Is Your Toddler Ready to Transition From Board Books to Picture Books?

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Is your toddler ready to transition from board books to picture books?

There are many stages in child development for parents to realize and assist their children in growing to their potential.  Toddlers are still processing everything they touch and hear and see.  Transitioning to picture books opens new levels in tactile and visual learning. 


You might even become the listener to a story read by your talking toddler.  

Toddler Led Reading of Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal from Lasso the Moon on Vimeo.

We love lists at the library!  On our parents page we have book lists by subject.  Many kids go through a phase where they want dinosaur everything with maybe some trains on the side.  You can find those lists here.

If you visited the link to our subject lists and were overwhelmed here are some fun and prolific authors and/or illustrators that have some wonderful books for the 18 month plus crowd.  




5 Juvenile Audiobooks Parents Will Actually Enjoy

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Sometimes, the books your kids love aren't necessarily the books you'd choose to read over and over. Sometimes, as a parent, you're too busy to sit down and read the book your kid is reading. Luckily, we have Audiobooks. I've chosen 5 titles that your kids are bound to love, and you're bound not to hate. Whether you need something besides talk-radio on your commute, or the whole family is cooped-up inside on a rainy, chilly, fall day, these Audiobooks are engaging and entertaining for all ages. 

  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a quirky read (and listen) about a girl during a hot summer in 1899. Callie explores the natural world, develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates living with six brothers, and learns just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century. Ages 8+. 
  • When You Reach Me follows the mysterious stories of Miranda and Sal who, after an unfortunate encounter in their New York neighborhood, start to unravel. Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, which soon convince her that only she can prevent a tragic death. Ages 9+. 
  • Inside Out and Back Again is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next. From Saigon to Alabama during the Vietnam war, Ha discovers a foreign world, and a lot about herself. Ages 10+.
  • The Secret Garden is a wistful and fairytale-like story of a young British girl raised in India, who loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. Returned to England and living at her uncle's castle, she discovers a garden locked and neglected. Ages 7+.
  • The Tiger Rising is an inspirational story about friendship. After Rob finds a tiger locked in a cage in the Florida forest the same day he meets Sistine, the two children prove that some things - like memories, and heartache, and tigers - can't be locked up forever. Ages 8+.

Non-Fiction Picture Book Selection: Lincoln and Kennedy, A Pair to Compare

Get your kids interested in election season with this duel portrait of two of America's most famous presidents: Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Well organized with intriguing illustrations, the book draws parallels between the presidents' personal lives and legacies. While the book touches on the tragic end of both presidents' lives, it does not show any graphic detail, making the book appropriate for all ages. Recommended for ages 5 and up. 

Beat the Boredom on These Cold Winter Days

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February has just begun, which means we still have plenty of cold winter weather ahead. Some folks start to get a little stir-crazy around this time of year especially if the temperatures keep you inside day after day. One of the best ways to keep everyone busy is a project! Creating something with your child is not only rewarding and fun, but also a great way to get them engaged in something other than the screen. With Valentine's day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to stock up on some basic supplies and get crafting or cooking for family and friends. UAPL's youth department has a wonderful selection of craft books and cookbooks that are full of inspiration for even the youngest in your family. Here I have chosen just a few of my favorites with a wide variety of skill levels required. If you come into the library we will be more than happy to show you the rest of our great collection!



Read with Your Teen: Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Jasmine de los Santos is on her way to Columbia University with a full ride when her world is ripped apart: her family is illegal. Their visas expired years ago and now everything they have worked for is at risk. Jasmine no longer knows if she fits into the American Dream, but she doesn't give up. Adults and teens alike will enjoy this book, get two copies from our library and enjoy with your teen.

Parents' Book Selection: Good Night Owl

In this delightful picture book, Owl is just settling in for bed when he hears a noise.  Until he finds out where the noise is coming from, he'll never be able to fall asleep!  Children will have fun joining Owl on his humorous journey around the house to locate the source of the noise.  This is the kind of story that makes a great read aloud for parent and child.  You won't be disappointed!  Recommended for grades Prek-2

Jack Hanna

This biography of Columbus's own Jack Hanna has great photographs and simple text for younger children. If you're planning a trip to the zoo, be sure to check this biography out before you go! Recommended for PreK-2nd grade.

Introducing Mr. Wuffles

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David Wiesner has already won three Caldecott medals for his superior illustrations.  His newest book follows the adventures of a cat, some aliens, and the creatures who live in the walls of a house.  Will  he win an unprecedented 4th medal?  


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