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Picture Books on Compassion and Kindness

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Sometimes stories can open up a conversation with children about subjects that can be difficult. Whether you read them to spark a discussion or just for pleasure, the following picture books show how actions can impact the lives of others when we choose to react (or not) with kindness and compassion.

Night Gardener by Terry Fan

Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work.

One Good Deed by Terri Fields

A young boy transforms his neighborhood by performing one good deed (a mitzvah) for his neighbor, which leads to a chain of kind and helpful actions.

Lend a Hand: poems about giving by JohnFrank

A collection of poems for ages 6-9 with diverse voices and topical themes about acts of kindness.

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

Yoko  by Rosemary Wells

When Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats–until one of them tries it for himself.

Parent Recommendation: Big Girls Go Potty and Big Boys Go Potty

Both of these books are told from a kid's point of view, and offer lots of encouragement on the subject of potty training.  An unnamed little girl speaks to the reader, asking about all the big girl things she can do. But, all is not perfect, and the magic of being toilet trained does not happen all at once. Mistakes happen, but mom and dad remain encouraging. These are very optimistic books, and will be useful in the training process.  Recommended for PreK

Picture Book Selection: Good Morning Yoga

This book weaves gentle exercises with a heartwarming narrative and wonderful illustrations to empower children to manage the energies from the fiery volcano to the mountain quiet and still. By teaching to self-monitor, self-sooth, focus and relax, children are given the skills to jumpstart the day with energy and excitement and meet the adventures that come with mindfulness and perspective. Ages 0-8.
  

Tis' the season for giving picture books!

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It is gift giving time!  There are a myriad of gift giving options in stores and online.  Why not try giving a book to share together?  A good story can transend the reader beyond everyday life. These book suggestions were all published in 2015 and are available from your favorite retailer in time for Christmas gift giving.

 

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For ages 2 and up:

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Ages 5 and up
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Juvenile Nonfiction Selection: Presidential Pets

A look at the Presidents of the United States through the pets that accompanied them to the White House. A lyrical, often humorous poem describes the pets as each is brought to life by a cartoon style picture. Includes interesting presidential facts, accomplishments, and events. Would make a great read-a-loud as the pictures, poems, and facts make it fun and accessible for a range of ages.(Ages: 2nd - 5th)

Five Movies You Didn't Know are Based on Kids Books

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Some of the most successful and popular films to ever hit theaters are movie adaptations of books for children and teens. We're all familiar with Harry Potter, as well as Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings film franchises. Recent and soon-to-be released films like The Jungle Book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (not yet released), and The BFG (not yet released), among others, are all adaptations of ever-popular children's stories. How many more of our most beloved movies are based on children's books? I was surprised to learn that the following five movies are actually adaptations of classic stories!

Reserve a copy of both the movie and the book for you and your family to enjoy together. Reading the book before the movie, or after, can give the viewer and the reader more insight into the story and teach kids how to compare and contrast. Plus, we can all agree, most of the time, the book is better than the movie. 

1) Mary Poppins (Film: 1964; Book Series: 1934-1988)

 

Mary Poppins, of the infamous “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and magic carpet bag, was created by author Pamela L. Travers. First published in 1934, there are eight books in the Mary Poppins series spanning 54 years. Reserve the Mary Poppins Complete Collection, which includes:Mary Poppins (1934), Mary Poppins Comes Back (1935), Mary Poppins Opens the Door (1943), Mary Poppins in the Park (1952), Mary Poppins from A to Z (1962), Mary Poppins in the Kitchen (1975), Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane (1982) and Mary Poppins and the House Next Door (1988). Reserve the Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyck Mary Poppins Film

2. The Princess Bride (Film: 1987; Book: 1973)

 

The Princess Bride film has become a cult classic. Even without having seen the film, you might be familiar with the passionate quote, “my name is Inigo Montoya!” The screenplay for The Princess Bride, and book it was adapted from, were both authored by William Goldman. Initially published in 1973 as The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, the 'Good Parts' Version, Goldman wrote the novel as if he was comentating an abriged version of another author's original story. In fact, Goldman was the sole author of the fantasy adventure, having been inspired by his two young daughters.   

3. Shrek (Film: 2001; Picture Book: 1990) 

 

The movie Shrek won the first ever Oscar for Animated Films, has 3 sequels, and inspired a broadway musical. Author of the original picture book Shrek!, William Steig, is to thank for the original premise about a monstorous ogre who leaves his home and ends up saving a princess.     

4. Night at the Museum (Film: 2006; Book: 1993)

 

Dinosaur skeletons and artifacts come to life when the Natural History Museum closes in the film trilogy Night at the Museum. The films are actually adaptations of a children's picture book by Milan Trenc, Night at the Museum, where only the dinosaurs come to life. Leslie Goldman novelized the movies for young readers in 2006.

5. How to Train Your Dragon (Film: 2010; Book Series: 2003-2015) 

 

 

 

Now a series of movies, How to Train Your Dragon is the heartwarming tale of a viking boy and his dragon and has inspired short films, a television series, and video games. The entire franchise is based on a series of 12 picture books by author Cressida Cowell: How to Train Your Dragon (2003)How to Be A Pirate (2004); How to Speak Dragonese (2005); How to Cheat A Dragon's Curse (2006); How to Twist A Dragon's Tale (2007); A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (2008); How to Ride A Dragon's Storm (2009); How to Break A Dragon's Heart (2010); How to Steal A Dragon's Sword (2011); How to Seize A Dragon's Jewel (2012); How to Betray A Dragon's Hero (2013); How to Fight a Dragon's Fury (2015). Reserve the entire series. 

 

Sensory Science for Toddlers

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Shredded paper fish Sensory play provides a great learning experience for toddlers and is also a lot of fun! Try out some of these hands-on activities that you can do at home with your toddler.

  • Shredded Paper Bin - Fill a bin with shredded paper and hide some treasures underneath. At the library, we used a variety of colors and hid sea creatures in our bin!
  • Ziploc Bag Finger Paint - Are you scared of the mess your toddler might make with finger paint? Try putting some paint colors in a Ziploc bag and taping it to a table. Your toddler can squish the paint through the bag and draw designs with their fingers.
  • Oatmeal Sensory Bin - Pour dry oatmeal in a bin, add some shovels and cups, and let the sensory exploration begin. Pouring, sifting, and scooping develop motor skills while allowing children to explore the texture of the oatmeal.
  • Sound Shakers - Fill empty bottles with a variety of materials that make different sounds - pom pom balls, large bells, beans, popcorn, etc. To be safe, you can hot glue the tops on the bottles.
Engaging toddler activities

 Interested in more toddler activities? Check out the books below for more fun and engaging ideas.

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