Exuberant redhead Erik always tries his best, but he just can't understand why he's missing homework questions at school and messing up at soccer practice. Then one day in art class everyone notices that Erik's painted a picture of himself with green hair! It turns out he's not just creative, he's color blind, too. Once Erik is diagnosed, he and his parents, teachers, coach, and classmates figure out solutions that work with his unique way of seeing, and soon he's back on track.
Maps is no ordinary atlas. While features such as borders, cities, rivers and peaks are accurately placed across the pages, the detail does not stop there. Each map also includes eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, historical and cultural places and events and many, many more fascinating facts from every corner of our planet. This is a visual learning experience appropriate for any age.
The sun is setting and the forest is getting sleepy, except for little bear who isn't quite ready for sleep. Little Bear thinks he can stay awake with the owls, but can he resist the temptation of his soft cozy bed? A new nighttime story for those ages 2-5.
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.
Trying new food and learning from neighbors spice up Wilma and Hector's life, in the best way. From Lebanese to French, Mexican to Thai, the kids explore food through rhyme, showing that trying new foods is exciting and fun. Read this book with picky eaters or eaters wanting to branch out. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
- 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.
Interested in more toddler activities? Check out the books below for more fun and engaging ideas.
In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys. Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind.
Gus and Nellie have some exciting news: there’s going to be a baby in their family! Join them through the seasons as they watch their mother’s pregnancy with fascination and curiosity while awaiting the birth of their new baby sibling. Combining accessible, humorous, and accurate illustrations, conversations between the two siblings, and factual text this book helps children understand the way a growing baby develops and is born.
I love to share books in storytime where we sing the words - children enjoy the rhyme and repetition and I enjoy the interactive features of singable books.
Besides being fun, there are some benefits to sharing singable picture books with your child:
- Singing stories is a great way to help your child learn new vocabulary and develop listening and memory skills.
- Singing slows down language, allowing your child to hear the individual syllables in words.
Here are some singable picture book adaptations to get you started:
- The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
- I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
- Over in the Meadow by Jane Cabrera
- Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow
Interested in more suggestions? Try any of these singable books for a fun story experience!