Create your own story, or just enjoy the pictures, in this beautifully drawn book about a young child playing at the beach. (Recommended Ages: PreK-3rd)
When November rolls around, I start thinking about family gatherings, food and good memories. Below are three picture books that explore the themes of family,food and fun. Do you have a favorite picture book about families and food?
Baking Day at Grandma's by Anika Denise
Three little bears set off to Grandma's to help her bake treats for gifts. This rhyming story has sweet pictures and a recipe for Chocolate Cake.
All for Pie Pie for All by David Martin
A cat family bakes and eats a delicious pie. The crumbs they leave feed, in turn, a family of mice and a family of ants. A nice look at how even a little can go a long way.
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
The setting for this story is the summer season, but the loving gathering will ring true all year.
January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day! Celebrate by reading about the rollicking adventures of a boy and his bathtub in “The Green Bath” written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Bath time will never be the same! Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Wouldn't it be dull if all the animals were the same? It's time to celebrate all of the wonderful things that make animals what they are. From warthogs' warts to kangeroos' huge feet, every animal has a place in the world.
Create some fun, engaging sensory bottles for your baby or toddler. These are easy to make and let your child explore how different objects move and sound inside the bottles. Your baby or toddler can roll them, bang them, and watch the objects move around. Adding water or corn syrup to some of the bottles will create a different effect.
Below are pictures of the ones that I made. You can use a variety of different materials – just look around your home to see what you have! Just be sure to hot glue the caps on so the materials stay safely inside.
- Empty Water Bottles
- A variety of materials for the bottles: brightly colored puff balls, rice, beans, popcorn, glitter and water, aluminum foil pieces, buttons
- Hot Glue Gun
- Water or corn syrup
These are our last few weeks of Summer Library Club and it’s time to wrap up our Super Powered Picture Book adventure. My last two blog posts have focused on picture books that feature Super Powered Kids and Super Powered Animals and Friends. For my last post I could think of no better way to wrap things up than by highlighting our picture books that feature Super Powered Parents! Because parents have super powers too! Some fun picture books are:
- My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by McAllister
- The Day I Lost My Super Powers by Michael Escoffier
- My Dad My Hero by Ethan Long
- Superhero: Everyone Needs a Hero by Don Winn
- Oh the Things My Mom Will Do by Marianne Richmond
- Mom’s the Word by Timothy Knapman
- M.O.M. Operating Manual by Doreen Cronin
- My Mother’s Secret Life by Rebecca Emberley
- Mitchell’s License by Hallie Durand
And for a fun live-action version of super powered parents check out this video inspired by Mitchell’s License.
For a list of these and other great superhero books see our Super Powered Picture Books list in our catalog.
Happy “Super Powered” Reading!
Go through the alphabet with a little girl, a hot, freshly made apple pie, and the puppy that just wants a taste. Great fun for ages 2 and up.
A little girl named Lucy wakes up in the middle of the night to a very quiet house. She explores her quiet house of sleeping parents trying to find her special stuffed friend. Count the yawns until Lucy finally goes to sleep. A perfect bedtime story for ages 3 and above.
Do you have a few favorite things? I just love chickens, the Muppets, and silly books. So, for my last blog of 2013, I’ve combined them all into one! Read some wonderful stories about mischievous poultry while you listen to classical music presented in a whole new way.
A bored girl and a bored potato make a fun romp that is sure to relieve boredom for all ages, but particularly ages 3-8.