Kids Blog: Book List
First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick is a must read.
This realistic fiction picture book captures the heart of the average elementary school student. The narrator is a likable everyday kid who makes a blooper but not without the witness, judge, and jury of his classmates. They sentence him to desk slappin', foot stompin', finger pointin', belly bellowin' laughter. Instantly, he's shamed and convicted of crime he wished he had never committed especially in front of his friends.
What could go so terribly wrong that makes the author want to dropout, cast a spell, go back in a time machine, or change his identity? Every student, teacher and parent can relate to his blunder and his post-blunder feelings. Read this book, laugh, and sympathize, but find out why this pupil almost became a First Grade Dropout.
Preview this book on GoodReads.
Great classroom read-aloud or parent pair and share book to discuss how to handle mistakes.
Browse other books about first graders:
Kickoff to Kindergarten with Arlington Public Library
Do you have a child going to kindergarten this fall? Kinder can be scary for both kids and their parents. To help families make the adjustment easier, many school districts try to host "Kindergarten Roundups" or some type of pre-registration at elementary schools for children who will turn 5 years old on or before September 1.
The roundups give parents and children a chance to visit the school and learn about policies and the everyday routines for future students, usually in the spring before your little one enters kinder. If you missed kindergarten roundup, no worries. Below are 20 random picture books of old and new that may help you and your child ease into the transition of kindergarten.
Join us for a special Kindergarten Kickoff Storytime on Saturday, September 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Southeast Branch Arlington Public Library. Bring a backpack! Your child won't want to miss the Backpack Parade.
Kindergarten Book Roundup
Father's Day is this Sunday! What a perfect opportunity to spend time with and celebrate your father, gradfather, uncle, and other father figures.
Here is a list of some fun books to read with your Dad and other male role models:
I hope you are all having fun reading for Summer Reading Club!
If you read any of these books with your family, remember to write them down on your reading log!
If your children are obsessed with Frozen and you are ready for something different, here are some alternatives!
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Let it go and watch these movies with your children instead:
Just like Frozen, these movies include adventure, friendship, and of course snow!
Do you want to build a snowman?
It might not be very cold outside, but children still love to imagine building their own frosty friend. Pick up one of these great books about snowman to entertain their imagination.
The cold never bothered me anyway
It is definitly not cold enough for snow, but children will enjoy any one of these snow-themed sensory play bins.They are easy to make and a great way to work on learning the five senses.
The Snow Queen
Did you know that Frozen is based off the fairy tale The Snow Queen? Here are some other stories about snow royalty.
There are a lot of ways that you can celebrate MLK Day with your family this weekend! Don't miss this opportunity to talk to your children about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his role in our history.
One way to celebrate MLK day is to have a birthday party for Dr. King. Make a cake together and decorate it, but instead of making a birthday wish, talk about your dreams and what Dr. King's dreams were. Another extension of this is to talk about injustice in your community and what your family can do to make life better for the people around you. It's ok to start small, like donating food or sending encouraging notes to your neighbors.
Over the weekend, take some time to read with your kids about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. These books and DVDs will help you learn more about his work, family, and beliefs.
For a list of family activities to celebrate MLK day in Arlington,visit http://www.arlingtontx.gov/mlk/.
Whatever you choose to do, let's celebrate the legacy of this amazing man!
Here is the SHORT list of my favorite books of 2014:
1. West of the Moon by Margi Preus
West of the Moon is my vote for this year's Newbery or Printz award. It is one of those novels that falls between the children's and young adult age ranges, and it is a refrshingly unique, enchanting tale about a Norwegian girl named Astri.
2. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
I loved this book. Albie struggles socially and academically, always feeling "almost" good enough. Many young readers will relate to Albie, and his story is an excellent addition to the ever-growing multicultural genre. If you enjoyed R.J. Palacio's Wonder, this is a must-read for you.
3. The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
I know, I know, everyone loves this book, but I still claim it as a favorite. Novak knows how to make kids laugh, and that makes this book VERY fun to read aloud!
4. Tap to Play by Salina Yoon
Building on the interactive book trend of the last few years, Tap to Play is inventive and creative. It engages children in a variety of ways and links the mental act of reading to the physical book. It's a great choice for young pre-readers.
5. Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers
Oh, Oliver Jeffers, you've done it again! Admittedly, I am going to love anything by Jeffers, but Once Upon an Alphabet truly is a remarkable accomplishment. This is my vote for the Caldecott this year.
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:
Here are what a few children's writers think about picture books. What is your favorite?
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:
Read books and earn incentives. Sign-up at MySRC.org
Experience more free family programming all summer long!!
FiZZ! BoOm! ReAd!
Today is the official start of My Summer Reading Club.
How It Works for Kids, Ages 5-12
- Register at MySRC.org 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 MySRC.org, 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.
American Library Association
ALSC Summer Reading Book Lists
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