Little Kids @ UAPL

Anna Dewdney and Llama Llama

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Five years ago, I had the privilege of hearing Anna Dewdney (the author and illustrator of the Llama Llama books) give a presentation to a group of teachers and librarians at the Mazza Weekend Conference.  She talked about her life, work, and creative process, and I went away (like I always do at Mazza) with a deeper appreciation of her and her books.

Earlier this month, I was very sad to hear that Dewdney had lost her battle with cancer.  I read in several articles that, in lieu of a funeral, she asked for people to read to a child instead.  Llama Llama Misses Mama by Dewdney is of my favorite recommended reads for children starting preschool.  Check out that title and some of her other books below!


When a Box is Not Just a Box

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Cardboard boxes are more than just boxes - they can be rocket ships, secret clubhouses, robots, and even just special places for reading books. What can you do with a box? Let your imagination soar by reading one of the books listed below and collecting some boxes, tape, markers, and anything else that will help you turn your box into something fabulous.  sitting in my box

A Mighty Fine Time Machine by Suzanne Bloom

Meeow and the Big Box by Sebastien Braun

Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard

The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

The Nowhere Box by Sam Zuppardi


Playing with Your Food

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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.
caterpillarflower print

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 


Battle Bunny Give-away!

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We've got a brand new copy of Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett to give away!

Have you ever wished you could change the words in a book? Add a plot twist? Get rid of a character? Jazz things up?

Battle Bunny

 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