Who lives over in the hollow? Owls, bats, mummies and werewolves help readers count from one to thirteen for spooky Halloween fun. Read and sing this story to the tune of “Over in the Meadow”. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
After her play date is cancelled, a young girl and her dad have a fun day tackling their to-do lists together. Ages 0-8.
Yesterday, the American Library Association announced the winners of the best children’s and teen books published in 2013. Copies of all these wonderful books can be reserved in our catalog.
If you like well-illustrated books, check out the Caldecott winner, “Locomotive” by Brian Floca.
The Newbery award for outstanding writing went to “Flora & Ulysseys: the illuminated adventures” by Kate DiCamillo.
“Parrots Over Puerto Rico” by Susan L. Roth was recognized with the Robert F. Sibert Informational Award.
Beginning readers should check out “Watermelon Seed” by Greg Pizzoli, the winner of the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award.
For the complete listing of awards, their winners, and honor books, visit ALA’s website. (http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/american-library-association-announces-2014-youth-media-award-winners)
A child's simple note about cancelling bedtime ends up on the desk of a newspaper reporter, which then lands on the front page of the newspaper. Everyone reads this and bedtimes are stopped. What will happen to everyone with no bedtimes? A good sleepy-time read-aloud for ages 4-8.
Voyage, from former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, is a journey into imagination and what can magically be transformed with the simple act of reading.
The Geisel Award is given each year to the “author and illustrator of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.” This award is named after Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.
In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2, here are some Geisel Award winners for you to try, including the 2015 winner!
ACHOOO! Poor Bear has a terrible cold and is tired and grumpy. Bright-eyed, cheerful mouse has come to help his friend get better. Bear and Mouse will make even someone with a bad cold want to laugh. A fantastic read aloud for all ages.
Brimsby the hat maker loves two things: Making hats and afternoon tea with his friend. But, when his friend leaves to find adventure, Brimsby is all alone. Through his quest for friendship, and a unique ability to transform his beloved hats into something new and special, he finds both his own adventure and new and unexpected friendships. (Recommended ages 4yrs - 8yrs)
At some point in early childhood, children realize that letters are different from each other. They learn to recognize all letters, in both lower and upper cases. They learn the name of each letter and what sound accompanies each letter. This process is known as letter knowledge. This skill can be developed by every day reading and writing activities such as playing with alphabet letters on a refrigerator, reading and pointing out letters in alphabet books, naming letters on signs at the grocery store and even tracing letters on a dry erase board. This short video shows just how easy it is to fit this into any busy parent's schedule:
Try this fun idea! You can make your very own magnetic letter board. Just spray a cookie sheet a fun color and add magnetic letters!
The UAPL has a wonderful collection of alphabet books. Check these out:
Have you ever taken a “night walk” with a flashlight? It’s fun to discover all the things that are just waking up when we’re getting ready for bed. Nocturnal creatures such as badgers, bats, foxes, owls, insects and many more are usually awake and most active during the night. Check out the books below for stories about a variety of creatures that come out at night as well as a fun guessing rhyme for caregivers and children to share.
- I’m Not Scared! by Jonathan Allen
- Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
- Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies
- While the World is Sleeping by Pamela Duncan Edwards
- Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
- Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
- Night Animals by Gianna Marino
- Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
- Run Home, Little Mouse by Britta Techentrup
Try this guessing rhyme with your little ones, too!
Rhyming Activity - There's Something in the Nighttime (Credit: SLC Book Boy)
There's something in the nighttime
That I can't really see
There's something in the nighttime,
Now what can it be?
Hear its funny sound
An owl is what I found!
(Continue the rhyme with other night animals and the sounds they might make!)