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November is Picture Book Month

When I first heard that November is Picture Book month, I felt overwhelmed with joy. Picture books are my favorite type of books and I get swept up in the wonderful tales of friendship, family life, bedtime adventures, and hundreds of other topics. Then the artwork and image styles take me away to another place, whether the illustrations are boldly colored blocks or muted line drawings. I also like that picture books help readers experience life in a fun way, and the combination of books and art add to the special place these books have within the library. I feel privileged to have the chance to share these stories with children in storytime every week. It is an amazing experience to enjoy these tales with descriptive words and charming pictures that work together perfectly.

Here are just a few of the picture books that I love for their sweet, funny, or enduring stories:

Two Hands to Love You by Diane Adams
Illustrations and simple rhyming text show how the guiding hands of a family are always there to love and nurture a child.

Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke
For young Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Gran's house is full of hugs and kisses, tasty dishes, all kinds of fishes, happy faces, and love.

Lunch by Denise Fleming
A very hungry mouse eats a large lunch comprised of colorful foods.

The Birthday Box : Happy Birthday to me! by Leslie Patricelli
An imaginative young child has a wonderful time playing with his birthday present and the box it came in.

Fox makes Friends by Adam Relf
Fox is bored, so he decides to make a friend out of twigs and an apple, but it doesn't quite work out as he had planned.

Here are what a few children's writers think about picture books. What is your favorite?

11/14/2014 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:

Summer Reading Club -Texas Rangers Style

Take Me Out to the Ball Game....

Hit a homerun and read these baseball books during our summer reading frenzy!!



Tuesday, June 10, Catcher Geovany Soto kicked off the Texas Rangers Summer Reading Club tour at the Arlington Public Library. He led a bi-lingual storytime with the reading of Alex Rodriguez's ¡Jonron! (Out of the Ballpark!) to a small group. 

 If you weren't there, you missed a treat!

Click on the links below to learn more about this event:

Dallas News - Geovany Soto

Star-Telegram - Geovany Soto


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Super Sizzling Titles for Summer Reading

FiZZ! BoOm! ReAd!

Today is the official start of My Summer Reading Club.

How It Works for Kids, Ages 5-12

  • Register at or pick up a reading log at the library.
  • Read whatever you wish.
  • Read! Audios and eBooks count too!
  • After you have read 20 minutes, check off a box. (Alternately on, you can record your time)
  • Once you have checked off all 15 boxes, you've completed your first 5 hours.
  • Turn in the completed print log (or show your library card to the staff member if you used the online system) for your prize pack at your nearest library.
  • The prize pack includes a T-shirt, book, certificate, swim pass and a Rangers ticket.
  • Continue reading...every additional 5 hours logged will earn you a chance to win gift cards and other amazing prizes.

Here are some recommended reads to get you started.
Happy Reading!


American Library Association

ALSC Summer Reading Book Lists

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Find an Accelerated Reader at the Library!

Accelerated Reader is a special program in which some schools participate. Students read specific books and take tests at their school for points. The best way to see if a book is on the school's AR List is to refer to the school's library website. By accessing that library's site, you should be able to refer to the list and see what books each school includes on their list.

Another way you can search for AR books is by typing in "Accelerated Reader" into the catalog. If you have a particular level, such as "accelerated reader ar lg 2.8 0.5", by typing that into the search box, the field will narrow. To translate, this search means that you are looking for an accelerated reader book for the lower grades, grade level 2.8 worth .5 points. However, this should be checked against the list available on each school's website as all books do not have available tests at all sites.

Affirming Books for Little Girls

Start Black History Month off right with this list of empowering books for African American girls. For a complete description of each of the books, check out For Harriet. They also have a list of 25 More Empowering Books for Black Girls.

2014-2015 Bluebonnets

I bet you didn't know that the new Bluebonnet titles are coming in for the 2014-2015 school year. You can check out the new titles and get ahead on your reading!

New Popular Kids Books

We have a list of books that are on order for kids. Here are some that people have already put holds on. What book are you anxiously waiting for?

Books from the New Cart

Fresh from the new cart, these books are waiting for you to check them out!!

Weird, Mysterious and True

Title: Does it Really Take Seven Years to Digest Swallowed Gum?

Does It Really Take Seven Years to Digest Swallowed Gum?: And Other Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask by Sandy Donovan

Pretty much from the day I was born, my parents told me never to swallow gum for this reason. I basically stopped chewing gum altogether. Find out what the experts have to say about this and other common beliefs.


Title: The secret, mystifying, unusual history of magic by Patrice Sherman

The Secret, Mystifying, Unusual History of Magic by Patrice Sherman

If you have heard of Harry Houdini, you probably know that mystery and magic go together like peanutbutter and jelly. Now you can learn about the history of magic going as far back as ancient Egypt. Abracadabra!


Title: Crust & Spray: Gross Stuff in Your Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat

Crust & Spray: Gross Stuff in Your Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat by by C.S. Larsen

What is gross to you and me is good for the body! Read all about the crusties and nasties that keep us healthy and happy.


Title: Superdupers!: Really Funny Real Words

Superdupers!: Really Funny Real Words by Marvin Terban

Did you know that tutti-frutti is not just an ice cream flavor and fuzzy-wuzzy is not just a bee's-knees rhyme? This book takes over 100 crazy words and explains what they mean and how they came to be used.



Ripley's space: Believe It or Not

Ripley's space: Believe It or Not! by Mike Goldsmith

Stars, astronauts, planets, black holes, supernovas, space travel and aliens! Need I say more?

The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat

The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat by Micheal Pollan

This is a longer book with lots of information about the food we eat, adapted especially for young readers. Parents may want to read this one with their children since important issues are raised and we could all learn more about what we eat.


Chill: Discover the Cool (and Creative) Side of Your Fridge by Allan D. Peterkin

Is there anything to know about the refrigerator other than the fact that it keeps the soda cold? Absolutely! This book will show you how much fun your fridge can be!



Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle

Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle by Kathryn Walker

Boats and planes are believed to have vanished without a trace near the Bermuda Triangle. Now you can learn about this area of the Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda, Miami, and Puerto Rico, one of the most mysterious locations in the world.


King George: What Was His Problem?

King George: What Was His Problem? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You about the American Revolution by Steve Sheinkin

This book is full of quotes, anecdotes and notes about the American Revolution. The author presents a great look at the real people who experienced one of the most important events in American history.

This is just a starter list. You can always find more in your local branch library!

8/20/2013 by Add a Comment Share this: