March is upon us and hopefully that means we will soon have a break from this long and cold winter. My favorite thing about this time of year is having those random warm and sunny days that even when it's only 45 degrees it feels like summer after all the bitter cold. Even the birds and squirrels seem to feel this way and as the snow melts there is more and more activity all around us outside. This is a great time of year to celebrate the seasons changing and for children to see how plants and animals come alive as it turns to spring. Here are some great picture books about the changing seasons.
Oscar, a cute and friendly dachshund, is constantly being made fun of by all the other dogs at dog school because of his size. On Halloween night Oscar, dressed as a hot dog, ends up bravely rescuing his schoolmates from a mysterious phantom.
It's springtime! Let's follow the wind and see where it blows. The wind makes our kites fly and boats sail, but watch out for the darkening skies and the changing winds, because there might be a storm coming! A fun rhyming time for ages 3 and up.
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!
What a winter we have had in central Ohio! Spring is finally here according to the calendar! Celebrate by checking out “And Then It's Spring” by Julie Fogliano and award-winning artist Erin Stead. A boy and his dog are tired of brown winter and they dig and plant seeds. They wait and then wait and then finally it's spring and everything is green and colorful! Great for ages 4 and up.
Join The Insomniacs as they discover the wonders and delights of nighttime, embrace their uniqueness, and come together as a family. The illustrations are as captivating as the story and offer a beautiful nighttime world to explore right along with this endearing family. (Recommended ages Pre-K to 2nd)
Vocabulary is simply knowing the names of things. Words and their meanings are the building blocks of literacy development. The more words a child knows, the easier it will be for him or her to understand what they read. A parent can help their child build vocabulary by exploring different types of books, formats, and subjects in both fiction and non-fiction. As unfamiliar words are encountered, the parent and the child can sound them out together and talk about what each new word means. At home, parents can introduce new words into every day conversation. For example, instead of the usual, “Get in the car, we're going to the library!” you could say, “Let's get into our automobile (or vehicle)!”
Enjoy these books from our collection, chosen especially for their colorful vocabulary:
Over the last several months we have been seeing many new Christmas picture books coming into the library. We all have our favorite holiday books that we like to read year after year, but it's also nice to add a new story or two! Check out these twelve titles published in 2015 that just might make your holiday book list again next year.
- When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey
- Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin
- The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
- Christmas in America by Callista Gingrich
- Snow Bunny’s Christmas Gift by Rebecca Harry
- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Daniel Kirk
- The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray
- Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas by Rubin Pingk
- How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan
- The Smallest Gifts of Christmas by Peter Reynolds
- Merry Christmas, Squirrels! by Nancy Rose
- Tractor Mac Saves Christmas by Billy Steers
Caterina, a very organized owl, is planning her first party. She has lists of things to do, lists of friends to invite, and lists of things to love. Caterina does not want any surprises for her party day. Can there still be a perfect party when a spot of rain threatens? Pure whimsical fun for ages 3 and up.
A boy recounts how he took on the attitude of the adults around him and bullied an eccentric painter in 1880's France, before discovering that there is more than one way to see the world. Grades Pre-K- 3.