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Check out these award winners!

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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)

Read a Geisel Award Winner

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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!

Picture Book Selection: Brimsby's Hats

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)

Get Ready To Read! Letter Knowledge

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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:

Creatures of the Night

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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. 

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?

Whoo, whoo

Hear its funny sound

Whoo, whoo

An owl is what I found!

(Continue the rhyme with other night animals and the sounds they might make!)

 

 

 

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