fun than rhyming robots playing in the snow on a winter's day? Kidbots ages 4 and up come join the snow fun in Snowbots by Aaron Reynolds!
Can you tell what sports people play by the socks, shirts and hats on the clothesline? Get in the game by using the clues to figure out the sports people play. Recommended for the young sports lover ages 3 and up.
Cornelius Van Ploof lives alone and likes peace and quiet! One Sunday afternoon a “big fat cat” appears in a box on his doorstep. Sure enough, a daily progression of trouble begins. By Friday, Cornelius has had enough and kicks him out, but after a day he misses the cat and welcomes him back. All is well until the following Sunday when a box containing a scruffy puppy arrives. This is a funny picture book and will make a great read aloud. Recommended for grades PreK-1.
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?
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:
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.
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
From the author of Secret Pizza Party and Dragons Love Tacos is the story of a grumpy old man and some hungry squirrels. Mr. Fookwire just wants to feed the birds and paint them, the squirrels just want to eat the bird food. In this contest, who is the winner? Seasonal fun for ages 5 and up.
Pig lives on an apple farm and is tired of eating nothing but apples cooked in all ways. His efforts to find something different finally pay off with his own garden. Includes tips for budding gardeners ages 3 and up to grow your own organic garden.
Have 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.