I love the Summer Olympics, especially the gymnastics events! Start getting your little ones geared up for the games by checking out one of these gymnastics-themed stories. (This counts as a Summer Library Club activity, too!)
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
Have you ever wished you could change the words in a book? Add a plot twist? Get rid of a character? Jazz things up?
That is exactly what Birthday Bunny Alex decides to do when “Gran-Gran” gifts him a gentle storybook about a sweet bunny who worries that his friends have forgotten his birthday. Alex turns his new Birthday Bunny book into “Battle Bunny” by erasing, crossing out, and adding new dialog, description, characters and drawings right into the book.
This hilarious, and very creative, book will interest even your most reluctant reader. Recommended for children ages 5-9 (or 10 or 11 or 87, according to Alex).
Drawing will take place on February 12th, 2014. We will contact the winner that day. Winner must be able to pick up this book at the Tremont location of the Upper Arlington Public Library 2800 Tremont Rd. Upper Arlington, OH 43221; we cannot deliver or mail this item.
Battle Bunny Give-Away Entry Form
Spring is coming and that means lots of rainy days. Although rain can sometimes seem dreary, there is also something fun about jumping in puddles and exploring our wet world while we wait for sunshine and spring flowers to arrive.
Here are some rainy day stories to share with your little ones:
- Let it Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
- Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson
- Puddle Jumpers by Anne Margaret Lewis
- Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
- Peep and Ducky: Rainy Day by David Martin
- Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
For more rainy day fun, try this fingerplay:
Rain on the Green Grass (Adapted from a traditional nursery rhyme)
Rain on the green grass, (flutter fingers down toward the ground)
Rain on the trees, (make arms into tree branches)
Rain on the rooftop, (make arms into a triangle over your head)
But not on me! (make arms into an umbrella over your head)
This post is written by our newest Youth staff member, Nancy Fennessey:
One of my favorite children’s authors is Kate Di Camillo. I’m particularly fond of the hilarious series she wrote for younger children, starring Mercy Watson, “the porcine wonder” who loves toast with butter!
After finishing book # 6, Something Wonky this Way Comes, I was delightfully surprised to see that two of the loveable characters from this series, Leroy Ninker and Francine Poulet, now have their own series called Tales from Deckawoo Drive. Both books, Leroy Ninker Saddles Up and Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon, are guaranteed to put a smile on your face!