Tiny, Moonpie and Andre are three cats who want to know if there is a yappy, snappy dog in their house! Lift the flaps to discover what is going on in their world! A fun, interactive story for ages 3 and up.
Everyone knows the old fable, The Tortoise and the Hare; slow and steady wins the race. In Hare and Tortoise you get to meet Hare and Tortoise in a completely new and exciting way! The moral stays the same, but the creative new illustrations bring new life to the story.
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
Mama, Is It Summer Yet by Nikki McClure is for those kids who love to ask questions, sometimes the same question again and again! The Mama gently answers her child's questions by pointing out the beautiful things that the seasons bring. A seasonal favorite for ages 3-6.
A young boy has a nighttime adventure dancing under the moon with his animal friends. They play, they dance, they howl. But, when the moon gets stuck in a tree the boy must find a way to help the moon return to the sky. A beautiful, dreamy, magical story reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. (Recommended ages 4 to 6 years)
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
What will you find when opening this book? You will find a little book and then another, each one going through all the colors of the rainbow. There is even a rainbow book! For all book lovers and friends of book lovers ages 3 and up.
Plum, a lively dog, loves everything. She loves wind, treats, Sam and Gracie, Emma and Rupert, and in fact, she loves everything but rain! But, what she loves most is being loved. In her efforts to do things she loves, she sometimes does things she shouldn't. Several incidents end up with a scolding and Plum feeling really bad. The illustration of Plum, on the page where she truly wonders whether she will be loved again, is truly heartwarming. This is a fun, heartwarming picture book that just begs to be shared. Recommended for grades Prek-3.