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
Egg shakers are always a hit in storytime and at Sing-a-Story programs at Miller Park Library. While you can buy egg shakers to use at home, you can also make your own out of various materials. We made ours out of plastic eggs, beans, and plastic tape!
Once you have your egg shakers, you can use them with your favorite songs and rhymes. We especially like:
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.
A poor, lost bear ends up at Paddington train station in London, England with a sign reading, “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” He meets Mr. and Mrs. Brown who proceed to bring him home and try to include him in their household. Enjoy this classic tale of a lost Peruvian bear who finds his way.
Ready, Set, Go Outside!
Believe it or not, summer is here. Fight the “summer slide” by joining the UA Library’s Summer Library Club. There’s a club for everyone in your family – babies to adults!
Check out these books for tons of outdoor fun you can use to fulfill the activities requirement.
- A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature by Asia Citro
- Get Outside Guide: All Things Adventure, Exploration, and Fun! by Nancy Honovich
- 150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids by Asia Citro
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)
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)
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Below are some books that the Youth Services staff have chosen as possible contenders for the 2017 Caldecott Medal. Will one of these be the winner? Stay tuned for the announcement from the American Library Association on Monday, January 23!
- The Night Gardener by the Fan Brothers
- Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, Illustrations by Yuyi Morales
- School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, Illustrations by Christian Robinson
- Are We There Yet? By Dan Santat
- Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
- Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrations by R. Gregory Christie
- Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
- Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, Illustrations by Beth Krommes
- They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Check out the UAPL Pinterest site for even more staff picks: https://www.pinterest.com/uapubliclibrary/
Can a robot survive in the wilderness? Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants. Recommended for grades 3 and up.
Hi parents! Since the introduction of the new Common Core, Youth staff at the library have experienced an increase in questions from parents about Lexiles. Specifically, parents are seeking books that match a specific Lexile to support their child's reading progress. However, through this we have also learned that many parents aren't completely familiar with how Lexile works, so below is a general overview, and how we can help you!
What is Lexile? A Lexile measurement is determined when a child takes a reading assessment test, usually through school. A child (and parent) usually receive a specific number from his or her teacher.
What does the Lexile number for a book really mean? A Lexile measurement for a book is simply an evaluation of the vocabulary and sentence length in the book. Lexile does not take into account the complexity, quality of writing, or age-appropriateness of a book. For example, the book Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is an award-winning, highly acclaimed teen book about the histocial account of a 15 year old girl who was sent to a Siberian prison camp in 1941; it measures at a 490 Lexile. Compare that to a fun picture book called Chicken Cheeks, an illustrated preschool book about different animal behinds, which measures at a 1080 Lexile. The higher the lexile, the more complex the vocabulary and sentence structure, and that is all.
What can I do with that number? Now that your child's Lexile has been determined, your first instinct is to find leveled books, right? My favorite go-to source to find books within a Lexile range is Novelist. We provide this database through our website–if you want to access this from home you will need to use your library card. To search by Lexile, go to the Advanced Search field link right below the search area–within this page you can limit your search for materials to within a Lexile range. Although it's database of materials is much more limited, you can also use the Lexile website itself to find materials. Also, here is a guide about levels; this guide will provide you with more info about different leveling systems. And, of course, you can always ask a staff member for guidance!